The Complete College Station Family Vacation Itinerary
College Station may be known, first and foremost, for Texas A&M University. But what it should really be known for is its family activities. There are more things to do with kids in College Station than in most other Texas towns. That’s why many families settle here, and even more come to visit once schools are out of session.
Make time for family fun during your summer vacation with these handpicked recommendations and tips. Our family vacation itinerary is the only guide to College Station you need. Experience all College Station has to offer whether you stay for a weekend or longer.
Day One: Check-In
Make a Splash at the Pool
This is one time where the best things to do with kids in College Station are also the easiest. After check-in, take to the pool! Our outdoor rooftop pool is what summer vacation dreams are made of. Watch your kids swim to their heart’s content as you relax in the sun or our private poolside cabanas.
Dig Into C&J Barbeque
Take a bite out of this local favorite barbeque spot. Though C&J Barbeque began in a gas station in 1981, they’ve since become one of College Station’s favorite eateries. C&J has two locations in Bryan, both of which serve traditional BBQ plates, sandwiches, and sides. The laid back atmosphere makes this a go-to for families.
Stroll Through Downtown Bryan
Discover Downtown Bryan described as a “Texas cultural district.” Restaurants and shops fill the town’s historic buildings, holdovers from its railroad roots. Downtown Bryan also hosts many community events, like First Fridays.
Day Two: Adventure
Breakfast at Hullabaloo Diner
Get a blast from the past during breakfast at the Hullabaloo Diner. Mirrored after a 1940’s New York diner, Hullabaloo serves up all your breakfast favorites: biscuits and gravy, huge pancakes, and more. Parents and family alike will love the diner’s retro atmosphere.
Take advantage of the cool mid-morning by heading out on one of College Station’s many outdoor adventures. From Lake Bryan to the Aggieland Safari to one of many community parks, your kids will love exploring outside. Heading out in mid morning will also help you escape the heat of the afternoon.
Enjoy Lunch at Dixie Chicken
Founded over 40 years ago, Dixie Chicken has become an Aggie legend. Though it is a bar by night, by day it’s a unique place to break for lunch. Cool drinks and hearty burgers and fries are served in a neon-sign filled setting. Dixie Chicken also has an outdoor patio that’s perfect for summer.
Peruse an Area Museum
For many parents, museums don’t exactly scream kid-friendly. College Station is different. Most museums feature interesting exhibits for all, whether you visit the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum or the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History. Kids will especially love the Children’s Museum of Brazos Valley.
Dine at Grub Burger Bar
Freshen up, then treat your family to a mouthwatering meal at Grub Burger Bar. Burgers are an American classic, but Grub Burger takes it to the next level through imaginative dishes like the mac ’n’ cheese burger. Dig into some of the best burgers and fries in town, alongside what will probably be one of the best milkshakes you’ve ever had. Grub Burger Bar also serves the perfect treat for parents: a spiked version of beloved milkshake combos.
Day Three: Head Home
Energize at The Junction Market & Cafe
All vacations must come to an end. Fill up before you go at The Junction Market and Cafe. Power up with a rich cup of coffee and your favorite morning pastry. Kids and parents alike will love the inventive hot and cold drink options at The Junction, perfect for taking on the go.
Stop By Kingsbury Blueberry Farm
The vacation doesn’t have to end just yet. Kingsbury Blueberry Farm has 100 bushes with 4 varieties of blueberries, making it the perfect pitstop. Fill your own container with blueberries to take on the road. Your kids will be tuckered out for the drive, and you’ll come home with fresh, organic berries.
This summer, explore Bryan College Station by way of its best family friendly attractions. You’ll get to know a new destination and experience many unforgettable memories in the meantime. That’s what family summers are for, after all. Be sure to make the most of yours.