Attractions in Waco, TX
Amongst the other various things to do, Waco features several key attractions for both residents and visitors to keep themselves entertained. These, combined with the local and regional events, restaurants and shopping make Waco and the surrounding region an inviting place to live.
“There’s nothing like a Dr Pepper,” a thirst quenching bottle of liquid sunshine. But where did this soda begin? Although the company Dr Pepper was founded in San Antonio, Texas, the soft drink began with humble beginnings in Waco, Texas. In 1885, pharmacist Charles Alderton got the idea for the unique taste while working at the drug store, so he decided to create a soda and serve it to customers at a soda fountain.
With a stellar lineup of Broadway shows at Waco’s historic Hippodrome Theatre, classical-music concerts, and an abundance of galleries and museums, it’s clear this part of central Texas has a heart for the arts. The Broadway lineup produced very strong season ticket sales, evidence of the Hippodrome’s resurgence that has been guided by the Waco Performing Arts Co., which operates the theater.
The Mayborn Museum on the campus of Baylor University in Waco is a 143,000-square-foot complex that is bursting with exhibits that range from Indian dwellings to simple machines. Discovery Rooms in 16 varieties are geared toward hands-on learning for the entire family. The museum grounds also feature a 13-acre historic village accurately depicting late 19th-century and early 20th-century life in Texas, right down to blacksmith shop and general store.