Whether you are a local or from out of town and looking for something to do in or around Waco, TX, this is my list of favorite things to do that hopefully can give you some ideas that may be of interest to you.
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Waco has continued to grow over the last few years and has a lot to offer in the way of entertainment, history, and culture. This list could end up being way too long, so I hope to share only my top favorites and give as much information and some links about each one.
I hope you find my list interesting and informative. So here we go:
- Dr. Pepper Museum: This is absolutely one of my favorite places to visit, not only because I love the soda, Dr. Pepper, but the museum informs you of the history of the soda as well as having a shop for souvenirs and enjoy a Dr. Pepper or a Dr. Pepper float! The museum is located at 300 South 5th Street, Waco, Texas and is open Mon-Sat: 10:00 AM-5:30 PM and Sunday: Noon – 5:30 PM. You can visit their web site by clicking here to find out more about their tours and other things to do while there.
- Mayborn Museum: The Mayborn Museum Complex is a 142,000-square-foot facility that is located within the Baylor Univerity campus at 1300 S University Parks Dr, Waco, TX. This museum includes permanent exhibits such as Waco at the Crossroads of Texas, Strecker’s Cabinets of Curiosities, Governor Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village, and Discovery Rooms. It also provides special exhibits that fill the calendar all year, the Mayborn Museum is never short of opportunities to explore and learn. Please visit their website here for hours of operation and more information.
- The Waco Hippodrome: The Hippodrome theater is located 724 Austin Ave, Waco TX and provides a unique theater and dining experience! The Waco Hippodrome Theatre is housed in a historic building that is over 100 years old and newly renovated. The theater hosts a plethora of entertainment options such as first-run and classic films, live music and comedy concerts, that is sure to provide great entertainment for the young and not so young, and so much more. Click The Waco Hippodrome website for more information.
- The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum: This museum is located on the banks of the Brazos River, proudly sponsored by the City of Waco and sanctioned by the State of Texas. They preserve the history and inspire appreciation of the Texas Rangers, a legendary symbol of Texas and the American West. The Texas Rangers is our nation’s oldest state law enforcement agency. There is a lot of interesting information, artifacts, and history to learn about and see at this museum! Visit the Texas Ranger website to learn more!
- Magnolia Markets at the Silos: More commonly known as “The Silos”, Magnolia Market has become the well-known area for fans of Chip and Joanna Gaines, hosts of the popular HGTV show Fixer Upper. This area is located at 601 Webster Avenue in Waco, TX a site that was once an old feed store and grainery which had silos on the property, thus giving it part of its current name. The market houses stores where you can browse home decorations and furnishings in Joanna’s famous farmhouse style, savor a tasty cupcake at Silos Baking Co., and stop and smell the flowers at Magnolia Seed & Supply. There are plenty of places to eat, shop, play games or just relax on the lawn, so all of these things make it a great place to spend some great quality family time! Check out their website for more information by clicking on their link: Magnolia Markets at the Silos.
- Brazos Nights: This is definitely one of my favorites located downtown at Indian Springs Park on the Brazos River. Indian Spring Park is located at 100 University Parks Drive (across from the Waco Hilton) between Franklin and Washington Avenue. Our concert stage is located by the historic Suspension Bridge. From I-35, exit 335C and head west. Brazos Nights concerts are held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. Brazos Nights concerts are free admission. No tickets needed. They feature some of Waco’s top food trucks serving items like BBQ, tacos, ice cream, popcorn and more. Visit the Brazos Nights website for more information.
- The Backyard Stage and Grill: This is just a great “hang out” when looking to enjoy a little Waco nightlife! They have an outdoor concert stage, fire pits, a cascading fountain, rooftop deck, washer pits, cornhole pits, outdoor billiards, a 40 ft. outdoor screen, a full restaurant and bar, frozen drink station and much more…It’s a great place to take family and friends to play games, have a few drinks and participate in their many events scheduled throughout the week. Visit their website at The Backyard Waco.
- The 5J Dance Hall: If you love dancing and the original old dance halls, this is the place to enjoy true Texas nightlife!! 5J Dance Hall is located between Waco and McGregor. It is a reinvented establishment with a dedication to tradition, a flare for nostalgia, and an unsurpassed love of country music. The 5J hosts a large original hardwood dance floor of over 2000 sq feet. They offer true country music, live bands, a full-service bar, and even offer dance lessons on Thursday nights. Click on The 5J Dance Hall website for more information and upcoming performers.
- George’s Restaurant & Bar: You just cannot (or shouldn’t) come to Waco and not try George’s! George’s has actually been around for more than 80 years, originally starting out as Harry B’s but was later bought out by George Betros in 1966 and that’s when the name was changed to George’s. It was also about this time that they became known for their very large, ice cold glasses of beer called the “big O’s”. Their drinks are amazing and their food is exceptional! They now have two locations and plenty of big screens to watch sports on if you’re a big sports fan, especially the Baylor Bear! George’s is also well known for creating “The Party Zone!” for game fans. George’s Big”O” tent continues as the hottest gathering outside of McLane Stadium for the coldest beverages around, during all Baylor home games. Check out George’s website for more information, including online menus! Don’t forget to stop by and try the food and drinks whenever you’re in Waco or just passing through!
This is just a list of some of my most favorite things to do at any given time of the year, but Waco has so much to offer and so many events that come around annually such as the Heart of Texas Fair and Rodeo coming up in October every year. Waco Wonderland is Waco’s downtown month-long celebration of Christmas every year during December that you don’t want to miss if you are in the area. I could just go on and on with this list, but if you are still looking to add to your list try going to Heart of Texas website for even more ideas.
If you aren’t a local and you stop by to enjoy some of Waco’s fun things to explore, we have several great hotels, but I highly recommend the Hilton. You’d be surprised at the great quality for the reasonable rates! We actually have a couple of them in Waco, and one is located downtown on the river, I promise you won’t be disappointed!
until next time,