In 1830, William Stafford started a plantation that had a horse-powered cotton gin and cane mill. It was burned down during the Texas Revolution, but he had it rebuilt and a settlement was established around the site.
In 1884, Stafford had just 50 residents, with almost 18,000 in the 2010 census.
Come to Stafford for guns, beer, parks, bowling, and more!
Where exactly is Stafford, TX? How far is it from major cities?
Stafford is southeast of mid Texas, located in both Fort Bend and Harris County. It’s part of the Houston metropolitan area.
It takes half an hour to drive from Stafford to Houston via I-69.
It takes two hours and 45 minutes to drive from Stafford to Austin via State Hwy 71 W.
It takes about four hours to drive from Stafford to Dallas via I-45 N.
Things to do in Stafford, TX
1. Main Event Stafford
If you want to have fun, go to Main Event! No matter how old you are, you’re bound to have a blast.
Some activities include an arcade with over 100 of the latest interactive video games, multi-level laser tag, and state-of-the-art bowling.
Enjoy their casual dining with perfect shareables like oven-baked pizza, loaded nachos, and wings. Savor craft beers, unique cocktails, and a huge selection of wines in a high-energy bar loaded with huge TVs.
12626 Fountain Lake Cir, Stafford, TX 77477
2. Stafford Centre of Performing Arts
(photo: Lilu Schwartz)
The Stafford Centre opened up in early 2004 with an epic lineup on opening weekend to fulfill the mayor’s vision to bring entertainment and arts to Fort Bend County.
The $28 million state-of-the-art facility houses 100,000 square feet of a performing arts theater, a convention center, and fields for festivals.
Due to the array of uses, this Centre is a cultural leader and has shifted the perception of the city from a strictly industrial town to one that has culture.
The Performance Art Theatre has 1,105 seats, cutting edge light and sound technology, and a full size orchestra pit. Events range from motivational speakers to comedians to plays and dances.
The Convention Centre includes a 20,000 square foot ballroom and nearly 5,000 square foot meeting space. The rooms have everything a convention would need such as fiber optic cables, audio and visual feeds, and electricity. You’ll also find a full-size commercial kitchen with a walk-in freezer and fridge!
You’d be lucky to attend a conference or event at this magnificent Centre!
10505 Cash Rd, Stafford, TX 77477
3. Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park
Urban Air creates a safe place for the whole family to play!
Expect for it to be packed on a weekend, holiday, or if the weather is bad.
They have rope climbing, trampolines, rock climbing, a ball pit, and an air rope slide. This is the perfect place to go if you’re traveling with little ones!
4. Buffalo Run Park
(photo: Zion Pineda)
Buffalo Run Park is a beautiful nature park with three covered pavilions, an observation tower, natural trails, fishing piers, a public boat ramp, a sand volleyball court, and restrooms. Its four lakes (you read that right!) are connected by boats.
There are two miles of trail to walk or job and nearly 50 acres of surface water!
Expect to watch birds and waterfowl. Bring your binoculars to see something spectacular.
And don’t forget to find the hidden Geocaches!
Stop by the community garden to see what the locals are growing.
5. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
The Mandir is a place to pray and worship for followers of Hinduism. Its sacred images and worship ceremonies help elevate the soul and realize God according to Hindu philosophy.
Worldwide, Swaminarayan Mandirs carry forth the ancient Hindu ideal of Mandirs.
This exhibition demonstrates the “glory and greatness of Hinduism and the significant contributions by India in all fields.” As a visitor you can see how universal Hinduism is, discover its origins, understand the beliefs of Hindu people, learn about India’s contributions to the sciences, and relish in the peace created by a traditional Hindu Mandir.
1150 Brand Ln, Stafford, TX 77477
6. Bowlero Stafford
Bowlero Stafford offers 32 bowling lanes, an arcade, billiards and pool, air hockey, a sports bar, lounge area, and an ATM. It is wheelchair accessible.
They have bowling and arcade deals on Sunday after 8pm, so plan accordingly!
Their food doesn’t disappoint, either. In fact, it is highly impressive. Choose from comfort food, original cocktails, street tacos, pizza, burgers, milkshakes, and more.
4919 S Main St, Stafford, TX 77477
7. Eternal Gandhi Museum
Mahatma Gandhi is world renowned for his commitment to equality, justice, and human rights through nonviolent conflict resolution that helped people in the Indian subcontinent achieve independence.
The Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston is a project with the purpose of preserving and continuing his legacy. The museum is in Houston, which is one of the most diverse cities in the US. It’s the first ever museum in America dedicated to Gandhi.
The Museum’s vision is simple: by practicing nonviolent conflict resolution, visitors- especially youth- can create change in their communities and personal lives.
The museum is expected to open in early 2023.
323 Dulles Ave, Stafford, TX 77477
8. Texas Gun Club
The Texas Gun Club is “The highest rated gun range in the Houston area.” It’s a gun store that also has a luxury shooting range.
All of their partners agree that their mission is to “glorify God in all that we [they] do”. They are committed to creating good neighbors, growing the sport of shooting, and promoting responsible gun ownership- meanwhile providing incredible customer service.
They’re also just a great spot to chill out and enjoy family and friends.
Experience southern hospitality and Texas luxury at their shooting range. It’s unique to any other range in the Houston metro area. All upscale ranges are inside, so you won’t have to miss out from a rainy day.
If you’re looking for a group of shooters who all support each other and have fun, this is the range for you.
Attend a special event to see a guest speaker, elite shooters, or to enter a giveaway!
206 Brand Ln, Stafford, TX 77477
9. Texas Leaguer Brewing Company
“We brew our beer with passion and we want you to enjoy it.” A simple statement by the Texas Leaguer Brewing Company, although it fully captures their essence.
The Beerpark is the best place to relax and sip on their craft beer. Catch a game on their big screen, watch some live music, or play games. Plus there are always food trucks outside!
Visit for their year-round brews, small batch releases on Farm System Fridays, and special releases.
Some events as of March 2022 include:
St Patty’s Celebration
Tastings at other breweries and wine shops
So come stop by and enjoy the laid back atmosphere as well as amazing drinks and events!
10. Exitology Escape Room
Escape rooms have been all the craze in recent years. They put players in a real-life immersive story, letting them solve physical puzzles to get out of the room.
The game room is locked from the outside and players have to brainstorm as a team to escape within an hour by solving many mysteries, riddles, and puzzles using observation, logic, and teamwork!
The Exitology Escape Room is “the next generation escape room” with a huge assortment of ground-breaking puzzles, unique storylines, and next-level technology.
So bring your travel buddy to this real-life puzzle and test your mind- and relationship!
4641 S Main St, Stafford, TX 77477
11. Fountain Lake Park
Fountain Lake Park is a perfectly sized, well-looked-after park that has a jogging trail featuring adult exercise equipment, as well as playgrounds for the little ones.
Even if there are a few other families and joggers, it won’t feel crowded because of the multitude of benches and picnic tables.
Their trail is easy on your knees because it’s dirt and gravel. This is the perfect place for sunsets and bird watching.
Come here if you want to sit back and relax with a book, go on a jog, or get in a good workout!
Fountain Lake Dr, Stafford TX 77477
12. Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
Pappadeaux won’t let you down! Their special- the Paparella Pasta- is to die for. It comes with scallions but feel free to swap it out to your liking (may we suggest the andouille sausage!)
Some die-hard locals have been going for over two decades and have watched the restaurant evolve over the years.
The atmosphere is authentic and service is impeccable. Their dishes are presented beautifully, despite the instant overflow of diners.
Expect to see the managers as they make their friendly rounds!
12711 US-59 S, Stafford, TX 77477