Attractions

Bryan Attractions

Brazos Valley African American Museum   

500 East 20th Street Bryan, TX 77803    (979) 775-3961

Open: Tuesday – Friday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Sunday: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Recommended viewing: 1 hour This museum chronicles the tragedies and triumphs of African American life from ancient civilizations to the present day, while also focusing on local history’s of churches, families and schools. The museum strives to explore, develop, preserve and present the cultural heritage of African Americans.

Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History   

3232 Briarcrest Dr. Bryan, TX 77802    (979) 776-2195

Open: Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Recommended viewing: 1 hour The Museum’s principle function is to increase public awareness of animals, plants, minerals and human activity in the Brazos Valley today and in ages past. Includes a gallery with exhibits of fossils, sculptures, antique farming and survey equipment, a discovery room with more than fifteen varieties of live animals, an active glass-front beehive, dozens of taxidermy mounts, educational resources and several exhibits.

Historic Downtown Bryan  

The city of Bryan has done a wonderful job of revitalizing its Historic Downtown. This has allowied visitors to experience the shops, restaurants and businesses have worked together to restore Downtown Bryan to the thriving hub it once was. A great place to go antiquing, shop for unique items, view, tour and appreciate the historic homes and buildings as well as the mouth-watering cuisine.

George and Hillary enjoy the live music on “First Friday” every month.  It’s like “6th Street” in Austin was 40 years ago!

Messina Hof Winery & Resort  

4545 Old Reliance Road Bryan, TX 77808    (979) 778-9463

The most awarded premium winery in Texas, producing over 50 varietal wines at their state-of-the-art winemaking facility. Messina Hof Winery offers daily winery tours, wine tasting at the Winemaster’s Room Tasting Bar, vineyard cuisine at the award-winning Vintage House Restaurant and luxurious overnight accommodations at The Villa. Special events include the Wine & Roses Festival, Harvest Weekends, Murder Mystery Dinners and cooking parties with the chef. Special event facilities are also available for private dinners, weddings and receptions. Visitors Welcome.

The Carnegie Center of Brazos Valley History   

111 E. 27th St. Bryan, TX 77803    (979) 779-5437

Open: Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Recommended viewing: Varies with playtime A hands-on, interactive and educational museum. Kids learn through play with hands-on-activities. Some exhibits include: the Dramatic Play area for exploration of the world of theater, the Valley Grocery for exploration of the world of commerce, the Health and Fitness exhibit for focus on medicine and nutrition, the Town News area for future broadcast reporters, writers and DJs and the Volkswagen Beetle for expression through painting.

The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley   

111 E. 27th St. Bryan, TX 77803    (979) 779-5437

Open: Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Recommended viewing: Varies with playtime A hands-on, interactive and educational museum. Kids learn through play with hands-on-activities. Some exhibits include: the Dramatic Play area for exploration of the world of theater, the Valley Grocery for exploration of the world of commerce, the Health and Fitness exhibit for focus on medicine and nutrition, the Town News area for future broadcast reporters, writers and DJs and the Volkswagen Beetle for expression through painting.

College Station Attractions

Benjamin Knox Gallery – College Station Depot  

405 University Dr. E. College Station, TX 77840    (979) 691-2787

Open: Monday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Recommended viewing: 30 minutes – 1 hour Experience the home gallery, fine artwork and custom framing of nationally renowned artist Benjamin Knox. Traveling exhibits of national and local artists are also on display seasonally. Enjoy the intimate and artistic atmosphere while sipping on fine wine or a coffee drink from the Coffee & Wine Bar, and venture back to the times of red cabooses at the historic College Station Depot. The facility is also available for special event rental.

Santa’s Wonderland  

18898 State Highway 6 South College Station, TX 77845    (979) 690-7212

A Texas Christmas experience! Gather friends and family, and spend an unforgettable evening celebrating the holidays with great food, fun and festivities. Take the tour with millions of dazzling Christmas lights and see how Texans celebrate the biggest holiday of the year at Santa’s Town. Santa’s Town is a Texas style Christmas village featuring working artisans, live shows, musical entertainment, holiday goods, and shopping for unique gift ideas. It also features our classic Christmas movies on our giant outdoor movie screen, a petting zoo, Santa & Mrs. Claus, Santa’s hayride tours, Santa’s dining hall, and our cozy outdoor fireplace.

Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collection   

3380 University Dr. E. College Station, TX 77845    (979) 845-5783

Open: Monday – Friday by appointment Recommended viewing: 1 hour A natural history collection that focuses on vertebrate life from Texas. Its collection of preserved specimens range from reptiles to mammals, fish to birds, and number close to 1 million. No live animals are on display. If interested in a visit, be sure to call TCWC ahead of time. Located adjacent to TCWC is a nature trail that is open year round, with 52 plant ID stations, a bird blind, bat boxes and an outdoor classroom.

The Arts Council of the Brazos Valley   

2275 Dartmouth St. College Station, TX 77840    (979) 696-2787

Open: Monday – Friday 9: a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Recommended viewing: 30 minutes – 1 hour The Arts Council of Brazos Valley serves the arts, cultural and heritage needs of the residents, artists, businesses and visitors of the Brazos Valley. Programs and services support 57 affiliates, cultural organizations, members, constituents, friends, businesses and program participants in seven counties. The Arts Council’s extensive programs include over 14 rotating exhibits at the Texas Gallery, the Bryan/College Station Public Art Project, the ACBV Permanent Collection, arts and cultural funding, marketing, outreach, classes and professional development.

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum 

1000 George Bush Dr. College Station, TX 77845    (979) 691-4000

Open: Monday – Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Recommended viewing: 2 hours The Museum at the George Bush Presidential Library reveals the unique influences and challenges which shaped George Herbert Walker Bush’s life and presidency through artifacts, films, photographs, documents, music and interactive video that creates a museum experience that is both educational and entertaining.

Surrounding Areas

Blue Bell Creameries   

Brenham, TX 77834    (800) 327-8135

Founded in 1907, Blue Bell Creameries is home to what many believe the “best ice cream in the country.” This “little creamery in Brenham” is a popular stop.

Burton Cotton Gin & Museum   

307 North Main Burton, TX    (979) 289-3378

Built in1914, this gin, one of the last integrated air-system gins in America, has been restored with the guidance of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A working reminder of when cotton reigned supreme. The Visitor Center is open Monday through Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday seasonal hours. Tours daily at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. or by appointment.

Ellison’s Greenhouses   

2107 East Stone Street Brenham TX    (979) 836-6011

The only commercial wholesale greenhouse operation in teh state that allows the public to tour its working operations and five acres of greenhouses. Hosts the Poinsettia Celebration the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Star of the Republic Museum   

Washington, TX 77880    (936) 878-2461

Located at the site where 59 delegates gathered on March 2, 1836 to declare Texas’ independence from Mexico, the Star of the Republic Museum depicts the colorful saga of the Texas Republic—the story of Texas and its heritage…cotton and cattle…legends of blood and iron…vast resources and vast lands.

Texas A&M University Attractions

Bonfire Memorial   

TAMU Campus, Polo Fields College Station, TX 77843    (979) 845-3161

Open: From Dawn until Dusk Recommended viewing: 30 minutes – 1 hour The Bonfire Memorial is dedicated to the 12 Aggies who lost their lives in the tragic collapse of the 1999 Bonfire. It celebrates the tradition and history of Texas A&M and is comprised of the Tradition Plaza, Spirit Wall and History Walk.

Cushing Memorial Library and Archives   

TAMU Campus College Station, TX 77843    (979) 845-1951

Open: Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Recommended viewing: Varies Home to Texas A&M University’s rare books, special collections, manuscripts, and archival repository, Cushing Library presents 4-6 exhibits for visitors each year in addition to their permanent displays.

J. Wayne Stark University Center Galleries  

TAMU Campus College Station, TX 77844    (979) 845-8501

Open: Tuesday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Recommended viewing: Varies with Exhibits The Stark Galleries host about 14 traveling exhibitions each year. Visitors will see exhibits ranging from the traditional fine arts and crafts to anthropology, archaeology, history and science. One can also explore some of the highlights of Texas A&M University’s permanent collection, which includes works by Texas artists such as E.M. “Buck” Schiwetz, John Biggers, H.O. Kelly, Julian Onderdonk and Dawson Dawson-Watson.

MSC Forsyth Center Galleries  

TAMU Campus College Station, TX 77843    (979) 845-9251

Open: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Recommended viewing: 1 hour As the home of the Bill (’35) & Irma Runyon Art Collections, the galleries house one of the world’s most extraordinary collections of English Cameo Glass, as well as 1,100 American and English glass objects and 66 American paintings including important works by Mary Cassatt, Frederick Remington and Charles M. Russell. The glass collections include the mastery of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Steuben Glass Works, Mount Washington Glass Company, New England Glass Company and long-term loans of Galle and rich cut glass.

Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadet Center   

TAMU Campus College Station, TX 77843    (979) 862-2862

Open: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Recommended viewing: 1 – 2 hours The Sanders Corps of Cadet Center depicts the Corps of Cadets from its beginning in 1876 to today. The exhibits held describe the traditions and history of Texas A&M University. The exhibits include Silver Taps, the Aggie Band, Parsons Mounted Cavalry, the 12th Man, the Ross Volunteers, Aggie Muster, Bonfire, Reveille, Cadet life and an Aggie Ring case. Also housed in the Corps Center is the Metzger -Sanders Antique Firearm Collection. A must see to truly understand Aggieland.

TAMU Lettermen’s Association Athletic Sports Museum 

Kyle Field, TAMU Campus College Station, TX 77843    (979) 846-3024

Open: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Recommended viewing: 1 – 2 hours Located in the Zone of Kyle Field, this museum serves as a repository for treasured sports relics of the past. Visitors will experience several different exhibits in the museum including the Time Wall, Legends Gallery, sport-by-sport perimeter displays and interactive computers. The Texas A&M Sports Museum has the distinction of being the nation’s only all-sports museum funded primarily by former athletes.

Texas A&M University Visitor Center   

Rudder Tower, TAMU Campus College Station, TX 77843  (979) 845-5851

Appelt Visitor Center / 1st Floor Rudder Tower, TAMU Campus (979) 845-5851 Open: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Recommended viewing: 1 hour Tours Texas A&M University is a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant institution located in College Station, Texas. The university is centrally located, approximately equidistant from three of the 10 largest cities in the United States: Houston, Dallas and San Antonio and the state capitol Austin. The University’s enrollment is approximately 44,000 students studying for degrees in 10 academic colleges. Tours of the campus are offered through the Aggieland Visitor Center, which leave every hour from the lobby of Rudder Tower.