College Station is a city of roughly 100,000 people in East-Central Texas. Its greater metropolitan area, which includes Bryan, has well over 200,000 people. It is the location of Texas A&M University. The university is the largest employer in the region, and it enrolls 50,000 students. The city is a hub of sports arenas and museums. There are lots of cool places to visit in College Station.
10. Grand Station Entertainment
Grand Station Entertainment has lots of things to do for a night of family fun. The center, located at 2400 Earl Rudder Frwy, has 40 lanes of bowling, laser tag, a mini golf Old Western Adventure, and a large arcade. The center is in a 73,000 square foot space with accommodations for private parties and events. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 10:00 am to midnight, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 am, and Sunday 11:00 am to midnight. The different activities have rates, and the center runs specials, like Monday Madness, and Ladies Night.
9. Royalty Pecan Farms
Royalty Pecan Farms has 500 acres of pecan trees. It has a gift shop that sells delicious treats like Pumpkin Spice Pecans, and it has a venue for private events like weddings. Events at the farm that are open to the public include the Pecan Harvest Festival, and Orchard Tours. The Harvest Festival will have artists, vendors, face painting for the kids, orchard tours, a pie baking contest, fine wines, and specialty foods. The festival is free to attend. Royalty Pecan Farms is a beautiful orchard that regularly hosts fun events. It is located at 10600 Highway 21 E Caldwell, about 30 miles from College Station.
8. Lone Star Trapeze Academy
If you’re looking for something different to do with the kids on the weekend, check out the Lone Star Trapeze Company. The company offers flying trapeze lessons to nearly all people from age six and up. Most people can do it, regardless of fitness level or flexibility. If you’re not sure, call them about it. The lessons are safe, with students and teachers all wearing harnesses. Regular sessions happen every Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 pm. The company books group sessions and parties as well. To schedule a session, book online.
7. Brazos Valley African American Museum
This museum opened its doors in 2006, but the people behind it had been amassing records and artifacts for many years before that. Today, visitors can view exhibits like “Free at Last: The Power of Freedom,” or “Food for the Soul: A Feast of Art.” The BVAAM offers lectures, workshops, performances, and storytelling. It is also very community oriented, and does a lot of programs with the schools. The public is welcome to search their genealogical records during a visit. The museum, which is located at 500 E. Pruitt Street in Bryan, is open Tuesday through Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Sunday 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. It is closed major holidays. Admission can be paid at the door.
6. Messina Hof Winery and Resort
Messina Hof Winery has won more awards for their wines than any other winery in Texas. The family-owned business has a winery in Bryan, as well as two more in other Texas cities. The winery at the Bryan location, which was founded in 1977, has a tasting room and offers tours. It is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Sunday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Tours are offered at a number of different times. The winery also has a gift shop and Wine Bar, the Vintage House Restaurant, and the Villa B&B.
5. Downtown Bryan and First Friday
The city of College Station merges with the city of Bryan four miles away. Bryan’s historic downtown has been revitalized, and it’s a great place to shop with friends or browse art galleries and enjoy the nightlife on a romantic evening out. Check out The Attic Antiques, Main Street Mall, Old Bryan Marketplace, Parker Astin Arts Center, and more. Every month the downtown businesses host a First Friday event. Visitors are treated to artists, street performers, and food trucks in addition to the regular shopping experience. The event is free to attend.
4. Grand Stafford Theatre
The Grand Stafford Theatre, at 106 South Main Street in Bryan, is an event venue showcasing live music performances and private events. The theater has 400 seats including mezzanine seating, and a full service bar. The second level has an available bar as well. The building was constructed in 1910, and the restored interior maintains the historical appeal. Tickets for specific events can be purchased at their website, and any age restrictions will be listed. Some events, like Craft Beer & Cocktail Tuesday, which starts at 4:30 each week, are free to attend.
3. D. A. “Andy” Anderson Arboretum
The D. A. “Andy” Anderson Arboretum is a 17 acre park located inside the city at 1900 Anderson Street. The city founded the Brazos County Arboretum in 1976, and then renamed it in honor of the mayor in 1986. The park includes a shelter and has a series of trails with markers. It is bordered on one side by a cemetery and on another by Bee Creek Park, which has a swimming pool, lighted tennis courts, a sand volley ball court, lighted softball fields, two playgrounds, trails, restrooms, a concession stand, and more.
2. Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History
This fine museum has 3,500 square feet of exhibit space, a performance area, and is wheelchair accessible. 50,000 people visit or take a class each year. Collections include 22,500 artifacts that fit into the categories of Archaeology, Botany, Conchology, Culture History, Geology, Mammalogy, Ornithology, and Paleontology. Some exhibits include the Brazos Spring Mural, which is 40’x11’ and depicts the valley 12,500 years ago. Another is the Carter Creek Nature Trail, which is across from the entrance. The museum is located at 3232 Briarcrest Dr., in Bryan. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission can be paid at the door.
1. George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
This presidential museum is located at 1000 George Bush Drive West, at Texas A&M University. Some events include Colonial Era: Dr. Benjamin – The Original American, which is an interactive live stream, and Reflections on Globalization, which is part of a lecture series. Exhibits cover the American experience during the years since 1941, including a World War II bomber and a slab of the Berlin Wall. Visitors can have their picture taken sitting in the Oval Office for a fee. This museum is one of the most popular tourist attractions in College Station. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday noon to 5:00 pm. It is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
These ten attractions are some of the best things to do in College Station. There are many more wonderful museums. Visitors can purchase a museum pass that will allow them three days of access to the city’s 12 museums. The appealing city has warm winters and very hot summers, so don’t forget your sunscreen and your hat.