Friday, June 16, 2017

Day Trips from Austin: Waco

Founded by the Huaco Indians in the mid-1800s and now home to Baylor University, Waco offers a surprising number of fun family outings that is only a little over an hour north of Austin.

Waco Mammoth National Monument

The five-acre Waco Mammoth National Monument sits within 100+ acres of wooded parkland along the Bosque River. Surrounded by oak, mesquite and cedar trees, the site offers an escape from the modern world and provides a glimpse into the lives of Columbian mammoths. The tour gives great in-depth information about mammoths and an amazing opportunity to see bones before they are even fossilized. Read more about Nicole's trip here.

Hours: Sunday - Saturday 9am-5pm
Cost: Adults $5; Seniors (over 60), Military (w/ID), Educator (w/ID), Students (7th grade through college) $4; Children (Pre-K-6th grade) $3; Infants (3 and under) FREE
Location: 6220 Steinbeck Bend Drive, Waco
Phone: (254) 750-7946

Magnolia Market Silos 

Shopping, eating, playing…. It’s all available at the Magnolia Market Silos. If you’re a fan of Fixer Upper (Chip and Joanna Gaines), you’ll enjoy shopping for a variety of home items. There’s a large lawn area with games available and some seating, but be weary of the Texas sun as there is little shade provided.

Our advice: Go early and go on a weekday when it's less crowded.

Hours: Summer hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm. I’d go right at 9 sharp!
Location: 601 Webster, Waco
Phone: (254) 235-6111

Cameron Park Zoo 

The exhibits at this 52-acre zoo, set along the Brazos River, are arranged in a circle, so you can choose which way to head and you’ll be back near the entrance when you are finished. Favorite things to see at the Cameron Park Zoo: the bat “house”, the bears, sliding down the clear slide next to the otters and observing the very social orangutan.

Check website for upcoming events in the summer. Read more about Nicole's visit here.

Hours: Monday through Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm
Cost: Adults (13+) $10, Children (4-12) $7, Seniors (60+) $9, Children 3 and under FREE; military discount available
Location: 1701 N 4th St, Waco (check the Zoo website for suggestions on how to navigate around summer ramp closures on IH-35)
Phone: (254) 750-8400

Mayborn Museum

The Mayborn is part of the Baylor campus, and is not far from IH-35. Parking is easy and ample, and there are both indoor and outdoor exhibits. The Mayborn is part natural science museum, part children’s museum and part hall of curiosities, so there is something for everyone. Read about Nicole's trip here.

Hours: Monday- Wednesday and Friday -Saturday 10am-5pm, Thursday, 10am-9pm, Sunday 1-5pm
Cost: General Admission Adult $8, Seniors (65+) $7, Children (2-12yr) $6;
Location: 1300 S University Parks Dr, Waco
Phone: (254) 710-1110

Hungry? Stop by Health Camp, a Waco staple since 1949, for a classic burger, shake and malt.


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