What to know about getting around Waco

Eleanor R.

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Waco is fairly easy to navigate, but we’re here to help you out along the way! The city is situated at kind of an angle, as it follows along the Brazos River. Here is a map of the full area, plus names of surrounding neighborhoods, which you may recognize from Fixer Upper! 🙂

Here’s a closer snapshot of the downtown Waco area, where you’ll see the Waco Convention Center top right just southeast of the river. The dotted lines denote trolley, shuttle, and walking tour routes.

As you can see, there is a ton of free parking in the downtown district. There is also a free silo district trolley as well, that is a “flag stop” shuttle, meaning you can flag the driver down at any safe spot and you can hop on! That sounds like some sweet southern hospitality to us!

For our attendees flying into Waco:

The Waco Regional Airport Shuttle offers one-way rides anywhere within McLennan county for $3 each way (book ahead). Or same-day service is $5 one-way, but pending availability.

If flying into Dallas-Fort Worth and needing to drive/ride to Waco from there, you have a few different options:

Greyhound rides from DFW-Waco are around $16-24 per person.

Waco Streak shuttle is $267 per person round trip, plus $197 per additional traveler.

Rent a car! Choose from any of your favorite car rental agencies and drive to Waco for flexibility and your own set of wheels for the duration of the conference.

UPDATE from one of our Reset attendees local to the Waco area:
IH35 in central Waco is under MASSIVE re-construction. All bridges on the interstate between 12th Street and Loop 340 have been torn down and all traffic from the interstate is diverted to side service roads. Many of the exits on IH35 that take you to the downtown/Silos area are closed. This level of disarray will still be in effect during the Reset Conference. If you are flying into either Dallas or Austin then driving to Waco, be prepared to take an alternate route once you reach the construction area. Wrecks are very frequent and bring traffic to a standstill with no way to exit the freeway due to the many closures. GPS, Google Maps, Apple Maps, etc. do not reflect the road construction changes very well so relying on GPS/maps technology for a new driving route in real-time is not reliable. The good news is the airport and downtown areas are both west of IH35. If you use shuttles and don’t plan on getting a car you will avoid this huge construction hassle.

For those driving into Waco, here are your directions to the Waco Convention Center.

From the NORTH: From Dallas, traveling south on I-35, take Exit 335B, University Parks Drive. Turn RIGHT onto University Parks Drive. Follow it until you arrive at Washington Avenue. Turn LEFT on Washington Avenue. The Convention Center will be on your left, with the main doors facing Washington Avenue. It is across the street from the Courtyard by Marriott on one side, the Suspension Bridge and Indian Spring Park on another side, and connected by a covered walkway to the Hilton Waco.

From the SOUTH: From Austin, traveling north on I-35, take Exit 335B, University Parks Drive. Turn LEFT onto University Parks Drive. Follow it until you arrive at Washington Avenue. Turn LEFT on Washington Avenue. The Convention Center will be on your left, with the main doors facing Washington Avenue. It is across the street from the Courtyard by Marriott on one side, the Suspension Bridge and Indian Spring Park on another side, and connected by a covered walkway to the Hilton Waco.

From the SOUTHEAST: From Houston, traveling north on Highway 6, take the Orchard Lane exit. Turn LEFT onto Orchard Lane. Follow Orchard Lane until you reach Martin Luther King Blvd. Turn RIGHT. This will be near McLane Stadium, Baylor’s football stadium. Follow Martin Luther King Blvd. until you arrive at Washington Avenue. Turn LEFT on Washington Avenue and cross over the bridge at the Brazos River. The Convention Center will be on your left, at the corner of Washington Avenue and University Parks Drive. The main doors face Washington Avenue.

There you have it! We are confident you can find your way around Waco effortlessly with all the public transportation and signage available to you. You’ll be able to easily navigate all the local hot spots and see all the things that Waco has to offer. Travel safe!

Eleanor R.
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