What to do and see in Bryan, United States: The Best Places and Tips

July 28, 2017 Dorsey Hagwood

Bryan is a city in Brazos County, Texas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 76,201. As of May 2017, the estimated population was 84,637. It is the county seat of Brazos County and is located in the heart of the Brazos Valley (southeast Central Texas). It borders the city of College Station, which lies to its south. Together they are referred to as the Bryan–College Station metropolitan area, which has a population of more than 250,000.
Restaurants in Bryan

1. George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

1000 George Bush Dr W, College Station, TX 77845-3906 +1 979-691-4000
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4.5 based on 907 reviews

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is a research institution and academic environment dedicated to the preservation, research and exhibit of official records, personal papers and memorabilia from the life and career of George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, with more than 43 million pages of official and personal papers, 2 million photos, 2,500 hours of videotape and 100,000 museum objects. Covering much of U.S. history since 1941, the library and museum features a World War II Avenger Torpedo Bomber, a 1947 Studebaker, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and precise replicas of President Bush's Oval Office, Camp David office and White House Situation Room. The museum also features a temporary exhibit gallery which lends to an ever-changing museum to visit. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Reviewed By SneakinDeacon - Southwest Virginia

I really love presidential history and have visited several of the Presidential Libraries and Museums. Eisenhower and Truman's were my favorites until I visited this this Museum. The staff is exceptional, from the security staff to the volunteers and docents, everyone wants to make sure you enjoy you visit and are more than willing to assist your. This museum like most Presidential Museums has a replica of the Oval Office. What sets this one apart is that visitors can actually go into the office and take photos. Museum Volunteers will even take your photo with your camera while you are sitting at the presidents desk. The events of 9-11 defined Presidents Bush's time in office and there are a number of exhibits and artifacts on display. This is an outstanding museum and if you find yourself in the College Station Area you should make time to visit. Personally I spend a little over 4-hours here and enjoyed every minute.

2. Messina Hof Winery

4545 Old Reliance Rd, Bryan, TX 77808-8995 +1 979-778-9463
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4.5 based on 209 reviews

Messina Hof Winery

Founded on the cornerstones of family, tradition and romance, Messina Hof Winery & Resort has held its place as a Brazos Valley staple since its founding in 1977. It is the estate winery where the Messina Hof winemaking team crafts our world-class wines. Messina Hof had humble beginnings as founders, Paul Vincent and Merrill Bonarrigo ran the lab, tastings, etc right out of their living room. Our current Tasting Room, also known as the Guest Center, was the rebuilt home that wa originally the Ursuline Academy, which was an all girls school. The original brick from the home was used to build the Tasting Room that guests can still see today.

Reviewed By RosesSavannah - Savannah

With friends we had a wonderful one night stay at the winery enjoying the complimentary wine tasting and tour. The Romeo and Juliet room was spacious, unique and quiet. Doug gave us a thorough and entertaining tour of the winery and recommended Christopher's Grille for dinner which turned out to be exceptional. Paul, the enthusiastic owner and general overall promoter of the Texas wine industry, visited with us for a while and we learned even more. Jean presented a friendly and delicious breakfast which included crepes. The entire experience was genuinely Texas and comparable to any we experienced n Bordeaux.

3. Old Bryan Marketplace

202 S Bryan Ave, Bryan, TX 77803-3927 +1 979-779-3245
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Old Bryan Marketplace

Leaded glass doors, pine floors, bricked archways and fireplaces are the beginning of Old Bryan Marketplace's charm. This 22,000 square foot historical building, lovingly renovated for your pleasure and enjoyment, is filled with treasures old and new. Overstuffed furniture and warm lighting invite you to browse, sit or at least stay a while. The friendliness you'll find will make you feel like family!

Reviewed By MaryandBobontheroad

Quaint little old downtown area trying to remain relevant. Nice surprise to find a coin seller and bought a reasonably priced coin for my collection. Other areas of the shop of "stuff" seemed eclectic and a little pricey. Fun visit

4. Kyle Field

Houston St, Texas A&M, College Station, TX +1 979-845-5129
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4.5 based on 335 reviews

Kyle Field

Reviewed By GypsyInTheClouds

I really enjoyed my trip to Kyle Field. I was extremely impressed with the quality of the video screens. Food is outstanding. I highly recommend the pepperoni rolls. Wonderful staff. Be prepared for some walking. Uber is very good in College Station.

5. Bonfire Memorial

History Walk / Spirit Ring, College Station, TX 77840 +1 979-693-5562
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4.5 based on 137 reviews

Bonfire Memorial

Reviewed By GypsyInTheClouds

As an Aggie (Former Student), I was really impressed with my first visit to the Bonfire Memorial. I had a tour guide with me and it was helpful. She pointed out many small nuances that reflected special things that made the memorial an outstanding tribute.

6. St. Anthony Catholic Church

401 S Parker Ave, Bryan, TX 77803-6931 +1 979-823-8145
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

St. Anthony Catholic Church

Reviewed By longhornjz - Missouri City, Texas

We visited this church for a wedding this past weekend. It is beautiful inside! The staff is quite nice and the facility is very clean. Nice location to plan a wedding.

7. Ronin Cooking, LLC

Bryan, TX 77806-1408 +1 979-574-8745
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Ronin Cooking, LLC

Reviewed By ElHuevonComelon - Texas

The Brazos Valley is mostly known for (drumroll...) BBQ and steak houses. It is so refreshing to have an organic farm that strives to cook with the freshest possible ingredients in a romantic and wonderful setting under the night sky.

The full-moon dinner experience starts with a brief tour of the farm (Atlas the cat, goats and pigs are hilarious), followed by a set dinner for approximately 50 people under the night sky. Tables are romantically set with personalized menus. Note that they cater to any special diet (I, for instance, do not eat meat). There is no liquor license, so please bring your own drinks (and a bottle opener!). The first seven courses were small bits starting with a delicious amuse bouche (local boiled peanuts). Between the courses was a lime jelly (yum), followed by a dessert at a different location on the farm. All dishes were good, with the clear highlights being the cream of butternut squash and the dessert (I asked for seconds). Note that some might find the plates to be small. I, however, think they were just the right size and that they came at the right pace (as in any good restaurant).

Food is served on a long table that fits all guests. This has the advantage that one can meet new people that might be interesting. It also has the disadvantage that you might be stuck next to the worst person on the planet. In our case we had both: Weirdos on the left, awesome people on the right.

Staff are courteous and attentive, clearly well-managed by Amanda who runs front of house. The kitchen is run by Brian who seems to have worked with Chef Tai at Veritas at some point. In fact, it took me some time to remember where I knew them from: Amanda was at Veritas, and, I think so was Brian.

I really have no complaints other than adding maybe another washroom. However, this is not a must. I think things are still in the ramp-up phase, so some small rough edges might still need some polishing. However, this is just me being a picky snob. Overall, this was a great experience and I very much look forward to coming back!

Thank you for the wonderful evening.

8. Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park

301 Olsen Blvd, College Station, TX 77845 +1 979-845-4810
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5 based on 29 reviews

Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park

Reviewed By LiveLoveTravelNow - Louisiana

Intimate college ballpark with some great student antics in the bleacher seats (202 to 204). Concessions and bathrooms are easily accessible to all seating areas. It was also nice to see the university employing students as hawkers during the game and not having to leave my seat to get Bluebell Ice Cream. Overall, this was a great college stadium experience.

9. Royal Oaks Alpacas

9525 Grassbur Rd, Bryan, TX 77808-8727 +1 979-589-9934
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5 based on 4 reviews

Royal Oaks Alpacas

Reviewed By aMOther_8 - Texas

We were very pleasantly surprised with our morning visit to Royal Oaks Alpacas. The alpaca farm is clean and the animals are cared for very well. We got to pet them and go in the pen with the females and babies. The owners of the farm told us all about their story of obtaining the alpacas and how to care for them. Go to the Royal Oaks Alpacas website for lots of information. I took over 350 pictures in less than 1 1/2 hours... and would have taken more if my camera battery hadn't died. The animals are very photogenic. If you are an animal lover and like to spend time learning about animals... this is a great place. And... surprisingly, the alpacas don't smell bad!

10. Veteran's Park Loop

3103 Harvey Rd, In the Athletic grounds near S1-S6 softball fields, College Station, TX 77845-9414 +1 979-764-3486
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5 based on 15 reviews

Veteran's Park Loop

Reviewed By TAMAN1951

Great place to take a walk and reflect in the contribution made by our servicemen over the years

War is sad but the contribution of theses great guys is moving.

The park itself is very nice and very respectful.

I really enjoyed the time line in the side walk.

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