Waco, Texas Attractions
Welcome to Waco - the home of Texas hospitality. Located on I-35 between Dallas and Austin, Waco is famous for its taste of Texas history and hospitality. Waco's wide variety of museums and attractions offer a unique, relaxing getaway from the big city hustle and bustle.
Museums and Other Attractions
Attraction hours may vary, please call to confirm.
TEXAS RANGER HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM
Extensive collection of the Texas Ranger and old west artifacts. The official state hall of fame and archives for the Texas Ranger law enforcement agency. Open daily 9am-5pm. (no admittance after 4:30pm). Admission: $7 Adults, $6 Seniors and Military, $3 Children ages 6-12. Group tours and rates available. IH-35 at University Parks Dr. (254) 750-8631; www.texasranger.org.
Built in 1870 as a model for the Brooklyn Bridge, this famous Waco landmark provided cattle and cowboys following the Chisholm Trail the only span across the Brazos River. Enjoy free summer concerts in Indian Spring Park. Stroll the Riverwalk all year long! IH-35 exit 335B, University Parks Dr. and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive between Franklin and Washington Avenues.
DR PEPPER MUSEUM AND FREE ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE
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The 1906 "Home of Dr Pepper" with exhibits, memorabilia and a working turn-of-the-century soda fountain featuring floats and shakes. Mon.-Sat. 10am-4:15pm, Sun. noon-4:15pm. Extended hours during peak months. Last ticket sold at 4:15 pm. Adults $7, Seniors $5, Students $4. 300 S. 5th St., IH-35 Exit 335A, (254) 757-1025; www.drpeppermuseum.com.
TEXAS SPORTS HALL OF FAME
Learn about the Texas athletes who have distinguished themselves both on & off the field and arenas. Open Mon.-Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. noon-5pm. Adults $7, Seniors $6, Students $3, , Free for children 5 and under. Group rates available. 1108 S. University Parks Dr., IH-35 Exit 335B, (254) 756-1633, www.tshof.org.
416 acres of woods, walking and biking trails, scenic riverside picnic areas, Miss Nellie's Pretty Place (wild flower preserve) and a children's playground for the physically challenged. Open 6 am - midnight. Free admission, tours available. University Parks Dr. adjacent to Brazos River, IH-35 exit 335B, (254) 750-8080.
CAMERON PARK ZOO
Sumatran tigers, lions, herpetarium, tiny Dik-Dik Antelopes, the Brazos River Country Exhibit, the new Asian Forest expansion and much more. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm, Sun. 11 am-5 pm. Adults $9, Seniors $8, Children (4-12) $6. Free for children 3 and under, fully accessible to the physically challenged. (254) 750-8400, www.cameronparkzoo.com.
Chartered in 1845 under the Republic of Texas, Baylor is the largest Baptist university in the world. 1301 S. University Parks Dr. For tours call (254) 710-2407 or 800-BAYLORU. www.baylor.edu
ARMSTRONG BROWNING LIBRARY
World's largest collection of materials relating to Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, housed in an imposing library with 62 stained glass windows depicting the poetry of the Brownings. Also an extensive Wedgwood china collection on display. Open weekdays 9 am - 5 pm, Saturday 10am - 2pm. Admission free. Group tours available by appointment. 710 Speight, (254) 710-3566. www.browninglibrary.org.
THE MAYBORN MUSEUM COMPLEX
The Mayborn Museum Complex contains various exhibits including The Crossroads of Texas Natural History, the Gov. Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village containing wood frame buildings from the 19th century, sixteen themed Discovery Rooms that provide visitors with hands-on, interactive learning activities, and the Baylor Exhibit featuring the history of the university from 1845 to present. 1 Mon. - Wed., Fri. and Sat. 10 am - 5 pm, Thur. 10 am - 8 pm, Sun. 1 pm - 5 pm. Adults $6, Seniors (65 and older) $5, Children (18 months - 12 years) $4. 300 S. University-Parks, Waco, TX 76706, (254) 710-1110. www.maybornmuseum.com.
LAKE WACO WETLANDS
The Lake Waco Wetlands is a 180-acre wetland, located at the upper end of Lake Waco along the North Bosque River. It provides habitat to numerous aquatic plants, insects, reptiles, mammals, amphibians as well as many migratory birds. Some of the most popular features to the wetlands are the nursery area and bird watching. To date, the local Audubon Society has documented over 130 different species of birds. Hours: 8am-4pm Monday - Friday, 8am-Noon alternating Saturdays. Closed on Saturdays that feature special events. 1752 Eichelberger Crossing Rd., (254) 848-9654, www.lakewacowetlands.com.
EARLE-HARRISON HOUSE AND GARDENS ON FIFTH STREET
Ante bellum, Greek revival style homes. Open by appointment Mon-Thur 8am-8pm and on the first Sunday of each month 8am-8pm. $5 per person for guided tours of the house and gardens. 1901 N. 5th St. (254) 753-2032. www.earleharrison.com.
HISTORIC WACO FOUNDATION OFFICE
The foundation maintains four historic homes. All are fully restored and feature authentic period furniture,
china and decorative art from the late 1800's. Special tours arranged on request. Adults $3, Seniors (50+) $2.50, Students (age 6-College) $2, ages 6 and under free. 810 S 4th St., (254) 753-5166, www.historicwaco.org.
For more information call the Historic Waco Foundation, (254) 753-5166.
- Mayborn Museum Complex
- Steve Hudson Memorial Bear Plaza (1200 S. 5th St.)
Museums & Attractions:
- The Art Center Waco
- Dr Pepper Museum
- Earle-Harrison House
- Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum
- Texas Sports Hall of Fame
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