In my opinion, Waco’s gotta be in the absolute best location. Halfway between Dallas and Austin – only an hour and a half drive either way?? It doesn’t get better than that! And while most people just think of Chip and Joanna when they hear Waco, I’m here to tell you there are SO MANY more activities other than Magnolia Market!! Keep reading if you wanna think outside the box during your visit to Wacotown. 😉
See a movie at the Hippodrome
It started out as a vaudeville theater in 1914, and it evolves as time goes on! Now it’s an incredible concert venue, restaurant, and movie theater! And if it’s good enough for John Wayne and Elvis, it’s good enough for me. Sit back and relax in the comfy recliners and eat a full meal while you watch your movie!!
Walk the suspension bridge
When we were trying to think of the best spot to take my birthday pictures, we drove past the bridge and knew it was the place! It was the first major suspension bridge in Texas, but now is strictly for pedestrians. Lucky us! 🙂
Get brunch at Magnolia Table
This is a Waco staple! They’re only open 6 am-3 pm, so obviously their brunch options are incredible. You MUST get a biscuit with house-made strawberry butter!! It’s like heaven in your mouth. Oh, also the lemon lavender donut bites. And the sausage. Wow, brb I have to go to Magnolia Table immediately.
Visit the wildlife at the Cameron Park Zoo
For a small-ish town like Waco, I thought this was a pretty impressive zoo! And lemme tell ya, I’ve been to a lot of zoos. It was clean, had a ton of animals (my favorite was the reptile house; it always is), and plenty of little places for kids to play (my nephews were big fans).
Let your inner (and outer) child run free at the Mayborn Museum
LOTS of exhibits (including this Titanic one until January) for all ages! They actually have age specific rooms with a bunch of interactive stuff, which is super cool. And they recently opened their new VR dinosaur room, so YOU HAVE TO GO. This place is sure to keep you (and your little ones, if you have them!) entertained for hours.
Test your wits at Waco Escape Rooms
We were dumb enough to think we could solve their hardest room with just the two of us. Haha! It was one of the best escape rooms I’ve ever played though (and I’ve played a lot). Definitely go if you’ve got an hour to spare!
Take a “day sip” to the Dr. Pepper Museum
A must for any and all Dr. Pepper fans (so basically everyone in my family but me – whoops). And if you aren’t into the history and memorabilia, etc., you can stop by Frosty’s Soda Shop and get a handmade fountain drink or some Blue Bell ice cream!
Grab a cupcake from Silo Baking Co.
You might want to be prepared to stand in line, though! But believe me, it’s so worth it. The strawberries ‘n cream cupcake is to DIE for!! Pro tip: If you walk down the street a little bit away from the main entrance, you’ll find there are a lot less people to clutter up your pictures (see above 😉 ).
Get your caffeine fix at Common Grounds
Never have I loved a coffee shop more than I love this one. I’m obsessed with all their specialty drinks, but my favorites are the “No Bull” and the “Caramel Coffee Crunch.” If you’re not a coffee drinker, I would absolutely recommend the “Hotel California” – it was my go-to drink on summer afternoons!
As always, please please please let me know if you have any questions about anything you read here! The best way to reach me is through Instagram DMs, but you can also comment below and I’ll answer ASAP! 🙂 Have fun in Waco!!!