Things to Do in Waco

From downtown’s social scene to Cameron Park’s incredible beauty, there’s plenty to do in Wacotown!
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!