Waco’s vibrant Downtown Cultural District offers unique locally owned shops, restaurants, and more. The area contains museums, art galleries, public art, performance venues, and restaurants and bars serving locally produced food, wine, beer—even award-winning whisky. There are numerous stores selling locally designed and manufactured art, crafts, home furnishings, clothing, and jewelry.
Magnolia Silos became an instant attraction as soon as their doors opened in October 2015. Thousands of visitors make the trek to the Silos each week to check out the stores, grab a bite to eat in the food truck park, have a tasty cupcake at Silos Baking Co, or play games on the lawn or take a stroll through the garden.
Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. The Dr Pepper Museum houses the original bottling plant and a glimpse into history and how the company started and its progress through the decades. The Mayborn Museum Complex is located across from Baylor University and offers a chance to walk through the natural history of central Texas. 16 discovery rooms provide hands-on learning with themes from transportation to pioneers. The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame contains memorabilia from the long history of the Texas Rangers.
Waco has over 200 food options, including bakeries, coffee shops, casual restaurants, local restaurants, national chains, steak houses, fine dining, pizzerias (by the slice and wood oven), breweries, pubs, food trucks and variety of cuisines like American, Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian, and more.
Waco Mammoth National Monument, Cameron Park Zoo, Waco Water Park offer big fun for kids joining the family for the race-vacation in Waco.
Magnolia Trail is a self-guided tour for fans of Chip & Joanna Gaines, and their home improvement show, HGTV's Fixer Upper. Each of these locations has been mentioned on Chip & Joanna's TV show or on their social media, blog, or website.