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The Ultimate Bryan College Station Summer Vacation

Stomp grapes.

When it comes to vino, Messina Hof is the crown jewel of Bryan College Station, and for good reason. This family-owned winery has been harvesting and bottling some of the best wine in Texas for almost 40 years. Swing by in the summertime for the famous Harvest Festival, held every weekend July 29th-August 27th. Kick off those socks and get to stomping!  

Fly through the sky.

Swing by Lone Star Trapeze Academy to get a first-hand look at circus life. You won't be jumping through hoops of fire anytime soon, but it feels pretty nice to have the wind in your hair-especially on a hot summer day!  


Play 42.

When in BCS, do as the Aggies do and saddle up to the bar at the Dixie Chicken. This local watering hole has everything you want on a hot summer day: cold drinks (rumor has it, they sell the most beer per square foot in North America), good food, and laid-back fun. Grab a table and try your hand at pool or 42, Aggieland's own version of dominoes. Not sure how to play? Ask a local to give you a lesson. We're friendly! 

Do downtown.

Want a change of scenery? Put on your walking shoes and head to downtown Bryan, where locally owned galleries, boutiques, cafes, venues, and restaurants abound. Search for a new summer look, or pop into a gallery and shop for a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Be sure to visit on Thursday nights, where downtown turns into a street party for the Summer Sunset Series, featuring live music and local food vendors. 

Field the Farmers' Market.

Want a true taste of Texas? Stop by downtown Bryan on Saturday morning and wander through the local market. With plenty of locally grown food to sample, goods to peruse, and vendors to chat with, it's one of the area's finest gems-free, too! 

Ruin your shirt. 

...With barbecue sauce, that is! It wouldn't be a trip to Texas without a slab of ribs, and Bryan College Station has plenty of places to get your fix. Locals love C&J Barbecue (try the brisket!)-especially the homemade sauces. Order a plate of meat and see what Texas barbecue is all about. 

Get outside.

Who says you've gotta stay inside on your vacation? Next time you're in town, throw on your adventuring gear and get some fresh air in one Bryan College Station's beautiful parks. Explore Lick Creek Park on horseback, take a dip in the pool or throw horseshoes at Sue Haswell Park, or catch a concert of the Wolf Pen Creek Park amphitheater. BCS is home to more than 100 miles of hiking and biking trails, and more than 2,100 acres of park space in total-all perfect for exploring. Not into walking? Find a shady tree to read under for the afternoon-our Texas Live Oaks make it worth it.