Visiting a new town can be overwhelming, with so many options and unknowns. You might wonder what the must-see attractions are, where the locals like to go, or what places to avoid. That’s why we’ve put together a list of top things to do in Waco, based on the experiences of travelers and insights from a local. We hope this list can help you plan your trip and make the most of your time in our city. Check out some of our favorite things to do in Waco!
Spice Village: “I love the Spice Village! It’s not far from Magnolia Market and a must-stop if you are shopping. It’s basically 20+ boutiques all in one so they’ve got all kinds of fun stuff including home decor, clothing, outdoor accents, and much more.”
Dr. Pepper Museum: “Dr. Pepper is one of the most delicious and sugary sweet symbols of Texas. This drink is loved by all the residents and tourists at Waco and it started from a 100 years old Dr. Pepper Museum which is the historical bottling building of downtown. This three-story building is worth exploring during your vacations. Dr. Pepper has now turned out to be a global soft drink and this is one of the best things you should try during your visit to Waco.”
Ninfa’s: “Ninfa’s is not just the best Mexican food in Waco, it’s also some of the best in the state in my opinion. Located at 220 S 3rd St, Waco, TX 76701.”
Waco Tours: “This company will show you around Waco and all the things the city has to offer. You choose your tour: Classic Tour, River Cruise or a Private tour for your family or group. You get to see many Fixer Upper homes and visit the sites from the TV show that put Waco on the map. Most importantly, they have local crew who knows the city so well and loves what they are doing!”
“This is a historic Suspension Bridge completed in 1870 and remains a legendary icon of downtown Waco. The bridge was built with a cable supplied by the John Roebling Co., who built the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. It is worth checking! The Riverwalk includes approximately seven miles of multi-use, lighted trail that loops along both banks of the Brazos River. It stretches from Baylor University to Cameron Park and passes underneath the Suspension Bridge.”
“A Waco institution dating back to 1930 and become a popular spot for Baylor students, George’s is Waco’s institution and serves up burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and Southern comfort food. Dig into burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and an equally large brownie sundae served in one of its “Big O” glasses.”
“Waco Mammoth National Monument falls under the National Parks Service, so if you have a National Parks Passport, bring it along so you can collect your stamp. We spent about three hours at the Waco Mammoth National Monument while enjoying the natural habitats and honestly, we could have stayed longer. We had to pry our kids out of the dig pit. Pick up a Junior Ranger activity book (you can print one at home before heading to the site) to make it even more fun. Take the completed book with you to visit the Mayborn Museum (see #4) and the kids get in free!”
“The Texas Sports Hall of Fame is located on the campus of Baylor University. It’s a great place for people who love Texas sports. My kids loved the many hands-on activities. And there’s plenty of room to run around. There are exhibits dedicated to the Southeast Conference, high school football (hey, it is Texas! We’re all about our Friday night lights!) and to noteworthy Texas athletes of all types. There’s also an interactive children’s area with an electronic soccer game, jump ropes and other exhibits dedicated to youth physical fitness. The Texas Sports Hall of Fame is open Monday through Saturday from 9 to 5. There’s an admission fee, but active military members get in free.”
We’re glad we could share some of our favorite recommendations with you, but there’s so much more to explore in Waco! To help you plan your trip and make the most of your stay, we’ve created a comprehensive list of all our top recommendations and more. You can easily access this list by downloading our DACK app, which is available after booking your stay with us.
Our DACK app is designed to make your trip planning experience seamless and enjoyable. You’ll find a wealth of information about Waco’s top attractions, hidden gems, local hotspots, and more. Plus, the app offers convenient features like maps, directions, and reviews to help you navigate the city with ease.
We’re confident that our DACK app will enhance your Waco experience and help you create unforgettable memories. So make sure to download it after booking your stay with us!