No trip to College Station would be complete without a trip to the George Bush Presidential Library. Whether you’re a Republican, Democrat or politically agnostic, it benefits everyone to step inside this architecturally beautiful, knowledge filled museum. Researchers, family or students will love perusing through the forty-three million pages of documents and a special section on former first lady Barbara Bush as well as a classroom specifically for students from kindergarten through high school. It’s a landmark of the state of Texas and worth visiting while you’re here.
1000 George Bush Dr. West College Station, TX, USA 979-691-4000
Although this next attraction is seasonal, it more than makes up for it with the acres of lights, decorations and events that will make even the most hardened cynic smile. Drive around on Santa’s Hayride Tours and enjoy the Santa Wonderland Band or any live act playing every single night for its two month run. Hungry? Chow down on the ‘biggest half pound burgers in the state’ at Frost Bite Village or a grab a glass of wine at the Wonderland Winery. Since it’s the season for giving, the community participates in their annual Brazos Valley Food Bank Night as well as Aggieland Humane Society-Cocoa for a Cause. Oh, and Santa’s there, of course.
18898 State Hwy 6 S. College Station, TX, USA 979-690-7212
While it may feel like a nostalgic stroll down memory lane in Downtown Bryan, you will be transported to another time and place with the compelling and authentic performances at The Theatre Company. Whether it be ‘Into the Woods,’ ‘Man of La Mancha,’ ‘Bye Bye Birdie,’ or ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,’ you will be on the edge of your seat experiencing some of the finest in live theater that Brazos Valley has to offer.
3125 S. Texas Ave. Ste. 500 Bryan, TX, USA 979-779-1302
First Friday is held every month on the, you guessed it, first Friday. It was established in 2005 to help showcase Downtown Bryan. Arts and Culture is a centerpiece, with street performers, food trucks, and live musical performances. While attending, take a leisurely stroll through Downtown Bryan, a location with architecture that seems to be taken straight out of a movie set. Time goes just a little bit slower here, which is a luxury we all need on the weekend.
Downtown Bryan, TX, USA 979-822-4920
Let’s face it — Texas is hot. There’s no better place to alleviate the stress of the Texas heat like going for a swim or camping at Lake Bryan. With plenty of space for the jet skiers as well as the casual swimmer, this is the place to be in the Bryan and College Station area. In the mood for a cocktail and a shrimp quesadilla? Stop by The Icehouse, equipped with a bar, pool tables and a stage for live performances on the weekends. Have an ice-cold margarita on the deck overlooking the lake and you may forget about the blistering heat for a few seconds.
Lake Bryan, 8200 Sandy Point Rd. Bryan, TX, USA 979-361-0861
Can’t tell the difference between a Chardonnay and a Riesling? How about a Merlot from a Pinot Noir? If you’re looking for the the top spot in the area where you can enhance your wine expertise, as well as try fantastic wine, Messina Hof Winery & Resort is it. Have a weekend getaway at The Villa bed and breakfast, or a delicious meal at The Vintage House restaurant. With a friendly staff and educational tours, you will bolster your knowledge of wine in no time with enough to impress your friends at the next wine and cheese party.
4545 Old Reliance Rd. Bryan, TX USA 979-778-9463
The Brazos Valley Bombers are the go-to baseball team in Brazos County. The three-time defending Texas Collegiate League Champions display a standard of excellence on a nightly basis for the ardent baseball enthusiast, and make for a great family night out at the ballpark. Come for the baseball, but stay for the promotions such as Teacher Appreciation night, Thirsty Thursday and of course, Fourth of July fireworks.
In the mood for something a little louder than the lake and less tranquil? Look no further than Hurricane Harry’s. Even though it’s located in Northgate, you don’t have to be a student to enjoy live music and great drink specials every night. The best part is, you don’t have to go on a weekend to enjoy a quality performance, with The Eli Young Band playing on a Wednesday night. They have great drink specials too.
313 College Ave. College Station, TX, USA 979-846-3343