Tips for Doing Waco, Texas in a Weekend

Welcome to Waco! If you’re visiting from out of town and planning your next weekend, this list has everything you need to see all of Waco’s gems from the eyes of a local! If you’re a local Wacoan looking to check out all that Waco has to offer and revisit your favorites, this list has it all!


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Now, let’s plan your Waco weekend!


Why we love them: Closest hotel to Magnolia and Baylor University! Steps away from local shops, restaurants, and nightlife near the Brazos Riverwalk.


Why we love them:

 The home was toured by Chip & Joanna Gaines on Fixer Upper, featured on the cover of Cottage Style Magazine, and called “Our Favorite Fixer Upper” by Modern Farmhouse Magazine. The home is beautifully decorated and perfectly situated just a couple of miles from Baylor University, Magnolia Market, Cameron Park, great shopping, and delicious food.



Why we love it: A locally owned homey coffee spot. Great for someone who likes strong coffee and good music. Also has live events and beautiful lattes!


Why we love it: Started by two Italian immigrants, Baris was an instant hit and is still one of the go-to Italian places for many Wacoans.


Why we love it: A friendly environment, centered around the people and relationships here, all while offering a phenomenal wine selection and excellent food.


Why we love it: A family-owned roadside barbecue joint where everything is scratch-made in-house and cut to order. Passionate about their faith, family—including the Helberg Barbecue team—and producing the best craft barbecue in Central Texas. 



Why we love it:  Texas-style chophouse crafting steaks, seafood & sushi plates in an elegant, wood-lined dining room.



Why we love them: A 16-person pedal bike party bus with a u-shaped bar top providing a great communal, group activity for any locals or visitors to enjoy. Reservations required.


Why we love them: Sprawling city park abutting the Brazos River, with scenic views, boat ramps & horseshoe pits.


Why we love them: A 52-acre natural habitat zoo located within Cameron Park filled with lush native vegetation that surrounds splashing waterfalls, a picturesque lake, and ponds. They also have a family movie night! Check out our video on Instagram!


Why we love them:  A great family-friendly activity! Visit the gallery examining the history & memorabilia of soft drinks in a 1906 bottling plant.


Why we love them:  Barbeque with a long history of excellence, quality, and friendliness. Home of the original Gut Pack!


Why we love them:  A small, local restaurant serving Texas-sourced and house-made salads, sandwiches, and burgers. Housed in a former church on Elm Avenue!



Why we love them: Serving as a restaurant incubator is a win-win for budding chefs and Waco diners. Union Hall gives emerging culinary talent a place to ply their trade and dazzle Waco’s taste buds. With 21 different food stalls offering a variety of food and beverage options.

There you have it! The best tips for doing Waco, Texas in a weekend! Make sure to tag us on social @moderntexaslivingwaco with all your vacation pictures!

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