About Waco

About Waco

Historic Waco

In 1849, Waco was founded by the Huaco Indians who lived where our present-day downtown area resides. Since then, Waco has been the birthplace of Dr Pepper, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, and the site of Waco Mammoth National Park. Additionally, the famous Alico Building in downtown Waco was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.

The Heart of Texas

Waco provides the perfect balance of rural and metropolitan and affords a broad spectrum of opportunities. Waco is home to 18 museums including Baylor's Mayborn Museum, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, the Dr. Pepper museum, all things Magnolia, and the Waco Mammoth National Monument. There are also many artistic and cultural opportunities and attractions including community theatres, bands and the Waco Symphony Orchestra. 

Cameron Park

Outdoor lovers will certainly find their niche here in Waco. The 416-acre Cameron Park provides nature enthusiasts a chance to enjoy Waco's lake-cooled climate and ample sunshine. Our park is also home to one of the best urban mountain bike trail systems in the country. 

Cameron Park also houses Cameron Park Zoo, a zoo that accommodates rare animal species, such as a new Blue-Eyed Black Lemur. Situated directly west of Waco is Lake Waco, a primarily recreational lake that is the site of a 2.8 mile trail that provides a scenic view from the dam.