Waco Outdoor Activities
The Brazos River that runs through the central part of Texas is the most visible focal point of nature and serves as a connecting point for the various natural sites in and around Waco. From enjoying the river's beauty or venturing out to any of the various parks in the area, you're sure to find the perfect way to enjoy a little time outdoors getting closer to nature. Just breathe in the fresh Central Texas air as you experience some of these many activities that are heightened by the area's natural beauty.
Lake Waco Marina
is both functional and recreational, as the 7,270-acre lake is a haven for fishermen and boaters but also serves as Waco's reservoir. The lake, which boasts 79,000-acre-feet of water, supplies water to the city and surrounding areas. The shores feature walking paths, park areas and various scenic lookout points that make spending a day or evening outdoors at Lake Waco a great way to soothe your senses in the abundance of nature.
Address: 3801 Zoo Park Drive, Waco, TX 76708 - MAP
Phone: (254) 756-1888
Mother Neff State Park
holds the distinction of being the Lone Star State's oldest state park and is located in close proximity to Waco, which means that locals and visitors alike can enjoy the outdoor beauty of this Texas jewel and not have to travel too far. The park is spread out over 259 acres in the scenic Leon River Bottom and all of the beautiful foliage and natural charm continues to draw visitors as it has since it opened back in 1916.
Address: 1680 Hwy. 236, Waco, TX - MAP
Phone: (254) 853-2389
If you love wildflowers, then Miss Nellie's Pretty Place at Cameron Park
will most likely be your favorite spot on this 416-acre park. Cameron Park was a gift to the city of Waco from the Cameron family in the early part of the 1900s. Ever since then, the park has attracted a steady stream of nature-lovers who come out to enjoy a picnic, go for a jog, take a hike, or even ride horses and mountain bikes in the specified areas. The foot paths are rock-lined and the pool and amphitheatre are always well cared for, making Cameron Park both visually and naturally beautiful. It's a great place to spend your day outdoors.
Address: 300 Austin Ave., Waco, TX 76702 - MAP
Phone: (254) 750-8080
If the outdoor heat of Central Texas is just too much for you to bear, take the family for a big splash and cool off at Hawaiian Falls
. This state-of-the-art water park features two pools and water-shooting playscapes that will keep the kids amused for hours. Also, slip and slide to your heart's content on the 22-foot slide and experience what it's like to land in a zero-depth pool. There are several life-guards on duty to assure your safety, and mom and dad will appreciate the shaded areas that feature benches and tables that serve to not only give you a break from the sun's rays, but also provide a great place to enjoy something from the concession stand before you head back out to the wild water fun!
Address: 900 Lake Shore Drive, Waco, TX 76708 - MAP
Phone: (254) 750-7900
The Cameron Park Zoo
offers you a chance to not only be outdoors in Waco's natural surroundings, but you'll get to see habitats recreated to suit the animals that make their home there. Lots of species from the wild kingdom are presented in this impressive state-of-the-art facility. Giraffes, lions, tigers, monkeys as well as reptiles and other creatures await you at this celebration of Waco's natural beauty, and the natural allure of creatures from all over the world.
Address: 1704 North 4th Street, Waco, TX 76707 - MAP
Phone: (254) 750-8400