Home of the Great Texas Mosquito Festival, Clute is just 45 minutes away from Houston. The annual, late-July celebration has gained national recognition and attracts thousands of visitors from all over the country. Half-seriously referred to as "The Texas State Bird," the mosquito is an excuse for residents to join in on three days of fun and games.
On June 6, 2012, TripAdvisor.com rated the Great Mosquito Festival the "wackiest summer festival in the United States."
The Center for the Arts and Sciences, built for the cultural enrichment of Southern Brazoria County, offers a wealth of educational and artistic opportunities. The Brazosport Museum of Natural Science includes the most extensive collection of shells in the South, a life-size dinosaur replica, exhibits of wildlife, rocks, minerals, archeology and fossils. The Brazosport Art League Gallery features changing exhibits of original art. Brazosport Center Stages presents live plays and musicals, and the BASF Planetarium offers live astronomy shows under a 32-inch dome.
Clute was one of Brazoria County's first plantation sites. Alexander Calvit, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred settlers, and Jared E. Groce acquired about 4,800 acres in the area in 1824 for Evergreen Plantation. Joseph Pegan, Soloman J. Clute and several of his relatives founded a community near the plantation after the Civil War.
The antebellum Eagle Island Plantation of William H. Wharton now is the site of Restwood Memorial Park. The Eagle Island plantation home is thought to be the city's first frame house built in Austin's Colony.
In 2003, it was discovered life in Clute went back much further. The remains of two mammoths were discovered in Clute, the first major find of its kind in the Texas Gulf Coast region.
The sandpit in which the fossils were unearthed was filled to create Mammoth Lake Water Park, Texas' newest and largest dive-specific lake, offers 55 acres of clear water for scuba enthusiasts. Divers will have an immense range of objects to dive around including an F-5 jet, wrecked boats, submarine, antique fire truck, a Colombian mammoth replica and a cave system. New to the collection of artifacts is an F-150 Hercules airplane.
There were 11,634 residents in the city in 2017, according to estimates.