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Brenham/Washington County
Brenham/Washington County
115 West Main Street
Brenham, TX 77833

Attractions in Brenham

Experience Texas’ colorful past and idyllic present in Brenham, a romantic town surrounded by rolling grassy fields, oak forests, and sprawling farmland. Brenham is perhaps most famous for being the home of the Blue Bell Creamery, one of the largest ice cream producers in the nation. Although the Blue Bell Creamery is one of the more popular attractions in Brenham, there’s much more to see and do here than eat ice cream. Unique antique shops, art galleries, and a tantalizing selection of restaurants occupy the charming historic buildings that line bustling Downtown Brenham Historic District. Brazos Valley Brewing Company, a craft brewery; a professional theatre; and a concert hall that showcases the musical talents of local college students are among the other attractions here.

And all of this is just in Brenham. There are four wineries and numerous farms you can visit outside of town. Want to milk a cow or hang out with an alpaca? You can do that here. Of course, the very roots of Texas are also at Brenham’s doorstep. Washington-on-the-Brazos, where the Republic of Texas was born, is just a short drive away.

The Antique Rose Emporium
Meander through an eight-acre retail garden full of vibrant antique roses, perennials, herbs, native plants, and wildflowers at the Antique Rose Emporium. The emporium includes a small gift shop stocked with garden accessories.
10000 FM 50
Brenham, TX 77833
(979) 836-5548

Back Lot Gallery
The Back Lot Gallery showcases works of fine art crafted by up-and-coming Texas artists. Paintings, sculptures, and other works are displayed at the back lot of the historic Ant Street Inn, a boutique hotel in the heart of Brenham.  
308 South Park Street
Brenham, TX 77833
(979) 836-7393

Barrington Living History Farm
Experience life in the 1850’s at the Barrington Living History Farm, a homestead that belonged to the last president of Texas, Dr. Anson Jones. Today, the farm is occupied by costumed interpreters who use methods and materials of the time period to plant, cultivate, and harvest the fields and work with livestock. Visitors are encouraged to help drive oxen, plant or harvest crops, or make soap for a more immersive experience.
12300 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880
(936) 878-2213

Blue Bell Creamery
The Blue Bell Creamery is a Texas institution. Since 1911, Blue Bell has been crafting ice cream at several locations in addition to its main factory in Brenham. The creamery's Visitor Center offers a historic overview of the company and the ice cream parlor serves delicious samples. 
1101 South Blue Bell Road
Brenham, TX 77833



Brazos Valley Brewing Company
Brazos Valley Brewing Company is an independent craft brewery that calls Brenham home. Beer enthusiasts can enjoy a pint of their year-round and seasonal brews, such as the Golden Ale and the Big Spoon Tres Leches Stout, at Brazos Valley’s patio. The brewery’s patio is open Friday and Saturday.
201 West First Street
Brenham, TX 77833
(979) 987-1133

Chappell Hill Lavender Farm
Rolling grassy fields and the sweet earthy smell of lavender greet you at the Chappell Hill Lavender Farm, located a few miles northeast of Brenham along the Texas Independence Trail. Visitors can cut their own lavender during blooming season, which typically runs from April through June and August through October. Tour reservations must be made two weeks in advance and can be arranged on the farm’s website.
2250 Dillard Road
Brenham, TX 77833
(979) 251-8114

Downtown Art Gallery
The Downtown Art Gallery in Brenham showcases the paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and other works of art created by local artists. Any piece in the gallery is available for purchase. The gallery is located in a restored historic building right in the middle of Brenham.
113 West Alamo
Brenham, TX 77833
(979) 836-1622

Downtown Brenham Historic District
Most of the things to do and places to eat in Brenham are in the Downtown Brenham Historic District, which includes interesting antique, jewelry, and clothing shops; furniture stores; restaurants; the Brenham Heritage Museum at the Bus Depot; art galleries; and the Unity Theatre. A historic walking tour takes you past many of Brenham’s picturesque historic buildings.
100 East Main Street
Brenham, TX 77833

Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center
The Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center is a 500-seat theater that showcases the theatrical and musical performances of Blinn College’s Theater Arts program. The theater, located on Blinn College’s campus, conducts shows throughout the year. Tickets can be purchased on the theater’s website.
600 Blinn Boulevard
Brenham, TX 77833
(979) 830-4024

Lake Somerville State Park
Escape to the great outdoors at the scenic Lake Somerville State Park, a major recreational area that features 20 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails; volleyball and basketball courts; and camping areas. Boating, fishing, swimming, and water skiing are popular activities for those who want to get in the lake. Canoe and kayak rentals are available at Nails Creek State Park and Birch Creek State Park, both of which reside on the shores of the lake.
14222 Park Street
Somerville, TX 77879
(979) 596-1622

Peeka Ranch Alpacas
Feed and pet alpacas at the Peeka Ranch alpaca farm near Burton, just 15 miles west of downtown Brenham. Sixty acres of hay meadows and oak trees provide a scenic backdrop for the overall experience.
13350 FM 389
Burton, TX 77835
(713) 857-1461

Pleasant Hill Winery
Sample award-winning wines at the Pleasant Hill Winery, a vineyard and winery nestled into the rolling hills just southwest of Brenham. Wine tastings and group tours are available to the public.
1441 Salem Road
Brenham, TX 77833
(979) 830-8463

Saddlehorn Winery
Enjoy a leisurely stroll through a vineyard and savor a glass of award-winning wine at Saddlehorn Winery, located on a 390-acre ranch one mile off of Highway 290 near Burton, Texas. The winery includes a rustically furnished tasting room housed within a renovated horse barn, and a special events room.
958 FM 1948
Burton, TX 77835
(979) 289-3858

Texas Cotton Gin Museum
Visit the Texas Cotton Gin Museum in Burton, home to the oldest operating cotton gin in the United States. At the museum, visitors will learn about the farming and processing of cotton and the history of the gin in a guided tour. Picking cotton and separating the seeds from the soft white fibers is just a small part of the experience!
307 West Main Street
Burton, TX 77835
(979) 289-3378

Texas Star Winery
Texas Star Winery, one of the four wineries near Brenham, produces a range of specialty wines made from prickly pears, cranberries, wild Texas grapes, and plums. The winery is open Friday through Sunday and offers an indoor tasting room and outside seating ideal for savoring a glass of vino.
10587 Old Chappell Hill Road
Chappell Hill, TX 77426
(979) 251-7282

The Jersey Barnyard
Visit “Belle,” the famous cow that appears in Blue Bell Creamery’s TV commercials, at Jersey Barnyard, located just northeast of La Grange. At the barnyard, you’ll milk a cow; go on a hay ride; see mini horses, donkeys, chickens, rabbits, ducks, goats; and more! A farm store full of farm-produced cheese, eggs, milk, and other goods is open seven days a week.
3117 TX-159
La Grange, TX 78945
(979) 249-3406

Toubin Park
Toubin Park, situated right in the middle of downtown Brenham, tells the story of life in 19th-century Brenham. The park’s centerpiece is the underground cistern that may be the oldest example of a public utility in Texas. Various displays in the park provide some information how the cisterns were used, as well as a look at Brenham’s history during and after the Civil War.
208 South Park Street
Brenham, TX 77833

Unity Theatre
Unity Theatre in Brenham is the only professional theatre in Washington County. The theatre produces a wide variety of shows throughout the year in a renovated warehouse in downtown Brenham, including four major productions on its Main Stage. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or by calling (979) 830-8358.
300 Church Street
Brenham, TX 77833
(979) 830-8358

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site

Relive the birth of the Republic of Texas while enjoying the scenic beauty of south central Texas at the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, situated on the bank of the Brazos River. The park includes the Star of the Republic Museum, Independence Hall, and the Barrington Living History Farm, once the home of Dr. Anson Jones, the last president of Texas. Various educational programs and guided tours are offered at the park, the home of the Texas Independence Day Celebration.
12300 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880
(936) 878-2214

Windy Winery
Windy Winery, specializing in Texas wines from Texas grapes, offers a diverse selection of robust and fruity wines at its vineyard just a few miles northeast of Brenham. The winery’s tasting room and gift shop are open Friday through Sunday.
4232 Clover Road
Brenham, TX 77833
(979) 836-3252

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115 West Main Street
Brenham, TX 77833

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