Waco – the Lone Star State’s latest tourist town
Chip and Joanna Gaines have made this Texas town the latest must-see tourist destination.
Shiplap, barn doors and farmhouse-chic have taken over the country thanks, in part, to Chip and Joanna Gaines of “Fixer Upper.” The dynamic duo has created an empire outside of their famous show, including a mega tourist destination in the heart of Waco, Texas, called Magnolia Market at the Silos. And, due to the popularity of Magnolia Market, the town has embraced its title as a hot destination in Texas for all travelers.
Check out these must-see spots in Waco to round out a vacation in the heart of Texas:
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum
The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum preserves a major part of Texas history and pays tribute to the Texas Rangers, a legendary symbol of Texas and the American West. Located on the Brazos River, the museum is home to many artifacts, documents and works of art dating back two centuries that tell the story of the Texas Rangers.
Dr Pepper Museum
The Artesian Manufacturing and Bottling Company building was built in 1906 and was the first building dedicated to the manufacturing of Dr Pepper. In 1989, the building officially became a museum and is now known as the Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute. Dedicated to educating the public about the story of the soft drink industry, the museum is an interactive space for families to learn about everything from the history of soft drinks to the recipe of the delicious Dr Pepper in the Liquid Lab. The Museum is open every day of the week with shorter hours on Sundays.
Waco Mammoth National Monument
Part of the National Parks System, the Waco Mammoth National Monument is a paleontological site representing the nation’s only recorded discovery of a nursery herd of Columbian Mammoths. Fossils of female mammoths, bull mammoths and a camel that lived approximately 67,000 years ago are on display for visitors to see. Guided tours are available.
A Waco staple, this historic theater is now home to first-release films, classic films, live theater, concerts, stand-up comedy, dance and much more. It also houses full-service, in-theater dining, a restaurant and full-service bar. Check out the calendar of events beforehand if you want to catch a show.
This unique shop is full of vintage and classic home décor, clothing and accessories from a variety of vendors. The main vendor, Jute, offers one-of-a-kind home pieces and fun gifts. Other popular vendors include Wild and Free, Congress Clothing and Serenity.