With so many fun things to do in Alvin, TX, this is truly a hidden gem in the state – excuse the cliche. You really don’t expect to find so many interesting things here though since it’s a smaller town!
Alvin is a small town between Houston and Galveston and it would be a great place for a couple’s weekend or a family getaway.
One thing that surprised me was how many great places to eat there were in town. I wish I could have stayed an extra few days just to try them all!
While the food and activities were fun, what I really loved about visiting Alvin was the people here. Everyone I met was so kind, helpful, and genuine. Alvin took southern hospitality to another level.
So anyways, here are the 18 things to do in Alvin, TX! I hope you love visiting as much as I did.
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18 Fun Things to Do in Alvin, TX
My stay in Alvin was part of a larger southeast Texas road trip where I loved visiting Conroe, checking out what to do in Freeport, TX, all the things to do near Port Arthur, and the fun Beaumont activities.
Unwind with Some Original Goat Yoga
There are currently (August 2022) only 11 destinations that are certified by the Original Goat Yoga brand. How cool is it that one of them is in Alvin!?
They usually hold one or two Original Goat Yoga classes on the weekends but they also have Goat Happy Hours for those who aren’t into yoga but still want to play with the baby goats.
In case you’re wondering, this is one of the absolute can’t-miss things to do in Alvin, TX! The farm is located right on the Chocolate Bayou so you get to do yoga with a waterfront view.
You’ll get to do 30-minutes of yoga while the baby goats run around and then you can spend about an hour enjoying the property and animals here.
They have yard games like cornhole, fishing poles, or you can just watch all the animals – in addition to goats they have chickens, geese, and dogs.
Pro tip: The goats will likely jump on your back during yoga so it’s best to wear a shirt that fully covers your back with short sleeves at least.
The owner of Alvin Goat Yoga, Linda, is super fun to talk to and she truly loves her goats! She leads a fantastic class and is happy to answer any questions you might have about the farm or her animals.
If a couple of hours isn’t a long enough time with the goats, then you can also book The Goatel! Linda offers a few different options for vacation rentals on-property and they are truly one of the most unique places to stay.
Definitely on my list of places I want to go back to!
Pick-Your-Own Flowers or Veggies at Froberg’s Farm
Froberg’s Farm is a great place to visit that’s just six minutes from downtown Alvin. Depending on the season, you can either pick your own flowers or fruit from the farm.
Their you-pick strawberries are very popular and generally, that season runs from January to Mid-May but you’ll want to call before visiting to verify. Blackberries are also popular from May through July.
While I was here, they had zinnias and sunflowers that you could go out and pick yourself. Make sure you read their rules before you visit though!
There is an entrance fee for the farm, you must use a Froberg Bucket to pick (small fee), and the fruit or flowers also cost. These are all small fees though – so this is still a pretty cheap activity!
They have a tractor that makes a loop from the market out through their fields and it’s also just a nice ride and cool to see what they produce here.
If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, then you can browse their Country Store where you can buy fresh produce, baked goods, and other items.
Greak’s Smokehouse is right next to the Country Store and they sell homemade meats like sausages, stuffed pork chops, and jerky.
On the weekends – especially during strawberry picking season – they sometimes have carnival-type games for kids. They are well-known for their Fall Festival though where they set up a corn maze and have other fun activities for kids.
If you’re visiting during the warmer months, make sure to visit Froberg’s early. Texas heat is no joke!
Make a Stop on the Alvin Foodie Trail
Now for one of my favorite things to do in Alvin! The official Alvin Foodie Trail is newly-established, but these restaurants in Alvin have been serving the community for years.
Start your morning off right with a coffee flight and cinnamon roll at 1820 Coffee House. For unique BBQ dishes, look no further than Smokin’ D’s BBQ Fusion – home of the Brisket Macdilla.
Juanita’s Taqueria makes incredible breakfast tacos and the enchiladas looked like they were out of this world. Don’t miss the milkshakes at Grace Pizza & Shakes and they have a few fun photo opps around the restaurant.
Gordon Street Tavern is the place to go for a hearty meal and drinks. They have a full bar plus 30 beers, hard seltzers, and ciders on tap.
MyLeigh’s Cafe is also a popular stop for quality sandwiches, salads, and more.
Attend Frontier Day in April
One of the best things about Frontier Day is that it benefits the community in a number of ways. The Rotary Club puts on the event each year and proceeds from the festival go toward scholarships and charitable activities in the Alvin area.
This three-day event in April features a Barn Dance on Friday then a car & bike show, food vendors, a gunfight, craft show, and live music on Saturday. There’s also a carnival open from Thursday through Saturday.
If you’re of drinking age (21+), then there’s also a saloon beer garden open on Saturday with cornhole and other activities. This is a great place to hang out and listen to the music.
There’s something for everyone at Frontier Day, and it’s a great opportunity to support local businesses and organizations.
The next Frontier Day will be held April 27 – 29, 2023.
Play a Round of Disc Golf at Briscoe Park
If you’re a disc golf fan then playing a round at Bob Briscoe Park is a must! Fun fact – this was the first fully-lit disc golf course in the US so you can even play at night.
It’s located in a partially wooded area so it’s really a beautiful course in addition to being pretty challenging.
There’s a nice walking track around the perimeter of the course where you can see lots of bunnies and squirrels in the evening near sunset which is peaceful.
If you are in need of a frisbee, then stop by the Visitor Center in Alvin and you can rent some for free!
Indulge in Retail Therapy and Go Shopping in Alvin
For a small town, Alvin has some cute little boutique stores that are worth stopping in. If you’re looking for cute clothes then Wildflower Boutique or Oh My Jane Boutique are great options.
For home decor, check out Deme Designed & Friends, Earth Effects, and Hometown Resale. There are some great finds at each one of these places!
Take a Walk at Camp Mohawk County Park
Camp Mohawk County Park is a great place to walk, with trails like the 1-mile Loblolly Pine Trail and a path around the lake. You can pick up a brochure and learn about the plants you’ll see along this trail.
It’s a nice place for a peaceful walk and a great spot for birding. You can also fish in Lake Mohawk if you have the proper license.
Again, during the warmer months, you’ll want to come here early because of the heat. Make sure you know what to wear hiking in summer weather.
The park also has beautiful cabins which can be rented for overnight stays. These log cabins have kitchens, full bathrooms, and they overlook the lake. Such a great place for a nature-centered getaway!
Wine Tasting at Haak Vineyards & Winery
Just 20 minutes from Alvin, this winery is a great place to spend an afternoon. They offer tours (for a fee) that include a tasting of five different pre-selected wines plus a glass of your choosing.
Make sure to call ahead if you’re interested in a tour as they don’t run them when they host public events. Otherwise, you can relax at the winery and have a tasting or glass and pair it with some food from their bistro.
They host lots of events on the weekends so be sure to check their event schedule to see what’s coming up.
Go Birding on The Great Texas Birding Trail
There are multiple locations on The Great Texas Birding Trail that are near Alvin. It can be a bit confusing to find them though.
The easiest site to visit is the Alvin Mustang Bayou Trail which starts at the Historic Train Depot in town. This is the same location for the Tom Blakeney Jr. Hike & Bike Trail.
To reach the viewing platform, walk along the paved pathway from the parking area at the Historic Train Depot and before you get to the bridge, there is a trail that leads off to the left with an overlook built on the riverbank.
This overlook is what’s part of the birding trail and the best time to see anything is during migrations or the winter.
Have a Drink at Gentle Ben Tasting Room
At Persedo Spirits you’ll find the Gentle Ben tasting room where you can taste some of the spirits that go through their C.R.A.F.T. process which stands for Controlled Removal and Finishing Technique.
Basically, they are removing any trace contaminants in spirits after they’ve been distilled and possibly barrel-aged.
You can come to their Gentle Ben tasting room where you can try their Vodka and Gin taste the difference for yourself.
Take in the Sunrise at Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
I visited San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge while in the Freeport, TX area and saw one of the most beautiful sunrises I’ve ever seen. I thought nothing could top that until I came to the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge.
Get there right at sunrise and drive in at the main park entrance. You’ll come to a Discovery Center and then a small shelter with a boardwalk to the right side.
Park here and walk out onto the boardwalk. Take in the views of the surrounding marsh where all the birds and gators are active at this time of day.
I could have sat here all morning but I was on a timeline so I went ahead and took the driving loop. This is also a great way to see wildlife in the mornings.
Another great place to enjoy the outdoors in southeast Texas is Big Thicket National Preserve which is one of the best things to do near Beaumont.
Wildlife Refuges are really underrated outdoor spots in the US. Visiting Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge was one of my favorite things to do in Starkville, MS.
Hunt for Murals
I feel like this isn’t very well known, but Alvin has a ton of cool murals. There are two sets of wings – one at Grace Pizza & Shakes and another on the side of 235 W Sealy Street that faces the City of Alvin Senior Center.
There is a mural honoring our veterans at 102 W Sealy Street and a fun one on the side of Stanton’s General Store that commemorates their 100th year in business.
You can spot some other fun ones as you drive around town and if you’re looking for other photo opportunities, then you’ll find a ton at Grace Pizza & Shakes.
Nederland, Port Neches, and Port Arthur, TX also surprised me with fun murals around town.
Go Antiquing at Alvin Antique Center & Marketplace
If you’re looking for a fun day antiquing, then the Alvin Antique Center & Marketplace is the place for you.
With over 55,000 square feet of space, this center has hundreds of different shops to explore and all kinds of hidden gems.
You’ll find everything from vintage furniture and home decor to jewelry and clothing. There’s something for everyone at this center, making it a great destination for all ages.
Check out Stanton’s General Store
Stanton’s has been a staple in the Alvin community for over 100 years. They literally had their 100 year celebration back in May of 2022.
One of their slogans is “Stanton’s six big stores in one” where the stores included are grocery, feed, hardware, dry-goods, drugs, and fountain.
These days they’re known for their unique meat market selling all kinds of homemade sausages, bacon, exotic meats, and more. If I hadn’t been on a two week road trip when I visited, I would definitely have taken some home!
Visit the Alvin Museum Society
The Alvin Museum Society is a small museum highlighting the history of Alvin and the surrounding area.
It is one of the great things to do in Alvin on a rainy day, and has exhibits on Nolan Ryan (the baseball player from Alvin), war memorabilia, and money from the Republic of Texas.
The Slover-Rogers Cottage is also owned by the Alvin Museum Society and they lead tours of the 1909 Victorian-style house by appointment.
One other neat thing to do for history lovers is to visit the Karpeles Manuscript Library. It contains rotating exhibits featuring different historical documents. It’s not associated with the Alvin Museum Society but if you like museums then this is a great stop!
Find Your Inner Child at Bayou Wildlife Zoo
Very popular with kids, the Bayou Wildlife Zoo lets you get up close to some exotic animals. You take a tram ride through the zoo so you don’t have to worry about driving yourself or walking through.
There is an entrance fee and then you purchase the buckets of feed as well. Outside food isn’t allowed.
In addition to the tram ride, they have giraffes in their Big Red Barn and then Addie Lou’s Barnyard which you are able to walk through.
Spend an Evening at Alvin Skate-N-Party
Looking for a retro way to spend the night? Visit Alvin Skate-N-Party for a real throwback. It’s also a cheap date night!
You can rent skates, there’s a snack bar and free WiFi. Fun fact: they have over 675k followers on TikTok.
Experience Christmas in Alvin
Alvin truly is a special place at Christmas. People from all around the Houston area come here for The Christmas Train at Victory Camp.
The train is very popular with kids and they also have go karts to ride though they have a height requirement. At Big Al’s Pizza you can grab some dinner or if you just need a snack, they have hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies at Java.
Pick up some souvenirs and other Christmas items at the General Store while you’re here.
Where to Stay in Alvin, TX
With so many fun things to do in Alvin, you’ll want to come and at least spend a weekend here! There are a couple of great hotels right beside each other – the La Quinta and Holiday Inn Express & Suites.
If you want something a bit more unique the don’t forget about The Goatel. I can’t recommend staying here enough – Linda is fantastic.
Wrap Up: Things to Do in Alvin, TX
This may be a small town but there are so many fun things to do in Alvin. Whether you’re into the outdoors, history, or need something kid-friendly, Alvin has you covered.
Get outside at Froberg’s, Camp Mohawk, or Bob Briscoe Park. Go shopping at Stanton’s, Alvin Antique Center, or one of the cute boutiques. Visit the Alvin Museum Society. Stop by Gentle Ben’s or Haak Vineyards for drinks. Don’t forget the fun events that Alvin puts on through the year.
No matter why you visit, I really think Alvin will surprise you.