Welcome to Waco: Your First Week Essentials

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Move-in week at Baylor University in Waco, Texas is an exciting time for both new, returning students, and families! As you settle into your new town, take some time to explore the vibrant city of Waco. From historical landmarks to outdoor adventures and unique local attractions, Waco offers a range of activities to make your first week an unforgettable experience. Let’s dive into the best things to do in Waco during this exciting time!

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Step into the Baylor Bookstore and immerse yourself in a sea of green and gold. The store offers an impressive array of official Baylor University apparel, from t-shirts and sweatshirts to hats and accessories. Show off your school pride and support the Bears in style with merchandise featuring the iconic Baylor logo and designs that represent the university’s rich traditions.

Barefoot Campus Outfitters offers a diverse and fashionable selection of Baylor University apparel. From trendy t-shirts and cozy sweatshirts to comfortable hats and accessories, they have everything you need to proudly display your school pride. Whether you’re looking for game-day attire or everyday casual wear, the store’s extensive collection ensures that you’ll find the perfect outfit to express your Baylor spirit.


No visit to Waco is complete without a trip to Magnolia Market, the brainchild of Chip and Joanna Gaines from the hit TV show “Fixer Upper.” Explore the beautifully designed market, shop for home decor and accessories, savor delicious treats from the food trucks, and soak in the lively atmosphere. Whether you’re a fan of the show or not, Magnolia Market is a must-visit destination in Waco.

Spice Village is a shopper’s paradise that offers a unique and eclectic shopping experience. This sprawling marketplace is a haven for those seeking one-of-a-kind treasures, trendy fashion, home decor, artisanal goods, and so much more. With its charming atmosphere and an extensive collection of shops under one roof, Spice Village has become a must-visit destination for locals and tourists alike.

Step inside George’s Restaurant and feel right at home. The restaurant exudes a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, with its rustic decor, comfortable seating, and friendly staff. Whether you’re enjoying a casual lunch or a relaxed dinner, George’s provides a setting that encourages conversation, laughter, and a sense of community. It’s the perfect place to gather with friends, celebrate special occasions, or simply enjoy a satisfying meal.

Milo All Day is more than just a café in Waco—it’s a haven where locals and visitors can come together to enjoy exceptional food, specialty coffee, and a welcoming atmosphere. From the comforting dishes crafted with local ingredients to the warm community vibes that permeate the space, Milo All Day has become a beloved destination in Waco!



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