Where to Stay:
Bed & Breakfast on White Rock Creek is a quaint and cozy retreat nestled in a small wooded valley alongside the historic White Rock Creek. Conveniently located minutes away from popular attractions, yet hidden amongst local scenery, this gem has all its visitors raving. From the rustic atmospheric attention to detail to the warm and friendly connections made with the hosts and other guests, it is impossible not to feel right at home here.
Where to Eat:
With hospitality that is incomparable, and a fine dining experience to last a lifetime, DiamondBack’s, a Texas steakhouse, is an absolute must when visiting Waco. Once you enter the massive wooden doors, you know the night is going to be unforgettable. Though steak is an easy choice for your meal here, don’t neglect to peruse the entire menu so you don’t miss out on the other mouthwatering cuisine. Since its opening in 1996, DiamondBack’s popularity has continued to rise gaining regional and national recognition for its excellence in food, wine and dining experience.
Where to Explore:
Newcomers and visitors alike, take a stroll through the campus of Baylor University. Chartered in 1845, Baylor is the oldest continuously-operating university in Texas. Immersed in a rich history, this stunning campus spans more than a 1,000 acres near the Brazos River. Stop in the Armstrong Browning Library that houses the world’s largest collection of the works and personal effects of poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, as well as the largest collection of secular stained glass. Then proceed to the Burleson Quadrangle and finish by crossing the Brazos to see the famous Baylor Bear’s Stadium. With winding walkways overshadowed by billowing trees, it’s the perfect route for you to walk off last night’s steakhouse dinner.
Where to Drink:
Never have to decide between a fresh cup of coffee or a tall stiff drink, you can have your cake and eat it too – at Dichotomy Coffee and Spirits. Dichotomy features a traditional espresso menu of hot and iced beverages sourced from specially selected roasters all over America. Additionally, they feature a drink menu that reflects on the speakeasy vibe of the ‘20s, bringing to life classic cocktails with a dash of something new. The unique bar also mingles coffee and cocktails together in drinks such as the Dichotomy Old-Fashioned.
Where to Shop:
Magnolia Market at The Silo’s is Waco’s newest hub for friends and family to shop, play and eat. The market and garden are owned and operated by the increasingly popular HGTV couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines, of Fixer Upper. From shopping for home décor, to strolling through the gardens, to spending quality time playing lawn games, Magnolia Market is hard to beat on a sunny afternoon. Plus, local food trucks cover the surrounding market area for a quick bite to eat at your convenience.
Where to Play:
Let your imagination run wild at the Cameron Park Zoo. This Waco treasure sits adjacent to the Brazos River in lush, 52-acres of native vegetation complete with natural running waterfalls, towering trees, and over 300 species of exotic animals. Showcasing natural habitats and close-up encounters, the diverse group of exhibits is sure to inform and inspire all those who take the time to visit this magical place.
Where to Relax:
A relaxing afternoon in Waco can easily be spent anywhere on the Brazos river. Whether you decide to set out with a group of friends on inner tubes with a cooler full of beer, or you venture off on a trail with paddle boards and canoes, it’s hard to find anything wrong when surrounded by some of Texas’s most beautiful undisturbed nature. Don’t worry about being unprepared, there are several shops near the Brazos that rent out all the materials you made need for your trip down the river.