10 Fun Things to do in Bryan College Station, Texas
The summer of 2016 marked my first visit to Texas and I am officially in love with the Lone Star state.
Between the perfect hostesses and exceptionally cool weather, my visit was incredible. Of the cities that I visited (5 on that trip), Bryan College Station (home of the Texas A&M Aggies) was my favorite.
Here are 10 things 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. Consider picking the grapes during harvest and then jumping in a vat to smash them with your feet. It may be 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. The beer list alone is one to be impressed by. The brewery’s owner, Brian, has found a recipe for success in brewing craft beer. He first opened Blackwater Draw in December 2015. Try a Timber Snake IPA or a Border Town Mexican style lager. The 303 Boyett Blackwater Draw location also serves food. I suggest the epic Tuna Nachos. Yummy!
#3 Munch on RX Pizza
RX Pizza serves up fabulous brick-oven pies in a no-nonsense eatery in downtown Bryan that is both casual and fun. This is one of the best pizza restaurants I have ever eaten at. Some interesting pizza combinations include the Luau (pulled pork, peppers, pineapple BBQ sauce, and caramelized onions) 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. If you are a trivia fan, stop by on Thursday evenings.
#4 Drink Ice Cream Martinis and Eat Red Neck Desserts
The Proudest Monkey features two signature desserts: the Red-Neck Shortcake (Twinkies with strawberries, whipped cream, and powdered sugar) and the Ice Cream Sandwich Sundae (chocolate syrup, berries, whipped cream, cherries, and sprinkles). If you prefer to drink your dessert, go for a Dreamsicle martini made with Absolute vanilla vodka, OJ, cream, and ice cream. Though not gourmet by any standards, they are damned tasty and super fun.
#5 Tour a Pecan Farm & Sample the Goods
Pecans are a hot commodity in Texas. Royalty Pecan Farms has been growing these favorite nuts for 30 years. In fact, 50,000 million pounds of the delectable nuts come from the state of Texas alone. On our Pecan farm tour, a guide took us by tractor (pulling a passenger wagon) through the pecan tree groves while explaining the process from tree to table. The tour is informative and you get to sample the pecans in the gift shop at the end. My preferences were the Kahlua Kick and Maple Balsamic. Delicious!
#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 $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 Kai’s Doughnuts
These are no ordinary doughnuts at this tasty shop. Kai’s Doughnuts are creative, visually appealing, and freaking delicious! The doughnuts may 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 seller and adorable as well. The doughnut revolution is alive and well in Bryan College Station at this local sweet shop.
#8 Visit a Presidential 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 mementos, 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 candlelight, 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. Many proposals have taken place inside these walls.
Color Me Impressed with Bryan College Station
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 may have missed?
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Check out other fun Texas destinations Wherever I May Roam has visited:
Irving, Texas (Four Season’s Resort)
Schlitterbahn: The World’s Biggest Water Park
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.