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“Loved it not the heat!”

George Ranch Historical Park
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Richmond
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Owner description: The George Ranch Historical Park's history follows family lines beginning in 1824 and spans more than 100 years. Just 30 miles southwest of downtown Houston, the Park is located on a 20,000 acre working ranch featuring historic homes, costumed interpreters, historic food programs, school tours, group tours, event rental facilities and livestock. It's a living history partnership of the Fort Bend County Museum Association and The George Foundation.
Montgomery, Texas
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“Loved it not the heat!”
Reviewed June 27, 2012

Great treasure for all Texans to visit. The park is clean. The staff are so friendly and no question is to dumb. The time of year will be a factor for our next visit. Making plans for an October visit. Loved it!

Visited June 2012
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“Fascinating look over the ages”
Reviewed May 31, 2012

A very interesting way to spend a few hours looking at the progression from a settlers homestead to what turned out to be a very successful ranching operation. A lot of good exhibits and all the staff from the real working cowboys to the guide staff were very knowledgable about the history of the place.

Visited May 2012
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Houston
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“Beautiful oak trees”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

It is a nice ranch with history. We went on a weekday and there wasnt much activities going on. The houses were very interesting and the tour guides were excellent. Some of the oak trees near the houses are very big and beautiful. Nothing growing on their greenhouses and the gardens were not interesting.
They have transportation among the houses, it is a little slow, so plan to walk or to wait 20 min for the tractor with wagon to appear.
It would have been nice to have a tour guide explaining about the place on the wagon, it would made the very slow ride more interesting.
Small cafe, burgers and sandwiches, nothing special on weekdays I guess.

Visited April 2012
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USA
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“A great way to experience Texas ranching history!”
Reviewed April 18, 2012

We had family visiting us so we decided to immerse them in Texas history, which included a visit to George Ranch Historical Park. The park is large, but walkable, though there is a tractor-pulled tram that will shuttle you around from place to place. The park covers four distinctly different eras in Texas ranching history. Each of the four locations was staffed by competent individuals dressed in period clothing and there were many farm animals around.

The highlight for many will be the ranching experience where you watch cowboys explain what they do and then demonstrate how they perform various activities on the ranch. Note that if you go after a heavy rainstorm, they will not be doing the roping part of the demonstration because it is dangerous when wet, but all of the other parts are good to go. Seeing a huge Texas longhorn close up is a thrill for the kids and everyone will enjoy watching the cattle dip where young cattle jump into a pool of water and make a big splash!

There is a small cafe throughout the week that serves basic fare, such as hamburgers ($5.00), cheeseburgers ($5.50), chicken sandwiches, salads and a variety of soft drinks. It is a one-person operation, but even so, service was fairly fast.

Admission is $10/adult, but the Entertainment book has a buy-one-get-one-free coupon, so if you have the book, don't forget it on your visit.

NOTE: I had heard that it took only 3-4 hours to visit the park, but you can easily spend twice as long if you visit all of the demonstrations, tour all of the homes, watch the cannon firing, observe the blacksmith, experience the cowboy demonstration, etc. I'd recommend planning for at least 5 hours. It would almost impossible to see all four parts of the ranch in just 3 hours. And parking is plentiful and free!

Visited April 2012
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London
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“Great way to learn history”
Reviewed April 10, 2012

Spent a very enjoyable 4 hours learning about the history of both the ranch and Texas. The site consists of four houses ranging from 1830 to 1930, where the various generations of owners lived, plus a exhibition arena for livestock handlng activities. Each house is staffed by tour guides who are dressed in the appropriate costume for the age of property and who lead tours every 30 minutes. The guides are extremely knowlegable and really bring the history alive. The site is very spread out but walkable (weather permitting), in addition there is a tram that can take you between each major attraction.

I also signed up for the lunch that the ranch provides on most Saturdays. This costs $12.50 andis well worth the money in terms of both quality and quantity. The extrance fee is approx $10, which again is very good value considering what is provided.

The location is well sign posted off the I 59 and can be combined with a visit to the Brazos Bend State Park, which is another 20 minute drive further South. To do both these sites in one day is hard work, but worth it if you only have a limited time in the area.

Visited March 2012
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