From parks and museums to festivals and shopping, Fort Bend County offers a wealth of activities, attractions and events. And with easy access to an almost endless list of diversions throughout the greater Houston area, Riverstone residents have unlimited opportunities for shopping, dining and entertainment.
A few highlights:
Brazos Bend State Park
Oak trees and lakes are plentiful in these 4,897 acres of Brazos River bottomlands. Among the wildlife are whitetail deer, coyotes, waterfowl and alligators. Facilities include screened shelters, a recreation hall, restrooms, showers, picnic areas, fishing, nature trails and campgrounds.
Challenger Center & George Observatory
For reservations call (713) 639-4629, (409) 553-3400 or (281) 242-3055.
The Fort Bend Challenger Center, located at Brazos Bend State Park, is a living memorial to the seven Challenger astronauts who lost their lives in 1986. The facility is maintained and operated by the Houston Museum of Natural Science and is linked to the George Observatory, Burke Baker Planetarium and the Challenger Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Summer programs, special events and classes are available to scouts, school children and others at the facility.
First Colony Mall
National and local retailers include Dillard's, Macy's, Pottery Barn, Ann Taylor, Coldwater Creek, Gap Kids, Gymboree and many, many more. At U.S. 59 and Texas 6 in Sugar Land, this regional mall is just minutes from Riverstone.
Fort Bend County Fair and Livestock Show
Each fall a parade featuring dozens of school bands, floats and drill teams leads Fort Bend in this ten-day extravaganza of food, rides, auctions, youth and adult exhibits, bands and folk and country dancing. It is the largest county fair in Texas and draws nearly 200,000 visitors.
Fort Bend Museum
This award-winning museum chronicles the settlement of the Fort Bend County area by the "Old 300" who received Mexican land grants through Stephen F. Austin. Exhibits interpret more than 100 years of history of the area and of Texas as a whole. The early settlement history is reflected in Fort Bend community names such as "First Colony" and "New Territory." Along with the museum and its exhibits, visitors to the Fort Bend Museum can tour the 1840s Long-Smith Cottage, home of Texas heroine Jane Long, and the 1883 John M. and Dottie L. Moore Home, a restored Reconstruction-era mansion that serves as a signature property for the museum.
Fort Bend Theatre
The Fort Bend Theater provides family entertainment year long, and is organized exclusively as a non-profit group. The troupe also offers children's theater presentations to schools and pre-schools.
George Memorial Genealogical Collections
A great place to discover the roots of Fort Bend, open daily, admission is free.
Located in Brazos Bend State Park, the observatory has a 36-inch wide telescope, the largest in the nation available for public use. School groups and other tours are welcome.
George Ranch Historical Park
The George Ranch Historical Park presents the compelling drama of four generations of Texas ranchers. In a relaxed, rural setting, guests have the unique opportunity to interact with people portraying the families who lived on this land through the years - from pioneer settlers to genuine cowboys and many more. Visitors to the ranch step back in time and engage the past, witnessing the hardships and triumphs of typical Texans. Interpretations include an 1830s stock farm, an 1890s era with sharecropper farm, blacksmith and cowboy chuckwagon along with the splendor of the Victorian Davis House and a 1930s ranching and cattle working program. The George Ranch Historical Park provides fun and insightful programs that create shared memories visitors will relive again and again. Annual events include Texian Market Days each October and Campfire Christmas among others. This living history park is open daily.
Fort Bend County offers the avid golfer more than 250 holes in award-winning public golf courses Sienna Plantation Golf Club, Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club, Greatwood Golf Course, the Golf Club at Cinco Ranch and Old Orchard Golf Course.
Great Southwest Equestrian Center
The elegant southern-style mansion sits in front of a world-class show complex featuring a 150 ft. by 300 ft. covered arena that seats 4,200 people. Witness a variety of horse shows and events, or learn to ride a horse.
Morton Cemetery whispers of history to observers, with graves of many early Fort Bend pioneers. The cemetery was founded in 1825 by William Morton and is the final resting place for William Kenchen Davis, a member of the Mier Expedition; Robert Gillespie, whose grave is marked with the oldest Masonic monument in Texas; Robert J. Calder, a valiant defender at the Battle of San Jacinto; Mirabeau B. Lamar, the second president of the Texas Republic; Jane Long; and Thomas Jefferson Smith, who fought in the battle of Texas' independence and later served as sheriff of the county.
Richmond Historical District
John M. Moore home and 1908 County Courthouse, also visit the Morton Cemetery, burial site of Jane Long, Mother of Texas and Mirabeau Lamar, President of the Republic of Texas, located in downtown Richmond.
Rosenberg Antique District
(832) 595-9600, (832) 595-3520, or toll free (866) 367-8236
More than 20 shops featured. For a free antique shopping guide, call 832-595-9600.
Rosenberg Railroad Museum
The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe railroads purchased 200 acres in 1883 and laid out the town site, naming it Rosenberg. The railroad museum combines the history of rail in Fort Bend County, the people of the railroad and fun all under one roof. The museum is dedicated to teaching the history and growth of railways in Rosenberg and Fort Bend County through a systematic collection and display of artifacts, memorabilia, rolling stock, equipment and exhibits.
Seabourne Creek Park
The latest addition to the park system in the City of Rosenberg is Seabourne Creek Park, located on Hwy. 36 South one-quarter mile south of US 59. The 164-acre park has a four and one-half acre stocked lake with two fishing platforms and a six-acre wetland basin that boasts a 700-foot boardwalk for easy access and viewing of floral and fauna features. Additional amenities include birding, hiking, biking, nature and jogging trails, restroom facilities and parking accommodations.
A parade, games, vendors and 100,000 pounds of snow create a winter wonderland in Missouri City.
Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center
Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center is a premier facility for ice skating, hockey, figure skating and parties. The center features dual rinks, a pro shop, multiple entertainment options, plus a lively schedule of classes and special events for skaters of all ages. The center also is the official practice facility to the AHL Calder Cup Champion Houston Aeros hockey team.
Sugar Land Town Square
Just three miles from Riverstone, Sugar Land Town Square is a vibrant mixed-use development that includes offices, restaurants, entertainment and a City Hall. A 300-room luxury Marriott Hotel features a 60,000-square-foot conference center, several restaurants and shops.
Texian Market Days
In October, hundreds of costumed participants bring to life more than 100 years of Texas history at the George Ranch Historical Park. Cowboys, entertainers, vintage automobiles, crafts, food and more add to the weekend excitement. Other activities revolve around Victorian games, needlework demonstrations, square dancers, singers, dulcimer players and cloggers. The festival recreates four time periods: the 1830s Jones Stock Farm pioneer era, the 1890s Polly Ryon Cattle Company era and the 1930s George Ranch House era. Also featured are working cowboys and the 1940s cowboy era.
The Fountains On The Lake
At Corporate Drive and U.S. 59, this complex is host to several waterfront restaurants, a multiplex cinema with stadium seating - and is an outstanding shopping venue.
The Museum of Southern History
The Museum of Southern History is located at 14080 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, on the campus of Southern National Bank. Modeled on Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, the building features a ground floor where rotating exhibits are displayed while the upper floor interprets objects from a permanent collection of Southern history and culture with a special emphasis on the Civil War. A small meeting room on the upper floor and a library filled with history books complete the museum. Video productions, hands-on exhibits and written text help the visitor understand momentous events in Southern history. Open six days a week.
At FM 1092 and Texas 6 in Missouri City, this shopping center features restaurants, specialty shops and more.