Waco Travel Guide

  • Waco's Suspension Bridge
    Waco's Suspension Bridge
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    The Dr. Pepper Museum
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  • Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum
    Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum
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Waco Things to Do

  • Dr. Pepper Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Dr. Pepper, invented by Waco pharmacist "Doc" Charles Alderton in 1885, is the oldest soft drink in America. It was called a "Waco" because it was not available outside the town. This museum is located in the original bottling plant completed in 1906. There are three floors of displays including Alderton's office, and a number of pieces of...

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  • Texas Ranger Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This museum is dedicated to the famed Texas Rangers, a historical and current law enforcement unit in Texas. There history goes back to the Texas Republic where they were the main frontier lawmen. Today they are a special investigations branch of the Texas Highway Patrol.

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  • Brazos River

    Many cities that are located on a river have a riverwalk and Waco is no exception. Here the riverwalk follows along the Brazos River from Fort Fisher Park past the Suspension Bridge and Cameron Park all the way to Herring Street, a long leisurely walk in a beautiful setting. Along the way are several things to see and do like a veterans park, docks...

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  • Waco Suspension Bridge

    Waco Suspension Bridge was built in 1870 as a pedestrian and wagon crossing bridge. It became the vital route by which much of the great Western movement passed, including the Chisholm Trail. It was the first suspension bridge in Texas and at the time, it was likely to have been the longest suspension bridge in the world (13 years before the...

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  • Baylor University

    Another big part of Waco's is Baylor University. Baylor was established in 1845 and has grown into an internationally respected university with over 15,000 students. Taking a walking tour of the campus will let you see some very nice architecture and some neat museums.

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  • Mayborn Museum

    The Mayborn Museum is a small but impressive Natural History Museum run by Baylor University. It's got a wide selection of artifacts and displays.

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Waco Hotels

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Waco Restaurants

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  • Decent Mexican Grill

    There are a number of these, and other places to get Mexican food, all over Waco. This one did not appear that great from the outside but was a bit better on the inside. The menu had a decent variety of items, and the service staff was pretty good. My waitress was cute; but her English was a bit limited (but better than my Spanish). Overall not a...

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  • Nice Chinese Buffet

    Part of the reason I stopped in Waco was to see James and his family. James was the son of an old army buddy of mine. I used to carry him on my shoulders (not gonna try that now) looking around Frankfurt, Germany. Now he was grown with three kids of his own. We had lunch together and he suggested this Chinese buffet. The food wa good and they had a...

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  • A Place for Ribs

    Although my review of the Waco Hilton was less than stellar, I would admit that the best thing about the hotel is the restaurant that is attached to it. I really liked Damon's as a place to eat, not necessarily because the food is good, but because it has three very large screen TVs which you can watch your favorite sports. This makes it an ideal...

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  • Are you so hungry Buzzards are circling?

    Waco, TX is home to the first Buzzard Billy's. It opened January 21, 1993. This restaurant is credited for starting the downtown revitalization along the Brazos River corridor. Located across the street from the Hilton Hotel and Waco Convention center, the restaurant and bar is adjacent to the Historic Suspension Bridge where the Chisholm Trail...

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  • Italian in Waco

    Another of Waco's favorites is Gratziano's, an Italian restaurant designed in a loft/warehouse style. Soaring ceiling, oversized posters decorating its walls and a trendy contemporary look to its interior made dinner here special.We began our meal with bruchetta ($4.99) a crisp and tasty appetizer. I ordered the Chicken Alfredo ($9.99) that was...

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  • For Burgers and Dogs

    If you like the appeal of a diner with it's no-nonsense meals, you'll enjoy Health Club. It's located next to the Elite Circle Grill and yes, it's on the traffic circle, as well.In preparing for our day in Waco, I found Health Club mentioned in several restaurant recommendations. It's another local choice for casual dining--hamburgers, chili dogs...

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Waco Nightlife

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  • A little bit of Ireland in the Heart of...

    It truly is an amazing phenomenon, however if you get a chance to be in Waco on a given weekend night (Thursday is included here), I would recommend you to have dinner at George's, and then head on over to Scruffy's. Around 12:01 am, one minute after George's closes... there is a line of cars migrating to Scruffy's to hear some great live music....

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  • Go to Austin for nightlife....

    Go to Austin for nightlife. Otherwise, go to Midnight Rodeo, or whatever they're calling it this month.It's big. Basically, a country bar with 80's & 90's music, as well as kareoke. Very few good Metal clubs in town, and most of them are hidden. Shirt tucked in with belt for guys, pretty much anything goes with the women.

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Waco Transportation

  • Getting There and Around

    By Air : The Waco Regional Airport is serviced by American Eagle which connects to the Dallas/Fort Worth airport, and Continental Express, connecting to George R. Bush Airport in Houston.By Car : Waco is just off the I-35 route, in the heart of Texas. About 96 miles south of Dallas, 180 miles north of Houston.By Train : There is an Amtrak station...

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  • Aircraft. Waco Airport...

    Aircraft. Waco Airport provides service to Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin. You can get anywhere else from there. Plus, due to recent improvements (because of the occasional drop in of President Bush) the Airport is very liveable, although the service is normally fast enough to where you won't have to stay there long. Rent a vehicle, it's worth your...

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Waco Shopping

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    by ATXtraveler Written Feb 21, 2005

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    Important to any college town is the ceremonial T-Shirt business. Since T-shirts make up 90% of all campus fundraisers, and are a necessity to wear to school every day... T-shirts plus brings a vital business to Waco.

    If you are interested in getting an inexpensive Baylor t-shirt to wear to one of the sporting events, this is the place to pick it up.

    Located in the River City Shopping Center off Franklin, the location is convienent for when you are eating at one of the newly rennovated restaurants.

    What to buy: Baylor University T-shirts

    What to pay: About $10USD

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Waco Local Customs

  • Heeeeeyyyyy! Sic Em Bears!

    In 1960, Baylor's yell leaders introduced the "Bear Claw" hand signal - made by slightly curving all five fingers inward to form a claw - and the "Sic 'Em Bears" yell.The key here is not to be scared, the Sic Em Bears call is very benign.In addition to being used during the yell, the "Bear Claw" is held up during the performance of Baylor's school...

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  • Not a Pleasant Past

    Between 1900 and 1930 the racial mix of the city changed as rural blacks moved to Waco in search of better jobs and educational opportunities. By the 1920s a black middle class had begun to appear in the city. As perhaps a result, Waco became a centre of Ku Klux Klan activity and influence during the 1920s. Lynchings had occurred in Waco in 1905,...

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  • October

    The Heart O’Texas Fair and Rodeo is held in the first week in October. There a well known music entertainers performing as well as the rodeo itself.The complex is at the corner of Bosque Blvd. and Lake Air Dr..

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Waco Warnings and Dangers

  • Stretching the Credit Card

    Be sure not to visit the RiverSquare Centre before your sightseeing. You could get caught up here and miss out on all the other wonderful things Waco has to off.Franklin Avenue near the Brazos River.

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  • Bad Baylor Students = Bad...

    Bad Baylor Students = Bad Drivers. Enough said. Try to avoid the streets immeadiately around the University due to the fact that they are trying to close the campus to outside traffic in the near future. It has created an elaborate network of one way streets that like to dead end without cause or reason.

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Waco Off The Beaten Path

  • First Street Cemetery

    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...

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  • Waco's Vietnam Memorial Walkway

    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.

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  • Gov. Bill and Vara Daniel Historic...

    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...

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Waco Sports & Outdoors

  • Cameron Park Trail

    The Cameron Park Trail system consists of over 20 miles of multi-use trails that range from stairs, to twisting ascents of cliffs overlooking the Brazos and Bosque Rivers to easier, more leisurely trails. Walk a small part of the trail or challenge yourself and try the whole thing. Some people (with more energy than me) like to run up these stairs.

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  • Baylor Rugby!

    Although some might consider rugby an "extreme sport", most would not pick a small conservative Baptist school in Texas to be one of the front runners for the National Championship. This is not the case however when the Baylor Bears take the field. Winners of the 2000 National Championship in rugby, Baylor always produces a wonderful time for all....

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  • McLane Student Life Center Rock Climbing

    Baylor University is committed to being a top notch provider of community athletics and also health and fitness. They have included a 52 foot rock in the middle of their Student Life Center, which is open to guests for $5. - 52 ' Free Standing Rock- Bouldering Cave- Nine Potential top-rope climb, as well as taped routes- 2 Lead Routes- A...

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  • Built To Last--The ALICO Building

    As we were driving through the downtown area in our attempt to find a particular restaurant, we saw the ALICO building stretching towards the sky. Once we arrived home, I looked further into its history.The Amicable life Insurance Company (established in 1910) wanted a building that would 'represent strength and stability' and be appealing to the...

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  • The Jewel of Waco--Baylor University

    Baylor University was officially established in 1845 after a group of 35 delegates to the Union Baptist Assocation accepted a suggestion by Reverend William Milton Tryon and District Judge R.E.B. Baylor to establish a Baptist university in Texas.Fastforwarding to the present, this 735 acre campus figures greatly in the life of this Texas town, for...

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  • McClennan County Courthouse

    I'm drawn to courthouses, as some of you might also be. The McClennan County Courthouse pictured here, is actually the fourth courthouse constructed. Earlier buildings were built in 1850, 1856, 1877, with the present one being erected in 1901.This striking Beaux-Arts style building towering above Washington Avenue, gleaming white in the sunlight,...

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