Bryan TX and its twin city, College Station, are situated in the Brazos Valley, approximately 100 miles north of Houston. The Agricultural & Mechanical (A&M) University is the major employer in the area. Bryan, established in 1855, is semi-rural so several of its attractions are to be found on farms nearby. The local winery and several superb restaurants cater for all tastes. The streets are shut down after working hours, every 'First Friday' for an evening of cultural entertainment. Once a year, the 48 Chilifest, a country musical festival is held in the town. Scroll to see the full list with photos or jump to the table of contents.


The Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley

The Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley

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The Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley initiative was started in 1995 by volunteers, led by Kellogg Foundation Fellow, Dr Dale Whittaker and his wife, Mary. They have moved a few times but are hoping to purchase their own premises in due course. They focus on learning through play and inspiring young minds by augmenting classroom learning with practical application.

Their interactive exhibits, science simulators and reading times are popular with families looking for things to do in Bryan. They cater for birthday parties and offer summer camps, dad and daughter dances and a ducky derby. Entrance is free on Sunday, thanks to sponsor donations.

The Children's Museum, 4114 Lake Atlas Dr Suite 110, Bryan, TX 77807, Phone: 979-779-5437


Messina Hof, Bryan, Texas

Messina Hof, Bryan, Texas

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Messina Hof is a family-run winery that was established by the Bonarrigo family in 1977.

Today, the pioneering enterprise is run by the second generation, and has won countless awards for its wines. There are three venues, namely Bryan, Fredericksburg an Grapevine. Canned and bottled wines are sold on the premises, through retailers and on-line. Visitors can join the wine club. An intriguing program of VIP wine events, cellar tours, murder mystery dinners, cooking parties and harvest festivals are held on-site. Away from the premises, a river tour is conducted. More info

4545 Old Reliance Road, Bryan, TX USA 77808, Phone: 800-736-9463


Ronin

Ronin

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Ronin family farm and restaurant, run by Brian and Amanda Light, is a celebration of traditional life and foods of the area. They raise heritage breeds of chickens, pigs, guinea fowls and turkeys and heirloom flowers, fruit and vegetable. Food in season, directly from the lands, is served in the restaurant and at special events. Their 9-course Full Moon suppers are enjoyed at various stops around the farm. At the Farmer Dinner Series, food is sourced locally and diners get an opportunity to meet the farmers that produced it. Ronin also caters for weddings and other special events.

Ronin, 800 N Main St, Bryan, TX 77803, Phone: 979-704-3294


Aggieland Safari

Aggieland Safari

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Experience a unique wildlife adventure as you get up close to the incredible animals at Aggieland Safari. Standing over 250 acres, the safari park features dozens of species from around the world along with wonderful, scenic views and knowledgeable zookeepers ready to share interesting facts about the animals roaming the park. Visitors can take a self-drive tour through the safari and meet animals like zebras, giraffes, kangaroos, and many more. In addition to the drive-thru safari, Aggieland also offers other activities like a walkabout zoo, petting zoo, animal encounters, giraffe feedings, and a playground. Whether you’re an animal lover or looking for a fun experience for the whole family, Aggieland is definitely worth visiting.

Aggieland Safari, 18075 FM974, Bryan, Texas 77808, Phone: 979-599-5440


Brazos Valley African American Museum

Brazos Valley African American Museum

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Celebrating the history and achievements of African Americans in Brazos Valley, the Brazos Valley African American Museum offers a meaningful experience for visitors. Through the museum’s various exhibits, visitors will gain a deeper understanding of how slavery and the Civil Rights Movement impacted the local community along with the important contributions of African Americans in areas such as education, politics, and the arts. The museum also provides internships and educational programs for the youth as well as rentals for anyone wanting to host a special event on the beautiful historic property. If you’re looking for an inspiring and thought-provoking experience, be sure to stop at the Brazos Valley African American Museum.

Brazos Valley African American Museum, 500 East Pruitt Street, Bryan, Texas 77803, Phone: 979-775-3961


Christopher's World Grille

Christopher's World Grille

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Christopher's World Grille, run by award winning chef, and owner, Christopher Lampo (CEC), offers an eclectic menu of cuisine from around the world. Christopher returned to his hometown in 1998 to set up the restaurant, utilizing his experience gained from serving several celebrities, working at prestigious establishments in London and sailing round the world on private yachts. The restaurant currently has a 4 Diamond rating from Triple A and the wine list has received similar acclaim. It is situated in the restored 1913 Andrews House. Many of the original features were retained but the kitchen and banquet have been modernized to international standards. Map


J. Cody's Steaks and Barbeque

J. Cody's Steaks and Barbeque

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J. Cody's Steaks and Barbeque is a meat extravanganza. The choice includes beef, chicken, turkey and pork, or a combination of two or three. The steaks are grilled while you wait and there is more than a hint of mesquite in the seasoning. The old hickory smoking barbecues are out the back but the mouth-watering smell wafts inside. The large vegetable buffet, contains Cody's other speciality, Cody Corn. You can satisfy your appetite seven days a week at Cody's. You will usually find Cody on the premises when he is not out at a catered function.

J. Cody's Steaks and Barbeque, 3610 S College Ave, Bryan, TX 77801 Phone: 979-846-3832


Caffe Capri, Bryan, Texas

Caffe Capri, Bryan, Texas

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Caffe Capri was established in 1995 in downtown Bryan by Rami Cerone, using credit card advances. The risk paid off as the restaurant has subsequently received numerous awards, including multi-year awards for being the Best Italian Restaurant in the region. Old family, secret recipes are used along with experiments by Rami, in the open kitchen. Recycling is very important to the enterprise as is supporting local community projects. The upstairs private banquet room seats 60 people and outside catering is also possible.

Caffe Capri, 222 N Main St, Bryan, TX 77803, Phone: 979-216-5482


Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History

Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History

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Learn all about the region’s fascinating natural and cultural history at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History. Home to several interesting exhibits, visitors can find collections of dinosaur fossils, rocks and minerals, ranching artifacts, historic firearms, Native American relics, and more. Families visiting with children will especially enjoy the Discovery Room, where they can learn through interactive displays, examine taxidermy specimens, and even observe live animals. Visitors can get up close to animals like native fish species, snakes, and Boris the resident snapping turtle. Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History is a great stop for visitors of every age looking for an informative and memorable experience.

Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan, Texas 77802, Phone: 979-776-2195


Saint Andrews Episcopal Church

Saint Andrews Episcopal Church

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Saint Andrews Episcopal Church started out as a mission in Millican in 1864. It was not until 1914 that the congregation finally settled in their current premises, on the highest point of downtown Bryan. The neo gothic, stone building with its original stained glass and wooden interior, is the oldest church building in continuous use in the town. Besides the three Sunday services and weekly program, there are regular potluck and games evenings. The church has services for all life events, from birth to burial, as well as annual events such as graduation and teacher appreciation days.

Saint Andrews Episcopal Church, 217 W. 26th Street, Bryan, TX 77803, Phone: 979-822-5176


Saint Anthony's Catholic Church

Saint Anthony's Catholic Church

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Saint Anthony's Catholic Church was established in 1896 to serve the spiritual needs of 100 Italian families in the area. Today, the multicultural congregational has grown to around 700 families. Daily and weekend mass, retreats, private prayer, novenas and the full range of sacraments are offered in the parish. Day-care is offered for children under 5. The Church is also active in ministry, Bible studies, youth outreaches and religious education. There are regular days out, festivals and bazaars as well as a gift shop on the premises.

Saint Anthony's Catholic Church, 401 South Parker, Bryan, TX 77803, Phone: 979-822-4367


Boonville Heritage Park

Boonville Heritage Park

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Step back in time to the 1840s at Boonville Heritage Park . This 11-acre park is a preserved remnant of the historical town of Boonville, showcasing the heritage of Brazos Valley while offering a glimpse into life back in the Texas frontier. Parkgoers will find several historic structures such as the 1856 Turner-Peters log house, Boonville County Courthouse, and Boonville Cemetery. In addition to historical landmarks, the park also offers quiet walking trails and beautiful gardens making it a great place for those wanting a peaceful escape in nature. If you’re visiting in spring, be sure to catch the impressive fresh blooms of bluebonnet wildflowers.

Boonville Heritage Park , 2421 Boonville Road, Bryan, Texas 77802, Phone: 979-402-6326


The Theatre Company

The Theatre Company

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Catch some of the best talents Bryan has to offer at The Theatre Company. Passionate about changing lives with the magic of live theatre, the company has been offering dynamic and high-quality productions at an affordable price since its opening in 1999. Their talented team of directors, actors, and designers work together each year to release a season of entertaining shows for every age. Their past productions have included originals as well as classic stories like “Cabaret,” “A Christmas Carol,” and “Oklahoma!” The Theatre Company is a cornerstone of Bryan’s vibrant art scene and is a great way for visitors to get a feel of the local culture and community.

The Theatre Company, 3125 Texas Avenue Suite 500, Bryan, Texas 77802, Phone: 979-779-1302


Brazos Valley Farmers Market

Brazos Valley Farmers Market

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Support local producers at the vibrant Brazos Valley Farmers Market. Proudly building urban-rural community bonds, this year-round market brings farmers and artisans together with the community to celebrate local agriculture and talent. The market showcases dozens of vendors offering a variety of products from fresh produce and artisanal bread to handmade soaps and wood crafts. In addition to providing a platform for local growers and producers, the Brazos Valley Farmers Market is passionate about educating the public on nutrition and responsible food choices. Visitors can browse through the different stalls, sample local goods, and learn more about the products and farming practices used directly by those who labored to make them.

Brazos Valley Farmers Market, 500 North Main Street, Bryan, Texas 77803, Phone: 832-585-3427


BCS Axe House

BCS Axe House

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Owned and operated by locals, BCS Axe House offers a unique and exciting experience for visitors. Their 14-lane alley features all the best in axe throwing such as anti-bounce borders, easy-to-stick targets, projected targets, and digital scoring. Whether you’re a seasoned throwing or attempting it for the first time, their “axe-perts” are ready to help you have a fun, safe, and stress-free experience. In addition to axe throwing, BCS Axe House also offers a sports-type bar and cocktail area where visitors can enjoy some craft beers while playing bar games or catching their favorite sport on one of the 14 TV screens.

BCS Axe House, 3601 South Texas Avenue, Bryan, Texas 77802, Phone: 979-324-7001


Jumping World

Jumping World

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Find loads of fun and exciting family activities at Jumping World. The indoor trampoline park features a wide variety of trampolines and attractions catering to everyone's needs, from toddlers to adults. The tumbling lanes offer long stretches of trampolines for visitors to accomplish every kind of tumble imaginable, while the challenging Ninja Warrior course will test everyone’s strength and agility. Children will especially enjoy attractions like the foam pit, jungle gym, and toddler world. Here, youngsters can safely play in their own trampoline court with their parents. In addition to the trampoline park, Jumping World also offers a snack bar and arcade, making it a great place to enjoy the day with friends and family.

Jumping World, 3143 Wildflower Drive, Bryan, Texas 77802, Phone: 979-731-1011


The Chocolate Gallery

The Chocolate Gallery

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A true haven for sweet tooths, visitors can taste some of the region’s best pastries and confections at The Chocolate Gallery. The artisanal chocolate shop creates a wide selection of mouthwatering confections from handmade chocolates and toffee to cakes and cookies. The Chocolate Gallery takes pride in its quality products, crafting in small batches using only the finest ingredients and prioritizing sustainable options and procedures whenever possible. In addition to sampling their sweet treats, visitors can also tour the gallery or even participate in one of their instructional classes. The Chocolate Gallery is a must-see for anyone looking to add a little sweetness to their day!

The Chocolate Gallery, 211 North Main Street, Bryan, Texas 77803, Phone: 979-779-2804


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