Brenham is more than just Blue Bell. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself, and you'll find that it's an ice cream heaven and more!
Blue Bell Country Store and Ice Cream Parlor
While Brenham is filled with tons of things to do, let’s not pretend — Brenham IS Blue Bell too. Sadly, the Blue Bell Creamery is not open for tours right now, but you can still explore this sweet side of town. Stop by the Blue Bell Country Store and Ice Cream Parlor next door to the creamery for a fresh scoop of ice cream.
Pleasant Hill Winery
For a relaxing way to spend your afternoon, stop by the Pleasant Hill Winery (which is on the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail) to sip on a glass of wine on the porch, while overlooking the vineyard where the grapes came from.
It just so happens that the place where Texas began is 20 miles north of Brenham. Head to this historic site to see Independence Hall where 59 men gathered on March 2 to sign the Texas Declaration of Indpendence claiming Texas as free from Mexico’s control. Also on site are the Star of the Republic Museum, where you’ll learn about the Texas Republic period, and the Barrington Living History Farm, where you can step back in time to the 1850s at the preserved home of the last president of the Republic of Texas.
Must Be Heaven
Head to Historic Downtown for some good eats at Must Be Heaven. This cafe is your one-stop lunch destination with everything from dozens of sandwiches, fresh salads and scratch-made soups. The homemade pie is to die for and you should (of course!) get it topped with Blue Bell ice cream!
After a day full of adventure, the best place to unwind is at this homey joint in a renovated grocery store. While it’s a barbecue joint for lunch on Saturday and Sunday, there’s always a special homecooked dinner on Saturday nights — and whether it’s a grilled ribeye or pork chops, it’s always good.
Lake Somerville State Park
Get out and stretch your legs at Lake Somerville State Park. Dive in the lake to cool off, fish off the dock or take a hike or bike to explore the land.