Whether your stay is overnight, the weekend or the week, the Brenham area offers a full array of things to see, do and experience to fill your visit with special memories. Need some ideas? Contact our Visitor Center staff to help!
Welcome to Peeka Ranch, an alpaca farm in Burton, Texas. Located just 15 miles west of Downtown Brenham and 55 miles northwest of Houston, Peeka Ranch is 60 acres of hay meadows, oak trees and 100 alpacas. The public is welcome to come out to the ranch to enjoy seeing, petting and feeding the alpacas. We also have a gift shop with alpaca wool products for sale. Come on out and enjoy the peace and quiet of ranch life! Give us a ring before you come, just to make sure we’re at the ranch and ready to greet you.
A family-owned winery in historic Washington, Texas, Chapelton Vineyards at Lyn Ranch is 75 acres of Blanc du Bois, Tempranillo and Merlot. Established in 2014, the vineyard offers several venues and flows, and is now booking events. Weddings, elopements, private celebrations and corporate retreats, Chapelton Vineyards provides upscale experiences in their villa, winery, and barndominium venues. By appointment only, for tastings, tours or inquires. For more information follow @chapelton_vineyards on Instagram, or join the wine club online at chapeltonvineyards.com. Text or call 979-347-3368.
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Beneath Brenham streets is a State Archeological Landmark, a large system of historic cisterns. The cisterns were built in the late 1800s to store rainwater for public fire fighting. Private cisterns were also abundant throughout early Washington County, used for bathing, drinking and cooking. Enjoy the Wild West story of why these cisterns were built. It’s a tale of an early railroad, a rough Boom Town, and colorful characters who shaped Washington County’s history. Self-guided tours through this historic Downtown Brenham pocket park can be enjoyed any time of the day.
Come visit the “little creamery” in Brenham and learn all about how Texas’ favorite sweet treat is made! Visitors have the opportunity to browse the Visitor Center which is filled with pictures, videos and history of the “best ice cream in the country.” No visit to Blue Bell is complete without a generous scoop of ice cream from the Parlor and a trip to the Country Store for a unique gift or souvenir.
The Brenham Fire Museum – a.k.a. Brenham Fire Company # 1 Fire Museum, was designed to house Samanthe, the 1923 American LaFrance Type 38 that the Brenham Fire Department owns. Purchased April 2, 1923 from the manufacturer in Elmira, NY, Samanthe is one of only three left of its kind. Only 34 fire engines of this type were produced between early 1900 and 1930.
The museum is also home to a 1950 American LaFrance, the Invader, and houses fire artifacts from the department’s long history.
Tours of the Museum can be arranged by calling 979-337-7580.
For hours, please check the Brenham Fire Museum Facebook Page!