Places to See
The Brazos Valley has many attractions that will make your visit very
enjoyable and informative. These are just a few of the exciting and
interesting places to visit while you are staying with us.
Texas A&M University
From humble beginnings in 1876 as Texas' first public institution of higher learning, to a bustling 5,000-acre campus with a nationally recognized faculty, Texas A&M University is one of a select few universities with land-grant, sea- grant and space-grant designations. With an enrollment of about half men and half women, 25 percent of the freshman class are the first in their family to attend college. Here, 38,000-plus undergraduates and more than 9,000 graduate students have access to world-class research programs and award-winning faculty. Texas A&M has two branch campuses, one in Galveston, Texas, and one in the Middle Eastern country of Qatar.
The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is located on a ninety-acre site on the West Campus of Texas A&M
University. The Library and Museum is situated on a plaza adjoining the Presidential Conference Center and the Texas A&M Academic Center. It operates under the administration of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) under the provisions of the Presidential Libraries Act of 1955.
The Brazos Valley Museum
The Museum’s current mission is to preserve and protect natural and cultural history, to stimulate its understanding, and to
encourage responsible stewardship of all natural and cultural resources. It accomplishes this through:
1) the preservation of artifacts and natural specimens;
2) the presentation of exhibits and educational programming; and
3) cooperative partnerships with arts and cultural organizations, community oriented entities, and
academic institutions throughout the Brazos Valley.
Messina Hof Winery & Resort
Messina Hof Winery & Resort, a Texas vineyard established in 1977 by Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo, is
rooted in the union of two family heritages. Winemaker Paul Bonarrigo’s family dates back seven
generations to Messina, Sicily. Merrill’s family is from Hof, Germany. Stroll through the vineyard.
Smell the roses. Sit by the waterfall. Relax with a glass of crisp Riesling or rich Shiraz. Indulge in
fresh vineyard cuisine. Linger over candlelit conversation. Enjoy a quiet evening among friends or
with the one you love.
We invite you on this journey and hope that we may share with you the romance and tradition of
Messina Hof here in the heart of Texas and agricultural center of the Brazos Valley.
Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
The 293-acre state historic site, maintained by Texas Parks and Wildlife, is located on the original
townsite of Washington, a major political and commercial center in early Texas. The site is
comprised of three main attractions Independence Hall, Barrington Living History Farm, administered
by Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the Star of the Republic Museum, administered by Blinn College.
Visitors are encouraged to begin at the state-of-the-art Visitors Center where the congenial and
knowledgeable Texas Parks and Wildlife staff can help you plan your visit and a variety of tour
options can be purchased. This facility is free to the public and is the best place to gather information
on the park amenities.
Blue Bell Creamery Brenham, Texas
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
As needed on a first come first serve basis.
No weekend tours
Parking is limited.
RV parking available but limited.
Historic Downtown Bryan
Stroll through historic downtown Bryan to sample a colorful array of shops and stores. Stop by a
22,000 square foot historical building, lovingly renovated with glass doors, pine floors, bricked
archways, and fireplaces for an amazing collection of one-of-a-kind finds. Or browse other vibrant
craft and artisan shops throughout the area. We promise you’ll love downtown Bryan, Texas. Enjoy
The Charm And Grandeur Of Historic Downtown Bryan!
Gibbons Creek Reservoir
Ready to catch the big one? Come on over to Gibbons Creek Reservoir. Originally stocked by The
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1981, the Reservoir supports healthy populations of
largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, and an assortment of bluegills and sunfish. A quarter million hybrid
Texas-Florida largemouth bass were introduced in 1985, with 133,000 more added to the stock in
2002. With such a rich stocking history, the fish are biting. So come on over and bring your rod and
Lake Somerville State Park and Trailway offers a multitude of recreational opportunities. The
extensive Lake Somerville Trailway links the Birch Creek unit to the Nails Creek unit. More than 20
miles of trails are open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.
Water lovers can enjoy fishing, swimming, boating, and skiing on Lake Somerville.
Located at 8200 Sandy Point Road (FM 1687). From FM 2818 take FM 1687 west approximately 4
miles. Park entrance is on the right. Two-lane ramp accommodates most boat types. Day use fee
$5/vehicle. Open 6 am to 7:30 pm November 1-February, 6 a.m. to 9