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We have discovered that the area surrounding Angleton, Lake Jackson, and West Columbia has lots of fun little museums.  These three towns are very close together and make it an easy day trip for us as they are only 1 hour away from Sugar Land and SW Houston.  Many of the museums are very close to each other making it easy to 3 or 4 stops on one trip.  In addition, Angleton and Lake Jackson each have a small indoor water park which means it is a great way to combine some museums and then end at the pool.

The following is a list of places to visit in this part of Texas:

Stephen F. Austin Statue and Visitor’s Center 
41885 State Hwy 288, Angleton, TX 77515

House of the Century (art architecture building recently–it was flooded by storms in the 80s but the structure is still there)
23920 FM 521 Rd, Angleton, TX 77515

Lake Jackson Historical Museum 
249 Circle Way, Lake Jackson, TX 77566

Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site
1702 N. 13th St., West Columbia, TX 77486

First Capitol of the Republic of Texas (replica)
512 E Brazos Ave, West Columbia TX 77486
1300 N 13th St, West Columbia, TX 77486 (21 stations denoting historical information where first buildings were)
100 E. Brazos Ave., West Columbia TX 77486 (a marker for the official site of where the first capitol was)

Brazoria County Historical Museum
100 E Cedar St, Angleton, TX 77515

Brazosport Museum of Natural Science (went when kids were little)
400 College Dr, Clute, TX 77531

Brazoria County Military Museum (only open Fri-Sunday but not always open)
2330 County Rd 223, Richwood, TX 77531

Freeport Historical Museum
311 E Park, Freeport, TX 77541

Columbia Historical Museum
247 E Brazos Ave, West Columbia, TX 77486

Abner Jackson Plantation Site (only open on Sat.)
1030 FM 2004, Lake Jackson, TX 77566

Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge (closed Sat & Sun, only open weekdays)
24907 FM 2004, Lake Jackson, TX 77566

Sea Center Texas (closed Monday)
302 Medical Dr, Lake Jackson, TX 77566

Lake Jackson Recreation Center (small indoor water park, lap pool, & sauna)
91 Lake Rd, Lake Jackson, TX 77566

Angleton Recreation Center (small indoor water park with lazy river, lap pool, & hot tub)
1601 N Valderas St, Angleton, TX 77515

Crocodile Encounter
23231 County Rd 48, Angleton, TX 77515

MSR Houston
1030 FM 2004, Lake Jackson, TX 77566