What's the first thing you think of when planning a trip to Waco? If it's Fixer Upper the home renovating show, that was my first thought too. I was surprised to find a colourful art district, sprawling university, breathtaking nature, shops, and great restaurants. Read on to discover what you can do in Waco.
Waco Suspension Bridge & Riverwalk
Walk across the Historic Waco Suspension Bridge. Completed in 1870, it served as a crossing for the Chisholm Trail. They used the trail post-Civil War to drive cattle from ranches in Texas. The John Roebling Co., who built the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, also built this bridge.
While you are there, take a hike or bike on Waco’s Riverwalk, seven-miles of trails along the banks of the Brazos River. Access it at different points throughout downtown.
Dr. Pepper Museum
Put a visit to the iconic Dr. Pepper Museum on your list of must sees while in Waco. Explore the science of soda with daily demos at the Liquid Lab. Stop by the Soda Fountain, home of the Original Dr. Pepper Float and get a free handcrafted Dr. Pepper with your admission or try out a flight of different varieties. Upgrade to get an ice cream float or a sundae.
Branding the Brazos Sculptures
It’s worth stopping to get a look at the life-sized sculptures of scenes from a Chisholm Trail Cattle Drive on the banks of the Brazos River. Robert Summers designed the iconic sculptures.
The Market is part of the two-acre Magnolia complex which includes a seed and supply shop, six curated shops, food trucks, lawn games, and a bakery beneath two historic silos.
In the Market you’ll find rustic decorations, rugs, kitchenware, and more to satisfy the inner interior designer in you. In the shops, pick up writing and reading material, retro goods, bags, jewelry, and other accessories. They also have bath and body products, toys for your little ones, and apparel for the entire family.
If you’re visiting on the first and third Wednesday of the month in the summer, try out locally produced goods by area merchants at the farmer’s market. There is also live music from July through October.
Where To Eat?
Just a 10 minute drive from the Silos, sit down at the Table for breakfast or lunch. You have to try Joanna’s famous buttermilk biscuits. Make sure you reserve ahead at Magnolia Table. Bookings can be made 30 days in advance. Don’t have a reservation, no problem. Walk-ins are seated when tables are available.
For dinner, you can’t go wrong with BBQ. A couple of local favorites are Jasper’s BBQ and Lula Jane’s.
Where To Stay?
You can always find unique places to stay with Airbnb.
Magnolia has several options in Waco. When booking their Hillcrest Estate, Magnolia House and Carriage House, you have to reserve the entire house. Please note they each minimum night stays.