We hope that you will have a little time during your stay in Waco to take in some of the sights, shopping, and activities that this bustling city has to offer. We’ve compiled a list — with the help of Visit Waco TX — of some of the most popular attractions in the area. There is so much to see and do — have fun!
Cameron Park Zoo
“Cameron Park Zoo rests on 52 acres adjacent to the Brazos River in Waco, Texas. Lush native vegetation surrounds splashing waterfalls, a picturesque lake and ponds. And in the midst of all this beauty, visitors see that the wild ones not only survive in their natural habitat, they flourish. With natural habitats and close-up encounters, the animal collection housed at Cameron Park Zoo includes more than 1,731 animals, representing 300 species. In August of 2009, Cameron Park Zoo opened the Asian Forest, featuring critically endangered Orangutans, Sumatran tigers, and Komodo Dragons.”
Dr Pepper Museum
“The Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute houses a collection of over 100,000 objects and is continuously growing. That’s a pretty amazing number when you consider that most of our collection is made up of donations! We don’t just have Dr Pepper items in our collection but all sorts of different objects that have to do with the history of the soft drink industry and the various brands that represent it. We have a little bit of everything from bottles and cans to paper advertisements and even go-carts.
In addition to our collection, we also hold Keurig Dr Pepper’s extensive collection on site where we care for and exhibit it. Their collection focuses on the different brands in their portfolio including Dr Pepper, 7UP, Squirt, A&W, etc.”
Riverwalk (just 1 block from the convention center!)
“The Waco Riverwalk includes approximately seven miles of multi-use, lighted trail that loops along both banks of the Brazos River. The scenic riverwalk stretches from Baylor University to Cameron Park and passes underneath the Suspension Bridge. The rivewalk is accessible from various points throught downtown Waco and captures the natural beauty of the Brazos River Corridor.
The new East Riverwalk section in downtown Waco. The 2/3-mile trail provides the final section of paved, lighted pathway necessary to achieve a continuous 5.5-mile downtown Riverwalk loop from Baylor to Cameron Park. The bike and pedestrian connection stretches from McLane Stadium to the existing Riverwalk at Franklin Avenue. The trail passes under several bridges and sections were built above the Brazos River.”
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
“During the 1960s and 70s, the Vietnam War rocked American communities from coast to coast, leaving death and division in its wake. McLennan County was no exception. The Waco Vietnam Veterans Memorial stands on the banks of the Brazos River as a silent but powerful testimony of the war’s impact on both the Waco community and the nation at large.”
Waco suspension bridge (temporarily closed)
The Magnolia Trail
“Due to popular demand, the Waco Convention & Visitors Bureau has created the Magnolia Trail, 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. If you wish to see some of the houses featured on the show, we recommend taking a tour. Click here to see companies offering tours of Waco.“
River Cruise with Waco Tours (Check the 2021 Reset Facebook group for a 10% off code!)
“We invite you to sit back, be refreshed, and relax on our 2 hour and 15 minutes, peaceful and informative cruise experience on the Brazos River. It’s sure to be one of the most memorable times of your Waco visit.
Enjoy this luxurious outing as your Captain and Guide welcome you, entertain you, and share intriguing stories of this life-giving river, featuring Waco’s history and its people – past and present.
You will see beautiful landscape and wildlife, as well as some of Waco’s iconic sights. Our crew looks forward to serving you with Waco Tours’ trademark warmth, hospitality and fun – even providing you a uniquely Wacoan treat – making this cruise an unforgettable highlight of your time in Waco.”
Waco Pedal Tours
“Waco Pedal Tours is a 16-person pedal bike party bus. Our u-shaped bar top provides a great communal, group activity for any locals or visitors to enjoy. You can join us on any of our daily tours or book your own private event at your own convenience. Riders comfortably pedal their way around downtown Waco with the help of “Captain Danny” at the helm to ensure an amazing and safe time while on the bike.”
Waco Wine Tours
“Our tours bring people together. Friends, family, coworkers, and total strangers meet to tour and taste craft wines, beer and spirits being made in our region. Whether you are visiting or local, we know you’ll love this experience. We take pride in providing top-notch service on all of our tours.”
“Cameron Park is one of the largest municipal parks in Texas, and it’s where Waco celebrates life! Located right next door to downtown and the Brazos River, the park is an oasis with towering trees, two rivers, breathtaking cliffs and a National Recreation Trail system. Since the William Cameron Family donated the parkland more than 100 years ago, the 400-acre park has been constantly abuzz with parties, festivals and sports.
Hikers and bikers share the park with fishermen, disc golfers and picnickers. Families and school classes fill Cameron Park Zoo, while couples stroll hand-in-hand along the river. Cameron Park is a natural treasure, and it’s yours to explore.”
Waco Axe Co.
“Waco Axe Company allows friends, families, co-workers (and more!) the chance to enjoy themselves by tossing axes at targets! Note: closed-toed shoes are required to throw axes!
Have fun, and be sure to enjoy #wacotx !!