Local Area

Waco and the Heart of Texas region offer a variety of sights, sounds, and activities. Below are just a few of our favorites!

Magnolia at the Silos

HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines have their shop and headquarters at the Magnolia Silos right here in Waco. Come visit the Magnolia Market, where you can shop, play, and eat, all while being inspired about how to spruce up your own home!

On the grass in front of property are plenty of lawn games for families to make memories! Cornhole, potato sack races, football and more.

On the northwest corner of the property is the Garden with a wooden tepee to play under, children’s books for the kids to read, and flowerbeds filled with seasonal plants and flowers. And who knows, you may even run into a goat or two!

Waco Mammoth Site

In 1978 the bones of 25 prehistoric Columbian mammoths were discovered in the woods alongside the Bosque River. After several decades of preparation and excavation, the site is now open to the public where everyone can enjoy the largest single concentration of mammoths in the world.

The site includes a covered elevated walkway that gives visitors an up-close view of the mammoths. The 100-acre site also features a scenic trail way and gift shop.

Waco Suspension Bridge and Riverwalk

Waco’s historic Suspension Bridge has served as an icon for the city since 1836 when the bridge was completed, then the longest single-span suspension bridge west of the Mississippi. On the east and west side of the bridge are Martin Luther King and Indian Spring Parks, respectively, and accessible on either side is the Riverwalk which begins at Ft. Fisher Park, extends past the suspension bridge, and ends at the Herring Ave. Bridge.

Art Center Waco

The Art Center Waco is located on the grounds of McLennan Community College and since 1972 has been the home to numerous local and nationally-renowned artists as well as a training ground for the next generation. Weekend workshops, classes and demonstrations are regularly offered.

Of particular interest is the Sculpture walk, featuring 35 sculptures on a path overlooking the Brazos river. The walk is freely accessible to the public at all times.

Cameron Park Zoo

Cameron Park Zoo is noted for its attention to natural surroundings, providing its residents and visitors alike with a true feeling of being in the wild. In addition to the standard lions and tigers and bears (oh my!), the zoo features numerous endangered species as well as extensive exhibits on the wildlife and history of the Brazos River which comprises seven separate habitats over its 840-mile span.

Homestead Heritage Village

The Homestead Heritage Village is a 510-acre agricultural settlement dedicated to traditional craftsmanship, with working blacksmith shop, bakery, woodworking, pottery, and more. Visitors are welcome to tour the village, purchase handmade products, and even take classes to learn these timeless crafts.

Dr. Pepper Museum

No Dr. Pepper lover has lived without a pilgrimage to the famed Dr. Pepper Museum in Waco. An old-fashioned soda fountain, antique bottling equipment, and memorabilia shop are just a few of the many exhibits at the museum. In addition to its look at the past, the museum also houses the Free Enterprise Institute, where children are taught the values of innovation and free enterprise.