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The Bonfire Memorial at Texas A&M University. Aggieland is chock full of things to see and places to go. Whether you’re a visitor, entertaining out-of-town guests, or just want to be a tourist in your own backyard, the Bryan/College Station Convention & Visitor’s Bureau offers this list of Top 10 things to do before and after the NCAA games. For more information and more things to see and do, go to VisitAggieland.com.

1.

Texas A&M University
www.tamu.edu
(979) 845-5851
While on campus, visit the Bonfire Memorial dedicated to the 12 Aggies who lost their lives in the tragic collapse of the 1999 bonfire. The campus also offers beautiful horticulture gardens, a Texas A&M Sports Museum, the Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center and dining with a view at the University Club on the top floor of Rudder Tower.

2.

Messina Hof Winery & Resort
www.messinahof.com
(979) 778-9463
This Texas winery is home to the Vintage House restaurant and Winemaster’s Room wine bar, as well as the Villa Bed & Breakfast. Stroll through the vineyard, sit by the waterfall, and relax with a glass of wine.

Tasting Room Hours

Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tour Schedule

Monday through Friday: 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. Sunday: 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m.

3.

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
www.bushlibrary.tamu.edu
(979) 691-4000
Monday- Saturday: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Explore the life of George H.W. Bush through artifacts, photos and films that document his life and presidency. Bring the family to visit this exciting, educational museum.

4.

Historic Downtown Bryan
www.downtownbryan.com

Visitors Center, 213-B Main Street, Downtown Bryan
Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at an array of restaurants from casual to fine dining, Italian to Mexican, plus an Irish Pub and a wine bar. Interspersed among the many dining and live music venues are unique shopping venues offering one-of- a-kind finds.

A young girl enjoys her day out at the Children’s Museum in Downtown Bryan.5.

Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley
www.cmbv.org
(979) 779-KIDS
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
Bring the kids to enjoy this hands-on, interactive and educational museum where kids learn through play.

6.

Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History
www.brazosvalleymuseum.org
(979) 776-2195
Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Filled with more than 15 varieties of live animals as well as numerous exhibits of sculptures, fossils, and dozens of taxi-dermy mounts and special exhibits, bring the family out for a fun and educational experience.

7.

Benjamin Knox Gallery / College Station Depot
www.benjaminknox.com
(979) 691-2787
Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Experience the home gallery, fine artwork and custom framing of nationally renowned artist Benjamin Knox and venture back to the times of red cabooses at the historic College Station Depot. Traveling exhibits of national and local artists are also on display seasonally and be sure to enjoy the Coffee & Wine Bar.

Downtown Uncorked Wine Bar is perfect for a relaxing date night.8.

Downtown Uncorked Wine Bar & The Village Cafe
W. 26th Street, Downtown Bryan
Facebook: Downtown-Uncorked
TheVillageDowntown.com

These side-by-side venues are worth a second trip Downtown for their laid-back sensibility, live music and unique food and beverage offerings.

9.

Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collection
http://wfscnet.tamu.edu/tcwc/tcwc.htm
(979) 845-5783

Visit one of the largest university-based natural history collections in the United States filled with more than one million preserved specimens of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, and marine invertebrates.

10.

Cushing Memorial Library and Archives
http://cushing.library.tamu.edu/
(979) 845-1951
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Closed on Sunday

Home to Texas A&M University’s rare books, special collections, manuscripts, and archival repository, Cushing Library presents four to six exhibits for visitors each year in addition to their permanent displays.