Friday’s Finds: Things to Do in Waco, Texas

June 23, 2017

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If you haven’t heard of Chip and Joanna Gaines and their show Fixer Upper then you need to head on over to HGTV and watch a couple episodes of this husband and wife team and their cute little family that lives on an adorable farm and fixes up houses around Waco, TX.

Now that you’ve heard of Chip and Joanna, you understand the draw to Waco. : ) We just went on a trip to Texas and spent two days of it in Waco. I wanted to see the Silos, but I wasn’t sure what else there was really to do there since it is a small town. The Silos bring an estimated 30,000 visitors a week so I was sure there had to be some other things to do there. Of course The Silos were still the main attraction for me. Just a note that most things in Waco close on Sundays and Mondays so it’s important to check out the the hours of places before you go. Here were my favorite things that we did:

Magnolia’s Silos

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The Silos are located on a block with the Magnolia Market, Magnolia Seed + Supply, Silos Baking Co. and food trucks all around the central area for kids to play, swings and picnic tables. Honestly it felt so relaxing there, I could have spent the whole day just sitting at a picnic bench in the shade while people watching.

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Magnolia Market is so cute with things that you’ll want to buy everywhere you look! Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s so fun to look.

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I really loved walking through the little garden of Magnolia Seed + Supply. There are even some little benches so you can just sit and enjoy the little area. The little store was so adorable and I wanted to buy everything. Thank goodness I could only fit so much in my suitcase. Plus it’s pretty hard to take plants back on a plane, although I did get an air plant. : )

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Silos Baking Co. is cute, but little. Even when we were there during the week it was busy and we had to wait in a line outside of the building. I can’t even imagine how crazy it must get on a Saturday.

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The Lavender-Lemon cupcake was delicious! Just beware that they usually run out of certain cupcakes by the end of the day.

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Original Magnolia Market

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As we were driving around Waco I noticed we were on Bosque Avenue and I kept telling my husband that this is the road that the original Magnolia store was on. Turns out he surprised me and found the original Magnolia store for us to visit. There isn’t much to do there, but it was neat to see the original store and the original Magnolia sign that Chip made. If you’ve read The Magnolia Story then it’s neat to see the place that they talk about so much in the book.

Magnolia House 

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This is such a cute little house to visit! It’s outside of Waco and a little bit of a drive, but if you’re a fan of Fixer Upper then it’s neat to visit their bed and breakfast. They’re already booked until December so if you want to actually stay there then you need to be on top of when new dates are released. If you do book (I’ll be so jealous!), just know that you’re booking the whole house that sleeps 8 for a minimum of 2 nights.

Horseback Riding at Brazos Bluffs Ranch

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One of the main things Ben and I wanted to do while we were in Texas was go horseback riding. I was a little nervous since it was my first time horseback riding, but the horses were so sweet and the beautiful hour ride went by fast. Lem, our guide, and his family own the ranch and offer even more to do like canoeing and they have a house to rent.

Cute Shopping!

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We went to a lot of little shops around Waco, here are some of my favorites:

  • Harp Design Co. is owned by Clint Harp, Joanna Gain’s woodworking guy. He makes some nice pieces and I loved his little shop. Plus the home that Chip and Joanna did for him and his family is right next door. Although they rent out the house now because it’s so popular.
  • The Findery is a store with a couple of different vendors that sell house items, clothes and other little gifts. It’s right by Magnolia Market and is really cute.
  • Spice Village is a bunch of little vendors all in one place with all kinds of cute antiques, clothing, knick knacks and gifts.
  • Junque Queens has cute refurbished furniture that I so wanted to buy if we weren’t flying home.
  • Cameron Trading Co. is all antiques and is a great place to get lost in if you have some time.
  • Junque in the Trunk also has cute refurbished furniture that I wanted to bring home with me.
  • Shades of Shabby is right next to Junque in the Trunk and is similar, but has cute stuff too.

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