The 10 Best Things to Do in Waco, United States

January 5, 2018 Agatha Simes

Waco (/ˈweɪkoʊ/ WAY-koh) is a city which is the county seat of McLennan County, Texas, United States. It is situated along the Brazos River and I-35, halfway between Dallas and Austin. The city had a 2010 population of 124,805, making it the 22nd-most populous city in the state. The US Census 2016 population estimate is 134,432 The Waco Metropolitan Statistical Area consists of McLennan and Falls Counties, which had a 2010 population of 234,906. Falls County was added to the Waco MSA in 2013. The US Census 2017 population estimate for the Waco MSA is 268,696.
Restaurants in Waco

1. McLane Stadium

1001 S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Waco, TX 76704-2926 +1 254-710-8100
Excellent
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4.5 based on 185 reviews

McLane Stadium

Reviewed By Monroe M - Draper, Utah

I was in town visiting my daughter who attends Baylor University and had the opportunity to visit McLane Stadium. It is always interesting taking a guided tour and we enjoyed the experience. We were able to see the President's Box, the locker room, the press room and even go on the field. If you enjoy college football and have time while visiting Waco it is a great way to spend a couple of hours.

2. Cameron Park Zoo

1701 N 4th St, Waco, TX 76707-2463 +1 254-750-8400
Excellent
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4.5 based on 805 reviews

Cameron Park Zoo

Reviewed By Esox67 - Saint Paul, Minnesota

Very nice zoo. Only $ 10.00 for adults and well worth it. No charge for parking. It will take you about 3 hours to casually walk through. Lots of different animals to take in. I would add to your list if in the area.

3. Cameron Park

Emmons Cliff Drive, Waco, TX 76708
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4.5 based on 209 reviews

Cameron Park

Reviewed By Jane D

We were really pleasantly surprised by the size and the peacefulness of this park near downtown Waco. We ended up hiking few miles through the park on different Trails. We found them all well-marked, and using Google Maps we could easily navigate them. Check out Lover's Leap eap, and Emmit's Cliff, and walked the ?? steps up Jacob's Ladder. As far as difficulty, we started out by going down a double Dymond, and would not recommend it for anybody who is not limber. It wasn't very long, but there were big steps down and it was very Rocky, and I imagine the Limestone would be slippery if it was wet out. It was a Sunday afternoon, warm and beautiful out, and almost nobody on the trails. In our several miles walk, we only encountered just a very few people. Being from Wisconsin, I was nervous about the snakes, but no one else seem to be concerned and little kids were allowed to wander off from their parents, and we saw people digging in the leaves besides the trail. If you like walking, and you like trails, and you like peacefulness, this is something that you should do.

4. Waco Mammoth National Monument

6220 Steinbeck Bend Dr, Waco, TX 76708-5338 +1 254-750-7946
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4.5 based on 791 reviews

Waco Mammoth National Monument

Reviewed By mike h - Fort Worth, Texas

Honestly had no idea this was in Waco until we had folks from out of town want to do a day trip to Magnolia. Arrived around 4:15 and caught the last tour (4:30). Guide was friendly and informative. The monument is essentially a dig site with a structure around it to protect from the elements. Does not take long to see and appreciate the spot. We were glad we stopped

5. Mayborn Museum Complex

1300 S University Parks Dr, Waco, TX 76706-1716 +1 254-710-1110
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4.5 based on 257 reviews

Mayborn Museum Complex

The Mayborn Museum Complex brings together, in one location, the resources of hands-on discovery rooms and interactive natural science and cultural history galleries, including outdoor exhibits. This rich combination provides a wide spectrum of engaging learning opportunities for learners and visitors of all ages.

Reviewed By brettlevy - Georgetown, Texas

Many of the exhibits are not taken care of. Not the worst museum we've been to, but not high quality . . . Or even average quality.

6. Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum

100 Texas Ranger Trl, I-35 and University Parks Drive, Waco, TX 76706-1209 +1 254-750-8631
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4.5 based on 766 reviews

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum

Reviewed By amarinesmom226 - Spring, Texas

We thoroughly enjoyed the 2 hours that we spent at the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and museum. The movie was very interesting and informative. The exhibits are really wonderful and give you an abundance of information about the entire history of the Texas Rangers and its members. I only wish we would have allowed more time!

7. Waco Suspension Bridge

Doris Miller Park, Waco, TX 76701 +1 254-750-8696
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4.5 based on 646 reviews

Waco Suspension Bridge

The Waco Suspension Bridge is the oldest Suspension Bridge still standing in Texas. Built it 1870, it was the first bridge across the Brazos River. This stunning bridge was built with cables supplied from John Roebling's firm, which built the Brooklyn Bridge. Today, it is a pedestrian-only bridge and is a wonderful place to watch the river roll by.

Reviewed By walters1 - Randolph, New York

Just a bridge, nothing special. But due to its historical significance and the fact that it is often featured by Chip and Jo on their show, everyone should at least take a look and walk across it once as we did.

8. Baylor University

1301 S. University Parks Drive, Waco, TX 76798 +1 800-229-5678
Excellent
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4.5 based on 67 reviews

Baylor University

Reviewed By Wendy J - Dallas, Texas

I can assure you that was wasn’t thrilled about traveling to Waco Texas for my sons 6A Div1 High School Football Playoff Game...But it is Texas Football! The game was at Baylor’s MacLean Stadium. WowWow Wow!
Amazing Facility! Beautiful Campus! It’s a must see!! Loved it!!

9. Armstrong Browning Library and Museum

710 Speight Avenue, One Bear Place #97152, Waco, TX 76798 +1 254-710-4313
Excellent
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4.5 based on 84 reviews

Armstrong Browning Library and Museum

The Armstrong Browning Library, free and open to the public, is located on the campus of Baylor University. It is a 19th-century research center dedicated to the study of the lives and works of Victorian poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and houses the world's largest collection of Browning material and fine collections of rare 19th-century books, manuscripts, and works of art.

Reviewed By scoutdreams - Estero, FL

The Armstrong Browning Library totally exceeded our expectations. I would expect to see something like this in a major city and not Waco. This has to be a must visit. The stained glass is exquisite and more than plentiful. I understand it is the largest collection of secular stained glass in one place in the world. Take the time to look around every room and nook and cranny, There is a lot to see visually and a lot of history regarding Browning. Go to the tbird floor and the lower level as well as there is much to see including one of the largest Wedgewood collections too.

10. Dr Pepper Museum

300 S 5th St, Waco, TX 76701-2115 +1 254-757-1025
Excellent
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4 based on 1 reviews

Dr Pepper Museum

A museum dedicated to the nation's oldest major soft drink - Dr Pepper! We offer 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. Exhibits change regularly! You can visit our soda fountain and gift shop any time without paying admission. Photo ops outside the Museum include a Dr Pepper Green 1940s delivery truck, one of three original neon signs from the Mockingbird Plant in Dallas, and a hand-painted advertising sign original to the site. Of course the front of the Museum building itself is visitors' favorite photo location. We are a two block walk from Magnolia Market and the famous silos, and about half a mile from the newest restaurants including Torchy's Tacos and In-N-Out Burger.

Reviewed By John B

Self guided tour. Can view as many commercials as you want. Very few of the exhibits were working.a lot of walking between two buildings. Too expensive for what you got.John, we are so glad to hear you enjoyed your time at the museum. The old Dr Pepper commercials are one of our most popular exhibits, its so fun to take a trip down memory lane! Please come back and see us again soon!

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