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Bryan College Station, Texas
1101 University Drive East, Suite 108
College Station, TX 77840
979-260-9898
www.visitaggieland.com
Bryan College Station, Texas

Attractions in Bryan College Station

Those who haven’t visited Bryan College Station in a while might have a tough time navigating their way around the towns these days. The area has seen tremendous growth in the last decade, adding many new businesses and attractions to its list of long-time haunts and iconic spots.

You’ll find wineries and art galleries, museums, fantastic restaurants, and other draws worthy of Texas’ biggest metropolitan areas. Read on for more on these and other of the best attractions in Bryan College Station.

 


Benjamin Knox Gallery
Benjamin Knox made a name for himself as “the Texas Aggie Artist,” creating loving homages to A&M traditions and spirit. Today you can find him in the historic College Station train depot a mile from campus, which now serves as his gallery, frame shop, and “Wine Depot,” a laid-back bar area offering wine flights, live music, and tasty street food. So even if you aren’t looking for a painting of an Aggie touchdown, you can still enjoy a fun evening in a laid-back environment.
405 University Drive East
College Station, TX 77840
(979) 696-5669


Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History
At 9,400 square feet, this Bryan museum packs in fascinating archeology, geology, paleontology, and other exhibits to make it worth a visit. Kids will love exploring the live snakes, turtles, fish, scorpions, and other creatures in the Discovery Room, and browsing the skeletal remains of an Ice Age cave bear, sabretooth cat, and Pteranodon in the Frithiof Fossil Collection. The museum also hosts special events and programs throughout the year, including the Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, an adult lecture series, nature camps, and teacher workshops.
3232 Briarcrest Drive
Bryan, TX 77802
(979) 776-2195


Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra
For more than 30 years, the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra has entertained the communities of Bryan and College Station with a world-class, professional orchestra. The group performs five concerts each year, plus two children’s concerts and a free outdoor concert on Independence Day. Another popular annual event, the Derby Day fundraiser in May, includes auctions, a hat parade and contest, and catered meal.
2501 Earl Rudder Freeway South
College Station, TX 77845
(979) 696-6100


Bryan Municipal Golf Course
Many former students have fond memories of Sunday afternoons spent shirking studies for a round at this public golf course in Bryan. Low greens fees no doubt brought them the first time, but well-manicured holes and challenging play - like No. 3’s 169-yard par 3 over water - kept them coming back. Check before you go to make sure there are no tournaments scheduled, as the secret is long since out on this course.
206 West Villa Maria Road
Bryan, TX 77801
(979) 209-6000


Dixie Chicken
No trip to Aggieland is complete without stopping in for a cold one at “The Chicken.” The oldest and best-known bar in the Northgate district, the Dixie Chicken offers pool tables, dominoes tables (for playing “42”), regular live music, and classic American bar food.
307 University Drive
College Station, TX 77840
(979) 846-2322


Fargo’s Pit BBQ
Fargo’s was named one of Texas Monthly’s 50 best barbecue joints in the world, so that tells you what kind of reputation they have. The restaurant keeps their smoking methods a closely guarded secret, but the results speak for themselves: succulent brisket and ribs and unbelievably moist chicken. Pair with their baked beans and finish with the peach cobbler and you’ll agree they live up to the hype.
720 North Texas Avenue
Bryan, TX 77803
(979) 778-3662


George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
With the Bush family’s close ties to the state, it was only fitting that the library dedicated to preserving George H.W. Bush’s presidential legacy resides on the campus of one of Texas’ most revered universities. Among the museum’s exhibits you’ll see thousands of objects - many of them interactive - related to his life and political career, as well as a World War II Avenger Torpedo Bomber and a 1947 Studebaker. Special events happen frequently, from book signings and lectures to family-friendly programs.
1000 George Bush Drive West
College Station, TX 77845
(979) 691-4000


Hullabaloo Diner
In 2007, celebrity chef and TV personality Guy Fieri told America what folks in Aggieland already knew: Hullabaloo Diner is off the hook. Fieri flipped for the Italian sausage sandwich, but other favorites at this authentic 1940s-era diner include biscuits and gravy, bread pudding, and “Train Wreck” fries with bleu cheese, bacon, and buffalo ranch sauce.
15045 FM 2154 Rd
College Station, TX 77845
(979) 690-3002


Kyle Field
If you’re in the city of College Station on the right Saturday, you’ll probably start wondering where everyone went. The answer is, of course, Kyle Field. “Home of the 12th Man” since 1904, the arena is the fourth-largest of all stadiums in the country. On game days, you can easily spend a full day in and around the stadium, taking in the statues, cheering the Corps of Cadets and the team as they file into the stadium, and tailgating to your heart’s content.
756 Houston Street
College Station, TX 77843
(1-888) 826-1284


Layne’s
College Station being the college town it is, you might expect its most iconic spot for students to get their grub on to serve up everything greasy, and you’d be right. Layne’s now has two locations, but its original home in “a dumpy looking building” (their own words) is the one that put them on the map with delicious, crispy chicken fingers, French fries, white-bread toast, potato salad, and secret sauce. If you’re hosting a few hundred people, Layne’s has you covered with the “1876 pack” of fingers, priced at just over a thousand bucks.
106 Walton Drive
College Station, TX 77840
(979) 696-7633


Messina Hof Winery & Resort
One of the oldest and most acclaimed wineries in Texas, the Bryan location of Messina Hof is its original site, established in 1977 by the Bonarrigo family. The awards have piled up over the years for their merlots, ports, cabernets, and rosés. A tour of the vineyard paired with a sampling in the tasting room is a great way to see how Messina Hof secured their spot as a leader in Texas wine. Tours and tastings run seven days a week, with special cellar tours and tank tastings on Saturdays only.
4545 Old Reliance Road
Bryan, TX 77808
(1-800) 736-9463


Old Bryan Marketplace
It’s not uncommon to hear shoppers say they popped into this shop in downtown Bryan and ended up spending hours here. The historic brick building built in 1908 houses new and old treasures curated by owner Kay Conlee, including furniture and home decor, candles and lighting, holiday decorations, bedding, clothing, and baby gear. Venture too far into the furniture section and you’ll be enticed by intoxicating aromas into Madden’s Casual Gourmet, where shoppers break for a lunch of soup and salad or supper of broiled Hawaiian sea bass.
202 South Bryan Avenue
Bryan, Texas 77803
(979) 779-3245


Santa’s Wonderland
Even if the weather outside isn’t frightful, there’s only one place in Aggieland where you can always count on getting in the Christmas spirit. Santa’s Wonderland draws merry-makers from as far as Houston and Austin for its brilliant displays on the Trail of Lights and all the rest of its holiday fun, from toboggan and train rides to live music performances and a petting zoo. Weekends can get busy, so visit on a weeknight if you can to beat the crowds.
18898 Texas 6 Frontage Road
College Station, TX 77845
(979) 690-7212

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Bryan College Station, Texas
1101 University Drive East, Suite 108
College Station, TX 77840
979-260-9898
www.visitaggieland.com
Bryan College Station, Texas

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