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Born of converging cultures and built on deep Texas roots, Bryan is a community filled with authentic stories, people, and places—our legends. Our legends are ever evolving while staying true to our Texas spirit.

Conveniently located in the heart of the Texas Triangle, we’re just a short drive from each of the state’s major metros, and even have multiple flights per day direct from DFW International Airport to Easterwood Airport (CLL).

Peruse hip boutiques in Historic Downtown Bryan, make friends with a giraffe at Aggieland Safari, sip regional varietals at Messina Hof Winery & Resort, and enjoy live music at incredible venues all summer long. Don’t forget to experience the Bryan, Texas Taco Trail—featuring 44+ unique local restaurants serving everything from traditional street tacos to innovative fusion options.

Speaking of tacos… Bryan, Texas has officially made its claim as a foodie destination. Our culinary scene has found its way into the spotlight frequently over the past few year—from world-class barbecue at All The King’s Men or Fargo’s, to fresh farm-to-table fare at Ronin Farm & Restaurant, to Lamar & Niki’s Soul Food Cafe, named one of Yelp’s Top 100 Places To Eat In Texas in 2021. It’s all on the table in Bryan, Texas!

There’s always a festival or event to look forward to, and most locals will tell you First Friday has to be marked on your calendar every month. The streets of Historic Downtown Bryan are transformed into one big stage on the First Friday of each month, with performances, live music, activities, art demonstrations, vendors, and local artisans and producers around every corner.

We’ll close out the summer over Labor Day weekend at the 2nd Annual Hullabaloo Blues Fest! This event will feature local and regional blues artists on the picturesque waterfront stage at Lake Walk, just steps from The Stella Hotel. Join us as we celebrate the Brazos Valley’s longstanding tradition of playing the blues, complete with tasty food and great tunes under the Texas sky.

Looking to soak up some Texas sunshine? Lake Bryan is located just north of town and offers an outdoor recreation oasis and a cool reprieve from the summer heat. With more than 20 miles of hiking, biking, and running trails; swimming areas; kayak and paddleboard rentals; campgrounds; and largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, and redfish stocked by Texas Parks & Wildlife, there are plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in nature here. Don’t miss Cadillac Ranch Bar & Grill—a local favorite with a large deck overlooking the lake.

Breakaway from the hustle of everyday life and make meaningful and lasting memories with friends and family in Bryan. From luxuriously laidback escapes to fun-filled family vacations, there are always special moments to be shared in this legendary Texas town.

Discover what makes our community legendary and start planning your trip today.

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