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Local Attractions

A Myriad of Things to Do in College Station

INDOOR POOL

Our boutique hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown College Station, just two blocks from Texas A&M University and surrounded by countless things to do.

Despite its small size, College Station is full of big city conveniences like high-end shopping malls, world-class dining, nightlife, museums and sporting and cultural events.

Situated one block off Texas Avenue, Vineyard Court Hotel is a short walk from top retailers, such as World Market, Pier One, Bed Bath & Beyond and James Avery, and the Post Oak Mall is only a two-minute drive from our door.

Stroll to dozens of local restaurants like Blue Baker, Los Cucos Mexican Café and Napa Flats. Five minutes away on University Drive’s "Restaurant Row,” guests will find more local favorites like Abuelo's Mexican Embassy, Buffalo Wild Wings, Pei Wei, Boston's, Rosa's Tortilla Factory and the famous Dixie Chicken restaurant and bar.

Whether you’re the parent of an A&M student or a couple on a romantic retreat, you will love the convenience of our quiet, Tuscan-inspired hotel.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

DINING (WALKING DISTANCE)

PATIO
  • Blue Baker - Homemade breads, pizzas, pastries
  • Los Cucos Mexican Café - Margaritas, fine Mexican cuisine
  • Napa Flats - Tuscan inspired flat breads, gourmet meals
  • Jason’s Deli - Deli style favorites with a healthy twist
  • Panda Express - Buffet style Asian cuisine
  • Ping Buffet - Buffet style Asian cuisine
  • Shiraz Shish Cabob - East Mediterranean
  • Fuddruckers - Hamburgers

TEXAS A&M

ATM GRASS CUTOUT

Texas A&M University (0.2 miles)

Texas Avenue @ University Drive, 979-845-5851
Click to view a campus map.

Kyle Field (0.3 miles)
Texas A&M University, 979-862-2862

Kyle Field is home of the "Fightin' Texas Aggie" football team, and Aggie games are a unique sight to see! From the waving of "12th man towels" to intimidate the other team, swaying to the Aggie War Hymn to mimic "sawing varsity's horns off," and performing "yells" with the Aggie Yell Leaders, this is a stadium rich in tradition. Don't miss the Aggie Band's military marching style, or the new giant state-of-the-art jumbo-tron.

The Association of Former Students (0.3 miles)
505 George Bush Drive, 979-845-7514

Chartered in 1925, The Association of Former Students was formed to "perpetuate and strengthen ties of affection and esteem formed in university or college days, promote the interests and welfare of Texas A&M, strengthen The Association of Former Students, and serve the student body. " The Association is also charged with management of the Aggie Ring program, which is a significant milestone in the life of an "Aggie."

Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center (1.6 miles)
Texas A&M University, 979-862-2862

Texas A&M’s Corps Center pays tribute to the past, present and future of the nation’s largest uniformed student organization outside of the service academies. Highlights include bronzes of seven Aggie Medal of Honor winners, the Metzger Sanders Gun Collection and the Corps Center Library. Group tours are available by appointment. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and changing weekend hours.

Northgate Entertainment District (1 mile)
University Drive, across from Texas A&M

Home of the world-famous Dixie Chicken, the Northgate Entertainment District features restaurants, bars, and live music. Sample the unique culture that students enjoy at Texas A&M, including the traditional dominoes game of "42," and answer the question "why did the Aggie cross the road?" (to get to the "Chicken.")

HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS

WALKWAY

Bryan Historical District (5.3 miles)
979-821-3409 Wm. J. Bryan Pkwy in Downtown Bryan
Bryan’s rich heritage is reflected in its historical buildings and the stories of those responsible for building a strong community. These include revitalized downtown buildings and the nearby homes and schools east and west of  Texas Avenue. Cozy restaurants, antiques stores, and unique shops are a focal point, along with an outdoor theatre. Many buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Carnegie Library (5.3 miles)
111 S. Main St., Bryan 979-361-3715
Reopened in 1999 as the Carnegie Center of Brazos Valley History, Bryan boasts the oldest existing Carnegie Library in Texas. The structure was built in 1903 with funds from the Carnegie foundation.

PARKS & OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

GRASS ANIMAL CUT OUTS

Wolf Pen Creek (Trails, Park & Entertainment Complex) (1.1 miles)
Holleman Drive @ Dartmouth, College Station
This area of College Station features lighted walking trails along Wolf Pen Creek, and a live music venue with free concerts during the summer. A great place for jogging. From the hotel, take a right on Dominik, the right on George Bush Dr. Follow past Harvey Rd (Taco Bell) and watch for the signs.

Central Park (Softball Fields) (2.7 miles)
1000 Krenek Tap Rd, off Hwy 6, College Station
Developed in 1979 as College Station's largest park, Central Park was unique in that it offered the widest variety of recreational opportunities of any park in the city at the time. The natural setting, originally the Arnold family farm, includes a two-acre pond and ten acres of dense woods. A second pond was developed in 1983. Other facilities include a 200 capacity pavilion with Kitchen and restroom facilities, four lighted softball fields, concession stand, three adult soccer fields with shelter and restrooms, two lighted tennis courts, sand volleyball court, basketball court, fishing pier, nature/bike trails, and parking for 297 cars. 

Veterans Memorial Park (Soccer Fields) (1.8 miles)
1/4 mile East of Highway 6 on Harvey Rd/Hwy 30, College Station
This 150-acre athletic park will be completed in a course of three phases. Once completed, it will include 9 softball fields, 13 soccer fields, bike trails, pavilion, concession stands. Twelve acres of this land is designated as a Veterans Memorial which encompasses a Veterans Memorial sculpture designed by Robert Eccleston and a garden plaza. 

Lick Creek Park (approx 10 miles)
Greens Prairie Rd, College Station
The site has a variety of plant and animal species indigenous to this area. The park currently offers several miles of trails and provides an excellent opportunity for hiking, cycling, bird watching, equestrian activities and nature study. In February of 1998 the City of College Station adopted the Lick Creek Park Master Plan which established an improved trail system, new entrance drive, parking lot, visitor's center and outdoor classroom facilities. DIRECTIONS: Take Harvey towards Hwy 6, travel south on Hwy 6. Exit Greens Prairie Rd, turn left under freeway and go past Pebble Creek Subdivision. At Rock Prairie Rd, turn left. Lick Creek Park will be on your right. 

Texas A&M University Research Park (3.3 miles)
University Drive near FM 2818, College Station
This park near the airport offers walking & jogging trails, ponds, and frisbee golf. From the hotel, take Texas Avenue to University Dr, take a left, and follow this past the Veterinary School. Research Park will be on the left.

Brazos County Arboretum - Bee Creek Park & Adamson Lagoon (1.8 miles)
1900 Anderson St., College Station 979-764-3773
This preserved wetland focuses on the wonders of nature in the Brazos Valley. This park also features Adamson Lagoon mini-waterpark that includes attractions for the entire family. Shaded seating is available, and there's a concession stand. The pool can also be rented out for birthdays or special events.

Lake Bryan (13.8 miles)
7848 Sandy Point Rd., Bryan
From the hotel, take University Dr. west towards 2818 and turn right. Follow 2818 until you see signs for Lake Bryan. Here you'll find the Texas A&M Sailing Club, windsurfing, waterskiing, an outdoor amphitheatre with live music during the summer months, and The Hook Bar & Grill.

MUSEUMS

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO OF BUILDING

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum (0.6 miles)
West George Bush Drive, College Station 979-260-9552
The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is a research institution and academic environment with over 38,000,000 pages of official and personal papers, 1,000,000 photos, 2,500 hours of videotape and 50,000 museum objects. Covering much of U.S. history since 1941, the library and museum feature a World War II Avenger Torpedo Bomber, a 1947 Studebaker, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and precise replicas of President Bush’s Air Force One and Camp David offices. The library also features traveling exhibits which lends to an ever-changing museum to visit. Exhibits this season will include The White House Garden, White House Impressions, Stars & Stripes and Picturing the Century. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History (4.6 miles)
Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Dr., Bryan 979-776-2195
Live animal exhibits, visiting displays and year-round children’s activities make the Brazos Valley museum a place for the entire family. Along with fossils and skeletal remains found in the Brazos Valley, the museum also displays a profound mural painted by local artist Emma Stark featuring Brazos Valley life more than 12,000 years ago. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley (5.4 miles)
202 S. Bryan, Bryan 979-779-KIDS
Opened in 1997, The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley provides fun, hands-on exhibits in a learning environment. Children can shop for groceries, paint a car, build, and act as doctors and puppeteers in addition to learning about ancient history and basic physics. The museum is across from Old Bryan Marketplace and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Sundays are for birthday parties by appointment only.

GOLF COURSES & DRIVING RANGES

WALKWAY TO FOUNTAIN

A&M Golf Course (0.2 miles)
979-845-1723

Bryan Municipal Golf Course (3.3 miles)
206 W. Villa Maria Rd., Bryan
979-823-0126

Traditions Club (5.7 miles)
2100 Traditions Blvd, Bryan,
979-821-2582

Briarcrest Country Club (3.7 miles)
1929 Country Club Dr., Bryan
979-776-0133

Pebble Creek Country Club (6.9 miles)
4500 Pebble Creek Pkwy, College Station
979-690-0990

ART, WINE & CULTURE

COURTYARD

Messina Hof Winery (8.6 miles)
4545 Old Reliance Rd., Bryan, 979-778-9463
The fastest-growing and most awarded winery in the state is open daily for wine tastings and tours of the vineyards, historic winery building and barrel room. Other highlights include a guest center and an Italian restaurant.

Benjamin Knox Gallery (1.5 miles)
404 University Dr. E., College Station 979-696-5669
Benjamin Knox, known as the University Artist and the artist for unique places, specializes in creating unique fine art and gifts. The gallery recently opened a wine & coffee bar & patio. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Benz Gallery of Floral Art (2.3 miles)
Texas A&M University 979-845-1699
Going hand-in-hand with one of the largest horticulture departments in the nation is the Texas A&M Benz Gallery of Floral Art. The Benz Collection features tools used to create floral arrangements, while general arts are explored in changing exhibits. The gallery is located in the Horticultural and Forest Sciences Building on Texas A&M’s West Campus. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Texas Gallery (1.3 miles)
2501 Texas Ave. S., Suite 105-C, College Station 979-696-2787
Sponsored by the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley, Local Color celebrates Texas artists with rotating feature exhibits and selections from across the state. Paintings and other artwork are sold at the store. The Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

MSC Forsyth Center Galleries (0.2 miles)
Texas A&M University 979-845-9251
The Forsyth Center’s two galleries offer a vast array of notable artwork. The Forsyth Gallery, on the first floor of A&M’s Memorial Student Center, houses the Bill and Irma Runyon glass exhibit and various touring exhibits. The student-run Visual Arts Gallery on the second floor of the MSC also features rotating exhibits. Both galleries are open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Wayne Stark University Center Galleries (2.2 miles)
Texas A&M University 979-845-8501
Along with the permanent focus on Texas art and artists in the University’s collections, the Wayne Stark Galleries feature 14 different native Texan exhibits each year. Displays include a wide variety of traveling exhibits as well as local artwork. The galleries are located on the first floor of the Memorial Student Center. Their hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

CINEMAS & ENTERTAINMENT

ENTRANCE DOORS

Cinemark Hollywood USA Movies 18 (1.7 miles)
1401 S Earl Rudder (Hwy 6), College Station
979-764-7592

Grand Station Entertainment (2 miles)

2400 Earl Rudder Freeway South, College Station
979-696-1100

Texas World Speedway (9.2 miles)
17529 Hwy. 6 South, College Station
979-690-2500

Bryan Premiere Cinema 16 (7.1 miles)
950 N Earl Rudder Fwy (Hwy 6), Bryan
979-774-4200

Arctic Wolf Ice Center (1.4 miles)
400 Holleman Dr. E, College Station
979-693-3900

FITNESS

INDOOR POOL

Aerofit - Longmire (4.1 miles)
3526 Longmire Drive
979-485-9999

Aerofit - Villa Maria (4.9 miles)
1900 W. Villa Maria Rd., Bryan
979-823-0971

Aerofit - Carter Creek (2.9 miles)
4455 Carter Creek Pkwy., Bryan
979-846-8724

Gold’s Gym - College Station (1.2 miles)
200 Brentwood Dr. E, College Station
979-764-8000

Gold’s Gym - Bryan
725 E. Villa Maria, #501, Bryan
979-822-8000

The Yoga Health and Fitness Center (1.9 miles)
809 University Drive East,
College Station
979-268-3838

Texas A&M Student Recreation Center (2.3 miles)
Texas A&M University, College Station
979-845-7826
$7/day, $24/week, anyone welcome

Curves for Women (3.0 miles)
3811 E. 29th, Bryan
979-846-4153

THEATER & PERFORMING ARTS

WATER FOUNTAIN

Theatre Company of Bryan-College Station
Manor East Mall, Bryan 979-779-1302
Since 1987, ‘magination Station has been dedicated to producing professional, quality plays in an intimate setting at an affordable price for the families of the Brazos Valley. This season’s performances include: A Child’s Christmas Carol, Annie Jr. and Man of La Mancha.

Brazos Valley Symphony
979-696-6100
Providing a series of concerts beginning in the fall to the annual free July 4th Celebration, the Brazos Valley Symphony brings instrumental grace to our community. Please visit www.bvso.org for information about current tickets, concerts and more!

Brazos Valley Chorale
979-846-1293
From concerts celebrating Christmas and Independence Day to a Pops Concert in the spring, the Brazos Valley Chorale presents the finest in community musical entertainment year round.

Brazos Valley T.R.O.U.P.E.
979-846-4903 979-694-9252
One of the newest theater groups to hit the local stage, Brazos Valley T.R.O.U.P.E. is a community acting guild centered around light, family entertainment.

Freudian Slip
Texas A&M University 979-862-377
Prepare for side-splitting entertainment as Texas A&M’s own student improvisational group gives “humor” a whole new meaning.

Aggie Players
Texas A&M University 979-845-2621
The spring and fall semesters at Texas A&M include topnotch entertainment by the theater department’s production company. With works ranging from dinner theater musicals to French farce, the Aggie Players offer something for everyone.

MSC OPAS
Texas A&M University, Memorial Student Center, 979-845-1661
Bringing outstanding national and international performances to Texas A&M, the Opera and Performing Arts Society features a unique collaboration between the university and the community. The 2000-2001 season marks the twenty-eighth anniversary for this outstanding organization. In addition to its always-popular OPAS, Jr. series appealing to children of all ages, the following “Main Stage” performances are scheduled for the 2000-2001 season: The Black Watch and the Prince of Wales Band with the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band and Singing Cadets, Footloose, The Boys Choir of Harlem, Jekyell and Hyde, Aeros, Peter Pan, Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra, Godspell, Carmen and Chicago. Click here for more information.

StageCenter Community Theatres
701 N. Main St., Bryan 979-823-4297
StageCenter is the oldest live community theatre in Bryan-College Station, performing since 1965.

AREA EVENTS

COURTYARD WALKWAY

Fall
Texas A&M Football at Kyle Field (0.2 miles)

Nov-Dec
Santa’s Wonderland (10 miles)

Year-round
Concerts at Hurricane Harry’s (4 miles)

Various
Live music at Wolf Pen Creek Park (1 mile)