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The home of Dr Pepper, Baylor University and TV fan favorites Chip and Joanna Gaines, Waco is full of big-time fun with a small-town feel. Groups will find unique shops, great food, one-of-a-kind museums and history galore in Waco.
Take a driving tour of the city and make stops at the historic Waco Suspension Bridge and Cameron Park. Visit Waco Mammoth National Monument and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
“Waco is not just a destination — it is an experience,” said Todd Bertka, Waco CVB director. “We want to be that city that groups fall in love with and return to over and over.”
Waco Convention & Visitors Bureau
Spend the day visiting the sites made famous by Chip and Joanna Gaines on the Magnolia Trail. Stop at Magnolia Market at the Silos and soak up the unique atmosphere. Stroll through the garden area, dine at one of the food trucks and stock up on home décor at the market. Groups can jump on the free Silo District Trolley to check out other shops, restaurants and sites in Downtown Waco.
The traditional Homestead Craft Village offers demonstrations on woodworking, pottery, cheese making, barn building and other crafts and skilled trades. Shop around for hand-crafted items in the Gift Barn and enjoy lunch at Café Homestead. Additional options include guided tours, make-and-take experiences and hayrides.
Dr Pepper is the oldest major soft drink manufacturer in the United States. Invented in 1885 at the Old Corner Drug Store in downtown Waco, the history of this famous beverage can be explored at the Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute. Treat the group to a Dr Pepper Float after touring this museum located in a 1906 bottling facility.
When in Waco, be sure to take a guided group tour of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum. The museum preserves the history of the Texas Rangers — a legendary symbol of Texas and the American West. These famous law enforcement figures have served for over three centuries under five flags and have been widely idolized in pop culture worldwide.