What to Do on a Day Trip to Waco

A few weeks ago I went on a day trip to Waco to spend the day with my two best friends from college. It was such a fun girl’s day, and Caley (who lived right outside of Waco for years) was able to give us the ultimate grand tour of everything to do on a day trip to Waco. Since I know a lot of y’all are from Texas, or might possibly visit Waco someday (Magnolia can do that to a person!), I thought it would be fun to share some of those places with you. I had no idea that there was so much to see and do in Waco until our girls trip, and I can’t wait to go back to check out even more. Aaaand to maybe see Magnolia again. It’s my new happy place! 

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What to Do on a Day Trip to Waco

Restaurants

Sironia– This is where I went with my friends the other day. We are huge brunch fans, and when “quiche” was their first option on the menu, we were sold! The food was delicious, and we really enjoyed our time there. The restaurant is in a cute little store with different booths, that all decorated for Valentine’s day. It was the perfect place for a lunch date followed with a little shopping! 

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Co-Town Crepes- This is a super fun food truck in Waco that serves up some of the best crepes in town! They have a location at Magnolia and the Saturday Farmer’s Market. On my first trip to Waco I tried their crepes, and was hooked! They have a variety of flavors to choose from, like Jalapeño Popper, Blackberry Cream Cheese or a simple Cinnamon and Sugar. 

Silos Bakery Co- This is the bakery run by the Gaines (you may know them from the HGTV show Fixer Upper), and here you’ll find the best cupcakes ever. I’m not kidding! They have so many delicious flavors to choose from, like Shiplap (vanilla cake with vanilla icing), Cup ‘O Joe (chocolate cake with espresso icing), and their current limited edition, Sweetheart (chocolate cake with strawberry cream cheese icing). The cupcakes are moist, and the flavors are amazing- I highly recommend!

Health Camp- Don’t let the name fool you, this is NOT the place to go if you’re into healthy food. However, if you’re looking for some of the best burgers in Waco, you’ll fall in love with the Health Camp. Their  milkshakes are also delicious, and while you’re there, pick up an awesome “I went to Health Camp” t-shirt. It’s a great conversation starter! 

Heritage Creamery- If you love ice cream and homemade waffle cones as much as I do, then you need to stop by Heritage Creamery. The restaurant was renovated by Chip and Joanne (so, of course, it’s absolutely gorgeous inside!), and I loved all their homemade flavors. It’s the perfect place to go to beat the summer heat, or to catch up with friends over a double scoop! 

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Shopping

Magnolia- Ever since Fixer Upper became popular, Waco has become known for one thing- Magnolia. It’s the store of all home decor stores, and I could have spent HOURS in there. They have everything from knick knacks and furniture to fake flowers and jewelry. It was one of the most beautiful stores I’ve ever been in, and since Caley works there, we got a personalized tour around the place. While you’re there, make sure to check out the garden shed, food trucks, bakery and trolley!

Health Camp- Don't let the name fool you, this is NOT the place to go if you're into healthy food. However, if you're looking for some of the best burgers in Waco, you'll fall in love with the Health Camp. Their  milkshakes are also delicious, and while you're there, pick up an awesome "I went to Health Camp" t-shirt. It's a great conversation starter! 

The Findery- If you like the decor style of Magnolia, then The Findery will be right up your alley. They have a lot of similar items as Magnolia, and you’ll love the cute aprons and tea towels there (I almost bought some for myself!). It’s within walking distance of Magnolia, which means you can hit two places with one parking spot- score!

Health Camp- Don't let the name fool you, this is NOT the place to go if you're into healthy food. However, if you're looking for some of the best burgers in Waco, you'll fall in love with the Health Camp. Their  milkshakes are also delicious, and while you're there, pick up an awesome "I went to Health Camp" t-shirt. It's a great conversation starter! 

Downtown Farmer’s Market- This is one of my favorite things to visit in Waco, since I love checking out the different produce, trying all kinds of free products, and enjoying the fun Saturday morning atmosphere. They have food trucks, booths, and maybe you’ll get lucky and go on the day the animal shelter is set up, looking for homes for some of the most adorable puppies ever. 

Spice- I LOVE Spice. It’s a huge store full of different booths of some of the cutest clothes, cups, decorations and everything in between. You could spend an entire afternoon in there looking at all the different things they have, as well as spend an entire paycheck in a blink of an eye. 

Health Camp- Don't let the name fool you, this is NOT the place to go if you're into healthy food. However, if you're looking for some of the best burgers in Waco, you'll fall in love with the Health Camp. Their  milkshakes are also delicious, and while you're there, pick up an awesome "I went to Health Camp" t-shirt. It's a great conversation starter! 

Tourist-y Stuff

Dr. Pepper Museum- I’ve never been here, but I’ve heard it’s a pretty cool museum. If you love Dr Pepper as much as the next guy, then you’ll have a blast at the museum, looking at the memorabilia, learning about the franchise, and checking out the old bottling warehouse. 

Common Grounds- This coffee shop has so much character, and some pretty tasty cups of coffee! You can also catch some of your favorite bands on the stage out back, and get some studying or reading done on one of the comfy couches indoors. It’s definitely a hip place to go for the college aged kids! 

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Cameron Park- At Cameron Park you’ll find everything from running trails to SUP on the river to a zoo. There’s so much to do there, and it’s a great place to bring the family and make some memories together. 

Hippodrome Theater- The Hippodrome is one of Waco’s favorite treasures. It opened in 1914, and was the perfect place for road shows, vaudeville tours, movies and local talent shows and events. After the Vaudeville era it became a silent movie theater, and stayed open until the late 70s. They closed their doors due to local competition, but after years of renovations it opened again in the late 80s as a live theater. The Hippodrome recently became a movie theater with a moving screen to accommodate movies and live theater, and you can enjoy a delicious meal at their restaurant upstairs before your movie. 

Waco Mammoth National Monument- Did you know you could check out some mammoths next time you’re in Waco? In 1978, two men discovered the first bone, and after years of excavation, you can now see over TWENTY mammoth skeletons. So cool! You can take tours around the site, where you will learn all about the Ice Age, the fossils, and their importance to us now. 


As you can see, Waco is FULL of fun things to do that will keep you busy for days. If you ever have the chance to visit Waco, I hope you check out some of these places. You’ll love ’em!

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  1. Sarah Jean

    February 10th, 2017 at 8:02 am

    One day I hope I can make it there! Until then I will continue buying from the Magnolia Market online haha. And so cool to see what else is there besides Magnolia for those that can make the trip!

  2. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    March 17th, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    hahaha you’re awesome, Sarah! Apparently they sell the Magnolia furniture line at Nebraska Furniture Mart, so when we (someday) move into a house, you betta believe I’ll be hitting that up! And I know! There is so much to do in Waco, isn’t there?

  3. Divya Budhraja

    February 10th, 2017 at 8:03 am

    These look like such fun places! One of my good friends that I made here in Harrogate back in June used to live in Waco (both of our husbands started medical school out here; that’s how we met!).

    She went to Baylor and LOVEEEEED everything about it. She didn’t think she would. She was born and raised in California – in a suburb near Los Angeles. So she didn’t know if she’d like the whole small town feel. But she always talks so fondly of it :)

  4. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    March 17th, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Wow that must have been a huge change, going from living outside of LA to Waco! I can’t imagine. But I am right there with her. That small town feel is my favorite!

  5. Renee L Stambaugh

    February 10th, 2017 at 8:40 am

    This looks like a fun day. Road Trips with girlfriends are the best. I recently went on one to Charlottesville, VA. to the wineries…talk about fun.

  6. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    March 17th, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    I agree! The three of us went on another roadtrip last weekend and it was a blast! And wow that roadtrip sounds like so much fun as well. <3

  7. Hanna J Smith

    February 10th, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Wow! This looks like such a great day trip!! If only I didn’t live 34985203489 miles away!
    When we lived in FL our favorite day trip was to go to St. Augustine! They have so much there! Great food, old stuff, new stuff, a lighthouse and the beach!

    Now that we live in NH our “go to” day trip when people visit is Boston. We have two small kids so we usually do the “Freedom Trail” which is a “trail” around the city with all the historic sites. We enjoy that but I would like to go explore Boston more than just that because we have done it like three or four times now…

  8. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    March 17th, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    What?! A lighthouse? It’s one of my goals in life to visit a lighthouse up close. I LOVE them! And wow that trail sounds like so much fun. I want to visit Boston someday… Especially in the fall when all the leaves are changing colors.

  9. Kiara Catanzaro

    February 10th, 2017 at 9:41 am

    I’m all about the bakery and other food place you mentioned! I didn’t have a ton of time when I visited to really appreciate it but I will next time I have a chance to visit my friend there ☺

  10. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    March 17th, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Aww that’s a bummer! But you should definitely give it another visit. There is so much to do and see!

  11. Jessica Bradshaw

    February 10th, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Y’all did so much in such a short time!! I still haven’t been to Waco (except for a couple of concerts). Sounds like a great weekend getaway.

  12. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    March 17th, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    We actually didn’t visit all those places (I had been to a few of them before this trip), but we did go to a lot of them just to check it out. My friend Jordan had never been, so it was fun showing her around!

  13. Ayanna

    February 10th, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Now this looks like my kind of town! I love low key places with lots to do and great food. Waco is definitely on my list of places to visit.

  14. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    March 17th, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    You and me both, girl! I’m all about low key and easy trips like this one. Especially when food is involved. :)

  15. Kim Munoz

    February 10th, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    How have we not been up there yet? Looks like such a great town. Putting it on my Texas to do list!

  16. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    March 17th, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Yes! You need to visit Waco- you’d love it!

  17. Krissie Aguilar

    February 10th, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    What a great list!! I love that they have a cupcake at Magnolia named Shiplap… too funny!

  18. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    March 17th, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Isn’t it?! Apparently they have a coconut one right now that is to die for! I’m stopping by on Monday to get one :)

  19. Mom Noms

    February 10th, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    I’m from Waco! I love all of the places that you mention. It’s crazy how much Waco has grown over the last few years, when I was in college, it was not this big. Although, I had Spice and Common Grounds.

  20. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    March 17th, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    I agree!! I feel like it’s just recently boomed, and it’s so crazy. I love all the fun things that have been popping up lately, though.

  21. Leslie Nichole

    February 10th, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    I am pinning this to see if i can talk the boyfriend into going. I am from NC but why not take a trip to Texas. I had no idea the fixer uppers owned a bakery. That makes me love them even more. It looks like you had a great trip.

  22. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    March 17th, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    YES! Totally worth it, and they’re also working on a restaurant in Waco too :D You betta believe I’m going to eat there someday.

  23. Neely

    February 10th, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    I live in Dallas and I have never come to Magnolia! I really need to get on that!

  24. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    March 17th, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Neely, you need to do it! You’ll love it, I’m sure. It’s definitely worth the drive :)

  25. Leah

    February 10th, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Some day I’ll get to Magnolia…

  26. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    March 17th, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Yes you will, and you’ll love it! :)

  27. Justine Y

    February 10th, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Looks like you ladies had so much fun! We lived in Texas for a couple years and never made it over there, of course, that was before Magnolia was such a huge deal. :) I’d love to go someday!

  28. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    March 17th, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    We did! And girl, you gotta go visit Magnolia. It’s so cool, and honestly, they have everything. I could spend all day there!

  29. Bridget@Antics of a NuttyHiker

    February 11th, 2017 at 12:36 am

    I love Cameron Park (the hiking trails are awesome). I actually went to Waco today lol. Granted I needed camping supplies and Waco has the closest Cabela’s to Fort Hood haha. We also love the Dr. Pepper museum. Seriously their Dr. Pepper tastes soooooo different and soooooo much better!

  30. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    March 17th, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Oh how funny!! And yes to Cameron Park! I love it there, and want to go during the summer for some fun hiking.
    And girl, I haven’t been to the museum yet, but I know my hubby would LOVE it!

  31. Dixya Bhattarai RD

    February 11th, 2017 at 8:19 am

    i drive through Waco alot but never stop. You just convinced me that im missing out.

  32. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    March 17th, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    You need to stop!! There are so many fun things to do there, and I know you’d love it :)

  33. aballadofbright

    February 11th, 2017 at 9:30 am

    I love Chip and Joanna (along with the rest of the world) and would love to see Magnolia in waco. I love a well-rounded itinerary too! I’ll save this for whenever I’m in Texas hopefully soon!

  34. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    March 17th, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Girl, Magnolia is SO worth the trip! And thanks- a lot of it is thanks to my friend who lives in Waco who showed us the best places to visit.

  35. The How-to Guru

    February 11th, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Wait, your friend works for Magnolia?! Too cool AND a Dr. Pepper museum?! Yes, planning my trip now. ;)

    The How-to Guru

  36. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    March 17th, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Yes she does! It’s SO cool, and her stories are amazing. And yes! I haven’t been, but I’ve heard so many good things about the museum!

  37. Annie Marie

    February 14th, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Ah Waco looks so fun and seems to have a lot of character! I definitely need to travel there soon :)

  38. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    March 17th, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    You should! I love how many fun things there are to do there, and it’s been so neat seeing it expand as much as it has in recent years.

  39. Jazzmine Woodard

    February 15th, 2017 at 9:21 am

    I went to Baylor so Waco is like a second home to me. It has changed so much over the years but Spice is still one of my favorite places!

  40. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    March 17th, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Yes! Spice was one of the first places I ever visited in Waco and I LOVE it. I almost went to Baylor, so Waco holds a special place in my heart.

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