One of the best things about living in North Texas is the number of places you can visit within driving distance. From Fort Worth,Texas in less than 5 hours, you can easily visit the canyons of Palo Duro, Mount Scott in Oklahoma, and 5 major cities: Dallas, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Waco, Texas.
Over Thanksgiving Break, we decided to venture down to Waco, Texas. Home of Baylor University and the now popular “Magnolia Market”( thanks to HGTV show Fixer Upper) Waco has become a hub of activity. Tourism is on the rise! Our friends tell us that Air B&B rentals are booming. Here are a few things to put on your list when visiting the city of Waco, Texas
(in no particular order)
- Waco Mammoth National Monument– view the discovered remains of 16 mammoths found decades ago by two young boys playing by a creek. Guided tours are conducted every 30 minutes. Additionally, there are many hands on activities for your little ones. They also have the opportunity to become a Jr. Park Ranger! Plan to spend an hour here.
- Magnolia Market at the Silos– There’s a little something for everyone at Magnolia Market at the Silos. Shopping, games, the garden and even a bite to eat at the yummy food trucks and bakery. On the big green lawn at the center of the property, they offer a big box full of games. Most every sunny day the lawn is covered up with parents and kiddos playing cornhole, having potato sack races and throwing the football around. Warning: Get there early!
** From downtown Waco, be sure to ride the FREE TROLLEY while you’re in the Silo District. It loops continuously every 15 minutes. Don’t forget to hop off at Balcones to sample Texas’ Original Whisky.
- The Dr. Pepper Museum – A museum dedicated to the nation’s oldest major soft drink – Dr Pepper! There are three floors of exhibits featuring information about many different soft drinks, as well as a carefully curated selection of our massive soft drink memorabilia collection. They are a two block walk from Magnolia Market and the famous silos. Don’t forget to grab your rootbeer float for free!
- Spice Village– a collection of shops that has everything you need to add a little or a lot of zest to your life! Collegiate, kids, baby, home decor, men’s accessories, jewelry, souvenirs, bath & body, candles, clothing and so much more!!!! Spice Village is the dream shopping experience with more than 60 boutiques under one roof! There are a number of places to eat around the Spice Village too!
- Waco Farmer’s Market– Many of you know that I’ve recently changed my diet and lifestyle, after completing the Whole30 Diet. I feel so much better! A trip to the Farmer’s Market was definitely on the list for our visit, and Waco has one of the best markets I’ve ever seen. It’s open year round, Saturdays from 9am to noon, and host a large variety of local organically gown foods.
So there you have it, my top 5 places to visit in Waco, Texas. With just a short hours drive from Fort Worth, I’m sure we’ll visit Waco again very soon!