Brenham Things to Do: 7 Must-See Sights

The town of Brenham offers some wonderful treats for visitors. Here are a few ideas for your list of Brenham Things To Do.   

Monastery of St. Clare Mini Horse Ranch
9300 Highway 105
Brenham, Texas 77833
(979)836-9652
www.monasteryminiaturehorses.com

The miniature horses on this ranch are raised by a group of Franciscan Poor Clare Nuns. On sale are horses, and there are ceramic items in the "Art Barn" made by the nuns. You can pet the horses, have a picnic and visit the chapel for a few moments of tranquility. This is a worthy excursion from your cozy Brenham Bed and Breakfast.

Washington-on-the-Brazos
23200 Park Road 12
Brenham, Texas 77880
(936) 878-2214
www.tpwd.state.tx.us

The picturesque park on the banks of the Brazos River is the perfect spot for picnicking, birdwatching and discovering the history and lifestyle of Texas in the early 19th century. This place is historically significant as the site where the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed on March 2, 1836.
 
Star of the Republic Museum
23200 Park Road 12
College Station, Texas 77880
(936) 878-2461

While at the Washington-on-the-Brazos historic site, you can visit this museum which will take you through the colorful history and heritage of Texas via 10,000 square feet of exhibits, educational programs and audio-visual presentations. You may also see seasonal exhibitions, special events and interpretive demonstrations of life in the early 19th century.

Barrington Living History Farm
21300 Park Rd. 12
Washington Texas 77880
(936) 878-2214
www.tpwd.state.tx.us

This is a southern cotton plantation on the grounds of the Washington-on-the-Brazos site. The farm was home to Anson Jones, the last president of the Republic of Texas. You'll see the family home, a kitchen building, smokehouse, two slave cabins, a cotton house and a barn. Also worth seeing are heirloom crops and heritage breeds of livestock on this working plantation. Interpreters dressed in period costumes go about their daily chores, giving you a good idea about farm life in the 1850s. Some of the skills they demonstrate are weaving, making rope, tatting and vulcanizing. You can also experience life on the farm first-hand by helping plant and harvest crops, drive oxen and give spinning and soap making a try.

Blue Bell Creameries

FM 577 and Hwy 290 W
Brenham, Texas 77834
1-800-327-8135

Blue Bell ice cream has delighted the palates of Texans since 1911. There is a factory tour available on site which ends with a free scoop of creamy ice cream. The Blue Bell Country Store sells country-style gifts and Blue Bell logo items. The creameries are worth a visit during your Brenham Inn stay for an authentic taste of Texas.

Brenham Heritage Museum
105 S Market Street
Brenham, Texas 77833
(979)830-8445
www.brenhamheritagemuseum.org

The Federal government built this Classical Revival style building to house the U.S. Post Office in 1915. It was turned into a museum in 1991. Exhibits trace the history of Brenham and just next to it is the Brenham's Silsby steam fire engine, one of the first of its kind in the town.

Antique Rose Emporium
9300 Lueckemeyer Rd
Brenham, Texas 77833
(979) 836-5548
www.weareroses.com

An 8-acre retail and display center, the Emporium is well known throughout the country. The home of an early settler, this beautifully landscaped garden features old fashioned garden roses and cottage garden perennials, a wildflower meadow and herbs. The site also has some unusual restored buildings such as an 1850s saltbox house, an 1855 stone kitchen, an 1840s log corncrib and a Victorian home built in the early 1900s.