See & Do: Waco, Texas Edition

by | Oct 7, 2020 | Local Places, Travel Recommendations, Travel Tips | 0 comments

Waco, Texas…a town with humble beginnings as a cattle crossing has since grown into a service industry hub and tourism goldmine. From Baylor University to Austin Avenue, there’s something for everyone to see & do! 

 

Homestead Heritage

This 550-acre farm is made up of numerous small family homesteads…a craft-based intentional Christian community that stresses simplicity, sustainability, self-sufficiency, cooperation, service and quality craftsmanship. It also strives to live in peaceful coexistence with the land, other people and other faiths. The homestead is internationally known for it’s Craft Village which features a pottery house, a blacksmith shop, a cheese-making house, a woodworking and fine furniture-making shop, and a fiber-crafts cottage that spotlights spinning, knitting and weaving.

 

 

Waco Suspension Bridge & Riverwalk

A legendary Waco icon since 1870, this 475 foot bridge spans across the Brazos River and serves as a centerpiece for many community festivals and events. The suspension bridge sits right over the scenic riverwalk, which stretches from Baylor University to Cameron Park, making it the perfect hangout for tourists and locals alike. In fact, the Waco Suspension Bridge is so inundated in Baylor University life it’s home to one of the University’s most…interesting…traditions, Tortilla Tossing. Tortilla Tossing is a Baylor tradition where students go out on to the bridge, and throw a tortilla in an attempt to land one on a cement platform out in the water. The tortilla throwing techniques are endless, ranging from the classic-frisby-throw to the over-head tomahawk and legend has it if you land one during your freshman year you’ll have good luck and graduate Baylor in four years. Sounds like a deal to us!

 

Magnolia Market at the Silos

We know, we know…it’s touristy…but for good reason! When you think Magnolia Market it brings to mind home decor, hours and hours of shopping, etc…..but wait! There’s more! Visit the garden, a space where visitors are encouraged to learn and explore. You’ll find a wooden teepee to adventure under, and beds filled with seasonal produce and flowers, as well as Magnolia Seed + Supply, a garden shop that sells everything from gardening tools to fairy garden kits. The backyard area is the perfect spot to relax and with 12 different food truck options we could literally just sit around and eat all. day. long. The Silo grounds are currently under construction, expansions include a historic church and a ballpark, so you’ll want to keep an eye on their website for closing/opening updates…

 

Waco Shopping

There is no shortage of incredible shopping locations in Waco. Whether your cup of tea is clothing, books, antiques, home decor, cheese or anything in between…Waco’s got it. Here are some of our favorites!

  • Hype Waco: an urban shoe and clothing retailer that carries vintage and new release sneakers and limited-edition clothing.
  • Golden’s: a book exchange with selections ranging from romance to biographies to comic books and beyond.
  • Savage Finds: an antique store that features unique finds, handmade items, and weekly DIY classes.
  • Spice Village: a collection of shops with a little bit of everything. Boutique style clothing, decor, candles, and more.
  • King’s Landing Games/Butter My Biscuit: a hybrid game store/restaurant that hosts regular tournaments and campaigns

 

Do you have a favorite thing to see or do in Waco? Let us know in the comments!

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