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Experience Aggieland

There's more to College Station than Texas A&M University. Though the university and loyal Ag's along with it bring spirit and excitement to the College Station community, College Station is also a worthy destination all its own. Whether you're a parent in town to visit a student, a professional on campus for a conference, or a family looking for some small town spirit, College Station is a worthy destination for you.

Let us introduce you to all Aggieland has to offer, from the univeristy to the greater College Station community. 

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Aggie Gameday Experience

The countdown is on. Join us for the Aggie Gameday Hullabaloo Experience, a Gameday event like never before. Think giant screens, live entertainment, gameday food, great drinks, fun prizes and the sounds of Kyle Field - all set up with safety in mind.

  1. Join in the Hullabaloo
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Texas A&M

There's no Aggieland without Texas A&M. Discover why Aggies are so quick to give a thumbs up through our guides to Gamedays, campus landmarks, and more. 

  1. Gig 'Em
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College Station

Small town spirit comes to life in College Station. Vibrant parks, a quaint downtown, and weekly markets make this a charming destination for any Texas vacation. 

  1. Local Area Guides
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Parents

If you have a student attending Texas A&M, chances are every visit to College Station will be memorable. Add to the fun with our guides for parents and families.

  1. Activities for Parents

Our College Station Activity Guide

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Academic Plaza & Century Tree

Academic Plaza & Century Tree

Distance: 0.4 mi


The direct center of campus, this square houses the Lawrence Sullivan Ross statue, Silver Taps sculpture, Muster Candle Monument, and the flagpole. ©tamu.edu

Academic Plaza & Century Tree

Academic Plaza & Century Tree

Distance: 0.4 mi


The direct center of campus, this square houses the Lawrence Sullivan Ross statue, Silver Taps sculpture, Muster Candle Monument, and the flagpole. ©tamu.edu

Memorial Student Center

Aggieland Micro District

Distance: 5 mi


What’s better than sampling locally made wine, beer, and whiskey? Being able to sample all three within 100 feet of each other.

Memorial Student Center

Aggieland Micro District

Distance: 5 mi


What’s better than sampling locally made wine, beer, and whiskey? Being able to sample all three within 100 feet of each other.

Bonfire Memorial

Bonfire Memorial

Distance: 1.4 mi


This deceptively simple monument is full of symbolism about Aggie spirit and the history of the bonfire tradition, and pays homage to the 1999 tragedy. © Tricia Daniel/Shutterstock.com

Bonfire Memorial

Bonfire Memorial

Distance: 1.4 mi


This deceptively simple monument is full of symbolism about Aggie spirit and the history of the bonfire tradition, and pays homage to the 1999 tragedy. © Tricia Daniel/Shutterstock.com

Dixie Chicken (NorthGate)

Dixie Chicken (NorthGate)

Distance: 0.8 mi


Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett used to swap songs and perform impromptu concerts on the back porch. Dixie Chicken has been a Texas A&M icon ever since.

Dixie Chicken (NorthGate)

Dixie Chicken (NorthGate)

Distance: 0.8 mi


Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett used to swap songs and perform impromptu concerts on the back porch. Dixie Chicken has been a Texas A&M icon ever since.

Clayton Williams Jr. Alumni Center

East Loop at Lake Bryan

Distance: 11 mi


Tour the eastern side of Lake Bryan through the climbs, dips, fast sections, and a handful of rooty areas that make up this counter-clockwise nine-mile bike route.

Clayton Williams Jr. Alumni Center

East Loop at Lake Bryan

Distance: 11 mi


Tour the eastern side of Lake Bryan through the climbs, dips, fast sections, and a handful of rooty areas that make up this counter-clockwise nine-mile bike route.

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Distance: 1.6 mi


More than a library, the George Bush Presidential Library boasts a fascinating collection of personal papers and memorabilia from the life and career of George H.W. Bush, as well as touring exhibits. © Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock.com

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Distance: 1.6 mi


More than a library, the George Bush Presidential Library boasts a fascinating collection of personal papers and memorabilia from the life and career of George H.W. Bush, as well as touring exhibits. © Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock.com

Historic Downtown Bryan

Historic Downtown Bryan

Distance: 5.4 mi


Wandering through this quaint and cultural downtown might not seem all that adventurous, but it means finding everything from a bar as likely to serve you an old-timey tincture as they are a Manhattan to a hidden outdoor venue. © Billy Hathorn

Historic Downtown Bryan

Historic Downtown Bryan

Distance: 5.4 mi


Wandering through this quaint and cultural downtown might not seem all that adventurous, but it means finding everything from a bar as likely to serve you an old-timey tincture as they are a Manhattan to a hidden outdoor venue. © Billy Hathorn

Kyle Field

Kyle Field

Distance: 0.05 mi


If you want to visit the “home of the 12th man,” you better practice your Aggie yells, so repeat after me: farmers fight!

Kyle Field

Kyle Field

Distance: 0.05 mi


If you want to visit the “home of the 12th man,” you better practice your Aggie yells, so repeat after me: farmers fight!

Cushing Memorial Library & Archives

Lick Creek Park

Distance: 10 mi


Several miles of trails provide plenty of opportunity for hiking, cycling, bird watching, and nature study across 500 acres of hardwood forest, open marshland, meadows, and sandy prairies as well as a brand-new 2,400-square-foot Nature Center and a monarch butterfly garden.

Cushing Memorial Library & Archives

Lick Creek Park

Distance: 10 mi


Several miles of trails provide plenty of opportunity for hiking, cycling, bird watching, and nature study across 500 acres of hardwood forest, open marshland, meadows, and sandy prairies as well as a brand-new 2,400-square-foot Nature Center and a monarch butterfly garden.

Messina Hof Winery

Messina Hof Winery

Distance: 9.1 mi


Messina Hof offers a unique feature you won't find in many wineries: every August the community comes together to help pick grapes in the morning, then hops into barrels to smash the fruit into wine.

Messina Hof Winery

Messina Hof Winery

Distance: 9.1 mi


Messina Hof offers a unique feature you won't find in many wineries: every August the community comes together to help pick grapes in the morning, then hops into barrels to smash the fruit into wine.

Museum of the American GI

Museum of the American GI

Distance: 13.2 mi


The museum may be small, but their collection of World War I, World War II, and later-era American military vehicles is larger than life, because every single one is still fully operational.

Museum of the American GI

Museum of the American GI

Distance: 13.2 mi


The museum may be small, but their collection of World War I, World War II, and later-era American military vehicles is larger than life, because every single one is still fully operational.

Reed Arena

Reed Arena

Distance: 0.4 mi


Sure, you’ll see the Aggies basketball team and color guard, but you'll also find Garth Brooks, Cirque du Soleil, Lipizzaner Stallions, and WWE wrestling.

Reed Arena

Reed Arena

Distance: 0.4 mi


Sure, you’ll see the Aggies basketball team and color guard, but you'll also find Garth Brooks, Cirque du Soleil, Lipizzaner Stallions, and WWE wrestling.

Rudder Theatre Complex

Rudder Theatre Complex

Distance: 0.2 mi


Expect Broadway productions, variety shows, concerts, movies, lectures, and more.

Rudder Theatre Complex

Rudder Theatre Complex

Distance: 0.2 mi


Expect Broadway productions, variety shows, concerts, movies, lectures, and more.

Sanders Corp of Cadets Center

Sanders Corp of Cadets Center

Distance: 0.4 mi


Need to buff up on your Aggie traditions? This museum has an exhibit about each and every one of them, from Silver Taps to the 12th man to the bonfire.

Sanders Corp of Cadets Center

Sanders Corp of Cadets Center

Distance: 0.4 mi


Need to buff up on your Aggie traditions? This museum has an exhibit about each and every one of them, from Silver Taps to the 12th man to the bonfire.

Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park

West 31st Street Murals

Distance: 5 mi


On the side of the Conlee-Garrett Moving and Storage building, five artists have created a collection of murals celebrating the unique culture of Bryan.

Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park

West 31st Street Murals

Distance: 5 mi


On the side of the Conlee-Garrett Moving and Storage building, five artists have created a collection of murals celebrating the unique culture of Bryan.

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Like a Local

Quirky, under-the-radar highlights only a local could recommend.

DIXIE CHICKEN

What do Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett have to do with this rustic saloon-style restaurant? It’s where the two, as former Texas A&M students, used to swap songs and perform impromptu concerts on the back porch. As the oldest bar in the Northgate District, today it’s a Texas A&M icon, specializing in burgers, tacos, fried chicken, and quirky Texas A&M drinking traditions (ask them about the “ring dunk”).

STELLA SOUTHERN CAFÉ

Originally just a place for breakfast, now Stella Southern Café is open daily from 7:00am – 2:00pm serving breakfast, lunch and brunch.  Stella Southern Café brings scratch-made Southern breakfast food to the heart of College Station. Fresh made biscuits and stone ground grits will remind you why breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. No matter what kind of day you are gearing up for, Stella will get you ready to tackle it!

THE GARDENS AT TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Enjoy the great outdoors in the most beautiful scenery where you can find a quiet place to relax, learn, gather and experience.  Pack a picnic lunch and dine al fresco in one of the many outdoor seating areas throughout the seven acres of The Gardens that serve as an outdoor classroom and peaceful sanctuary on the Texas A&M University campus.  

YEAR ROUND SPORTING EVENTS

Sports fans can find an athletic event year round to cheer on your beloved Aggies!  From baseball to tennis to volleyball there’s always a sport in season where you can catch a live game at one of the Texas A&M state-of-the art sporting facilities.  

CATALENA HATTERS

The best souvenir to remember your trip to Aggieland is a custom hand-created cowboy hat created by Catalena Hatters in Bryan.  Producing quality custom hats for over 30 years has been the heart of their family owned and operated business since 1983.  Their old fashioned method of making each hat by hand, one at a time distinguishes their hats as the best custom handmade felt hat in the world.

DOWNTOWN BRYAN ART SCENE

As a recognized Texas Cultural District, Downtown Bryan is arts and culture-centric. Galleries, festivals, street murals, art studio, theater and other activities highlight the diverse appeal of the arts.  Visit W. 31st street murals for a Texas-inspired photo op you won’t want to miss.  You can also  sign up for class to create your own art at The Rustic Brush for a social crafting experience or attend an art workshop at Purple Turtle Art Studio to show your creative side. 

 

The Weekender

How to spend 36 hours in College Station and Bryan, with Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center as your base camp.

Friday

7 p.m. | Bryan First Friday

If you’re here on the first Friday of the month, check out downtown Bryan for this street fair-style celebration, kicking off at 5:30 p.m. Expect shopping specials in boutiques and galleries, food trucks, and street performers. At 8 p.m., the Palace Theatre also hosts a live local band on its open-air stage for free.

10 p.m. | Ice Cream Martini Nightcap

Tucked between the Queen Theatre and the old Stafford building on Bryan’s Main Street, Proudest Monkey is a fun and funky late-night spot serving up a sweet twist on the nightcap. Try one of their ice cream martinis, like the Creamsicle, which mixes Absolut Vanilla, Triple Sec, orange juice, and a splash of cream, poured over a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a giant martini glass. 

Saturday

8 a.m. | Campus Walk and coffee at The Junction

Start your morning right with a Last Shot Xpresso coffee from The Junction.  Sit on the patio outside the restaurant and take in the unparalleled views of Kyle Field while sipping your morning brew.  Once caffeinated, take a walk or bike ride around the Texas A&M University campus.  Be sure to visit the Quad, Academic Building, Century Tree, Cushing Library and the Bonfire Memorial all within walking distance of the hotel.   

11 a.m. | Brunch at Café Eccell

Is it even the weekend if you don’t do brunch?  You don’t want to miss the amazing mimosa and bloody mary bar at Café Eccell.  Try their big breakfast tacos to fuel you for the remainder of your day.  And you can’t leave without trying their famous Strawberry Tarte.

1 p.m. | Visit George H.W. Bush Library

While this research institution is famous for its fascinating collection of personal papers and memorabilia from the life and career of George H.W. Bush. The museum's core exhibits reveal the unique influences and challenges that shaped George Bush's life and presidency, and frequently changing temporary exhibits present visitors new and interesting perspectives on President Bush, his life and work.   

6 p.m. | Farm to Table Dinner at Ronin in Downtown Bryan

Ronin features family farm cuisine with a constantly evolving menu. Set in the beautiful, newly-renovated historic Ice House on Main in Downtown Bryan, Ronin Restaurant shares an open-air kitchen with their dining room, floor to ceiling exposed brick, and hand-built, suspension tables made using wood salvaged during renovation from the original office flooring in a communal and traditional seating environment. 

9 p.m. | Drinks at Rough Draught Whiskey Bar 

A mixture of chic and rustic, this whiskey bar serves up more than just Old Fashioneds, but also an artful amalgam of exposed brick, chandeliers, and mismatched furniture. The knowledgeable staff can help you select from 90 whiskeys and scotches adorning the back wall of the bar, any of their 30 beers on tap, as well as the occasional tequila or vodka.

 

Sunday

8 a.m. | Breakfast at MESS Waffles

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and there’s no better way to start your day than with MESS Waffles.  This once food truck now full restaurant is Aggie owned and offers a wide selection of unique waffle pairings all day long as well as other breakfast favorites.  

10 a.m. | Shopping at Century Square

Experience this walkable neighborhood just across the street from the bonfire memorial which features shopping from both local and national boutiques like Runway Seven, Merge, and King Ranch Saddle Shop. Food options range from nitrogen ice cream made right before your eyes to Italian street food. 

 

Flavor of…

The best food artisans, farms, and local markets.

Messina Hof Winery 

The most awarded winery in all of Texas is full of thrills. In addition to tours, tastings and fine dining, this winery offers a unique feature: For the past 40 years, the communities of Bryan and College Station have come together every August to help pick grapes in the morning, then hop into barrels to smash the fruit into a pulp that will become wine. The day concludes with a wine tasting followed by a special dinner.

 

 

All The King’s Men

Texas is known for its BBQ and All The King's Men serves the best in College Station. Their variety of craft BBQ, a diverse collection of rare bourbons and over 30 Texas beers on draft makes this restaurant a must taste. Visit their original location nestled in the heart of Downtown Bryan in a century old building that has been painstakingly remodeled to balance a contemporary aesthetic with the charm of history.

 

Photo Courtesy of Rosenthal Meat Center

Rosenthal Meat Center

Producing high-quality cuts of meat is a Texas tradition, but getting said meat from the Rosenthal Meat Center is an Aggie tradition. Located on the west side of campus, this store works in conjunction with A&M’s meat science program and sells beef, lamb, pork, sausage, and special Texas Aggie-branded jerky that were all farm raised, butchered, and cured by students in the Agriculture and Life Sciences department. 

 

Photo Courtesy of Truman Chocolates

Truman Chocolates

These colorful works of art are almost too pretty to eat. Each little chocolate is bursting with flavor, from the key lime to the crème brulee. Stop by their College Station storefront to pick your own assorted box and learn about the three-day process to hand-make each perfect candy.

 

 

 

Blue Baker

This small-batch bakery uses Old World traditions to create breads from flours that are unbleached, un-bromated, and have no additives or artificial anything. It takes three days to make each loaf of bread and pastry, which is why certain items are only available one or two days of the week. Be sure to call ahead to one of their three College Station locations if you’re looking for something particular.

The Adventurist

When simply “seeing” a destination just won’t do. 

Celebrate Texas Reds Steak and Wine Festival

What’s better than steak and red wine together?  How about a three day festival to celebrate beef and wine with other wine and meat lovers!  Taste wine from 25+ Texas wineries and 15+ Texas breweries along with grape stomp, live Texas music, food vendors, kids activities and local artisans.  Mark your calendar for this annual event September 25-27, 2020 on the streets of Historic Downtown Bryan.

Get Wild! | Aggieland Safari

Just a quick 20 minute drive from College Station, you can get wild at the Serengeti of the South!   Created by Texans and Aggie-owned and operated, Aggieland Safari’s organization was born from a love of animal stewardship and dedication to conservation. This adventure zoo offers 20 acres of walk-through zoo, 250 acres of drive thru safari from the comfort of your vehicle and unique private encounters with animals.  

Game of Thrones Archives at Texas A&M’s Cushing Library

Did you know that Texas A&M University plays an important role in making sure the manuscripts, letters, books and memorabilia of Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin?  During his visit to campus to attend AggieCon he was impressed with not only the sci-fi and fantasy collection at Cushing, but the way Library facilities archived materials so he choose Cushing Library to deposit his personal collection of letters, books and manuscripts.  Nearly 50,000 pieces contained in approximately 300 boxes are in Martin’s collection at Cushing and most of them are available for public view as well as several replica swords on display.

A Night on the Town | Northgate District

A trip to College Station isn’t complete without experiencing the nightlife at Northgate District.  Located just across the street from the University, this tradition-filled destination is the perfect place for bar hopping, visiting the older bar on Northgate the Dixie Chicken, shooting a shot at the Dry Bar Saloon and taking a photo of Bottlecap Alley.

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