County Seat: Bay City

Major Cities: Palacios (in corporated), Van Vleck, Blessing, Markham, Matagorda, Wadsworth, Pledger, Sargent, Midfield

County Population: In 2010, it was 36,702.

County's biggest employer: South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company, with 1,200 employees

Square Miles: 1,100.3

Main Highways: State High ways 35 and 60

Chamber of Commerce

Bay City Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture

Where: 201 7th St., Bay City

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays

Information: 979-245-8333, fax 979-245-1622,

Palacios Chamber of Commerce

Where: 420 Main St., Palacios

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays

Information: 361-972-2615

Matagorda Area Chamber of Commerce

Where: P.O. Box 103, Matagorda

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays

Phone: 979-557-6526

Sargent Area Chamber of Commerce

Where: P.O. Box 4052, Sargent

Phone: 979-429-3002

Festivals

Matagorda County Museum Quilt Show

Where: Matagorda County Museum

When: Through February

Theme: Quilts

Cost: Free with admission to the museum

Matagorda County Livestock Show and Rodeo

Where: Matagorda County Fairgrounds, 4511 Farm-to-Market Road 2668

When: February through March

Theme: Fair and rodeo

Cost: Varies

Bay City Lions Club Rice Festival

Where: Matagorda County Fairgrounds

4511 Farm-to-Market Road 2668

When: Sept. 19-22

Theme: Rice

Cost: Varies

Information: 979-245-8333,

Festival of Trees

Where: Matagorda County Museum

When: December

Theme: Christmas

Cost: Free

School districts

Bay City School District

Where: 520 7th St.

Grades: Pre-kindergarten -12

Classification: 4A

Campuses: One high school, one junior high, three elementary schools.

Information: 979-245-5766,

Tidehaven School District

Where: 148 Farm-to-Market Road 1095, El Maton

Grades: Pre-kindergarten -12

Classification: 2A

Campuses: One high school, one intermediate school, two elementary schools

Information: 361-588-6321

Matagorda School District

Where: 717 Wightman St.

Grades: Pre-kindergarten - 8

Classification: N/A

Campuses: One school

Information: 979-863-7693, matagordaisd.org

Van Vleck School District

Where: 142 S. Fourth St.

Grades: Pre-kindergarten - 12

Classification: 2A

Campuses: One high school, one intermediate school, one middle school, one elementary school

Information: 979-323-5000, vvisd.org

Palacios School District

Where: 1209 12th St.

Grades: Pre-kindergarten -12

Classification: 3A

Campuses: one high school, one junior high, one intermediate school, one elementary school and one Texas State Marine Education Center

Information: 361-972-5491,

Colleges

Wharton County Junior College

Where: 4000 Ave. F, Bay City

Grade level: Junior college

Information: 979-244-4552, 1-800-561-WCJC (9252)

Museums

Matagorda County Museum

Where: 2100 Ave. F, Bay City

Hours: 1-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday

Admission: $4, adults; $3, seniors over 50; $2, children 3 and older

Children's exhibit, Quilt exhibit, LaBelle exhibit, Festival of trees, local art exhibit lasting from mid January to mid March

Information: 979-245-7502; 979-245-1233-fax; mcma@matagordamuseum.com

Palacios Area Museum

Where: 401 Commerce St., Palacios

Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Fees: Free, although donations welcome

Hurricane Carla 50th anniversary exhibit, LaBelle exhibit

Information: 361-972-1148, citybytheseamuseum.org

Golf Courses

Bay City

Bay City Country Club

Where: 1129 state Highway 35 S., Bay City

Admission fee: Varies

Hours: 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday

Information: 979-245-3990,

Rio Colorado Golf Course

Where: Riverside Park, 7320 Farm-to-Market

Road 2668

Bay City

Hours: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily

Admission: Weekday $29/weekend $39

Information: 979-244-2955, riocoloradogolfcourse.com

Palacios Golf Course

Where: 289 Trull Blvd., Palacios

Information: 361-972-5947

Parks

Bay City

Matagorda County Birding and Nature Center

Where: 1025 state Highway 35

Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

Admission: $3 per person or $5 per carload

Information: 979-245-3336, mcbnc.org

LeTulle Park

Where: West state Highway 35, Bay City

Information: 979-323-1660

Liberty Park

Where: 6th Street at Avenue I, Bay City

Information: 979-323-1660, cityofbaycity.org

Duncan Park

Where: Duncan Street near Hilliard Swimming Pool, Bay City

Information: 979-323-1660, cityofbaycity.org

Riverside Park

Where: Farm-to-Market Road 2668, Bay City

Information: 979-323-1660

Matagorda Jetty Park

Where: At the mouth of what was the Colorado River before its diversion into West Matagorda Bay

Palacios

South Bay Park

Where: South Bay Boulevard

Information: palaciostexas.com

East Bay Park

Where: East Bay Boulevard

Information: cityofpalacios.com

Railroad Park/Skateboard Park

Where: Sixth Street

Information: cityofpalacios.com

Pavilion Pier

Where: South Bay at Fourth Street

Information: 361-972-3605

Palacios Recreation Center

Where: 2401 Perryman St.

Information: 361-972-3366

Libraries

Bay City Public Library

Where: 1100 7th St., Bay City

Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesday - Thursday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday

Information: 979-245-6931; baycitytxlib.org

Offers: Videos, printing, fax services, study rooms, genealogy collection, computers, A-V equipment for rent, Spanish language material.

Sargent Branch

Where: Farm-to-Market Road 457, Sargent

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday; 1-6 p.m. Thursday; 1-6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

Offers: High speed Internet, printing, faxing, copies, great new best sellers, DVDs, videos

Information: 979-245-3032,

Hospitals

Matagorda Regional Medical Center

Where: 104 7th St., Bay City

Specialties offered: Radiology/imaging, cardiac care services, cardiopulmonary services, surgical services, senior care-mental health program, the Women's Center, critical care services (ICU), diagnostic testing, emergency department services, laboratory services

Information: 979-245-6383,

Palacios Community Hospital

Where: 311 Green Ave., Palacios

Specialties offered: Inpatient care, 24-hour emergency room, rural health clinic, laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, physical therapy, nephrology clinic, sleep studies, hearing services

Information: 361-972-2511

Fishing holes/lakes/beaches

Matagorda Beach

Where: Matagorda

Cost: Free

Information: 1-800-806-8333

Sargent Beach

Where: Sargent

Cost: Free

Information: 1-800-806-8333

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