5 Must Do Things in College Station

Enjoy a good time in College Station with our 5 Must Do Things | Courtesy of Texas A&M

In our Must Do Things Around Greater Houston series, we take a look at Houston’s vast array of communities, neighborhoods and destinations to bring you five fun, tasty, surprising and enticing reasons you should give each one a visit.

First coming to life when the Houston and Texas Central Railway made its way through the area in 1860, College Station is now home to Texas A&M University.

Explore areas like the mixed-use district of Northgate, the Wolf Pen Creek District, and do check out these five neighborhood must-dos.

5 Must Do Things in College Station

1. Visit the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum

Visit the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum on the campus of Texas A&M | Courtesy of George Bush Library & Museum

The presidential library of 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, sits on a 90-acre site on the west side of campus, offering a unique look into the influences and challenges that shaped Bush’s life and his presidency. In addition to photographs, film, artifacts, and documents, you’ll find a World War II Avenger Torpedo Bomber, a 1947 Studebaker, a slab of the Berlin Wall, and replicas of President Bush’s Camp David and Situation Room.

2. Eat & drink on campus

Head to the oldest bar in Northgate, the College Station staple known as Dixie Chicken | Courtesy of Dixie Chicken

Aggieland is full of culinary institutions, and even some newcomers that have become cult favorites. Get chicken strips, burgers, and fries alongside cheap pitchers of beer at Dixie Chicken, the oldest bar in Northgate and a local tradition since 1974. Or get your fried chicken fix on Layne’s Chicken Fingers, another institution where the chicken fingers come with secret sauce, crinkle-cut fries, and Texas toast. Looking for tacos? Try modern taqueria Mad Taco or epic Texas chain Torchy’s. Harvey Washbangers is part-bar, part-grill, part-launderette (you can really do laundry there); and the Hullabaloo Diner is as classic as it gets. Night owls will want to visit late-night haven, Fuego Tortilla Grill, which dishes out all-day breakfast and munchies from queso and guac’ to carnitas and carne guisado tacos. For a nice night out, check out The Republic Steakhouse, where you can beef up and enjoy wine and whiskey. Those looking for a drink and some fun will also want to check out the Aggieland Micro District, which houses Perrine Winery and Rio Brazos Distillery.

3. Toss a cap into Bottle Cap Alley

Bottle Cap Alley in College Station | Courtesy of Dixie Chicken

Located at the north edge of Texas A&M campus, Bottle Cap Alley is one of those weird tourist attractions that somehow stuck around. The bottle cap–paved alleyway is believed to have started as a dumping ground for its two neighboring watering holes, Dry Bean and Dickie Chicken. Today, the collection has grown to a mass of thousands, by some accounts. Just remember to wear closed toe shoes.

4. Cheer on the Aggies

Take to Kyle Field and cheer on the Aggies in SEC competition | Courtesy of Texas A&M

College Station is best known for being home to Texas A&M, aka Aggieland. If you can’t beat the Aggie Spirit, you may as well join in on the fun. Grab tickets to a football game and you’ll see all sorts of Aggie traditions, including a riveting halftime performance from Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band, the largest military marching band in the United States that is also acclaimed for its precision and style. Check out the university’s Visiting Aggieland page for maps and schedules, ticketing, and a game day guide. Gig ‘em.

5. Get the ultimate holiday experience at Santa’s Wonderland (seasonal)

When the holiday season rolls around, Santa’s Wonderland is a spectacle of lights tough to beat | Courtesy of Santa’s Wonderland

This Texas-sized holiday lights display is like the North Pole of College Station. Play in a giant snow globe, take a ride on the West Pole Express, snap a pic in front of a colossal illuminated Texas flag, cozy up with a campfire, hit the Wonderland Winery, experience nightly Texas snow, visit Santa, and see the millions of dazzling lights on a Santa’s Hayride Tour or VIP Horse and Carriage Ride. The season runs from early November through late December (check the website for this year’s dates).

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Brooke Viggiano is a food and lifestyle writer residing in Houston. When she's not contributing to publications like 365 Things to Do in Houston, Thrillist Houston and the Houston Press, she's on the hunt for the coolest happenings in the city. You can follow her musings on Twitter @BrookeViggiano .