In our Must do things in the greater Houston area series, we take a look at Houston’s vast array of communities, neighborhoods, and destinations to bring you five fun, tasty, surprising, and enticing reasons why you should pay each one a visit.
About 100 miles from Houston is the city of Bryan in the Brazos Valley. Together with College Station, it forms the Bryan-College Station metropolitan area.
Take a trip to explore the laid-back city’s boutiques, restaurants, museums and art; and while you’re there, visit neighboring Hood College Station to cheer for the Aggies, visit a Presidential Library, and more.
5 Must-Do Things in Bryan, Texas
Explore the historic downtown
Bryan’s Downtown is lined with quaint shops, restaurants and bars, galleries and more.
Shop for unique gifts at Alice’s Attic, Bird’s Nest Gifts & Antiques and Sweet Pickin’s Boutique; Shop for boutique chocolates and bonbons at The Chocolate Gallery; Check out the glass workshop and retail store at Brazos Glassworks. and catch a classic film or show at The Queen Theatre.
When you’ve worked up an appetite, stock up on beer, BBQ and bourbon at All the Kings Men; Get fried Wagyu chicken steak and boar caramel beignets at Ronin Restaurant; feast on German dishes and beers at the Bavarian brewery; indulge in vintage Tex-Mex at Casa Rodriguez; Spend a late night at 3rd Floor and 5 Knocks Speakeasy, or sip brews and sip wine at Blackwater Draw Brewing Co. and Downtown Uncorked. And that’s just a taste.
Check out the program of annual events
From art walks and holiday light parades to farmers markets and festivals celebrating wine and art, Bryan offers a variety of fun events year-round.
On Saturdays, the Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market rocks locally grown produce, farm-fresh eggs, jellies and jams, honey, herbs, garden crafts and more.
Visit the wine bar and tasting room at Messina Hof Estate Winery
A Brazos Valley staple, Messina Hof was founded in 1977 and pioneered the burgeoning Texas wine industry.
Today, you can visit the grounds to sip wine flights at the bar, take tours and shop at the tasting room, enjoy fine dining at The Vintage House Restaurant and weekend getaways at The Villa Bed & Breakfast, and attend special events and festivals. The winery is also a stop on the famous Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail.
Experience the art and the museums
In downtown Bryan, the West 31st Street Murals bring bold and bright art to the side of the Conlee-Garrett Moving and Storage building. Check out the outdoor gallery and be sure to snap a photo or two. Be sure to check out the super-cool Arc De Luna on Block 600 in South Texas, and keep an eye out for other art events in the Texas Cultural District.
At the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History you will find fossil exhibits, sculptures, antique farming and surveying equipment, discovery rooms and more. Explore the past at the Brazos Valley African American Museum, which features rotating exhibitions and events and a library of books on African American history. And the Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley is the perfect place to bring the little ones, with interactive exhibits like the giant piano, rocket ship, train table, and soaring wind tunnel.
Become a cowboy at The Cowboy Club
Break out your boots for local honky-tonk The Cowboy Club, a Bryan institution since 1976. Part sports bar and dance hall, the club offers a friendly atmosphere, a full bar stocked with whiskey, spirits, beer and wine; open mic nights and live jams; and no entry fee for the 21-and-up crowd.