10 Fun Things to do in Bryan College Station, Texas
This summer marked my first visit to Texas and I am in love with this state. Between the perfect hostesses and exceptionally cool weather, my visit was incredible. Of the cities that I visited, Bryan College Station (home of the Texas A&M Aggies) was one of my favorite. Here are 10 things that I recommend doing in this fun college town.
#1 Grape Picking and Smashing at Messina Hof
Can you think of anything better than sampling 98 wines? That is how many types of wines that the Messina Hof Vineyard makes annually. Picking the grapes during harvest and then jumping in a vat to smash them with your feet is even more fun than drinking the wine itself. Bonus, you can stay at Messina Hof Winery’s Villas for a romantic and indulgent overnight.
#2 Sample the Local Brews at Blackwater Draw
Visit the Brazos River Valley brewery and restaurant at the Blackwater Draw’s Northgate location. Their beer list is one to be impressed with. Open since December 2015, the brewery’s owner, Brian, has found a recipe for success in brewing craft beer. Try a Timber Snake IPA or a Border Town Mexican style lager. The 303 Boyett location also has food. Try their epic Tuna Nachos.
#3 Munch on RX Pizza
RX Pizza serves up fabulous brick-oven pies in a no-nonsense eatery that is both casual and fun. Located in downtown Bryan, this is one of the best pizza joints that I have ever eaten at. Some intriguing menu items include the Luau (pulled pork, peppers, pineapple BBQ sauce, and caramelized onions), Porkscription (pepperoni, Italian sausage, pulled pork, and bacon), and Urban Cowboy (steak, caramelized onions, pesto, mushrooms, and blue cheese). Be sure to check out RX Pizza’s beer and craft cocktail selections as well. Happy hour is from 4-7PM Monday-Friday. Do not miss Trivia on Thursday evenings at 9PM.
#4 Meet friends for Ice Cream Martinis and Red Neck Desserts
The Proudest Monkey features two signature desserts: the Red-Neck Shortcake (twinkles with strawberries, whipped cream, and powdered sugar) and the Ice Cream Sandwich Sundae (ice cream sandwiches, berries, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, cherries and sprinkles). Try a Dreamsicle martini made with Absolute Vanilla Vodka, Orange Juice, Cream, and Ice Cream. Though not gourmet by any standards, they are damned tasty and super fun. Proudest Monkey also has a killer list of ice cream martinis!
#5 Tour a Pecan Farm & Sample the Goods
Pecans are a hot commodity in Texas and Royalty Pecan Farms has been growing these favorite nuts for 30 years. In fact, 50,000 million pounds of these delectable nuts come from the state of Texas alone. On the Pecan farm tour, a guide takes you, by tractor pulling a passenger wagon, through the pecan tree groves and explains the process from tree to table. The tour is very informative and you get to sample the pecans in the gift shop at the end. I think that the Kahula Kick and Maple Balsamic are the best.
#6 Visit Kyle Field, home of Texas A&M
Kyle Field, home of the 12th man, sets the standard for college football stadiums. The Texas A&M Aggies bring out football fans in droves to this state of the art sports facility. Kyle Field is so impressive that several of their suites sell for a measly $12 million dollars. Others start at $50,000, with no food or game tickets. The Jumbotron at Kyle Field is 47 feet wide and shoots out fireworks when the team scores. Gig ’em!
#7 Chow Down on Doughnuts from Kai’s
These are no ordinary doughnuts. Kai’s tasty treats are creative, visually appealing, and freaking delicious! Their doughnuts include fresh fruit, Froot Loops, M&M’s, Reese Cups, toffee, nuts, cream cheese frosting, and English Toffee. The Cookie Monster is the most popular. The doughnut revolution is alive and well in Bryan College Station at this local sweet shop.
#8 Display Your American Spirit by Visiting the George Bush Library
There is something to be said for touring a Presidential Library. The designers of these impressive institutions have a real knack for creating displays and settings that lure you in and make you want to get lost in American history. The George Bush Library offers interactive museum exhibits including replicas of Camp David, Persian Gulf War momentos, and family artifacts depicting our 41st President’s life. Do not miss the mock Oval Office where you can take a picture seated in the President’s chair.
#9 Treat Yourself to a 9 Course Meal in the Forest
Picture yourself far in the woods under the twinkling stars and candlelights, while the delightful staff of Ronin Cooking serves you an incredible dinner. This farm to table dining experience is incredibly unique. Your senses will be heightened from the tasty eats, such as Quail, Wild Boar, Spaghetti Squash with green onion and lime, and tender Wagyu beef. The culinary standards set by husband and wife team Chef Brian and Amanda weave the fabric for this successful enterprise played out on the couple’s farm.
#10 Party with the In-Crowd at Northgate’s Dixie Chicken
The world-famous Dixie Chicken is home to the ultimate nightlife in Bryan College Station. The Dixie Chicken, opened in 1974, sells the most beer per square foot than any other bar in the country. The bar has a mascot located in the back near the restrooms; I will not spoil the surprise and tell you what the mascot is.
My first visit to Bryan College Station provided so much more than I ever anticipated and I cannot wait to go back and explore even more of this cool town. What are your favorite things that I have missed?
A special thanks to the Bryan/College Station CVB for the hospitality, meals, and for having me. I did not receive any other form of compensation for this post. As with all posts on this site, all opinions and conclusions are 100% my own and unbiased.
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