Wandering in Waco

(22 Reviews)
100% Recommended

Amy Eben

Sioux Center, IA
Manager and Leisure Travel Specialist

I became a travel agent directly out of college and had fully planned on it being a "stepping stone" job to something different in the future. I fell in love with the industry and the people at The Travel Advantage in Sioux Center and have now bee...

What better way to experience a city than with a group of friends?  Besides having a population just over 140,000 people, Waco boasts a small-town feel.  Due to a horrendous tornado in 1953, the ALICO building is the only skyscraper in sight.  In fact, the downtown area is filled with open spaces for parking making it incredibly easy to get where you need to be.  And the people are some of the friendliest I’ve ever encountered.  Everyone that visits Waco instantly becomes family.


Like good tourist, we focused on the Magnolia Experience.  We browsed for hours at the merchandise in the Magnolia Silos, devoured a mouthwatering cupcake at the Silo Baking Company, strolled through the gardens at Magnolia Feed and Seed and joyfully consumed our brunch at Magnolia Table. We even enjoyed meeting David Ridley who co-founded Waco Tour and starred in the most watched episode of Fixer Upper.  Waco Tours concluded our Magnolia experience with photo of Clint Harp at Harp Design Company, a sighting of Jimmy Don at JDH Iron Designs and an introduction to several of the houses featured on the show.  Chip and Joanna do it right!


It may not be common knowledge, but Waco has a lot to offer outside of Magnolia:



  • If you want to continue your shopping extravaganza, check out Spice Village.  Featuring over 60 clothing and décor boutiques under 1 roof, it is a must see in Waco.

  • If you love Chuck Norris and law enforcement, check out The Texas Ranger museum. 

  • A stroll through the beautiful Baylor Campus is perfect if you indulge in college sports of any kind. 

  • Or, since you are visiting the birthplace of soda, you might want to check out the Dr Pepper museum. 

  • And the Waco Mammoth National Monument, showcasing a real-life dig site for Columbian Mammoths, is perfect for any natural history lover. 

  • And after you’ve experienced all that Waco has to offer, complete your evening with a relaxing boat ride down the Brazos River. 


Grab your friends and plan a trip to the amazing city of Waco!

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