4 Things to Explore This Spring in Bryan & College Station
Spring is a time to hit the road, and there’s no better place to make a stop than quaint Bryan College Station. Home to Texas A&M University, College Station is known by many as the stomping ground for the Fightin’ Texas Aggies. But what’s lesser known is College Station as a community and as a town, facets of College Station’s identity that make it an ideal spring destination.
Small towns like Bryan and College Station make it easy to get to know them, to get acquainted with the sights, sounds, and flavors unique to their corner of the universe. Spring trips can be quick, which is why you’ll want to spend your time in a town you can truly embrace. In College Station, you can get up close and personal with the very fabric of not just Bryan College Station, but also small-town Texas in the spring. Discover all the activities you won’t want to miss if you’re passing through.
Bluebonnets are native only to parts of central and southern Texas, which is why the flower has become a calling card for the Texas way of life. Like cowboy hats and Aggie’s, bluebonnets are as quintessentially Texas as it gets. Fortunately, these wildflowers bloom aplenty between April and May in College Station, making for a breathtaking--if brief--attraction of their own.
Texans flock from all corners of the state to see this seasonal wonder for themselves, snap a few photos, and even take their own bundle home. Should you choose to build your own bouquet, be sure to only pick from public places where they grow in the wild. It’s illegal in the state of Texas to pick bluebonnets from private property, or from beds where they’ve been planted by the state. Look for bluebonnets scattered along roadways or even planted throughout the Texas A&M campus, and get your pictures while you can. Bluebonnets are one thing that won’t last.
Bryan comes to life the first Friday of every month, thanks to the First Friday events hosted by the Downtown Bryan Association. The town of Bryan, just a 5 mintue drive from campus, comes to life with live music, art, and unique shopping and dining options that aren’t always available at the town’s brick and mortars. This free event brings out the best of downtown, with family-friendly attractions and local activities true to Bryan’s small-town spirit.
Because Texas weather is so pleasant in the spring, it’s an ideal time to enjoy community events like these. Strolling through downtown, sipping beer and wine from local makers, and stocking up on goods you’ll only find in Bryan is only made better by sunny skies and temperatures in the 70’s. First Fridays are also a perfect peek at local shops and restaurants so you can decide which shops are worth the return trip.
Brazos Valley Farmer’s Market
Just like First Fridays are a College Station, TX, answer to buying local, the Brazos Valley Farmer’s Market is the perfect intro to eating local. Fresh, seasonal food abounds at this year-round market, which has been opening its stalls since 1997. Open every Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon, visitors and locals alike get their fill of local produce from some of the best vendors in the area.
Fresh fruit and veggies, local meats like sausage, beef, lamb, and chicken, as well as farm fresh eggs are a staple at the Brazos Valley Farmer’s Market, alongside some of the best baked goods in central Texas. Everything available at the market is as fresh and local as it gets, making it the perfect place to pick up your favorite produce or even sample any of the unique jams, jellies, and herbs on display.
College Station breaks the small town mold in more ways than one, but perhaps the most exciting is the community’s embrace of cuisine of all kinds. Texas A&M University alone welcomes people from around the world, and with them the culture and food of their homes. These influences have only bettered the College Staton dining scene, where you’ll now find everything from classic Texas BBQ to Asian delicacies and tried-and-true American favorites.
Spring may very well be one of the best times to enjoy a meal or two in College Station, as many of these restaurants draw inspiration from fresh, locally-sourced foods. Establishments like Brazos - Proper Texas Kitchen, First Watch, and Dining and Butcher have embraced a farm-to-table outlook on cooking. Their inspired take on local dining makes for unique dishes and mouthwatering flavors, each of which can make the trip to College Station worthwhile.
In spring, you won’t have to wonder if there are fun things to do in College Station, because fun is imbued in every part of the town itself. From blossoming wildflowers to seasonal eating to unique College Station TX events, College Station is alive with activity that will make the trip well worth it. And who knows, come summer, you may even come back for more.