If you don't know who Chip and Joanna Gaines are, I think you've been living under a rock. In 2003, the two opened their first Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas, and they've been building their HGTV empire ever since. The Market has become a must-stop if you're traveling through the FixerUpper town. After your morning at The Silos, here are 12 fun things to do in the city of Waco!
Cameron Park Zoo
Cameron Park Zoo is located in Waco's beautiful Cameron Park that sits next to the Brazos River. Take a few hours of your day and enjoy visiting the animals in their natural habitat exhibits. You may even find time for an ice cream cone or two.
Dr Pepper Museum
Dr Pepper is a staple in Texas culture; everybody knows that. You can enjoy a day at the old bottling plant in Dr. Pepper's hometown of Waco. The 100-year-old building reopened to the public in 1991. The Museum is home to the W. W. Clements Free Enterprise Institute. The Institute was created in 1997 to educate school children and adults about the economic system of America. The program uses the soft drink industry as a model to teach students about developing, producing, and marketing products.
Waco Downtown Farmer's Market
The Farmer's Market is located in Waco's heart and is open every Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Enjoy local vendors, locally grown produce, and a morning full of small-town family fun. Plus, it's only a half-mile walk from the Magnolia Market (right down 6th street.)
The whole family will love a walk down Austin Avenue searching for the oldest antique, the cutest home decor, or the perfect souvenir from a gift shop. Shops like Spice Village, The Findery, and Magnolia Market will keep you busy while you walk off morning brunch!
Thousands of years ago, 14-foot tall Columbian Mammoths roamed the state of Texas. Today, you can see where their fossils were discovered near the Bosque River in Waco.
Mayborn Museum Complex
The Mayborn Natural Science and Cultural History Museum Complex at Baylor University is a great place to visit to dig deeper into your love of fossils.
Waco Suspension Bridge
The Waco Suspension Bridge and Riverwalk are a highlight of Waco's downtown.
The bridge was completed in 1870 and is a treasure of downtown Waco. The bridge was used as a Chisholm Trail crossing, and at the time of its completion, was the longest single-span suspension bridge west of the Mississippi. The bridge was built with the same material as the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.
The bridge is surrounded by Indian Spring Park on the west side and Martin Luther King, Jr. park on the east side.
The Waco Riverwalk is seven miles of multi-use trails that follow the beautiful Brazos River. The Riverwalk stretches from Baylor University to Cameron Park and passes underneath the Suspension Bridge.
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum
The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame is a memorial devoted to honoring the 150 years of Texas Ranger service. The Hall of Fame commemorates 31 Texas Rangers who made strides in the development of the service or gave their lives in the line of duty.
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Lake Waco Wetlands
Enjoy an afternoon at Lake Waco Wetlands. The habitat refuge has been around since 2000, when Lake Waco's water rose over seven feet. All nature lovers can enjoy a walk around the Lake and learn more about native plants and animals at the education center.
Baylor University has one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. Baylor was established during the independence of Texas and is the oldest college in the state. A visit to McLane Stadium, a walk through the BSB Fountain, and a guided tour of the University will make you feel like a true Baylor Bear.
Let us know your favorite part of your Waco visit and tell Chip and Joanna we sent you!