A few weeks ago I went on a day trip to Waco to spend the day with my two best friends from college. It was such a fun girl’s day, and Caley (who lived right outside of Waco for years) was able to give us the ultimate grand tour of everything to do on a day trip to Waco. Since I know a lot of y’all are from Texas, or might possibly visit Waco someday (Magnolia can do that to a person!), I thought it would be fun to share some of those places with you. I had no idea that there was so much to see and do in Waco until our girls trip, and I can’t wait to go back to check out even more. Aaaand to maybe see Magnolia again. It’s my new happy place!
What to Do on a Day Trip to Waco
Sironia– This is where I went with my friends the other day. We are huge brunch fans, and when “quiche” was their first option on the menu, we were sold! The food was delicious, and we really enjoyed our time there. The restaurant is in a cute little store with different booths, that all decorated for Valentine’s day. It was the perfect place for a lunch date followed with a little shopping!
Co-Town Crepes- This is a super fun food truck in Waco that serves up some of the best crepes in town! They have a location at Magnolia and the Saturday Farmer’s Market. On my first trip to Waco I tried their crepes, and was hooked! They have a variety of flavors to choose from, like Jalapeño Popper, Blackberry Cream Cheese or a simple Cinnamon and Sugar.
Silos Bakery Co- This is the bakery run by the Gaines (you may know them from the HGTV show Fixer Upper), and here you’ll find the best cupcakes ever. I’m not kidding! They have so many delicious flavors to choose from, like Shiplap (vanilla cake with vanilla icing), Cup ‘O Joe (chocolate cake with espresso icing), and their current limited edition, Sweetheart (chocolate cake with strawberry cream cheese icing). The cupcakes are moist, and the flavors are amazing- I highly recommend!
Health Camp- Don’t let the name fool you, this is NOT the place to go if you’re into healthy food. However, if you’re looking for some of the best burgers in Waco, you’ll fall in love with the Health Camp. Their milkshakes are also delicious, and while you’re there, pick up an awesome “I went to Health Camp” t-shirt. It’s a great conversation starter!
Heritage Creamery- If you love ice cream and homemade waffle cones as much as I do, then you need to stop by Heritage Creamery. The restaurant was renovated by Chip and Joanne (so, of course, it’s absolutely gorgeous inside!), and I loved all their homemade flavors. It’s the perfect place to go to beat the summer heat, or to catch up with friends over a double scoop!
Magnolia- Ever since Fixer Upper became popular, Waco has become known for one thing- Magnolia. It’s the store of all home decor stores, and I could have spent HOURS in there. They have everything from knick knacks and furniture to fake flowers and jewelry. It was one of the most beautiful stores I’ve ever been in, and since Caley works there, we got a personalized tour around the place. While you’re there, make sure to check out the garden shed, food trucks, bakery and trolley!
The Findery- If you like the decor style of Magnolia, then The Findery will be right up your alley. They have a lot of similar items as Magnolia, and you’ll love the cute aprons and tea towels there (I almost bought some for myself!). It’s within walking distance of Magnolia, which means you can hit two places with one parking spot- score!
Downtown Farmer’s Market- This is one of my favorite things to visit in Waco, since I love checking out the different produce, trying all kinds of free products, and enjoying the fun Saturday morning atmosphere. They have food trucks, booths, and maybe you’ll get lucky and go on the day the animal shelter is set up, looking for homes for some of the most adorable puppies ever.
Spice- I LOVE Spice. It’s a huge store full of different booths of some of the cutest clothes, cups, decorations and everything in between. You could spend an entire afternoon in there looking at all the different things they have, as well as spend an entire paycheck in a blink of an eye.
Dr. Pepper Museum- I’ve never been here, but I’ve heard it’s a pretty cool museum. If you love Dr Pepper as much as the next guy, then you’ll have a blast at the museum, looking at the memorabilia, learning about the franchise, and checking out the old bottling warehouse.
Common Grounds- This coffee shop has so much character, and some pretty tasty cups of coffee! You can also catch some of your favorite bands on the stage out back, and get some studying or reading done on one of the comfy couches indoors. It’s definitely a hip place to go for the college aged kids!
Cameron Park- At Cameron Park you’ll find everything from running trails to SUP on the river to a zoo. There’s so much to do there, and it’s a great place to bring the family and make some memories together.
Hippodrome Theater- The Hippodrome is one of Waco’s favorite treasures. It opened in 1914, and was the perfect place for road shows, vaudeville tours, movies and local talent shows and events. After the Vaudeville era it became a silent movie theater, and stayed open until the late 70s. They closed their doors due to local competition, but after years of renovations it opened again in the late 80s as a live theater. The Hippodrome recently became a movie theater with a moving screen to accommodate movies and live theater, and you can enjoy a delicious meal at their restaurant upstairs before your movie.
Waco Mammoth National Monument- Did you know you could check out some mammoths next time you’re in Waco? In 1978, two men discovered the first bone, and after years of excavation, you can now see over TWENTY mammoth skeletons. So cool! You can take tours around the site, where you will learn all about the Ice Age, the fossils, and their importance to us now.
As you can see, Waco is FULL of fun things to do that will keep you busy for days. If you ever have the chance to visit Waco, I hope you check out some of these places. You’ll love ’em!
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