Family Attractions in Waco
Whether you're hitting the road for a vacation trip with the family or just want to take the whole clan out for something different, you'll find all that and more when you venture out for some great family fun at these attractions in Waco. An amazing selection of museums, amusement parks and a variety of outdoor fun will have the whole family wearing smiles as big as Texas.
The Cameron Park Zoo
has the distinction of being the nation's newest natural habitat zoo. The sights and sounds of some of the world's most extraordinary animals await you at this family fun attraction. Explore the Flower Garden Banks Reef and follow the Brazos River to see a herd of bison graze, or watch otters, black bears and jaguars coexist in an amazing recreation of their natural habitat. And don't forget your camera because you'll want lots of photos of the elephants, lions, white rhinos and giraffes.
Address: 1701 North 4th Street, Waco, TX 76707 - MAP
Phone: (254) 750-8400
Three museums are better than one, and that's what you'll find at the Mayborn Museum Complex
. It combines the Strecker Museum, the Ollie Mae Moen Discovery Center and the Governor Bill and Vera Daniel Historic Village. This triple-alliance, museum attraction allows you to see several historical perspectives interplay with one another to give you an even wider view of how this vibrant part of Central Texas evolved both historically and economically. See several interesting artifacts, child-friendly interactive displays and exhibits that recreate a 19th century farming community. Also, see the mesmerizing Mammoth Room and the Texas Lifeways exhibit to get an even more dramatic historical perspective.
Address: 1300 University Parks Dr., Waco, TX 76706 - MAP
Phone: (254) 710-1110
is the perfect place for the whole family to take the plunge! Beat the Central Texas heat by diving into one of the two pools, slip and slide on the series of slides that tower up 22 feet, test your swimming skills in the competition pool or maybe opt for the beach entry pool with interactive toys. Not only will the kids have much to do, mom and dad can relax in the shaded rest areas and enjoy some great snacks at the reasonably-priced concession booths. Have fun exploring the sights at this water-filled attraction, but don't forget the sunscreen!
Address: 500 Lake Shore Drive, Waco, TX 76708 - MAP
Phone: (254) 750-7900
If you and your family want to go on an adventure that is completely your own, then a trip to Camp Val Verde
will set the stage for the fun in the great outdoors. Not only can you go camping, you'll enjoy a stunning natural attraction that offers fishing, hunting, hiking, and adventure camps with specialized daily activities. Plus, you can opt for a fishing guide to direct you to where all the great catches are, and enjoy adventures specially designed for the whole family. They also offer trail rides that will make for some unforgettable family memories.
Address: 1007 Camp Road, Waco, TX 76710 - MAP
Phone: (254) 752-5515
If you've got a kid who loves to spend time on his skateboard, then a trip to Skate254 Skate Park
will be a chance to see how good he is at performing on his board. There's a 4-foot mini and a 5-foot extension, pyramid rail and box, as well as a 5-foot bank ramp, a 2-foot box and a C-ledge to show off all his skills and challenge him to develop new ones. The park is made up of steel modular ramps on some old tennis courts. Be sure your skater is riding safe, make sure he's wearing a helmet!
Address: 1301 Barnard St., Waco, TX - MAP
Phone: (254) 750-5980
If you have a family member fascinated by railroads, or if you yourself used to have a train set and want to get a look at where it all began, then the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum
is a must-see attraction. The city of Temple was founded in 1881 by the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Company as a major junction point, and it makes sense that one of the city's main attractions is this railroad museum. Among seeing vintage pieces and artifacts, the center point of it all is the Rails Across America exhibit that presents the impact of railroads in American life for the past 50 years.
Address: 315 West Avenue B, Temple, TX 76501 - MAP
Phone: (254) 298-5171