Introduction to Freeport, Texas
Freeport, Texas, in Brazoria county, is 41 miles SW of Galveston, Texas (center to center) and 56 miles S of Houston, Texas. This city is in the Brazoria metropolitan area and has a population of 12,708.
The community of Freeport was officially founded by the Freeport Sulphur Company in November, 1912. It was incorporated on February 10, 1917. The city was close to the largest sulfur mines in the world, and provided storage tanks to the Freeport and Mexico Oil Company. The Freeport School District was established in 1937. Due to the rapid increase in population in the early 1900s, the community experienced significant economic expansion which was also spurred by the construction of the Dow Chemical Company in 1939. The town of Velasco was incorporated as a part of Freeport on July 27, 1957. The city is home to one of the largest commercial shrimp trawler fleets on the Gulf.
Freeport and Nearby Attractions
- Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historical Park x
- Brazoria County Museum
- Armand Bayou Nature Center
- Galveston Island State Park
- Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
- Bryan Beach State Recreation Area
Things To Do In Freeport
The city of Freeport features more than 3 miles of beach along the Gulf of Mexico. Recreational activities like boating, fishing, and jet skiing can be enjoyed on the Old Brazos River that runs through the city, as well as in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, together with the San Bernard and Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuges, create a vital complex of coastal habitats for more than 300 species of migratory waterfowls and other birds. Opportunities to play golf are available at the 18-hole Freeport Municipal Golf Course. Brazoria County Museum, Lake Jackson Historical Museum, and Columbia Historical Museum house exhibits reflecting the region's historical and cultural background. Armand Bayou Nature Center, Moody Gardens, and Quintana Beach County Park are other attractions in the area. In addition, the community of Freeport organizes the Summertime Blues Festival during August ever year.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport is the closest major airport.
Freeport Higher Education
Colleges near Freeport are Brazosport College, Alvin Community College, College of the Mainland, and Galveston College.