Earlier this year, Andrew and I joined some of our favorite couples on a day trip to Waco, Texas! Although I must admit, I didn’t know of Waco, Texas until I watched Fixer Upper with Chip & Joanne Gaines. However, the town should have been popular way before their shout out on the widespread show. We truly enjoyed our little day trip and hope you find this post helpful for your trip!
1. Silos Baking Co.
I mean… I did mention that Joanna Gaines lives in Waco, right? Of course, the first thing on our list was her Silos Bakery. Even though we got there early, the line was already wrapped around the building. Although you can walk through the courtyard area and walk towards the back of the bakery to find a little shop selling the bakery items, we just had to go to the original bakery. The line went pretty fast, to be honest, and I mean you are in Texas… there are no strangers in Texas! So we passed the time in line talking to people and making new friends.
It’s hard for me to compare anything to the Silos Baking Company. The building is so chic (of course, this is Joanna Gaines we are talking about) and clean. There were a lot more items on the menu than I expected. While you are in line, they pass around your order card. From there, you place your order! Andrew and I tried the classic chocolate chip cookie, the nutty cinnamon roll, the cranberry orange biscuit, AND the campfire cupcake.
We couldn’t help it! Everything sounded so delicious… and we are both fat kids at heart. Anyways, we scored a patio table without friends and soaked up the cold weather in the sunshine. It was such a beautiful day and the bakery was everything I thought it would be and more.
2. Waco Mammoth National Monument
Next up, we went to the Waco Mammoth National Monument! Mammoths in Texas? Yep, that’s right! This place is truly underrated. I loved hearing the story about how the mammoth bones we discovered by two Texas cowboys, not long ago and how the monument became established. There is so much great information and our tour guide was exceptional at explaining things to us and fielding our questions.
There is a tour that leaves every 30 minutes that takes you down a short, well-paved path to the climate-controlled building that houses the Columbian Mammoth remains as they were found. The tour was $4 for each of us (military discount) and lasted about 45 minutes. Our park ranger gave some history on the site and mammoths on the way down to the building.
I've seen rearticulated mammoth's in museums, but never ones left in the ground for viewing. It was fascinating to see and we learned a lot about them and the area. I didn't even know there was such a thing as a Columbian Mammoth. Once in the building, you don't need to stay with the group is you'd like to go at a faster pace, so even if you don't have a lot of time, I highly recommend going! Our entire group agrees the Waco Mammoth National Monument was the highlight of our trip!
3. Waco Suspension Bridge
The Waco Suspension Bridge is a Texas landmark and Waco destination. The bridge is now a park so it’s closed to traffic. The Suspension Bridge is part of the history of cattle driving in this part of the world. In front of the bridge are a dozen or more huge bronze cattle and two horsemen, cattle drivers. The history of the bridge itself is explained on a notice. You can walk across the bridge, and on either side of the river, there is a wonderful walking path that extends for several miles each way. While we were there, there were people trying to throw tortillas on the beams. It’s apparently some Baylor tradition. Needless to say, it’s worth your time to stop by and soak up that beautiful Texas sunshine.
4. Alpha Omega Grill & Bakery Mediterranean Grill & Bakery
Andrew and I love Greek food so when we passed by this grill, we knew we had to try it out! The portions were huge and the prices were so reasonable! It’s a gorgeous venue with outdoor seating as well! I ordered the chicken Greek salad and a chicken gyro. Andrew and I split some feta fries too! Mmm, I would drive to Waco just to eat here again. It was so delicious!
5. Ride the Silo District Downtown Trolley
I love the trolleys! Plus, this is the perfect way to get around Downtown Waco. Just follow the signs to FREE parking and ride the TROLLEY for FREE! The trolley's route makes it easy to get to Waco's most popular shopping, dining and art venues in the downtown area. This is a FLAG-STOP route, meaning you can catch the bus at any safe location along the route by making eye contact with the driver and simply waving your arm! Visit all the cool shops, museums, restaurants and many other fun places Waco has to offer by taking the Trolley!
6. Dr. Pepper Museum
If you are limited on time, skip the Dr. Pepper Museum. If you have the time to kill, then stop by the tiny museum. I was honestly a little disappointed. It's three floors of photos and historical references of Dr. Pepper and other sodas.
I loved the old building more than I did the museum. However, we did enjoy going to the free gift shop and grabbing some fun bottled drinks!
7. Balcones Distilling
The tiny distilling was the second favorite thing we enjoyed in Waco. Texas whiskeys are full of flavor and this great award-winning distillery was so fun! For just $15 dollars, you can enjoy a flight of three whiskeys!
Andrew and I chose the Rumble (Texas wildflower honey, Mission figs, and turbinado sugar), the Baby Blue (made from blue corn) and the Single Malt. The single malt was easily my favorite, and it's easy to see why it's won award around the world! Andrew is not a fan of whiskey but I finished off the flight! The staff was so friendly and knowledgeable!
The distillery is located in a wonderful old building that was a fireproof storage in a former life so to say that atmosphere is incredible is an understatement. We had a great time there with friends and thoroughly enjoyed the whiskeys. You must stop by Balcones Distilling!
8. Magnolia Market at the Silos
It’s one of the big reasons most people visit Waco, right? Of course, we had to go! The store is owned by Chip & Joanna Gaines of the HGTV show, Fixer Upper, and is a tourist hot spot with fans coming from all over to see the store in person.
There’s shopping for charming farmhouse inspired decor, delicious food trucks that serve everything from crepes to Korean BBQ, a gorgeous garden with a supply shop, and a huge area for families to come and play outdoors and more. Although we didn’t buy anything, it was fun to walk around the market and soak up Joanna Gaines spirit.
I wish we had the time to stop at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame but there is always next time!
Have you ever been to Waco? What did you do?