5 Must Do Things in Richmond

Unwind with wine, beer and more at Braman Winery | Courtesy of Braman Winery

In our Must Do Things Around Greater Houston series, we take a look at Houston’s vast array of communities, neighborhoods and destinations to bring you five fun, tasty, surprising and enticing reasons you should give each one a visit.

Located 15 miles southwest of Houston in Fort Bend County, Richmond is plenty rich when it comes to history. The area became known as “Fort Bend” or “Fort Settlement,” due to a fort built at the bend of the Brazos River which served as the colonist settlement’s epicenter.

In 1837, the city became one of the first 19 cities incorporated by the Republic of Texas; and it was given its current name after Richmond, England. Today, you’ll still find beautifully preserved historic homes, along with these 5 awesome things to do.

5 Must Do Things in Richmond

Stop by Richmond’s Grove Do-Nutz for gourmet goodies | Courtesy of Grove Do-Nutz & Deli

Go nuts for doughnuts at The Grove Do-Nutz & Deli

Gourmet doughnuts are the name of the game at this neighborhood hotspot. And by gourmet, we mean crème brulee, red velvet cheesecake, chocolate tres leches, banana pudding, sriracha bacon, and cronut varieties that will knock your socks off.

All you need to do is show up for them.

Open daily 7am to 2pm; closed Monday.

Step through historical eras of the region at George Ranch Historical Park | Courtesy of George Ranch Historical Park

Step back in time at George Ranch Historical Park

Make your way way-back into time at this piece of living history, which preserves Fort Bend County’s past and showcases Texas’ heritage through educational and interactive programs.

Wander through the gardens of the 1830s Jones Stock Farm, which was one of the earliest settlements in Northeast Mexico; take a journey through the 1830s and ’60s on the Heritage Trail, and get to know the George family by exploring the historic home and barns of the 1930s George Cattle Ranch Complex.

The annual Texian Market Days, held in October, is one of the best times to visit, as families can get a taste of what pioneer life was like with hands-on activities, battle re-enactments, live entertainment and more. Open Saturdays 9am to 5pm, and on other select days.

For more throwbacks, check out the Fort Bend Museum, where you’ll find an exhibit gallery and house tours of the 1883 John M. Moore Home and 1855 Long-Smith Cottage.

Fill up on slow-smoked meats at Richmond’s Harlem Road Texas BBQ | Courtesy of Harlem Road Texas BBQ

Pig out on BBQ at Harlem Road Texas BBQ

Over on the side of Harlem Road, pitmaster and global chef Ara Malekian brings the heat with killer, low and slow barbecue.

Hit Harlem Road Texas BBQ to feast on everything from handmade sausage and St. Louis ribs to slow-smoked brisket and pork, cooked utilizing vintage, oak wine staves.

Open Wednesday to Friday 11am to 8pm; Saturday and Sunday 11am to 6pm.

Sip on wines or enjoy beer from the adjoining brewery at Braman Winery | Courtesy of Braman Winery

Unwind with some wine at Braman Winery Tasting Room

Steeped in Texas roots, this family-owned spot combines a winery and brewery under one roof.

Stop by the tasting room to cozy up with some reds, whites, sparkles, and brews; or check for special events, including ladies nights, live bands, open mics, and wine bingo nights.

Open Thursday to Sunday, hours vary.

Grab a bite or catch a show on the outdoor patio at Scotty’s Saloon | Courtesy of Scotty’s Saloon at OTP

Tap your toes to live jams

Housed in a building that has been a neighborhood stalwart for over 120 years (the bar burned down in 2008, but the new setup meets all the criteria to keep it on the historic society’s list), The Lone Star Saloon is one of the best places around to pop a cold one and get a taste of the country. On Thursdays through Saturdays, the stage draws musicians from around the state that gets the crowd going with live country jams. Covers range from free to $10.

And for more live shows and dive vibes, check out Scotty’s Saloon at OTP, the former Old Trading Post which has served as a Richmond staple with its huge, rustic patio.

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Brooke Viggiano is a food and lifestyle writer residing in Houston. When she's not contributing to publications like 365 Things to Do in Houston, Thrillist Houston and the Houston Press, she's on the hunt for the coolest happenings in the city. You can follow her musings on Twitter @BrookeViggiano .