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Waco, TX

To most, Waco is a highway.  Nothing more.  A pass-through, not a destination.  But to those who are willing to look a little deeper, Waco is much, much more.

FOOD

Kick your day off with a caffeine jolt to the mouth at  Common Grounds, a locally-owned coffee shop. Common Grounds has all forms of caffeine to fuel your day trip from classics like cold brewed coffee and espresso to specialties like iced coffees with peanut butter and chocolate.

At Health Camp, they’ve got the three main food groups: Burger, Cheeseburger and Bacon Cheese Burger. If it’s soy burgers and salads you want…you won’t find them here at this 60-year old, ironically-named burger joint on the circle. Just delicious burgers and fries.  And for a definitely-not-healthy dessert, try their frozen custard that comes in amazing flavors like Chocolate Chip Cheesecake, Toasted Marshmallow, Peach and more!

Hit up Tony DeMaria’s Bar-B-Que for some fantastic BBQ…well, if you arrive before they sell out.  If you want pizza and secret hideouts, look no further than Poppa Rollos. You can try one of their specialty pizzas or create your own…and behind a secret door near the phone booth you might just find a bar.

One of my favorite things to do in Waco is grab a cold one and relax at George’s Restaurant. It’s been serving up chicken fried steaks and homecooking since 1930.

OUTDOORS

Other stops in Waco include Cameron Park, which has some of Texas best mountain biking and beautiful views of the Brazos and Bosque Rivers. And while you’re at the park, check out the Cameron Park Zoo to say “hello” to the bears, giraffes and elephants. They even have Komodo Dragons!

Right off I-35 is Texas’s Oldest University, Baylor University. Take a stroll around Baylor’s campus to check out Baylor’s Bear Habitat where they keep the mascots and also stop by the famous Pat Neff Hall.

CULTURE

If a university tour has you in the mood to learn, Waco has museums for every kind of curious tripper.  History buffs should check out the Texas Ranger Museum.  Science junkies should head to the Mayborn Science Museum on the Baylor University Campus.

Sports Fanatics can head to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.  But everybody should go to the Dr Pepper Museum to learn how the oldest major soft drink on the market was invented in Waco.  And don’t miss the old-fashioned soda fountain at the end where you can enjoy a frosty glass of Dr Pepper or an ice cream float.

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