Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Waco, Texas

Hiya friends! Today is part two of my post about our trip to Magnolia Market a few weeks ago. I’ve had so many of you ask for specific details about Waco–like where to stay, eat, and of course shop for antiques–so today I’m sharing everything you need to know about visiting Waco, Texas. Well, not everything but you get the idea. I hope this post is helpful if you’re planning your own little getaway to the farmhouse motherland!

Everything you need to know about visiting Waco, TexasGetting to Waco:

Waco is about 90-100 miles from both the Austin and Dallas airports. Both airports have plenty of rental car services, just be sure to get something lined up before your trip. We flew into Austin and rented an SUV for the trip out to Waco, which costs around $200 for 3 days. If you don’t want to hassle with a rental car, there is a small municipal airport in Waco. But keep in mind airfare to that airport won’t be cheap!

Definitely try to plan your flights early in the day, which is so important to avoid any rush hour traffic getting in or out of the city. We made the mistake of scheduling a late afternoon flight and didn’t arrive in Austin until 3:00pm on a Friday. The drive out to Waco was pretty hectic and took us about 2 hours and 15 minutes. So I recommend arriving early if you can.

Where to Stay:

We stayed at The Indigo Hotel which was super nice, clean, and very comfortable. Not to mention it’s only a 5 minute walk from Magnolia Market and close to lots of other antique shops. I highly recommend it!

A few other places to stay:

  • La Quinta Inn
  • The Hilton
  • Hampton Inn & Suites
  • Holiday Inn Express

Best Antique Shops & Boutiques:

After visiting Magnolia Market we stopped into several other antique shops and boutiques in town. My favorites were Junque in the Trunk, The Findery, and Spice Village. Each one was unique, but if I had to chose I’d say my favorite was Junque in the Trunk.

A few other places worth visiting:

  • Harp Design Co.
  • River City Relics
  • Restoration Crown
  • Junque Queen
  • La Salle Street
  • The Cedar Chest (this one is down the road in McCregor, but it’s supposed to be awesome)
  • Papillon Antiques

Everything you need to know about visiting Waco, Texas. A cute corner at Junque in the Trunk. LOVED this place!


Everything you need to know about visiting Waco, Texas.

This is inside the Harp Design Company. It’s a super cute little shop with lots of unique items.

Best Places to Eat:

Food, glorious food. What would a vacation be without taking in the best local eats? A sad one, that’s what. Hands down my favorite place we ate while in Waco was the Twisted Root Burger Company. The burgers were insanely good, the atmosphere was awesome, and we had an old-fashioned custard shake that was out of this world. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. We also ate at Torchy’s Tacos, which is really good and I hear it’s one of Chip and JoJo’s favorites. And of course make sure to hit up the food trucks at Magnolia Market. We ate there a few times just because it was so convenient. My favorite was definitely C0-Town Crepes. And it goes without saying that you have to get a cupcake from the Magnolia Market bakery. I promise, you will not regret waiting in line for that cupcake. They are soooooo good!

Everything you Need to Know about Visiting Waco, Texas and Magnolia Market

Other yummy places to eat:

  • Twisted Root Burger Company
  • Torchy’s Tacos
  • Vitek’s BBQ
  • Sironia
  • Homestead Cafe (Chip’s favorite)
  • Heritage Creamery
  • Common Grounds (cutest coffee shop)
  • George’s O Restaurant
  • In & Out Burger

Things to Do (other than visit Magnolia Market):

We didn’t do much other than visit Magnolia Market and the antique shops I listed above. But if you have extra time here are a few other fun things to do in Waco:

  • Dr. Pepper Museum
  • Waco Mammoth National Monument
  • Texas Rangers Hall of Fame
  • Cameron Park Zoo
  • Waco Suspension Bridge (seen on Fixer Upper many times)
  • Tour Baylor University
  • Visit Lake Waco
  • Book a Waco Tour (I hear they drive by some of the homes featured on Fixer Upper)

I hope this helps if you’re planning to visit Waco, Texas anytime soon. It’s really an awesome place and it makes for the perfect weekend trip–especially if you’re a fan of wonderful things like antique shops and yummy food. Definitely let me know if you have any questions, I am more than happy to help. And be sure to check out my post about visiting Magnolia Market if you’re interested in seeing specific tips for visiting the Silos!

5 Things to Know if You Visit Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas

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  • Ashley
    March 14, 2017

    I recently found your website and just absolutely love everything on here! So glad I found your webpage. I can tell I’ll be a follower for a long time!
    – North Dakota Farmer’s Wife

    • Sarah
      > Ashley
      March 15, 2017

      Yay Ashley, so happy to have you here!!

  • Julie B.
    March 14, 2017

    Thank you! Your two posts will come in VERY handy, if I ever have the privilege of visiting The Silos. 🙂

    • Sarah
      > Julie B.
      March 15, 2017

      I sure hope you can get there one day Julie!

  • Jessica
    March 14, 2017

    Hi Sarah, I took my girls on the trip with me (3yrs and 7mths) and I have to tell you the canmeron park zoo was really cool!! Great set up for kids and close to the silos. We will definitely be visiting again next time we go. I would highly recommend it for kids. (And I’ve been to a lot of zoos!)

    • Sarah
      > Jessica
      March 15, 2017

      Great info Jessica, thanks for sharing. And good to know if we go back with the kiddos, they would love that!

  • Tracey
    March 14, 2017

    sarah, thank you for these posts! i grew up an hour north of waco but live in arkansas now… going to swing down on a visit in may & can’t wait! this is such good info!!! thanks for the tips!

    • Sarah
      > Tracey
      March 15, 2017

      Oh that’s awesome Tracey, enjoy your trip in May!!

  • Carly
    March 14, 2017

    Hi there! Love your blog and this post! Can’t wait to visit Waco one day! Did you buy much stuff down there and if so how did you get it home? I imagine if I ever go down there, there may be things I want that are bigger pieces and I’m curious how’d you get those home. Thanks!

    • Sarah
      > Carly
      March 15, 2017

      Hi Carly! You know, I didn’t buy a ton of stuff just because we were limited on space and I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on shipping bit items. We did ship one thing from Magnolia, which was crazy expensive, but everything else was small enough to go in our carry-ons and suitcase.

  • Cindy Richter
    March 14, 2017

    Well because of the first post last week on your trip, I couldn’t stand it any longer! I get to go this Thursday. I live about 2 hours away and I’m going with the Sister-in-law and her cousin. It’s spring break down here…hope it’s not crazy. But even if it is, I’m gettin me a cupcake or 2 or 3! Thank you for the extra shopping places too. Soooo looking forward to this!

    • Sarah
      > Cindy Richter
      March 15, 2017

      What??!! Yay, that means you’ll be there for Spring at the Silos, right?? How exciting! Enjoy every minute of it Cindy. And eat a cupcake for me!

  • Lisa mitchell
    March 15, 2017

    Hi, My name is Lisa I just want send my emailed to you for the free labels. But I have know way to printed them out. Can you send them to me in the mail. I really enjoy reading your Blog. And you must be a big fan of fixer-upper too. Thank you.

    • Sarah
      > Lisa mitchell
      March 15, 2017

      Hi Lisa! Unfortunately I’m not mailing printables at this time. Can you visit your local library and print it off? It prints fine on standard sized paper.

  • Amy
    March 15, 2017

    Be sure to visit SCOUT Homegoods when you’re in Waco too! If you like magnolia and the Findery you’ll love Scout!

    • Sarah
      > Amy
      March 15, 2017

      Oh awesome tip, thanks for sharing Amy!

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  • Chelsea @ Making Manzanita (formerly The Johnsons Plus Dog)
    April 14, 2017

    So jealous of your trip!!! I can’t wait to someday visit!

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  • Ricky Martin
    April 6, 2018

    Great Advice. I can’t wait to go do some of this stuff now.

  • cjnWV
    April 12, 2018

    I AM going to visit magnolia – either spring of 2019 or spring 2020 (after I retire). Loved your tips for shopping and eating and negotiating busiest times of day! Thank you so much!

    I signed up for your newsletter so I am looking forward to that too.

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  • Taylor
    August 2, 2018

    I live in waco and I think the whole magnolia thing is so lame and I do not suggest. Everything is overpriced and overrated including the Waco tours, it’s more focused on Waco’s history and it’s about $80. Definitely visit the Dr Pepper museum, Baylor university, and vitek’s. Just by the way Torchy’s, twisted root, and in & out are chains not local places. (Whataburger is far better than in & out fyi)

  • Dave Morrow
    February 20, 2019


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    • Sarah
      > Dave Morrow
      February 20, 2019

      oh so cool! Thank for sharing Dave!!

  • Priscilla M.
    March 27, 2019

    I am going for my first time in two weeks! I am so excited. Thank you for sharing this wonderful blog with great tips and pics!

  • Mugoya Nasser
    September 16, 2019

    Surely this is nice , i would love to visit Waco

  • Debbie
    September 28, 2019

    Great tips for planning & visiting the Magnolia Market & all the great places to visit in Waco. Thanks for sharing.

  • Bryan B
    April 22, 2021

    If you are up to something more adventurous, you can always go kayaking in the Brazos River, or go to the BSR Cable Park. Those are always fun things to do when the weather is nice.

  • Carlos
    July 14, 2022

    I would add Papa Jacks BBQ to the list, they are a locally owned restaurant with amazing food! The owner’s were extremely friendly and welcoming. The buttermilk pecan pie and smoked mac and cheese are my favs.

  • Barbara
    September 29, 2022

    I’ve lived in Waco all of my life. The rich are for the rich, and the city is trying to force poor people like myself out of their homes.
    Waco is boring….ask any resident.
    Don’t waste your time and money here.

    • Amber
      > Barbara
      October 5, 2023


  • Kathy
    October 13, 2023

    What kind of budget were you on? What does it cost to go through the silos? How much did you spend in transportation? I’m so excited to plan and go. Total cost? I hop you enjoyed!!! Thank you