Bryan, Texas is a beautiful, vibrant community rich in culture and proud of its heritage and diversity. As the new destination marketing organization (DMO) for Bryan, we can’t wait to introduce you to this incredible city.
Keep scrolling to learn a little bit about our community and our organization, or click here to head back to the blog to find inspiration for your next trip to Bryan.
WHERE IS BRYAN?
Bryan is conveniently located right in the heart of the “Texas Triangle.” That means we’re less than a 3-hour drive from each of the largest metro areas in the state. We’re only 100 miles from Houston, 102 miles from Austin, and 175 miles from Dallas, so it’s easy to get here from just about anywhere! Click here to get directions.
There are a few names by which you may already know our neck of the woods. We’re often called the Brazos Valley, Bryan-College Station, or Aggieland. We’re proud of our close ties with our neighbors in College Station as the joint home of Texas A&M University.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN BRYAN?
Bryan is the county seat of Brazos County, and as of July 2019 it was estimated that more than 86,000 people call Bryan home. Bryan borders the city of College Station, which lies just to our south. Together, the Bryan-College Station metropolitan area is home to more than 250,000 residents.
Bryan is known as the “heart and soul” of the area, with a rich past, diverse cultures, and proud heritage. Festivals and events like Fiestas Patrias and Brazos Valley Worldfest celebrate our community’s diversity throughout the year, and organization like the Brazos Valley African American Museum and Boonville Heritage Park celebrate our heritage and tell the stories of our past.
Our community’s diversity extends to our restaurants and attractions, too. Historic Downtown Bryan is home to Mexican, German, Italian, and Czech restaurants, a sake bar and one of the top-rated BBQ joints in the state. Food really doesn’t get more fresh than what you’ll find on the north end of Downtown, where Ronin serves up delicious bites from their own farm! Looking for something a little fancier? Christopher’s World Grille and Madden’s Casual Gourmet serve some of the finest dishes around. You definitely won’t be disappointed.
Central Texas is wine country, and one of the most-renowned wineries in the state is located right here in Bryan. Messina Hof Winery & Resort is family-owned and has been producing top-rated Texas wines for more than 40 years. Messina Hof offers tastings, tours, seasonal events, and hosts an annual Harvest Festival each summer, as well as their annual Wine & Roses Festival in the spring.
Located just outside the city, Aggieland Wild Animal Safari is home to more than 250 acres of fun for the whole family. Explore the “Serengeti of The South” from the comfort of your own vehicle, and then get up-close-and-personal with exotic animals in the 20-acre walk-through zoo.
These are just a few of the many experiences you’ll find in our community. You can count on Destination Bryan to share even more things to do, places to discover, and restaurants to enjoy as we begin telling Bryan’s story to the world. You can learn more about our organization here.
Meet The Blogger
Chris is the Destination Marketing Manager for Destination Bryan. Originally from North Texas, Chris has called Bryan-College Station home since 2014. Chris is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University’s Recreation, Park & Tourism Science program. When he’s not telling you about the restaurant he tried this weekend that was “SO good,” he’s probably talking about his dog or taking photos of a Brazos Valley sunset.