Do you like ice cream? What about scenic trails? Or cozy bed and breakfast getaways? No, this isn’t a personal ad, just an introduction to some of the fun things you can do in Brenham, Texas! Brenham is a small city located about an hour west of The Woodlands and has so much to offer visitors year round.
You can easily plan a day trip to Brenham with the family now that school is out for the summer. The biggest attraction for the kids will probably be the Blue Bell Creamery, located at 1101 South Blue Bell Road. Unfortunately, they are not currently giving tours of the factory (due to the recent shut-down) but the country store, ice cream parlor, and visitor center are open weekdays from 8am-5pm so you can stop in and enjoy a scoop of your favorite flavor.
Brenham is renowned as the heart of the bluebonnet region in Central Texas. Annually in the spring, fields upon fields are covered in the Texas state flower and it is a hot spot for family photos. You will see people just pulling their cars over on the side of the road to snap shots of their babies amongst the beautiful blooms. The chamber of commerce gives out free maps to guide you along the most scenic routes.
The city of Brenham is located within Washington County, which is known as the “Birthplace of Texas.” There is a ton of history, as the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed here in March of 1836 in the nearby town of Washington-on-the-Brazos which has been designated as a state historic site. You can tour the Star of the Republic Museum, walk around the scenic grounds along the Brazos river, and visit a working farm replica of the home of the last president of the Republic of Texas.
Brenham is also known for its annual German heritage festival that takes place each May called Maifest. The historic downtown area provides entertainment, food, and lodging. Recent improvements and development of “pocket parks” has made walking downtown that much more enjoyable.
So hop in the car and take the short drive over to Brenham – enjoy some sweet treats while brushing up on your Texas history. It will be a day trip the whole family will love!