What is the first most thing that comes to your mind when thinking about Waco? Some of you may think  about Baylor University and others may have some TV shows come to mind. But there are many more things to explore in Waco. Here you will find many budget-friendly shopping centers, a thriving world of art, wonderful dining options, incredible outdoor locations, and picturesque attractions. 

Those going to visit Waco for the first time might be a little worried about which places they should visit. Well, the list is a bit long and probably cannot be covered  in one small vacation. Therefore, here we have listed the top things to do in Waco to help you plan your visit with ease.

Where to Shop in Waco

There are tons of little boutiques around Waco but these are the two worth making time for. If you have more time stop by the Mary Avenue Market or Iron Willow.

Magnolia MarketMagnolia Silos in Waco

If you are visiting Waco for the first time, the Magnolia market must be on the top of your list. This market is located between two historic silos and it is known as the wonderland for home décor accessories. Here you can shop for a variety of accent pieces, rustic kitchenware, wall decorations, and candles. Other than this, you can check out the garden supplies, magnolia branded apparel collections, and jewelry as well. Outside in the yard is food trucks and lawn games. You can grab some cupcakes and play corn hole. The Silos also feature fun events like movie nights and live music performances throughout the year. Cupcakes at Magnolia

Spice Village


Shopping until we drop

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. They even have this spot to take photos, hence the photo!

There’s a bar underneath it. I forget what it’s called but it has giant drinks.

My birthday in Waco, TX

Enjoy Delicious Food, Beer, and Wine

Whether you are a crazy wine lover or a craft beer drinker, it is possible to find some local and delicious collections at Waco to please your taste buds. In case if you are more attracted to beer, head to Bare Arms Brewing where you can fill your glass with brooding Java Joule coffee stout or light beer like their New Kid on the Block. There are many seasonal offerings also that you should try out at Wale Ale Company, or Brotherwell Brewing. For wines, you can explore the Waco Winery & Vineyards and Valley Mills Vineyards. Waco is known for the Balcones Distilling, they are makers of some award-winning whiskeys, rums, and bourbons.

Ninfa’s Mexican RestaurantNinfa's Mexican Restaurant

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.

unShakeable Milkshakes


They offer an assortment of fun milkshake creations. This one pictured is the banana split shake. Located inside Union Hall a fun foodie place at 720 Franklin Ave Ste. 290, Waco, TX 76701.

La FiestaLa Fiesta Mexican Food in Waco

Awesome Tex-Mex. Their famous purple margarita made with Chambord packs quite the punch. Located at 3815 Franklin Ave, Waco, TX 76710.

Other Things to Do in Waco

Tour the Dr. Pepper Museum a Texas IconDr. 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.

Get Outdoors

Waco is known for its breath-taking natural beauty and pristine rivers. You will love the scenic backdrop along with several outdoor destinations to explore. Do not miss the chance to enjoy kayaking at the Brazos and Bosque rivers while enjoying the stunning views of historic bridges and verdant parks.

Waco Surf

Something that might surprise you – surfing in Waco, Texas! Yes, you read that right, Waco Surf is a real thing. And no, you don’t need to hop on a plane or drive for hours to catch some waves. Situated right in the heart of Texas, Waco Surf offers a unique opportunity to experience the exhilaration of surfing without leaving the state. Plus, how cool would it be to say you surfed in Waco? So, grab your board shorts and sunscreen, and let’s hit those man-made waves. Who knows, maybe you’ll even catch a blue wave in a red state. Cheers to surfing in unexpected places!

Hawaiian Falls Waco Water ParkHawaiian Falls Waco Water Park

You can enjoy swimming and other water activities at Hawaiian Falls Waco Water Park. They have a wave pool, slides, lazy river, splash ground & more at a seasonal water park offering swim lessons. Located at 900 Lake Shore Dr, Waco, TX 76708.

Explore Cameron Park

Cameron Park is one of Waco’s most popular parks located along the Brazos River. It covers an impressive 1,000 acres and features several miles of trails perfect for hikers and bikers alike. There are even train rides available on select days throughout the year for those who want an up-close view of this beautiful park! Cameron Park also hosts many annual festivals like Oktoberfest and Christmas in Cameron Park that make great stops while car shopping in town.

Blue Hills RanchAnimal encounters at Blue Hills Ranch near Waco TX

Just 15 minutes outside of Waco, TX you will find a 150-acre resort with green rolling hills, lakes, giraffes, zebras, otters, kangaroos, and more. If you want to stay here you can rent one of their themed cabins, like the Pirate cabin. Both the animal encounters and the cabins have to be booked in advance.
Blue Hills Ranch pirate cabins in Waco Texas

There are many wonderful hotels where you can book your stay to enjoy during your visit to Waco. We recommend Hotel Indigo.

Waco may not be as big as its neighboring cities but it still packs plenty of attractions for those who are in town. Whether it’s exploring Magnolia Market at The Silos or taking a tour through Dr Pepper Museum, there’s something here for everyone! And don’t forget about nearby Cameron Park which offers stunning views and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy while visiting Waco! So if you find yourself in Waco, Texas  looking for things to do—be sure to check out all that Waco has to offer!

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