A town with a history older than you might think. As the western frontier expanded, in 1837, the Texas Rangers set up a post near a village of Native Americans called the Waco. But neither of the groups were the first inhabitants of the area. Great woolly mammoths and saber-toothed tigers once roamed the lands that Waco sits upon these days.
We recently asked our Facebook followers what was their one “must see” or “must do” in Waco and got an overwhelming response. So, in a way, you guys are writing this article. I’ll provide you links and some personal insight where I can.
The Top Three Suggestions:
Cameron Park Zoo – I’m a “zoo junkie” to begin with. I’ve loved them since I was a kid and have see them in all shapes, sizes, and conditions. “A zoo that’s just the right size” was how I had first heard this attraction described and it’s true. Clean, well run, and a perfect way to spend an afternoon with the family. I give this zoo…. two paws up.
The Dr. Pepper Museum – As a self-described Pepper-holic, I used the “my 12 year old niece is visiting and I have to find something to do with her” excuse to go take a tour of my personal Valhalla. The history behind the product, the memorabilia, and at the end I get one made from scratch? Wouldn’t you like to be a Pepper too?
Texas Ranger Museum – As a kid, and even today, if someone says the words “Texas ranger”, a certain kind of man (and we’re not talking Chuck Norris here) comes to mind. Guys who were tough, cut from a special cloth, and in a land that needed their kind to prevail. The museum just off I-35 near the Brazos is a tribute to a group of special people who helped bring a lawless and raw land to heal.
Other Notables –
- Mayborn Museum & Planetarium
- Hawaiian Falls Waterpark
- Texas Sports Hall of Fame
- Baylor University’s Armstrong Browning library
- Mammoth State Park
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