Best Things to Do in Bryan & College Station, TX

THINGS TO DO IN Bryan & College Station, TX

Things to do in Bryan College Station area

These twin cities are in the Brazos River Valley, where Stephen F. Austin’s colonists settled between 1821 and 1831.

Bryan was established in 1855 and named in honor of William Joel Bryan, nephew of Texas pioneer Stephen F. Austin. It has been the agricultural and commercial center of the area since 1867, when the H&TC Railroad began train service through town.

College Station became a city in 1938, although it traces its origins back to 1871 with the founding of the Agricultural and Mechanical College, now known as Texas A&M University. The U.S. Postal Service gave the city its name in 1877 based on its status as a railway stop.

The Presidential Corridor begins here, stretching from Texas 6 to Texas 21 and U.S. 290 to Austin to connect the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Bryan-College Station with the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin.

Brazos Valley Museum Of Natural History – Bryan-College Station

This facility presents exhibits on science, culture and natural history, including fossils, sculptures, antique farming and survey equipment, and more. The Discover Room has more than 15 varieties of live animals on display, including an active glass-front beehive and interactive exhibits. Open 1…

Carnegie Library – Bryan-College Station

This building was built in 1903 with funds from the Carnegie Foundation, and it is the oldest Carnegie Library in Texas. Completely restored, it now houses the Carnegie Center of Brazos Valley History. Open 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Mon., Tue. and Thu.; and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 111 S. Main St. 979/209-5…

Children’s Museum Of The Brazos Valley – Bryan-College Station

Museum provides a hands-on learning environment for children and adults. Children can experience the worlds of theater, commerce, medicine and nutrition, media and the arts. Open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat. and noon–4 p.m. Sun. Admission charge. 111 E. 27th St. 979/779-KIDS.

Cushing Memorial Library And Archives – Bryan-College Station

Cushing Memorial Library and Archives is the university’s archives repository, and it houses rare books, special collections and artifacts. Open 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Mon.–Thu., 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Fri. and 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Sat. 979/845-1951.

George Bush Presidential Library And Museum – Bryan-College Station

This facility is dedicated to the preservation, research and exhibition of official records and memorabilia of George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States. Includes a section of the Berlin Wall, replicas of Bush’s Oval Office and Camp David office, and a section devoted to First Lad…

J. Wayne Stark University Center Galleries – Bryan-College Station

J. Wayne Stark University Center Galleries feature exhibits ranging from fine arts to architecture, archaeology, history and science. Hosts approximately 14 traveling exhibits each year. Open 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Tue.–Fri. and noon–6 p.m. Sat.–Sun. Closed on school holidays. 979/845-8501. http://s…

Messina Hof Wine Cellars – Bryan-College Station

Wine-making traditions of Messina, Italy, and Hof, Germany, are blended at the vineyards of this Texas winery. Picnic facilities on property. Tours of winery (reservations required for groups of 10 or more) weekdays 1, 2:30 & 5 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m., 12:30, 2:30, 4 & 5:30 p.m.; and Sun. 12:30 and …

Messina Hof Winery & Resort – Bryan-College Station

MSC Forsyth Center Galleries – Bryan-College Station

MSC Forsyth Center Galleries, the home of the Bill & Irma Runyon Art Collections, feature one of the most extraordinary collections of English Cameo Glass. Art glass collections include works by Tiffany, Steuben and Mount Washington Glass Co. Also on display are Mary Cassatt, Frederick Remi…

Sam Houston Sanders Corps Of Cadets Center – Bryan-College Station

Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center features exhibits honoring the past, present and future of Texas A&M and its Corps of Cadets, including miniature cannons, swords, guns, flags, a library, Hall of Honor, memorials, works of art and an information center. The center’s Metzger-Sander…

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