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What to do in Waco

Laura

What to do in Waco

Sightseeing
Craft Village with pottery, weaving, woodworking, basket making and blacksmith. Great place to walk and see animals, and take a hay wagon ride. Don't miss the artisan cheese and cheese cave! Grab some creamy ice cream at the Cafe, and coffee at Heritage Coffee shop, all on site!
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Homestead Heritage
608 Dry Creek Rd
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Craft Village with pottery, weaving, woodworking, basket making and blacksmith. Great place to walk and see animals, and take a hay wagon ride. Don't miss the artisan cheese and cheese cave! Grab some creamy ice cream at the Cafe, and coffee at Heritage Coffee shop, all on site!
Historic bridge on the old Chisholm trail. Crosses the Brazos river. Has huge bronze statues of cowboys and a cattle drive at the south entrance to the bridge.
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Waco Suspension Bridge
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Historic bridge on the old Chisholm trail. Crosses the Brazos river. Has huge bronze statues of cowboys and a cattle drive at the south entrance to the bridge.
Historic set of steps, not for the faint of heart. Very steep, leading from the Brazos River, up to the top of the ridge. Playground at the top, to help kids burn off any extra energy. :-)
Jacob's Ladder
100 Mount Lookout Drive
Historic set of steps, not for the faint of heart. Very steep, leading from the Brazos River, up to the top of the ridge. Playground at the top, to help kids burn off any extra energy. :-)
Wide diversity of animals. Plan 2-3 hours to see the park.
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Cameron Park Zoo
1701 N 4th St
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Wide diversity of animals. Plan 2-3 hours to see the park.
Very unique site. The only one in the world that has this type of mammoth in situ. Very knowledgeable staff.
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Waco Mammoth National Monument
6220 Steinbeck Bend Drive
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Very unique site. The only one in the world that has this type of mammoth in situ. Very knowledgeable staff.
A lovely walk along the Brazos River, from Washington Avenue to entrance to Cameron Park Zoo. See 20 or so sculptures along the way. Great spot for exercise and photo ops.
University Parks
2201 South University Parks Drive
A lovely walk along the Brazos River, from Washington Avenue to entrance to Cameron Park Zoo. See 20 or so sculptures along the way. Great spot for exercise and photo ops.
Wonderful displays. Lots of hands on activities for kids. Outdoor historic village. Plan 2-3 hours to view museum.
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Mayborn Museum Complex
1300 S University Parks Dr
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Wonderful displays. Lots of hands on activities for kids. Outdoor historic village. Plan 2-3 hours to view museum.
Wonderful lookout spot on the top of the bluff overlooking the Brazos River.
Lovers Leap
Wonderful lookout spot on the top of the bluff overlooking the Brazos River.
Kayak and Canoe rentals on the Brazos River.
Waco Paddle Company
200 S University Parks Dr
Kayak and Canoe rentals on the Brazos River.
3 historic homes open for guided tours. Great for families, or couples. We have toured 2 out of 3 of the homes, and our kids enjoyed both...but especially the cupula at East Terrace. Call (254) 753-5166 for hours.
Historic Waco Foundation
810 S 4th St
3 historic homes open for guided tours. Great for families, or couples. We have toured 2 out of 3 of the homes, and our kids enjoyed both...but especially the cupula at East Terrace. Call (254) 753-5166 for hours.
Wonderful playground under towering pecan trees. Has picnic tables and bathroom facilities. Right next to Brazos River.
Pecan Bottom Park
Wonderful playground under towering pecan trees. Has picnic tables and bathroom facilities. Right next to Brazos River.
Water park with high slides, lazy river, beach and swimming area. Also has surf tank, with different level waves available.
BSR Surf Resort
5347 Old Mexia Rd
Water park with high slides, lazy river, beach and swimming area. Also has surf tank, with different level waves available.
Wonderful place to walk or bike along the river. Playground located near Doris Miller Memorial statue.
Waco Riverwalk
Wonderful place to walk or bike along the river. Playground located near Doris Miller Memorial statue.
Even when there are no games, Baylor's McLane Stadium is a happening spot. Many come to jog, ride bikes, or walk along the wide concreted areas, on the shores of the Brazos River. Stand on top of the Umphrey Bridge as the sun sets for a spectacular view of downtown!
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McLane Stadium
1001 South Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
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Even when there are no games, Baylor's McLane Stadium is a happening spot. Many come to jog, ride bikes, or walk along the wide concreted areas, on the shores of the Brazos River. Stand on top of the Umphrey Bridge as the sun sets for a spectacular view of downtown!
Free!! Hike along a flat trail, up a hill past the dam sluiceways, and on top of the dam to overlook Lake Waco. Hike along the top of the dam on the concrete trail. Watch the sunset over the lake. No public restrooms.
Waco Dam Trail
Free!! Hike along a flat trail, up a hill past the dam sluiceways, and on top of the dam to overlook Lake Waco. Hike along the top of the dam on the concrete trail. Watch the sunset over the lake. No public restrooms.
Food scene
Super delicious, fresh menu, made from local ingredients and grass fed beef. Call for hours.
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Cafe Homestead
608 Dry Creek Road
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Super delicious, fresh menu, made from local ingredients and grass fed beef. Call for hours.
Good Mexican food, with friendly servers.
Taqueria El Mexicano Grill
1516 I-35
Good Mexican food, with friendly servers.
Some of the best bbq around. Order meat by the pound, served on butcher paper 'plates'.
Rudy's "Country Store" and Bar-B-Q
2510 Circle Rd
Some of the best bbq around. Order meat by the pound, served on butcher paper 'plates'.
Recommended by a guest. Southern cuisine with a twist. Reasonable prices.
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Milo All Day
1020 Franklin Ave
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Recommended by a guest. Southern cuisine with a twist. Reasonable prices.
Delicious Czech food.
Czech-American Restaurant
220 North Main Street
Delicious Czech food.
Amazing cookies!! Huge enough for a small meal. Interesting flavor combinations like red velvet, smores, etc.
Bittersweet Waco
608 Austin Avenue
Amazing cookies!! Huge enough for a small meal. Interesting flavor combinations like red velvet, smores, etc.
Great hamburgers and ambiance on historic Elm Street. Beer on tap.
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Revival Eastside Eatery
704 Elm Ave
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Great hamburgers and ambiance on historic Elm Street. Beer on tap.
Upscale Tex-Mex dining. Great atmosphere. Outdoor dining on second floor overlooking downtown.
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Ninfa's Mexican Restaurant
220 S 3rd St
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Upscale Tex-Mex dining. Great atmosphere. Outdoor dining on second floor overlooking downtown.
Meal Simple, chef-inspired, fresh prepped meals. Lots of variety, and affordable prices. Great alternative to restaurants. Grab a few, bring back to studio to have on hand for a cozy dinner in!
H-E-B plus!
1821 S Valley Mills Dr
Meal Simple, chef-inspired, fresh prepped meals. Lots of variety, and affordable prices. Great alternative to restaurants. Grab a few, bring back to studio to have on hand for a cozy dinner in!
Local Vietnamese food place that has been around Waco for a while. Serves Pho, bubble tea, and vermicelli bowls. I recommend the curry (super flavorful) and the vermicelli bowls. Has patio dining, and located downtown.
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Clay Pot Restaurant
920 Jack Kultgen Fwy
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Local Vietnamese food place that has been around Waco for a while. Serves Pho, bubble tea, and vermicelli bowls. I recommend the curry (super flavorful) and the vermicelli bowls. Has patio dining, and located downtown.
The line outside says it all....get the cupcake!
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Magnolia Market Silos
1320 Jack Kultgen Fwy
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The line outside says it all....get the cupcake!
Super delicious pizza, homemade pasta and sauce. Family friendly. The rolls are super fluffy and a must try. Large one topping pizza costs about $12.
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Baris
904 North Valley Mills Drive
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Super delicious pizza, homemade pasta and sauce. Family friendly. The rolls are super fluffy and a must try. Large one topping pizza costs about $12.
Shopping
Farmhouse style store with refurbished furniture and decor.
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Junque In The Trunk
910 La Salle Ave
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Farmhouse style store with refurbished furniture and decor.
Quaint antique store with unique finds.
The Junky Monkey
1715 La Salle Ave
Quaint antique store with unique finds.
Antique store with individual vendor booths. Lots of great finds and interesting collectables.
Cameron Trading Co
618 Austin Avenue
Antique store with individual vendor booths. Lots of great finds and interesting collectables.
Saturday morning, outdoor farmers market. Must visit Muchos Tacos for authentic Mexican tacos, and breakfast tacos featuring local, farm fresh eggs.
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Waco Downtown Farmers Market
500 Washington Avenue
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Saturday morning, outdoor farmers market. Must visit Muchos Tacos for authentic Mexican tacos, and breakfast tacos featuring local, farm fresh eggs.
Local bookshop and gourmet coffee house, with a few beer on tap. Great atmosphere, and interesting books. Fun children's area.
Fabled Bookshop & Cafe
217 South 4th Street
Local bookshop and gourmet coffee house, with a few beer on tap. Great atmosphere, and interesting books. Fun children's area.
Central to Fixer Upper TV show.
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Magnolia Market Silos
1320 Jack Kultgen Fwy
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Central to Fixer Upper TV show.
Grocery store focusing on organic, local, all natural and non-gmo items. From staples to snacks. Fresh bakery, local honey, fresh meat shop.
Homestead Market
169 Halbert Ln
Grocery store focusing on organic, local, all natural and non-gmo items. From staples to snacks. Fresh bakery, local honey, fresh meat shop.
Thousands of visitors flock to Magnolia every week. More than just Magnolia Press, Magnolia Home Store, and beyond. This is an expansion of the Market, and is set up like a small village, with lots of outdoor space to sit, relax and enjoy. Everything is beautifully displayed, but personally I think it is overpriced.
Magnolia Press Coffee Co.
418 South 8th Street
Thousands of visitors flock to Magnolia every week. More than just Magnolia Press, Magnolia Home Store, and beyond. This is an expansion of the Market, and is set up like a small village, with lots of outdoor space to sit, relax and enjoy. Everything is beautifully displayed, but personally I think it is overpriced.
Neighborhoods
Beautiful estate like homes, for the 20th century. 10-15 minute drive, but well worth it.
Dean Highland
Beautiful estate like homes, for the 20th century. 10-15 minute drive, but well worth it.
A drive down Castle Avenue will take you past the historic castle. Stop to read the historic marker. Then take the roads that shoot off from Castle Avenue and view the lovely homes.
Castle Avenue
A drive down Castle Avenue will take you past the historic castle. Stop to read the historic marker. Then take the roads that shoot off from Castle Avenue and view the lovely homes.