Creating Really Awesome Free Trips: College Station

If you’re new here, Creating Really Awesome Free Trips is a random post that happens every now and again with 10 fun, free, family friendly things to do in different cities around the USA! I was born and raised in good ol’ BCS. That’s Bryan, College Station for you non, BCS’ers. I’m not going to say it’s the most exciting city in the world, but it’s my home town, and I like it. It’s also were Andy and I met. Have you ever heard of A&M? Yep, that’s what I always say when someone asks me where I’m from! Just to keep things straight, I did not got to A&M. I was a crazy rebel, and threw in my marron for burnt orange!

First up on the list of fun, free, things to do in College Station,TX is to take a little tour of campus.

1. Texas A&M: There are lots of things to check out, but here are some of the highlights. I think the A&M traditions are fun. Since College Station is built around A&M, it takes up 1-4 of this post, ha!

  • Century Tree- Lots of superstitions surrounding this awesome tree.

Fun, free things to do in College Station, TX!

  • Kyle Field– It’s big. Jason, my brother, recently graduated. I did an Aggie ring photo shoot with him. This was his favorite pic from the shoot.

Fun, free things to do in College Station, TX!

  • Ring Sculpture- Aggie rings are a big deal, and this is a giant one. It lives in front of the alumni center, where students go to pick up their rings.

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  • Bonfire Memorial: Read more about the 1999 tragedy and the meaning of the memorial.

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5. George Bush Presidential Library is free to kids under 5, active military and immediate family, and TAMU and Blinn Students. It’s interactive and there is a fun kids exhibit until July 5, 2013 right now about DNA.

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6. Rose Emporium– It’s actually not in College Station, it’s about 30 minutes away in Brenham. My mom and I love it in the spring. It’s where we first saw a bottle tree. Obviously, you can buy all different kinds of roses here, but they also have fun garden art and lots of good photo ops.

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7. Downtown Bryan is charming. It has some fun antique stores, a design center, cute restaurants, and my favorite little shop, Old Bryan Market Place. If you’re in CS, take the 10 minute drive and check it out.

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Here is a glimpse of cuteness. college station

8.Children’s Museum of College Station– Kids under one are free, $5 for everyone else. There is an HEB shopping exhibit, construction zone, and library just for kids.


9. Bottle Cap Alley- It’s a little alley on North gate (across from Texas A&M) with tons of bottle caps. Can you spy Jason’s Aggie ring?

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10. Hullabaloo Diner (As seen on Diner’s, Drive- Ins, and Dives) It’s not free, but it’s fun and yummy! They do often have free, livre music!


And a bonus thing, because College Station is that cool!
11. Wold Pen Creek Amphitheater– Lots of free events happen here, like the Starlight music series, and Earth Day festival are two of the big events.
Have you ever been (or driven through) College Station? Did I miss anything? Did you spy Jason’s ring? It’s in the bottom left quadrant! I’d love to hear…


  1. A fellow Texan and Aggie (well, I’m an Aggie mom)! Great post!

  2. Oh my goodnes, that GIANT ring is so freaking cool! What a neat tradition!

  3. I have been enjoying your blog for awhile … I was quite shocked to see that you were writing about things to do in College Station! It is a great place to grow up though, isn’t it? I was gone for 20 years and now I’m back — sharing BCS with my grandson!

    • Jamie Dorobek says:

      Happy ot hear you’re enjoying C.R.A.F.T., Martha! Welcome back to CS! It is a great place to grow up if I do say so myself :)

  4. As a fellow Texan and Aggie Mom…you could spot that ring anywhere! :) BCS is very cool. Great post. Remember the great tradition of the official receiving of the Aggie ring. :)

  5. Oh goodness….what a trip down memory lane! The hubby & I lived in BCS while he was at A&M. So many fun memories! We need to take the kiddos back for a visit. :)

  6. I love the Bryan Marketplace – AND the mexican restaurant across the street from it (on the other side of the hotel!)

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