Things to Do in Waco

From downtown’s social scene to Cameron Park’s incredible beauty, there’s plenty to do in #Wacotown!
Texas Food Truck Showdown

After the race, enjoy a wide selection of food trucks from around the state and beyond at The Texas Food Truck Showdown. This unique Greater Waco Chamber event brings 40 food trucks and thousands of foodies together in downtown Waco for a full day of food and family-friendly fun. Learn more at

Post-Race Brunch
  • The Olive Branch: A Wacotown staple with extensive options made from fresh ingredients. 
  • Milo All Day: Beautiful restaurant with a great patio. Southern style food with all the fixins.
  • Harvest on 25th: Well known for its delicious and nutritious gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian brunch options.

  • Fabled: A beautiful private book store and coffee shop with hand selected titles. 
  • Waco Cha: Placed on Forbes' Next 1,000 list for the founder's vision to create an authentic Taiwanese bubble tea spot that fosters community, Waco Cha's handcrafted, organic milk tea will not disappoint! 
  • Common Grounds 8th Street: The original Waco coffee shop, beloved for its quirky vibe and renowned “Cowboy Coffee.”
  • Lighthouse: An awesome little spot with syrups made in-house!
  • Dichotomy: Coffee and evening hangout with a rooftop seating area. 
  • Pinewood: Great coffee and great vibes, nestled in peaceful uptown Waco.

Places to Eat
  • Guess Family BBQ: For a taste of some of the best BBQ in the state as voted by Texas Monthly Magazine, visit Guess.
  • Union Hall: A food hall filled with local eateries. They’ve got everything from ramen to tacos.
  • Alpha & Omega: You'd be wrong if you didn’t think you’d find incredible Greek food in the middle of Texas!
  • Healthcamp: Anything but healthy... Waco’s got some legit burger joints and Healthcamp is at the top of the list. 
  • Hecho en Waco: Tex Mex is more than a genre of food. Experience Tejano culture and cuisine at this local spot. 
  • Oh My Juice: Healthy smoothies, cold pressed juices, and smoothie bowls.
  • Slowrise Slice House: Loved by families for its kids play area, this is the perfect post-race pizza. 
  • Shorty’s Pizza Shack: The definitive college pizza joint of Waco.
  • Revival Eastside Eatery: Healthier option. Cool vibe with incredible sandwiches, burgers, and salads. 

Local Treats

Cool Spots
  • Cameron Park: Waco has the country’s second largest municipal park, right after Central Park in New York City. This place has miles of trails that hug the Brazos River and is a great spot for your pre-conference workout.
  • Cameron Park Zoo: An incredible zoo right next to downtown Waco.
  • Dr Pepper Museum: The 23 flavors of Dr Pepper came together here and the soda was bottled in Waco for decades. Check out this fun museum for all the history and a sweet treat. 
  • Magnolia Silos: Long before the hit HGTV show took off, Chip and Jo were local legends. It’s hard to describe the Silos to non-Wacoans... Food trucks? Home decor? Whiffle ball field? Excellent coffee? Home garden? Bakery? Yes!