Spring is the perfect time to fall in love with College Station. Enjoy the season with classic spring activities like picnics in the park, hikes, and garden strolls. Shop for farm-fresh produce at seasonal markets, take a dip at a local pool, or shop and dine al fresco. Here are our favorite spring activities and things to do in College Station.
Soak Up the Outdoors
When the sun is out and flowers are blooming, there’s no better time to be outside. For a dose of scenic nature, Lick Creek Park boasts a variety of plant and animal species native to the area. This oasis-like nature reserve has five miles of trails for hikers, cyclists, horseback riders, and bird watchers. And at Wolf Pen Creek, you’ll discover an immaculate green space with walking and hiking paths, an open amphitheater, a disc golf course, a playground, and a 10-acre festival site, where park-goers can throw frisbees, fly kites, and picnic on the grass.
Want to do an educational deep-dive into the outdoors? Situated on Texas A&M’s West Campus, The Gardens encompasses a diverse collection of themed gardens with lush plantings meant to teach students and the public about food production and the natural world. The Gardens also offer regular events throughout the year, like cooking classes, special lectures, and programs for kids.
Dive Into Water Fun
Spring is the perfect time to take advantage of College Station’s water-soaked activities.
Kids (and adults) of all ages will love spending the day at Adamson Lagoon, a mini-water park complete with an Olympic-sized swimming pool, water slides, and a separate baby pool. Concessions are available on weekends. Feel like you’re walking into the ocean at the Cindy Hallaran Pool, which offers swimmers a unique beach-style entry. You can bring snacks and drinks (no glass containers or alcohol allowed) to both attractions.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
For lovers of boutique clothing, antiques, vintage collectibles, and name-brand apparel, you’ll find a treasure trove of shops worth checking out in College Station.
Get your fix at the bustling Century Square development, where popular stores include Grass Stains, a locally-owned womenswear boutique, and Hemline, which sells trendy fashions for every season. Fuel up for your shopping spree at Harvest Coffee Bar or one of several eateries. If you need a break, there’s usually something happening on The Green, from game-day watch parties to music concerts.
Post Oak Mall is where to go if you want to browse mall favorites like Forever 21, H&M, Francesca’s, American Eagle, and more. Want to stock up on fresh produce and goods from local artisans? The Aggieland Farmers Market occurs every Saturday outside Post Oak Mall. Aside from farm-fresh veggies, vendors sell baked goods, prepared foods, honey, pickled items, homemade jerky, and flowers.
Get a Taste of the Local Nightlife
Unsurprisingly, this college town has a vibrant nightlife scene, with a bevy of reputable restaurants and bars. If you’re up for a night of dinner, drinks, and dancing, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to do so here.
Venture out to the Northgate District, the city’s premier hub for entertainment, dining, and nightlife. Take your pick from elegant bars like the 1791 Whiskey Bar, casual pubs, including O’Bannon’s Taphouse, and lively clubs like Hookah Station.
Other College Station bars of note include the Stella Hotel’s Hershel’s Bar, where small plates pair nicely with wine and specialty cocktails made from some of the best selections of single- and small-batch bourbons in the Brazos Valley. Craft cocktail fans will also enjoy the drinks and atmosphere at Downtown Elixir and Spirits (in the LaSalle Hotel) which prides itself on its “French Quarter flair.” Make time for a glass of vino at Downtown Uncorked, which has an excellent wine list.
There’s no shortage of springtime activities in College Station, making this the ideal time to visit the heart of Aggieland.