Established in 1894, this is the seat of Matagorda County. Matagorda County has a history of ranching, as well as rice, sorghum, corn and cotton production. The county's tourism attractions include fishing, birding, shopping, kayaking and canoeing. Vacation homes, bed-and-breakfasts and hotels provide cozy accommodations. Enjoy beach and river activities, shop the historic downtown district or relax in one of the beautiful parks with a picnic. Play a round on the 18-hole, Gary Player-designed Rio Colorado Golf Course (979/244-2955. www.riocoloradogolfcourse.com). Goose and duck hunting are seasonal attractions. www.visitbaycity.org
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