Sandwiched between Austin and Dallas, Waco has admirably made a name for itself by being the home of several historically significant sites and buildings, and other various attractions that entertain and educate. This cultural tapestry of things to do makes Waco a big city with a small town feel, one which residents enjoy and visitors remember long after they've left the city limits.
For a gravity-defying experience, check out the Suspension Bridge and Riverwalk
. The bridge is located over the Brazos River and links two attractive park areas the whole family can enjoy. You can only cross the bridge by foot, and the view from it is absolutely breathtaking so don't forget your camera to capture several amazing shots of this high-rise attraction. The structure is also historically significant as it was the longest suspension bridge west of the Mississippi when it was completed in 1870.
Address: Waco, TX - MAP
Phone: (254) 750-5980
There's history that reaches back, and then there's history that reaches way back. That's what you'll find at the Waco Mammoth Site
. This is where you can step back in time 68,000 years ago when mammoths and saber-toothed cats roamed the land that would eventually become Texas. Paleontologists came to discover this mammoth heard which was discovered in 1978 and wasn't opened for public viewing until 2009. These Pleistocene mammoths represent the first and only discovery of a nursery herd of these creatures, so don't miss this dramatic and unforgettable peek into some real stone age stories. If you have an interest in archeology, this is an attraction for you.
Address: 6220 Steinbeck Bend, Waco, TX 76708 - MAP
Phone: (254) 750-7946
The Texas Rangers are legendary for their commitment to justice in Texas as well as their unwavering bravery and heroism. That is duly celebrated at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum
. This attraction recognizes and memorializes the lives of 30 Texas Rangers who gave their lives in the line of duty and served proudly. Inductees are selected by a distinguished pane of retired Rangers. History and heroism is proudly on display at this museum that offers a look at a unique slice of Texas history.
Address: Interstate 35, Waco, TX 76702 - MAP
Phone: (254) 750-8631
If you love sports, you'll definitely want to make time to visit the Texas Sports Hall of Fame
. This is where the state's greatest athletes get the due recognition that their hard work on the playing field has earned them. Within the Hall, there are separate sections that recognize the best tennis, football, and basketball players in the state. The exhibits are personalized yet historically dramatic as the feats of these individuals are presented with rightful respect and admiration at this popular Waco attraction.
Address: 1108 South University Parks Dr.,Waco, TX 76706 - MAP
Phone: (254) 756-1633
It's a little known fact, but the popular soft drink Dr. Pepper was born in Waco. That unique taste took the soda world by storm and carved a niche for the brand that led to its worldwide success. The Dr. Pepper Museum
is an attraction that traces the genesis of this concoction, how it came to be, how it was marketed and the eventual memorabilia and lore that followed in its wake. See the world's most extensive collection of vintage ads, bottles, items, and interactive exhibits that tell the story of how everyone became a Pepper!
Address: 300 South 5th Street, Waco, TX 76701 - MAP
Phone: (254) 757-1025
The Design House
prides itself on doing anything but the ordinary. This local jewelry studio has a staff of artisans and designers who know the area from which they come and express that flavor in the pieces they create. The resulting jewelry is consistently sought after by buyers from all over the country not only for its uniqueness in thematic approach, but aficionados prize the quality craftsmanship and attention to detail that make each of these baubles gems in their own right.
Address: 1509 Austin Ave., Waco, TX 76701 - MAP
Phone: (254) 717-7431
The Armstrong Browning Library
on Baylor University's campus will transport you back to a magical Victorian era, one in which poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning lived and created their much-loved work. Artifacts from that time in history are prominently displayed, and even the library's architecture echoes that period in history with its ornate marble and gilt details that evoke a long-gone Victorian way of life. The museum was established in 1951 and boasts a stunning collection of stained glass items among other exhibits and attractions.
Address: 710 Speight Ave., Baylor University, Waco, TX 76798 - MAP
Phone: (254) 710-3566
The Art Center Waco
overlooks the Brazos River and is housed in a classic-styled Mediterranean residence. Inside, there is a stunning collection of sculpture, pottery, paintings and woodcarvings. The work is mainly the product of young, up-and-coming talent and new exhibits are added on a regular basis. The center also offers art classes for both children and adults. Also, there is a sculpture garden outside that features 35 works that not only prove to be an alluring invitation to visitors, they also create a compelling scene that you'll find hard to forget. This is the perfect attraction for any art lover.
Address: 1300 College Drive, Waco, TX 76708 - MAP
Phone: (254) 752-4371