Located on the top floor of City Hall. The Surfside Historical Museum gives you a glimpse into an area known as the Cradle of Texas. Surfside is the home of the famous Fort Velasco. The actual Fort was located near the current City Hall. It was at this port that Stephen F Austin and his colonists first arrived in Texas in 1821. Eleven years later, in 1832. The first battle of Texas’ war for independence was fought here.