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Outdoor Things to Do in Texas — From Horseback Riding to Organic Gardening


Whether you choose to venture out on foot, horseback, or golf cart, the 300 acres surrounding The Inn at Dos Brisas are yours to discover. When you’re done exploring, kick back and enjoy some of our more relaxing pursuits, including healing spa services, organic gardening lessons, and wine tastings, to name just a few. Located between Austin and Houston near Texas A&M University, our award-winning resort offers activities for every guest. If you can imagine it, the front desk has whatever you need to do it—from mountain bikes and fishing poles to board games and telescopes for stargazing.

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Nearby Activities

From our location just outside of Houston, The Inn at Dos Brisas offers easy access to a plethora of things to do, including museums, sporting events, shopping, winery tours, and much more.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

With a spring break schedule of riding and roping events like none other, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo celebrates the agriculture, education, entertainment, and heritage of the Lone Star State.

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Houston Texans Football

Spend a relaxing weekend at The Inn before while attending a Houston Texans game at Reliant Stadium.

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Texas A&M & University of Texas Football

Cheer on the Aggies and Longhorns, two of the top college football teams in the country.

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Round Top Antiques Fair

Attend one of four international shows held each year: the traditional Spring and Fall Antiques Fairs—hosted in the Big Red Barn, the Big Red Barn Tent, the Continental Tent, and Carmine Dance Hall—and the newer Winter and Summer Antiques Shows, held in the Big Red Barn.

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Houston Astros Baseball

Catch Major League Baseball’s Astros in action at Minute Maid Park.

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South by Southwest Music Festival & Film Festival

South by Southwest is a music, film, and interactive festival and conference that takes place every spring in Austin.

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The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station

The museum encompasses more than 50 years of U.S. history—from World War II to the end of the Persian Gulf War. Displays include a TBM Avenger bomber, 1947 Studebaker automobile, replicas of the President's Camp David and Air Force One offices, and a section of the Berlin Wall.

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Austin Formula One

Exciting race series starts in November 2012 near Austin.

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Bluebell Creameries in Brenham

Tours include a scoop of Bluebell ice cream.

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The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC)

OTC is a conference and exhibition focused on the development of offshore energy resources, primarily oil and natural gas. It was started in 1969 and is held annually during the first week of May at Reliant Park in Houston. OTC is the largest oil and gas sector trade show in the world.

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Washington on the Brazos State Historical Park

Washington County is known as the birthplace of Texas. It’s where the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed in 1839 by the early settlers who decided it was time to part ways with Mexico.

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Houston Galleria Shopping

Set beneath spectacular glass atriums, the Houston Galleria features more than 375 fine stores and restaurants and an impressive ice rink. This world-class shopping complex showcases the best names in retailing, including Neiman Marcus, Cartier, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel.

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Houston Grand Opera

The Houston Grand Opera specializes in spectacular singing, memorable music, and breathtaking theatricality with exciting new productions, important debuts, and fresh perspectives on treasured favorites.

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Houston Ballet

The Houston Ballet, which a New York Times reviewer called "one of the nation’s best ballet companies," produces more than 75 performances each year and consists of 54 dancers.

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Houston Symphony

The mission of the Houston Symphony is to inspire and enrich the lives of Houston’s diverse citizenry through outstanding symphonic music performed by its world-class orchestra.

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Festival Hill in Round Top

This distinct 210-acre campus contains major performance facilities, historic houses, extensive gardens, parks, and nature preserves. Through its singular collection of rare books, manuscripts, archival material, music and historic audio recordings, photographs, and objects, the Round Top Festival Institute is also known as an important center for research and scholarly study.

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Bluebonnet Festival in Chappell Hill

One weekend each April, the population of Chappell Hill grows tenfold as cow pastures become parking lots and Main Street becomes a vendor's mall of fine crafts and gaudy gee-gaws of every description. If you’ve ever wondered where to find a Texas flag necktie, a wind chime made out of Lone Star beer cans, a pair of Bluebonnet earrings, or a beautiful oil painting featuring the holy trinity of the Texas Hill Country (Barns, Barbed Wire and Bluebonnets), this is the place.

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Blinn College Football in Brenham

Cheer on the Buccaneers of Blinn College.

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Washington County Fair in Brenham

Established in September 1868, this is the first county fair ever held in Texas. Enjoy a variety of events, including concerts, rodeos, livestock shows, arts and craft shows, special attractions, carnivals, commercial exhibits, and more. There's something for everyone!

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High School Football

Attend a game at one of the high schools near The Inn at Dos Brisas, and get an up-close-and-personal taste of the “Friday Night Lights” experience.

Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival

Visit Chappell Hill each October to enjoy more than 250 exhibitors of home décor good, gardens and plants, art, crafts, jewelry, and clothing—along with delicious country-style food, live entertainment and music and tours of the historic Chappell Hill community.

Hot Wells Shooting Range in Cypress

Hot Wells Shooting Range offers a family-friendly, professional and, above all, safe, place for shooters of all genres and levels of experience.

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Antiquing in Brenham

The Brenham area is home to some of the finest antiques shops in Texas. Ask our concierge for a map highlighting our favorite spots.

Windy Winery in Brenham

Tour this small family-built winery and vineyard, sample the wine and visit the gift shop.

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Pleasant Hill Winery Tour in Brenham

For $3 per person or $5 for 2 people, receive a wine tasting of four wines at this vineyard and gift shop.

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Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham

Beautiful rose gardens and gift shop, with much to see and purchase.

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Chappell Hill Lavender Farm in Chappell Hill

Aromatic lavender farm, quaint surroundings, lush plants, and tranquil ponds.

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Burton Cotton Gin & Museum

History is alive at one of the last cotton gins operating in America, powered by a1925 Bessemer engine. Recognized by the Smithsonian Institution, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and National Register of Historic Places. Complex includes 1914 gin, cobbler shop, garage, warehouse, and video presentation of cotton processing.

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Brenham Heritage Museum Tour

Permanent exhibits illustrate the diverse history of Brenham and Washington County and special exhibits are presented throughout the year.

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Antique Carousel in Brenham

Built before 1910 and only one of eight in Texas, it is the only example of a C.W. Parker carousel with Herschell-Spillman horses.

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