Bay City Public Library, 1100 7th Street (Go West on Hwy 35), ☎ 979-245-6931, . M-Th 10-7, F 10-6, Sat 10-4. Books, DVDS, Internet Computers, fax machine, copier, Children's programs, Teen programs, and more
Matagorda County Birding Nature Center, ☎ 979-245-3336, . Great place for bird lovers or to take your kids to experience nature!
Neon Moon (The Moon), 5212 7th Street, ☎ (979) 245-5566. Beer bar. Karaoke and live music.
K8's (Kate's), Corner of Ave I and 12th Street, ☎ 979-244-5283. Beer Bar. Karaoke, DJs, and Live music (Th-Sa). Thursday is Bike Night! One Wednesday a month is Metal Night. Themed nights including School Girl Night and Lingerie Night.
Surfside and Surfside Beach, Bryan Beach, and Quintana Beach are south of Lake Jackson on SH-36. There are wide stretches of beaches with vehicle access and few people (at least compared to Galveston). The fishing is often very good, especially for shark and redfish.
West Columbia has some interesting buildings about a hundred years old.
Palacios is about a half hour south on SH-35 and has lots of old interesting houses and interesting restaurants.
Galveston makes a great day trip and scenic drive. Head north on SH-35 to Lake Jackson, then south on SH-36 until you come to the Bluewater Highway (CR-332). Head north east (left) and follow the coast. The toll bridge at San Luis Pass costs about $2. The road then becomes Termini (CR-3005) and continues to Galveston.
Houston is a major city with endless things to see and do, and is about ninety minutes north on SH-35.