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Welcome to Waco! If you’re visiting from out of town and planning your next weekend, this list has everything you need to see all of Waco’s gems from the eyes of a local! If you’re a local Wacoan looking to check out all that Waco has to offer and revisit your favorites, this list has it all!


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Now, let’s plan your Waco weekend!


Where to stay:


Hotel Indigo Waco! Closest hotel to Magnolia and Baylor university! Steps away from local shops, restaurants, and nightlife near the Brazos Riverwalk.

Location: 211 Clay ave. Waco, TX 76706


The Morrow House 

Why we love it: The home was toured by Chip & Joanna Gaines on Fixer Upper, featured on the cover of Cottage Style Magazine, and called "Our Favorite Fixer Upper" by Modern Farmhouse Magazine. The home is beautifully decorated and perfectly situated just a couple of miles from Baylor University, Magnolia Market, Cameron Park, great shopping, and delicious food.

Follow on social: @themorrowhouse


Where to eat and drink:

Common Grounds Coffee

Why we love them: A locally owned homey coffee spot. Great for someone who likes strong coffee and good music. Also has live events and beautiful lattes!

Location: 1123 S 8th St, Waco, TX 76706

Follow on social: @commongroundswaco



Why we love them: Started by two Italian immigrants, Baris was an instant hit and is still one of the go-to Italian places for many Wacoans.

Location: 904 N Valley Mills Dr, Waco, TX 76710


Oak & Ivy

Why we love them: A friendly environment, centered around the people and relationships here, all while offering a phenomenal wine selection and excellent food.

Location: 13701 W. Woodway Dr. Suite 619 Woodway, Texas

Follow on social: @oakandivywinebar


Helberg barbecue

Why we love them: A family-owned roadside barbecue joint where everything is scratch-made in-house and cut to order. Passionate about their faith, family—including the Helberg Barbecue team—and producing the best craft barbecue in Central Texas. 

Location: 8532 Hwy 6, Woodway, TX 76712

Follow on social: @helbergbarbecue


Diamond Back's

Why we love them: Texas-style chophouse crafting steaks, seafood & sushi plates in an elegant, wood-lined dining room.

Location: 217 Mary Ave, Waco, TX 76701


Activities and shopping:


Why we love them: A unique and inspired shopping experience with a curated collection of specialty boutiques centered around their restaurant. Located in the Sachs-Sironia building in lovely Uptown Waco, Texas. A Waco shopping tradition

Location: 1509 Austin Ave, Waco, TX 76701

Follow on social:@shopsironia


Waco pedal tours

Why we love them: A 16-person pedal bike party bus with a u-shaped bar top provides a great communal, group activity for any locals or visitors to enjoy. Reservations required! 

Location: 1526 Washington Ave, Waco, TX 76701

Social: @wacopedaltours


Brazos Park East

Why we love it: Sprawling city park abutting the Brazos River, with scenic views, boat ramps & horseshoe pits.

3516 N M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Waco, TX 76702


Cameron Park Zoo 

Why we love it: A 52-acre natural habitat zoo located within Cameron Park filled with lush native vegetation that surrounds splashing waterfalls, a picturesque lake, and ponds. They also have a family movie night! Check out our video on Instagram!

Location: 1701 N 4th St. Waco, TX 76707

Social: @cpzoo


Dr. Pepper Museum

Why we love it: A great family-friendly activity! Visit the gallery examining the history & memorabilia of soft drinks in a 1906 bottling plant.

Location: 300 S 5th St, Waco, TX 76701 @drpeppermuseum


Waco Classics:

Viteks BBQ

Why we love it: Barbeque with a long history of excellence, quality, and friendliness. Home of the original Gut Pack!

Location: 1600 Speight Ave, Waco, TX 76706

Follow on social: @viteksbbq


Revival Eastside Eatery

Why we love it: A small, local restaurant serving Texas-sourced and house-made salads, sandwiches, and burgers. Housed in a former church on Elm Avenue!

Location: 704 Elm Ave, Waco, TX 76704

Follow on social: @revivaleastsideeatery


Union Hall

Why we love it: Serving as a restaurant incubator is a win-win for budding chefs and Waco diners. Union Hall gives emerging culinary talent a place to ply their trade and dazzle Waco’s taste buds. With 21 different food stalls offering a variety of food and beverage options.

Location: 720 Franklin Ave, Waco, TX 76701

Follow on social: @unionhallwaco


There you have it! The best tips for doing Waco, Texas in a weekend! Make sure to tag us on social @moderntexaslivingwaco with all your vacation pictures!

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