Not many people would expect Waco, TX to have a zoo.... but Waco suprises many people every year with this wonderful collection of exotic animals.
From the Cameron Park website:
In 1955, a group of outdoor sports and wildlife enthusiasts established the Central Texas Zoological Park to create recreation and education opportunities for Central Texas residents through the observation of natural wildlife.
In November 2000, the residents of McLennan County passed a $9.5 million bond for continued expansion of the Cameron Park Zoo. The bond money is committed to build the signature display, Brazos River Country. It will be an educational display combining 120 species of indigenous wildlife found along the Brazos River from the Gulf of Mexico to its origin in New Mexico. Scheduled for completion in late 2004 or early 2005, the display will take the visitor through seven vegetation zones of Texas incorporating the natural and cultural history of each region. Additionally some of the funds from the bond will be used to bring Orangutans and Komodo dragon displays in 2005-2006.
Waco's first graveyard does not go without a little controversy. According to some people's recollection, the original graveyard may be covered in some portion by the Texas Ranger Museum. It is said that some of the black person's graves are not underneath the museum.
There is also reason to believe that some of the graveyard has actually washed away by the rising and falling of the Brazos River.
Although I am not a huge cemetery visitor, this one is well taken care of now, it has been around since 1852.
To find this graveyard, follow instructions to Texas Ranger Museum, and it will be just south of the museum.
The 15 wood frame buildings that make up the 13 acre Gov. Bill & Vara Daniel Historic Village continue the Crossroads of Texas theme present in the Mayborn Museum Complex on Baylor University's campus. Giving visitors an accurate view of life in Texas from the latter part of the 19th Century into the early 20th Century, the village is a wonderful place to take a look at our Western Heritage.
Austin is south of Waco and is the capital of the state of Texas and is a beautiful city surrounded by hills, valleys and lakes which run through the city – although to me they look more like rivers. There are more than 100 live music venues which offer evening performances making Austin the “Live Music Capital of the World”.
Corsicana is located north of Waco. The city's historic downtown area has numerous ornate buildings of the era and many lovely Victorian homes lining brick paved streets. There is a Pioneer Village, the Warehouse of Living Arts Center, a temple as well as a Collins Street Bakery and other attractions.
In memorial of Vietnam's war, Waco has created a nice walkway from the Suspension Bridge west toward Cameron Park. During my time there, several people were walking and running on these pathways.