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Waco Attractions

Located in the Heart of Texas, Greater Waco and the surrounding communities enjoy great weather and wonderful recreational and sports venues. From Little League and Big 12 sports to popular hike-and-bike trails and live theatre, dozens of sporting and recreational events take place each week.
 
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Below is a snapshot of the wide variety of attractions and things to do around Greater Waco.
 

 

Museums


Armstrong Library

Free and open to the public, the Armstrong Browning Library is a 19th-century research center dedicated to the study of the lives and works of Victorian poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The Library houses the world’s largest collection of Browning material and other fine collections of rare 19th-centry books, manuscript and works of art. Explore collections of paintings, sculptures, pottery and ornate furniture. Additionally, the grand, three-story Italian Renaissance-style building is decorated with 62 stunning stained glass windows, making it the largest secular collection of stained glass in the world, and features soaring marble columns, black walnut marquetry paneling, and impressive terrazzo entrance floor bearing a brass-inlaid bells and pomegranates motif and other intricate designs. The building’s elegant design offers an ideal venue for hosting exhibitions, cultural events, university-related activities and musical occasions. Guided tours are available. For more information, visit their website.

710 Speight Ave., Waco, TX 76798

(254) 710-3566


Art Center Waco

Located in a historic, Mediterranean-style, William Cameron summer home, this nonprofit center educates and inspires the community to create and enjoy art. Among popular activities at The Art Center of Waco is their Paint Your Own Pottery Studio, which is set in a contemporary ceramic art studio. Many enthusiastic young children also spend summers in half- and full-day art camps. Adult art classes, from photography to paint on canvas, are also available. However, if you’d just like to enjoy explore their two and one-half acre Sculpture Garden or take in the beautiful, natural setting, you can stop by and explore daily. And if you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for a friend – or yourself! – then check out work from local artists in their gift gallery, which includes Native American jewelry pieces, glassware and more. From gallery tours and receptions to diverse exhibits, art lovers from all walks of life will want to visit The Art Center of Waco. For more information, visit their website.

1300 College Dr., Waco, TX 76708

(254) 752-4371


Cameron Park Zoo

Home to more than 1,731 animals and representing 300 species, the Cameron Park Zoo features native foliage accented with crystalline waterfalls, lakes and ponds to create this stunning urban jungle. The health and well-being of its animal inhabitants is the foremost concern for Cameron Park Zoo’s team of animal-care specialists. Come visit the zoo any day of the week and explore exhibits, such as the Gibbon Island, African Savanna or Asian Forest. Get nose-to-nose with a lion named Kai. Stand a glass-pane away from gliding clownfish and craggy Komodo dragons – and marvel at Sumatran Tigers, Orangutans and Lemurs. Additionally, the zoo’s Brazos River Country exhibit features Texas wildlife indigenous to the Brazos River. A 50,000-gallon salt water aquarium is nestled inside a sunken Spanish galleon, and replicas of the grass houses favored by the Waco Indians are on display. Elephants, black bears, tigers and giraffes are among the animals that call the zoo home. So unplug and connect your kids to a real-life adventure at Greater Waco’s 52-acre Natural Habitat Cameron Park Zoo along the Brazos River. For more information, visit their website.

1701 N. 14th St., Waco, TX 76707

(254) 750-8400


Dr Pepper

A native of Waco, Texas and the oldest major soft drink in the United States, Dr Pepper is not only an American classic, it’s an unparalleled example of the free-enterprise economic system. Created by Dr. Charles Alderton at Waco’s Old Corner Drug Store in 1885, Dr Pepper became one of the most unique success stories of American free enterprise. Value, innovation and quality helped this small regional company attain international success. The Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute tells the story of the popular soft drink and is home to the original artesian well, historic soft drink bottles, manufacturing equipment and interactive exhibits. The museum’s collections of memorabilia include all soft-drink brands! The gift shop offers a unique selection, including Dr Pepper specialty items. Check for special deals like $5-admission days and rotating exhibits. If nothing else, stop by and enjoy a Dr Pepper float in their restored turn-of-the-century soda fountain! The Museum also hosts happy hour Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 1 p.m., where large fountain drinks are 50 percent off. Both the soda fountain and gift shop offer free admission. For more information, visit their website.

300 S. 5th Street, Waco, TX 76701

(254) 757-1025


Historic Home

The Historic Waco Foundation (HWF) was formed in 1967 to collect, maintain, preserve, publish and interpret the extraordinary heritage and history of Waco. The HWF owns, curates, preserves and exhibits more than 6,000 pieces of decorative art, artifacts, archival material and textiles while operating museums in four historic homes built from 1858 to 1884: Earle-Napier-Kinnard House, Fort House, East Terrace and McCulloch House. The permanent collection consists of items to be used whenever possible to augment the interpretation of the history of Waco and McLennan County, and Texas from 1795 – 1945. For more information, visit their website.

810 S. 4th Street, Waco, TX 76706

(254) 753-5166


The museum’s 1300-object permanent collection of art pieces represent a wide variety of art that has been donated to or purchased by Baylor University, with the collection containing artwork by the likes of Robert Rauschenberg, Kathe Kollwitz, Francisco de Goya and Edouard-Leon Cortes. Featured in the art collection is the artistic talent of Baylor University’s own art program with student and professor exhibitions, as well as rotating exhibits from ceramics, photography and more. The Museum also invites students and guests to participate in roundtable discussions with exhibition lenders, artist and professors. The museum has a mission of education and service and allows students, the surrounding Waco community and visiting guests to engage in a dynamic learning experience as they view works from both up-and-coming artists and the greats they’ve learned about in art history classes. The museum is located in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on Baylor University campus and is open to the public. For more information, visit their website.

60 Baylor Ave., Waco, TX 76798

(254) 710-6390


Mayborn Exhibit

Located on the Baylor University campus, the Mayborn Museum Complex features six permanent exhibits on display year-round, traveling exhibits and 16 themed discovery rooms for interactive learning. Permanent exhibits include the Gov. Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village, which offers a glimpse of early Waco life with nine wood-frame buildings; and Strecker’s Cabinets of Curiosity, which is patterned after early natural history museums and contains enticing artifacts, such as tree cross-sections and a humpback whale skull. A popular exhibit among local Wacoans and visitors alike is the Waco at the Crossroads of Texas exhibit. The exhibit takes guests back to the Cretaceous period and explores the wildlife and people groups that have lived in Greater Waco, including a 28-foot long model of a Pliosaur and a Waco Mammoth exhibit. So visit the museum to Engage. Explore. Enjoy. For more information, visit their website.

1300 S. University Parks Dr., Waco, TX 76706

(254) 710-1110


TX Rangers Museum

The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum is the official State Hall of Fame for the Texas Rangers Law Enforcement Agency. The museum features more than 14,000 artifacts shares exploits of 30 Texas Rangers honored in the Hall of Fame. After you’ve perused the constantly changing exhibits that feature the history and equipment of the Texas Rangers, from the Wild West days to the present, watch the 45-minute Texas Ranger documentary. Guest can also dress up in Western garb and take to the stage to reenact tales of the Wild West. The 6,000 square foot John Knox Memorial Banquet Center on the Riverwalk is a great facility with amazing views of the Brazos River and McLane Stadium, equipped with room for a bar, band and dancing to host your event. History buffs can even study the colorful past of the oldest state-law-enforcement agency at the Tobin and Anne Armstrong Texas Ranger Research Center, the state’s designated official repository of the Texas Rangers. For more information, visit their website.

100 Texas Ranger Trail, Waco, TX 76706

(254) 750-8631


TX Sports Hall of Fame

Home to more than 300 Texas legends, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame includes the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame, the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame and the Southwest Conference exhibits. Covering a wide range of sports, the museum allows fans to re-live the exploits of distinguished athletes who hailed from the Lone Star State. The museum offers detailed insights into all of their stories and educates visitors about renowned Hall of Fame inductees such as Tom Landry, Troy Aikman, Ben Hogan, David Robinson and Lance Berkman. After walking down memory lane, you’ll want to engage in the interactive exhibits that include video and memorabilia, bringing Texas sports to life before your eyes. This premier facility also houses the Texas Tennis Museum/Hall of Fame and Texas High School Football Hall of Fame. A spacious banquet hall is available to rent and provides a perfect location to host events from birthday parties to wedding receptions. For more information, visit their website.

1108 S. University Parks Dr., Waco, TX 76706

(254) 756-1633


Waco Mammoth

The nation’s first and only recorded discovery of a nursery herd of Pleistocene mammoths, according to the National Park Service, the Waco Mammoth National Monument opened in 2009 and provides guided tours through the beautifully wooded parkland along the Brazos River to the site’s dig shelter. Sitting on 100 acres, the 30 to 45 minuted guided tours give visitors a first-hand experience of what the terrain and life was like for Columbian mammoths during the Ice Age, as well as how the fossils were discovered and why the Waco Mammoth National Monument is one of the most important paleontological sites in North America. The dig shelter protects the bones while creating an atmosphere of an art gallery. Natural light floods into the shelter from all directions and a suspended walkway provides a stunning overhead view of the mammoths. This unique site was named a National Monument on July 10, 2015. For more information, visit their website.

6220 Steinbeck Bend Rd., Waco, TX 76708

(254) 750-7946



 

Parks & Recreation


Brazos Park East

Brazos Park East, across the Brazos River from Cameron Park, features a boat ramp, pavilion, disc golf course, trails, horseshoe pits and a scenic view of the cliffs along the Brazos River. Interestingly, the Jimmy Bryant Horseshoe Complex, located in the park, is one of the top (horseshoe) pitching facilities in Texas, featuring concrete throwing pads, sand pits and covered pavilion. In addition to the park being home to the annual Duel on the Brazos Drag Boat races, but it features a 1.3 mile lighted, paved trail that winds through a lush landscape that hugs the Brazos River. Their boat ramps and docks are also a perfect spot to enter the River for paddling, fishing and boating. For more information, visit their website.

Martin Luther King Blvd. & Herring Avenue, Waco, TX 76704


Cameron Park

Cameron Park is where Waco celebrates life. Next door to downtown Waco, the park is an oasis with towering trees, two rivers, breathtaking cliffs and a National Recreation Trail system. The 400-acre park is shared by hikers and bikers, fishermen, disc golfers and picnickers. Families are also often found at one of three amazing playgrounds and splash pads, while paddlers can be seen enjoying the quiet serenity of nature on the Bosque or Brazos Rivers. You’ll also see fishermen pulling in catfish, largemouth bass, crappie and more throughout the year. Also popular are the two disc golf courses that flank both sides of the Brazos River. While weekly disc golf tournaments are held at Cameron Park, the public enjoys playing the 23- and 18-hole courses daily. Park hours are 6 a.m. until midnight. For more information, visit their website.


BSR

Home to the world’s longest lazy river, BSR Cable Park has become internationally recognized for their wakeboarding facilities and amenities. A combination of water skiing, snowboarding and surfing techniques, wakeboarding involves a rider that is usually towed behind a motorboat. However, at BSR Cable Park, wakeboarders also have the option of being pulled by a closed-course cable system. In addition to hosting a Mud Run in October 2014, where 50 percent of proceeds were given to surrounding schools, BSR Cable Park features one of only three Bi-Level competition lakes in the world. Considering their unique landscape, it may come as no surprise that they have been ranked Best Cable Park in the World in the last two years. And if you’re worried that there’s nothing else to do at the BSR Cable Park besides wakeboarding, relaxing in their lazy river or 70 person hot tub (you heard right), they also have a beach, regulation size volleyball court, ping pong, a walking track, amazing pavilion and bar and grill – all of which you can enjoy for a long weekend in one of their rental cabins. For more information, visit their website.

5347 Old Mexia Rd., Waco, TX 76705

(254) 227-6388


Cottonwood Creek Golfers

Ranked one of the top municipal golf courses in Texas, Cottonwood Creek Golf Course is conveniently located off Interstate 35 and features 18-hole, Par 72 course that winds through rolling plains, pristine greens and landscaping. Cottonwood Creek Golf Course also offers a variety of leagues and tournaments throughout the year and features a driving range, bar-and-grill, outdoor pavilion and a fully stocked pro shop. For more information, visit their website.

5200 Bagby Ave., Waco, TX 76711

(254) 745-6009


Disc Golf

The Heart of Texas is home to two championship disc golf courses found in Cameron Park and Brazos Park East, and recently added a third course in Hewitt Park. Set along the Brazos River, disc golf has become one of the most popular activities in Greater Waco. Played like regular golf, flying discs are thrown into metal baskets. Similar to “ball golf”, the object is to complete each hole, or basket, with the fewest throws. Trees, shrubs and terrain changes make for challenging courses. Both the Cameron Park 23-hole course and Brazos Park East 18-hole courses are designed for all skill levels and are open to the public daily. For more information, visit the city of Waco website.


Dubl R Riverbend Park

One of the premiere softball and baseball facilities in the state, River Bend Park sits in a natural setting along the Bosque River and features eight fields. With multiple concession areas, covered seating and friendly customer-service, the park plays host to adult softball leagues on weeknights. On the weekends, the park fills with hundreds of players for youth baseball, girls fast-pitch and adult softball tournaments. Teams may also rent fields Monday-Thursday during the months of February through November, as long as the space is available. For more information, visit their website.

1001 Lake Shore Drive, Waco, TX 76708

(254) 750-5845


Hawaiian Falls

With a mission to bring families closer together, Hawaiian Falls Waterpark has become a true family getaway just outside of downtown Waco. Featuring 14 acres of exciting rides and aquatic adventures, the Waterpark boasts Greater Waco’s first football field-sized wavepool and two, six-story slide complexes with a six-lane racer slide. And of course, there are tube slides, speed slides, a raft ride and much more! This summer, Hawaiian Falls Waterpark will be open from May 27, 2017 through Sept. 4, 2017. For more information, visit their website.

900 Lake Shore Dr., Waco, TX 76708

(254) 892-0222


Waco’s only off-leash dog park, the H.O.T. Dog Park was established and donated in 2011 by Dr. Luann Ervin and Jeanelle Kramolis. This enclosed dog park is located next to the Texas Animal Medical Center. Life is short – play with your dog! Hours are from dawn to dusk. Admission is free. For more information and park rules, visit their website.

4900 Steinbeck Bend Rd., Waco, TX 76708


Indian Springs Park

Located in downtown Waco on the west side of the Brazos River and flanking one side of the historic Suspension Bridge, Indian Spring Park hosts a variety of festivals, outdoor concerts and athletic events each year, such as the Waco Cultural Arts Fest, Brazos Nights summer concert series, TriWaco Triathlon and Wine & Food Festival. Once the Suspension Bridge was completed in 1870, it became the longest single-span suspension bridge west of the Mississippi and served as a Chisholm Trail. In honor of its history, 25 larger than life bronze longhorn sculptures have been commissioned, along with four riders on horseback (called Vaqueros), to flank either side of the Suspension Bridge in Indian Spring Park. For more information, visit their website.

100 S. University, Waco, TX 76702


Lake Waco

The largest lake in the United States that is located entirely within a single city’s municiple boundaries, Lake Waco is your gateway to camping and lodging, day-use recreation areas, hiking, biking, boating, paddling, horseback riding trails, fishing and more! Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it features more than 79,000-acre-feet of water and is home to Airport Park, Midway Park, Reynolds Creek Park and Speegleville Park. And if you want more than a picnic option for dinner, head over to the Slippery Minnow at the Lake Waco Marina for a bite to eat, live music and scenic views. For more information, visit their website.

3801 Zoo Park Dr., Waco, TX 76708

(254) 756-9602


Lake Waco Golf Club is nestled among the oak trees on the north side of Lake Waco, featuring a full 18-hole regulation golf course and the only executive 18-hole Par 3 golf course between Dallas and Austin. Whether a club member or a public patron, beginning or experienced golfers can enjoy a quick round on the Executive Par 3 Course or move up to the more challenging 18 Hole Regulation Course. For more information, visit their website.

5608 Flat Rock Rd., Waco, TX 76708

(254) 756-2161


Farmers Market

Open each Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. year round, the popular Waco Downtown Farmers Market brings the best locally grown and made products from farmers and artisans within a 150-mile radius around Greater Waco. Thanks to the Central Texas climate, the Waco Downtown Farmers Market is able to provide seasonally available produce each month. Make sure to check out their website for a month-by-month calendar for what’s in season! They are normally located along the Brazos River, but due to riverfront development, they have been temporarily located to 510 Washington Ave. (the McLennan County Courthouse in downtown Waco). For more information, visit their website.

510 Washington Ave., Waco, TX 76701



 

Arts & Attractions


A creative co-working space and art gallery on the 4th floor of the Praetorian building, Anthem Studios is home to a wide range of artists and creative professionals that promote the art community and growth in Greater Waco. These artists range from a professional leather craftsman, sketch artist and painter to an author, jeweler and screenwriter. For more information, visit their website.

601 Franklin Ave., Floor 4, Waco, TX 76710

(254) 307-8998


Art Center Waco

Located in a historic, Mediterranean-style, William Cameron summer home, this nonprofit center educates and inspires the community to create and enjoy art. Among popular activities at The Art Center of Waco is their Paint Your Own Pottery Studio, which is set in a contemporary ceramic art studio. Many enthusiastic young children also spend summers in half- and full-day art camps. Adult art classes, from photography to paint on canvas, are also available. However, if you’d just like to enjoy explore their two and one-half acre Sculpture Garden or take in the beautiful, natural setting, you can stop by and explore daily. And if you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for a friend – or yourself! – then check out work from local artists in their gift gallery, which includes Native American jewelry pieces, glassware and more. From gallery tours and receptions to diverse exhibits, art lovers from all walks of life will want to visit The Art Center of Waco. For more information, visit their website.

1300 College Dr., Waco, TX 76708

(254) 752-4371


Balcones

Balcones started as little more than an idea with an old welding shop under a bridge. Since then, Balcones has released 10 unique whiskies and spirits, and won more than 140 national and international awards from the world’s top judges and critics. Balcones distillers are committed to hand crafting spirits, which extends into the design and layout of the distillery and the engineering and construction of the equipment at their new location on 11th Street in downtown Waco. You’ll definitely want to check out their new distillery and taste their award winning Texas whiskies today! Balcones offers general tours, which can be booked three months in advance, and tasting is $11 per person. Souvenir tasting glass can be purchased for an additional $5. For more information, visit their website.

225 S. 11th Street, Waco, TX 76701

(254) 755-6003


The Baylor Theatre department presents five mainstage productions and several summer graduate plays, which are open to the public, annually. In addition to their performances, which range from musical theatre and comedy to Shakespeare and contemporary pieces, the Baylor Theatre also hosts the Horton Foote American Playwrights festival each year. The mainstage production season is also accompanied by the Baylor Theatre Lecture Series, in which invited guests provide an interpretative view of each play through interdisciplinary history and criticism. The department is ranked among the top 20 undergraduate theatre programs in the United States and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. For more information on scheduled productions, visit their website.

60 Baylor Ave., Waco, TX 76706

(254) 710-1865


Jubilee Theatre

A once neglected and decaying movie hall, the Jubilee Theatre building was re-opened in 1995 and used for neighborhood programs and special events. In 2010, the refurbished building opened as the current Jubilee Theatre, with access to the adjacent World Cup Café. The 243-seat theatre houses concerts of all kinds, offers an array of performances, including plays, dance, poets, and fun activities for young and old, and is also available for community meetings. For more information, visit their website.

1319 N. 15th Street, Waco, TX 76701

(254) 753-4900


Magnolia

The Magnolia Market, owned by Chip and Joanna Gaines, is famous for its Magnolia Silos and located just a few blocks from I-35. This popular destination provides plenty of shopping in the Market, has great space for playing games on the lawn, a beautiful garden, lots of photo opportunities and dining opportunities with a variety of food trucks located on site. They also recently added Magnolia Seed and Supply and Silos Baking Co. For more information, visit their website.

601 Webster Ave., Waco, TX 76701

(254) 235-0603


The museum’s 1300-object permanent collection of art pieces represent a wide variety of art that has been donated to or purchased by Baylor University, with the collection containing artwork by the likes of Robert Rauschenberg, Kathe Kollwitz, Francisco de Goya and Edouard-Leon Cortes. Featured in the art collection is the artistic talent of Baylor University’s own art program with student and professor exhibitions, as well as rotating exhibits from ceramics, photography and more. The Museum also invites students and guests to participate in roundtable discussions with exhibition lenders, artist and professors. The museum has a mission of education and service and allows students, the surrounding Waco community and visiting guests to engage in a dynamic learning experience as they view works from both up-and-coming artists and the greats they’ve learned about in art history classes. The museum is located in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on Baylor University campus and is open to the public. For more information, visit their website.

60 Baylor Ave., Waco, TX 76798

(254) 710-6390


Known for their impressive performances, McLennan Community College peforms theatrical productions at three venues on their campus: Ball Performing Arts Center, Black Box Theatre and the Bosque River Stage. Four times a year the department produces plays, musical theatre and originally conceived dance works. In addition, the Music Department performs a fully staged opera. For more information, visit their website.

1400 College Dr., on the McLennan Campus

(254) 299-8200


Waco Civic Theatre

Dating back to the 1920s, the Waco Civic Theatre provides professional-quality live theatre with the heart of a community-based organization. The theatre produces six Main Stage and two fundraising productions each year, ranging from Shakespeare and Ken Ludwig to contemporary musicals. The Waco Civic Theatre’s unique design also enables them to keep up with theatre design trends that have come and gone because the space is flexible. It can be configured many different ways, such as Proscenium (e.g., high school auditoriums or Jones Hall Theatre), In the Round (e.g., arena theatres seating with seating on all four sides), Theatre within the Round (e.g., trendy theatre style in the 1950s and 60s), and Thrust Seating Arrangements (e.g., Greek style like the Guthrie Theatre). Additionally, the theatre sponsors numerous workshops, classes and productions for children. Show and ticket information, volunteer opportunities and a schedule of current and upcoming presentations is available by visiting their website.

1517 Lake Air Dr., Waco, TX 76710

(254) 776-1591


Waco Symphony

Since 1961, the Waco Symphony Orchestra has been offering quality orchestral music for all of Central Texas. The Orchestra, led by music director/conductor Stephen Heyde, features a variety of world-renowned soloists concerts, which run from September through April each year. In addition to specials concerts, such as their traditional Holiday Pops, five subscription concerts are presented each season, and the symphony has featured renowned guest artists from around the world including Chris Botti, Joshua Bell, Art Garfunkel and many more. Show and ticket information, volunteer opportunities and a schedule of current and upcoming concerts are available on their website.

600 Austin Ave., Ste. 10, Waco, TX 76703

(254) 754-0851


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