What’s Up In Waco
Brazos River from MCC to Waco Drive 76701
A gift of the William Cameron family, the 416-acre Cameron Park has delighted Wacoan’s and visitors since the early 1900s. The park hosts picnickers, hikers, joggers, equestrians and mountain bikers. Triathlons, mountain bike races, and other events are held annually at the park.
CAMERON PARK ZOO
1701 N. 4th St., Waco, TX 76708
This natural habitat zoo offers a herpetarium, African savanna, Brazos River Country exhibit, aquarium, and Asian Forest exhibit featuring endangered orangutans and Komodo Dragons.
215 S. University Parks Dr., Waco, TX 76701
Rentals of kayaks & stand-up paddle boards, double kayaks and canoes, and bike rentals (Tandem, Road, Mountain Bikes). Formerly Outdoor Waco
WACO DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET
400 S. University Parks Dr., Waco, TX 76706
The Waco Downtown Farmers Market is a year-round riverside market featuring agricultural and artisan vendors from within 150-miles of Waco . The Market is open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesdays, seasonally (April-July, October-November), 3-7pm
WACO SUSPENSION BRIDGE
University Pks Dr./Washington Ave., Waco, TX 76701
Completed in 1870, this 470-foot single span suspension bridge was one of the longest in the world when built. Now open to foot traffic only, the bridge stands in the very heart of Waco. Festivals abound in Indian Spring Park, and the Riverwalk forms a scenic loop for runners that crosses the river at Herring Avenue. Stop by for a photo op on the bridge or with the herd of 30 bronze cattle.
INDIAN SPRING PARK
University Pks Dr./Washington Ave., Waco, TX 76701
Home of the historic Waco Suspension Bridge and Branding on the Brazos sculptures.
WACO MAMMOTH NATIONAL MONUMENT
6220 Steinbeck Bend Dr, Waco, TX 76708
Opened in December, 2009, this site is the nation’s first and only recorded discovery of a nursery herd of Pleistocene mammoths, according to the National Park Service. The dig shelter that protects the bones creates an atmosphere of an art gallery. Natural light floods into the shelter from all directions and a suspended walkway provides a stunning overhead view of the mammoths.
608 Dry Creek Rd., Waco, TX 76705
This 510-acre Christian agricultural settlement, located a few miles outside Waco, offers fine handmade furniture and crafts for sale, demonstrations of traditional crafts such as pottery, black smithing, and stone grinding. The cafe features homemade organic foods and is open for breakfast and lunch.
1300 S. University Parks Dr. 76706
Located on the Baylor University campus, this museum features a natural science and cultural history museum focusing on Central Texas with walk-in dioramas including one on the Waco Mammoth Site, and exploration stations for geology, paleontology, archaeology, and natural history. In addition to the Natural History exhibits, there are seventeen themed discovery rooms which encourage hands-on learning for all ages.
TEXAS RANGER HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM
I-35/University Parks Dr. 76706
The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum is the official State Hall of Fame for the Texas Rangers Law Enforcement Agency. Exhibits feature the history and equipment of the Texas Ranger from Wild West days to the present.
TEXAS SPORTS HALL OF FAME
1108 S. University Parks Dr. 76706
The museum includes the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Texas Tennis Hall of Fame, the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, and the new Southwest Conference exhibit. Texas greats such as Nolan Ryan, Tom Landry, Babe Didrickson and many others are featured.
WACO HIPPODROME THEATRE
724 Austin Ave. 76701
Theatre, restaurant, and bar in a historic theatre building.
The Hippodrome is Waco’s most unique entertainment experience, complete with full service in-theatre dining, and a mezzanine level restaurant & bar overlooking historic Austin Avenue.
DR. PEPPER MUSEUM
300 S. 5th St. 76701
Celebrate this American classic at the Dr Pepper Museum, home to one of the finest collections of soft-drink
memorabilia in the nation. Dr Pepper is a “native Texan,” originating at Morrison’s Old Corner Drug Store. It is the oldest of the major brand soft drinks in America.
225 S. 11 th St., Waco, TX 76701
World class. Balcones began 8 years ago in a small welding shop under a bridge in downtown Waco. They turned their passion into an award winning Texas whisky tradition. They have wowed world’s top judges and critics earning over 200 internationally recognized accolades. With gorgeous new copper pot stills from Scotland, Balcones now offers tours in the historic Texas Fireproof Storage building and the chance to taste and take home whiskies. For tour info, book in advance.
HGTV FIXER UPPER – MAGNOLIA MARKET AT THE SILOS
601 Webster Ave., Waco, TX 76710
Check out Joanna Gaines’ shop, The Magnolia Market, where she sells products featured in her farmhouse and HGTV show, The Fixer Upper. Check out the garden, and dining at the “Siloteria” – a collection of food trucks located at the Silos.
SILO DISTRICT – FREE TROLLY
Running every 15-20 minutes, Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Silo District Downtown Trolley is designed to make getting around Downtown Waco fast and convenient! Follow the signs to FREE parking and ride the TROLLEY for FREE! The trolley’s route makes it easy to get to Waco’s most popular shopping, dining and art venues in the downtown area. Visit all the cool shops, museums, restaurants and many other fun places Waco has to offer!
FREE PARKING LOTS
3rd &Franklin Avenue (City Hall & Heritage Square area)
Spice Village (Franklin Ave.)
4th & Franklin (City of Waco Parking Garage)
University Parks & Webster (across from Waco Farmers Market)