Home to Texas A&M University, College Station is a classic college town in East-Central Texas with a population of about 120,000, and a fantastic place to visit. And let’s be honest, anyone planning to visit is usually doing so because of something connected with the Aggies.
A few minutes down the road you will arrive at the city of Bryan. Bryan, Texas is the county seat for Brazos Valley and has a population of over 86,276. Together these two cities make up the Bryan-College Station metropolitan area.
Texas A&M University was the first public institution of higher education in the state of Texas, ensuring that there’s always a bit of history lurking around the corner when visiting College Station.
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Fun Things to Do in Bryan-College Station
Tour the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library.
The George H. W. Bush Presidential Library is not only a library, but it also serves as a museum used to preserve and make available the records and artifacts of George H.W. Bush, The 41st President of the United States of America.
The museum is home to the burial site of George H. W. Bush, and his wife Barbara Bush.
Once you have paid your respects, go ahead and head inside to check out limitless opportunities for learning, and hundreds of available public programs.
The museum houses more than 100,000 artifacts, most of which are gifts given to President and Mrs. Bush during his term in office, including gifts he received from foreign heads of state.
You will also find artifacts from President Bush’s 8 years as vice president, and his many additional years as a public servant. The museum also has a replica oval office you can visit and have your picture taken in!
Visit POETS Billiards and Bar.
Once you are done shopping make sure to head over to POETS for some beer and billiards! POETS was opened in 2000. Head on over and enjoy a fun night of pool, darts, beer, Karaoke, and some live music.
Poets Billiards was established to provide you with helpful guides and help you become a better billiards player. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced pool player they will help you get to where you need to be. Their guides are put together by professionals who take months to research the products and services that they offer.
Check out Santa’s Wonderland.
If you’re in College Station during winter make sure you take a trip to the North Pole! S
anta’s Wonderland is a seasonal amusement park in College Station which recreates a Christmas village right in the middle of Texas. Make sure you bring everyone out for some family fun.
Santas Wonderland features hayrides, light displays, a Texas-sized gingerbread village, a petting zoo, pony rides and we can’t forget the real Texas snow!
Santa’s Wonderland opens its doors on November 13th and stays open thru December. They also hold all kinds of events so make sure you check out their website to see what they have going on while you are in town.
Visit Texas A&M’s Kyle Field.
Texas A&M’s Kyle Field has been home to Aggieland football since 1905. It became a concrete stadium in 1927 and can sit over 100,000 people. Kyle Field is the largest football stadium in the SEC, and also the fourth largest stadium in the NCAA, the fourth largest stadium in the United States, and the sixth-largest, nonracing stadium in the world!
Of course, the best way to experience Kyle Field and hands down one of the best things to do in College Station would be to attend a game, where you can experience not only some great football but Aggie traditions like the 12th Man, Yell Leaders, and Reveille (the Rough Collie that is A&M’s official mascot) in person.
However, even apart from game days, you can still tour the field.
Visit the Museum Of the American GI.
The museum of the American GI was founded in 2001 by Brent Mullins, his wife Leisha, and fellow military enthusiast Emmett Fox. A year later the museum purchased 40 acres in college station for the purpose of establishing a history museum dedicated to preserving the uniforms, equipment, and history of the American servicemen and women.
The museum displays one of the finest collections of WWII and later war memorabilia. This includes but is not limited to World War II Era tanks, Vietnam era patrol boats, and some m18 Hellcats.
Every year the museum hosts a “Living History Museum” weekend. During this weekend you can see engines come to life, and ancient artillery cannons and weapons firing. The museum is also home to the Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit. This exhibit is made up of 3,417 personalized dog tags honoring Texans killed or missing in the Vietnam War.
Visit Research Park.
Right outside the presidential library, you will find Texas A&M’s Research Park. Enjoy an evening walk through the beautiful Texas scenery.
If you are hungry you can also throw a blanket on the ground and have a picnic next to the pond under the tall trees, just make sure you keep an eye out for ducks and other wildlife!
Research Park is also the only 18 hole disc golf course in College Station. It has multiple tees, no pins, and has mach 3 holes. The course sits on TAMU property so it is mowed regularly and kept beautifully.
Head out to the Peach Creek Vineyards.
If you’re wanting to go out on a romantic date, or even if you’re just having an evening out with your friends, you should definitely check out Peach Creek Vineyards!
Peach Creek Vineyards is located on Highway 6 between College Station, and the city of Navasota. They have plenty of wines to choose from regardless of what you like they will have something for you. They have a huge selection of red, white, rose, and specialty wines.
The unique location for this vineyard lets you enjoy the wildlife as you taste test their wines. You can taste up to 6 of their fine wines for $10+ tax. Tours are offered by appointment only and are weather permitting.
This is because they offer a “Vines to Wines” tour which shows you how everything starts in the vineyard and ends up in a wine bottle.
If your family has a furry family member then good news! Peach Creek Vineyards does allow pets inside, just make sure you check out their website for all their rules and regulations before you show up.
Visit Grand Station Entertainment.
Grand Station Entertainment is the biggest entertainment venue in the College Station area.
Grand Station is a great place for family fun, including bowling, playing arcade games, laser tag, and dining.
Once you are done playing and have worked up an appetite, don’t forget to head over to their dining area and get yourself something to eat, where you’ll find classic laid-back American food like burgers and pizza.
Go treasure hunting at Trader Town.
If you like treasure hunting I would recommend adding Trader Town, formerly known as the Jockey Lot Flea Market, to your list of things to do in College Station.
Trader Town has a long history in the College Station area and it is filled with local merchants, food, and plenty of family fun.
One thing that makes Trader Town unique is that you never know what you will find. They have vendors inside and outside and you can find anything from farm animals to fresh fruit, electronics, jewelry, auto parts and so much more. After you’re done walking around make sure you stop by their food court for refreshments.
Inside you can find snow cones, ice cream, funnel cakes, burgers, hotdogs, and Mexican food among other things. The menu seems to be endless and filled with plenty of delicious foods, treats, and desserts.
Trader Town is only open on weekends, and Sunday is the most popular (and therefore crowded) day to visit.
Check out the Northgate District.
The Northgate District is located North of Texas A&M University, and it spans over 145 acres and is the heart of College Station entertainment.
Northgate was established in the 1930s when the city began to grow rapidly from the influx of Texas A&M University students, professors, and their families. In 1938 Northgate became home to College Stations’ first city hall, and today, visiting definitely belongs on your list of what to do in College Station.
A&M students fill the district in the evenings and weekends. Here you can find plenty of bars, restaurants, bowling alleys, and so much more.