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Brazos Bend State Park, Needville

4.8
#24 of 220 in Nature in Texas
Must see · State Park · Nature / Park
INFORMATION PLUS HOURS OF OPERATION FOR HEADQUARTERS, NATURE CENTER AND GEORGE OBSERVATORY

Brazos Bend is one of the last remaining wild places open to the public in the greater Houston area. The park is approximately 5,000 acres of prairie, wetland and bottomland forest located in SE Fort Bend County along the west bank of the Brazos River.

There are approximately 37 miles of trails. Most trails are open to walking and cycling. We do not provide bicycles. Although we have equestrian trails we do not provide horses. Rainy weather floods the river bottoms causing trail closings. Please call ahead for trail conditions. 979-553-5101-0

We are an extremely popular park. Camping reservations need to be made months in advance. We are the busiest in the spring and fall months and on mild winter days. Visitors during those times should expect to wait in line to enter the park.

We are famous for our wild alligator population. Please adhere to all posted and printed safety information. Alligators are best viewed in mild weather. They don't like to it too hot or too cold.

HOURS OF OPERATION

HEADQUARTERS - PERMITS - GIFT SHOP

Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Friday and Saturday 8:00 am - 9:30 pm

Sunday

Daylight Saving Time 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Winter months 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

PARK HOURS

8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Entrance permit required at all times.

Use self-pay station at Headquarters Building.

Pass Holders will need to use self-pay and record pass number. No fee.

Gates close at 10:00 pm

(Fall and Winter Public Deer Hunts will keep the park closed on some weekdays but not on weekends.)

NATURE CENTER - GIFT SHOP

Monday - Friday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Major Holiday, Spring Break and Thanksgiving Weeks may have extended hours between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm

Friday and Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Closed Christmas and Thanksgiving Days

GEORGE OBSERVATORY & GIFT SHOP / HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE

Saturday is public day

3:00 - 10:00 pm

Tickets for large scopes on sale at the Observatory at 3:00. Exhibit Hall and amateur scope viewing are free.

Weekdays by group reservation only.

Open for special celestial events.
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Brazos Bend State Park reviews

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  • I visited this park on Thursday, September 3rd before the 2020 Labor Day. The park was empty. I tried to take a picture of alligators I stayed here for an hour.I couldn't meet the alligators. Anyway.....  more »
  • Plenty of space to self-distance. At this time, you probably need to make an on-line reservation, but make sure. Sometime you have to look carefully for the alligators, and for birds that might be...  more »
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  • The park was surprisingly fun and interesting. There were many nice sights and many activities here to do, like gain patches for completing easy and fun tasks for kids. Some animals are hard to see or find but Alligators are everywhere if you know where to look. All in all I would definitely come back and this coming from someone who stays inside alot
  • Great place to go for a walk on a trail with friends and family. I saw people riding bikes and lots of photography. If you like nature, wild life, or just love being outdoors, come here. Be respectful to the Gators and mind your distance. Safer for the both of you!

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