Can’t decide where to begin? This list of the top 10 things to do in Waco is a great place to start. Start with #1 and work your way down, or just go wild and mix them up! Follow the link at the bottom of the page for other great things to do during your visit to Waco.
- Magnolia Market at the Silos – A destination in itself, much more than just a retail store. Magnolia Market at the Silos includes food trucks, the Bakery at the Silos, Magnolia Seed & Supply, photo ops galore, and a large lawn where families can play games. The site is also home to several concerts and celebrations throughout the year. Admission to the grounds is free. 601 Webster Ave, Waco, TX 76706
- Cameron Park Zoo – Take a relaxing stroll through this natural habitat zoo. Built into the lush Cameron Park, this zoo features 52 acres of fun, flora, and fauna. Current zoo babies to watch include Razak, a one-year-old orangutan, and Rey, a lion cub born in October, 2017. Visit often to watch them grow up. 1701 N 4th St, Waco, TX 76707
- Waco Mammoth National Monument – This site is home to the largest find of a nursery herd of Columbian mammoths. You’ll hear their story and see many of the remains in place, just as they were discovered. 6220 Steinbeck Bend Dr, Waco, TX 76708
- Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum – the state-designated official historical center of the famed Texas Rangers law enforcement agency. You’ll learn the history of the oldest state law enforcement agency in the U.S. and revisit your childhood with exhibits about Texas Rangers in pop culture, like The Lone Ranger. 100 Texas Ranger Trail, Waco, TX 76706
- Waco Suspension Bridge & Cattle Drive Sculptures – The historic bridge was completed in 1870 and remains a legendary icon of downtown Waco. For years, the bridge served as a Chisholm Trail and Shawnee Trail cattle drive crossing. At the time of its completion, it was the longest single-span suspension bridge west of the Mississippi. The “Branding the Brazos” sculptures depict a diverse group of cowboys and a herd of Texas longhorns. 101 N University Parks Dr, Waco, TX 76701
- Cameron Park – one of Waco’s hidden gems. This 416 acre park is tucked along the Brazos and Bosque Rivers, less than a mile from downtown Waco, and about two miles from Interstate 35. You’ll find extensive hiking, biking, and equestrian trails, picnic areas, scenic overlooks, photo ops, playgrounds, and a lush place to relax and reflect. 2601 Sturgis Rd, Waco, TX 76708
- Dr Pepper Museum – Invented in Waco at the Old Corner Drugstore, Dr Pepper is the oldest major soft drink in the U.S. The museum, housed in an early bottling plant, shares the history of Dr Pepper and of soft drink bottling in general. Be sure to have a Dr Pepper float in the old-time soda fountain after you tour! 300 S 5th St, Waco, TX 76701
- Mayborn Museum Complex – Located on the Baylor University Campus, the Mayborn is a favorite of both visitors and locals. Start by going through the natural history museum on the first floor, make your way out to the Bill & Vara Daniels Historic Village along the river, just behind the museum, then head to the second floor to the children’s museum. The complex also features fun traveling exhibits several times each year. 1300 S University Parks Dr, Waco, TX 76706
- Homestead Craft Village – Spend an afternoon strolling through this craft village. Stop at each of the craft areas to view woodworking, pottery being created, an old grist mill, an iron forge, fabric crafts, cheese making, and more. You’ll feel like you have stepped into another time and place. Admission to the village is free. 608 Dry Creek Rd, Waco, TX 76705
- Waco River Safari – Cruise up the Brazos and learn how the river affected the history of Waco. Be sure to take your camera – you’ll see some beautiful sites along the way. Choices include a Scenic History Tour or a Sunset Dinner Cruise. Dinner is optional. Currently launching from McLane Stadium, 1001 S M.L.K. Jr Drive, Waco, TX 76701
The list is based on ratings lists such as TripAdvisor, visitor traffic, local favorites, and staff knowledge.