April 5 through 9, 2021 is National Community Development Week, which celebrates cities that receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership program (HOME) funds. The City of Bryan is one of those cities.
Enjoy beautiful Lake BryanFind room to breathe and soak up the sunshine at Lake Bryan, an outdoor recreation oasis in the heart of the Brazos Valley. With more than 20 miles of hiking, biking and running trails, swimming areas, campgrounds and a variety of fish stocked by Texas Parks & Wildlife, there are plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in nature and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There are even opportunities to rent kayaks and paddleboards for your day at the lake!
Find more information at lakebryan.com.
Explore one of Bryan’s parks
When school is not in session, you can find tons of people outdoors enjoying nature at one of more than 50 parks we have in Bryan. Many of these parks have plenty of shaded areas, playgrounds, BBQ grills, basketball courts and walking trails. Whether you want to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and need a place to go jogging in the mornings, or just want to have a family cookout, these parks are made with every member of the community in mind. Learn more about each park and its amenities at: https://www.bryantx.gov/parks-and-recreation/parks-and-facilities-listings/
Experience First Friday in Historic Downtown Bryan
Enjoy live music, art and an array of shopping and dining options in Historic Downtown Bryan on the First Friday of each month. This is a free, family-friendly event that typically features live performances at The Palace Theater, as well as performances hosted by various downtown businesses. You can expect to find members of the Brazos Valley Farmers Market selling their goods on Main Street, as well as shops and restaurants open extra late into the evening. Learn more about First Friday at www.downtownbryan.com/first-friday-1.
Take a dip at a Bryan pool
Summers in Texas can get pretty hot. (Who are we kidding, spring and fall can be that way too!) There’s no better way to cool off than at one of our three community pools. The Bryan Aquatic Center boasts an Olympic-sized heated pool, two waterslides, the only public diving board in the area, a zero-depth entry area that’s perfect for families, and plenty of space for everyone to bask in the sun! Or, try Henderson Harbor or Sadie Thomas Pool for a change of scenery.
The Bryan Aquatic Center is open for lap swimming year-round, and recreational swimming hours generally begin at the end of May. Henderson Harbor and Sadie Thomas Pool also generally open at the end of May for the summer season. Details on admission, pool passes and hours for each of the pools are available at https://www.bryantx.gov/parks-and-recreation/pools-and-aquatic-facilities/.
Cool off at a splash pad
Bryan’s splash pads are the perfect spot to cool off for a few minutes during a hot afternoon, and Bryan has three of them!
Free access is available at Gloria Stephan Sale Park, Tanglewood Park and Tiffany Park.
Find locally made goods at The Local and the Brazos Valley Farmers Market
Held seasonally in the spring and fall, The Local is a weekly, outdoor market featuring artisans, farmers, producers and crafters from across the Brazos Valley. From fresh foods including bread and honey, to homemade soaps and handcrafted jewelry, The Local features a variety of vendors each week.
The Local’s season runs from March through early June. Check the full schedule and find more details at https://www.thelocalbcs.com/
The Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market
The Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market is a pet-friendly, year-round farmers’ market supporting our region’s farms by connecting consumers directly to local food producers. The Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. – noon at 500 N. Main Street in Historic Downtown Bryan. The market features more than 50 vendors, and is your go-to spot for locally-grown foods! You can learn more about the Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market and their vendors here: www.brazosvalleyfarmersmarket.com/