Travel: Waco, TX

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My husband surprised me the other night with a weekend trip to Waco, TX. I know what you are thinking...what is in Waco? Well, if you watch HGTV, then you might have heard of the "Fixer Upper". Chip and Joanna Gaines, the hosts, fix up homes in Waco, TX for families. They recently opened up the Magnolia Market and I have been dying to check it out. I was over-joyed when Brian told me he had booked the hotel. I have been begging him to drive me down there, so we could visit the store. I also wanted to share it with you all in case you were interested in visiting.












WHAT TO DO:

Magnolia Market- This was definitely the highlight of the trip for me and the whole reason we drove down to Waco! We arrived about 5 minutes before the doors opened and there was still quite a long line. We went ahead and stood in line until the doors opened. Once inside, there wasn't a whole lot of room to move around and look at everything. We headed straight towards the t-shirts because I knew I wanted to picked one up. We didn't spend a whole lot of time inside the store, but it was very cute! After we left we headed outside to look at the rest of the grounds. There is a large play area and picnic area for kids and families to play and eat. There is also a garden and bakery. We went to the bakery to try out some of the yummy goodies. I got a cookie and my hubby got the biscuit. Both were very good! I would say that this is definitely a 'must see' if you are visiting Waco! I loved seeing it and would like to go back again and spend more time in the store.

Also, keep in mind they do charge $10 for parking. We weren't aware of this, but good thing I brought some cash.



Dr. Pepper Museum- There are also several other things to do while visiting. They have a Dr. Pepper Museum, which  you know I had to go to. I am a Dr. Pepper girl at heart! Side note: my dad showed some home movies at our engagement party and in 90% of the videos I am drinking a big gulp full of Dr. Pepper, keep in mind I was about 5 in these home movies. Needless to say I have been drinking Dr. Pepper since a young age! 

This was a very interesting museum. They had three floors of memorabilia, history and old advertisements. Across the street they have a gift shop and an authentic soda fountain.  We grabbed a Dr. Pepper and continued to look around the gift shop. The admission is $10 per person with free parking. I would suggest this for kids and adults alike. It is a fun adventure and gets you out of the heat.



Mammoth National Park- This was another highlight of the trip. We were waiting on our hotel room to become available so we decided to go check out the Mammoth National Park. I was surprised by this whole adventure. It was $5 per person. I would say that you might want to try to do this earlier in the morning, because it was a little hot by the time we decided to go. The one good thing is that the fossils are located inside an air conditioned tent. There is a little bit of a walk to get to the site, but once inside it is nice and cool. The tour guides are very informative and excited to tell you all about the fossils.



Parks and Trails- There are quite a few trails and parks around the Waco area. You can definitely spend a whole day walking around all the trails. A couple of my favorite ones that we went to were Lover's Leap and Jacob's Ladder. If you are an avid walker or biker this would be a fun adventure for you! 



WHERE TO EAT:

Schmaltz's Sandwich Shoppe - We decided to try this out based on the reviews and we had heard some great things about it. It was definitely worth it! The sandwiches were great! It reminds me a little bit of Schlotzsky's, but A LOT better!

We did eat out for dinner as well, but weren't very impressed with the place we chose.

Heritage Creamery- After dinner, we decided to try out some local ice cream. The Heritage Creamy did not disappoint. It is open late, until 12 am. It is a cute little place and they serve a wide variety of ice cream. We decided to go for the Pecan, Peanut Butter and Vanilla. All three were great!

Overall, we had a wonderful little getaway to Waco. If you are in the local Dallas area I think you could easily make this a day trip. I was surprised by how many fun things there are do to in Waco. I am hoping to go back with my sister in August to go to the Magnolia again. Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday! xo.

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