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!
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
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!
Other yummy places to eat:
- Twisted Root Burger Company
- Torchy’s Tacos
- Vitek’s BBQ
- 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!