How to Plan a Trip to Waco and the Magnolia Silos
Today I am sharing tips to plan a trip to Waco and the Magnolia Silos. It’s one of my favorite places to visit so I bought and remodeled a home there!
Waco is an amazing place and I love visiting everything it has to offer. I love the Magnolia Silos and everything about Waco! Four years ago we bought a fixer-upper home and transformed it into a beautiful Airbnb. For information about our home, click here.
Waco and all the things this town has to offer is “My Disneyland”. I have loved it since the first time I came here and today I am sharing my tips for planning a trip to Waco and the Magnolia Silos.
It’s Time to Plan a Trip to Waco, Texas
It’s been a few years since my first trip to Waco and everything has changed!
Oh my gosh. I cannot believe how different it is! Magnolia is so much larger and has a lot of wonderful things to offer. I loved it before. But now it is simply incredible.
Even if you have already been to Waco you are going to need to plan another trip! It is so worth it.
I have been to Waco probably twenty times as I came here once a month when we were remodeling our Airbnb. I am sharing my favorites and suggestion of what you should do while staying in Waco.
The Best Way to Get to Waco
The wonderful town of Waco is located almost equally distant between Dallas and Austin, Texas. Waco does have an airport but most of the flights to Waco connect through Dallas or Austin.
I usually fly into Dallas or Austin and rent a car and drive to Waco. It’s a very easy one-and-a-half-hour drive on I-35. The flights are cheaper than flying to Waco and I like going through Austin so I can also see my two sons who live in Austin!
If you decide to take an Uber from Austin to Waco it is quite expensive. The cost ranges from $140 – $150 for the ride.
Where to Stay in Waco
My 100 Year Old Waco Home
Of course, the place you should stay in Waco is our Airbnb. I poured my heart and soul into this home and I really think you will love it.
Located one mile from the Magnolia Silos and Market and Baylor University, our three-bedroom, two-bathroom home is available for guests as a short-term rental.
While updating 100% of the home, the home still has original wood floors, wood ceilings, and shiplap. A new wrap-around porch was added overlooking the beautiful oak tree. The home has state-of-the-art appliances and electronics, a gourmet kitchen plus luxurious linens, and all new furniture.
My 100 Year Old Waco Home is the perfect home for families or a Magnolia visit with girlfriends. It’s also a great home for wedding parties and Bear fans visiting Baylor University.
The home has an open living concept with a large adjoining living room, dining room, and kitchen area. The three bedrooms have four double beds and one king bed and the tables in the dining room and porch seat 18 people which is perfect for family gatherings.
Other Places to Stay in Waco
Homewood Suites by Hilton Waco, Texas
Quality Inn & Suites Near University
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Waco Baylor Downtown
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Where to Eat in Waco
There are a lot of great restaurants in Waco. All of these listed are wonderful. The prices are all great and the food is fantastic.
Magnolia Table 2132 S Valley Mills Dr.
Milo All Day – 1020 Franklin Ave.
The Backyard 511 S 8th St.
Moroso Wood Fired Pizzeria 4700 Bosque Blvd
When you are at the Magnolia Silos, the food trucks there have great food. I always plan to eat at the food trucks when I am visiting the Magnolia Silos.
Things to Do in Waco, Texas
There are some great sites to visit in Waco. Waco is the home of Dr. Pepper, which was invented in Waco in 1885!
Dr Pepper Museum 300 S 5th Street
The Waco Suspension Bridge and Riverwalk 101 N University Parks Dr
Waco Mammoth National Monument 6220 Steinbeck Bend
The Waco Downtown Farmers Market (Saturdays only) 500 Washington Avenue
The Magnolia Silos
Magnolia Silos – The Magnolia Silos have so much to offer! They have the amazing Magnolia Market, The Six Shops at the Silos, Magnolia Home, Seed & Supply, Magnolia Press Coffee, Katy Ballpark, and The Old Church.
A lot of people ask about the actual Silos. Is there anything inside?
There is nothing inside the Silos as of now. But I did hear Joanna mention that her next project is tackling the Silos! What do you think she will put inside?
Magnolia Market – Magnolia Market carries home goods and not only is the merchandise great, but the displays are amazing. I often wander around the store just to study the displays.
The Magnolia Market gets a store refresh four times a year (February, May, August, and November). The theme matches the theme with the magazine theme in Magnolia Journal. Now, every time you read your new Magnolia Journal Magazine, you know that the Magnolia Market has been redecorated to match the theme of the magazine.
Their displays are just incredible and are all handmade.
Magnolia Home – Magnolia Home is a home store at the Silos and sells Magnolia furniture, wall art, decor items, and rugs. The store is gorgeous.
I especially liked the woven hanging behind the counter.
This display was at the front door. Isn’t this a creative way to share Joanna’s paint collection? I love it! And look at those colors!
The Old Church – The Old Church is simply amazing. I think the best way for you all to appreciate what it took to move this church here is to read the Magnolia blog post on The Old Church.
Katy Ballpark and Concessions – Of course, the Gaines Family would add a Wiffle ball field in the middle of the Magnolia property. I love this so much and you can learn a lot more about this by reading the Wiffle ball field Magnolia blog post.
Magnolia Seed & Supply – This is a wonderful garden shop that is surrounded by some of the most beautiful gardens! Don’t miss this area as it is so inspiring for all of us gardeners.
Silos Baking Company – The Silos Baking Company has the best muffins and baked goods anywhere! They are amazing.
Magnolia Press Coffee Co – Magnolia Press is a very large and wonderful coffee shop. They have the best coffee and pastries.
Food Trucks at the Silos – The Food trucks at the Silos offer a great variety of food. I can tell you that I have eaten here for years and I have never been disappointed!
- Cheddar Box – Gourmet Grilled Cheese
- 900 Degree Pizzeria – Pizza
- Chuck’s Gourmet Popcorn – Gourmet Popcorn
- Summer Snow – Shaved Ice
- Magnolia Table – menu items from the restaurant
- Club Sandwich – Asian Fusion
- H.O.T. Dog House – Gourmet Hot Dogs
- Waffle Chic – everything waffles!
- Silos Baking Co. – cupcakes and cookies
- Luna Juice – fresh pressed juice and smoothies
- Alabama Sweet Tea – Iced Tea and a take-home mason jar
- Captain Billy Whizzbangs – burger and fries
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Where Else to Shop in Waco
I must say that one of my favorite places to shop in Waco is The Findery. The Findery has two locations. The large two-story brick building is the Findery Store and it is located across the street from Magnolia Press (the coffee shop).
But when you go to the Findery, you have to also visit the Marketplace! It is located behind the Findery and is wonderful! I love their mix of antiques and new wonderful items.
The Findery – home goods (across the street from Magnolia Press) 501 S 8th Street
The Findery Marketplace – home goods (a block away from Silos) 910 Webster Ave
Look at some of the displays and merchandise at the Findery Marketplace.
The Marketplace is amazing and it is located behind the Findery. Just walk about half a block and you will see it!
You will also want to be sure to check out these places as well.
Little Shop on Bosque – This is actually Joanna’s first shop, and it carries slightly damaged and discounted items from the Magnolia Market. I visit this shop every single time I am in Waco! They have the best prices. It is located at 3801 Bosque Blvd.
Gather – pottery and home goods
Fox & Gray – clothing, gifts, home decor (near Silos)
The Ruffled Linen – Sadly Resse, the owner is moving but you can still buy her amazing pottery online!
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Such a wealth of info for visiting Waco! Thank you! I’m retiring May 1, just 1 short month away. Planning a trip to OK to visit our youngest son. They live about 30 minutes from Pawhuska so you know I’ll be going there (again).
Next on our list will be Waco. Wasn’t sure how I was going to convince the husband. But…he has Dr. Pepper running through his veins so you’ve just given me my key to Waco! Cannot wait!!!
Oh my gosh, I love it! You are going to have the best time! Happy retirement to you!
So much good information, links and photos! I wrote several posts about touring the Magnolia area of Waco, but you’ve outdone me with great lists of restaurants and other shops! Will be most helpful if I can get back there and stay once more in your lovely home there which we enjoyed so very much! Here’s one of my posts taking a look inside Magnolia Market: https://ohtheplaceswesee.com/2021/01/09/shopping-magnolia-market-in-waco-tx/
Please give me detailed info on finding the planter on the table on your Waco porch. Thank you!
Thanks so much. Great informative blog… what about Spice Village? I need to go back to Waco soon!!!
What great information for a trip there. And thanks for the link on remodeling the church. I find that type of article interesting to read. The family should be so proud of their efforts to build an atmosphere that envelopes home and all its beauty that you make it. You can’t even call it an empire when it speaks so much warmth and character that wraps you in good memories.
Such a great post! Maybe I’ll get there some day! Maybe you have and I just didn’t see it, but could you do a post on the ins and outs of buying and renovating rental property different from where you live. My husband I are thinking about buying up property to rent now and then to retire to. We currently live in WV but are looking at SC and NC.
This is a really excellent post, very informative. The photos are nice too. I don’t dare go to Magnolia…I can’t fit a single thing more in my house and that would be so tempting. I have always liked the Gaines projects and styles. They are so very prolific they kind of freak me out. I have no idea how they manage this much, but all amazing.
It is hard to shop with your eyes only 😊 but it is also so amazing to see everything that they have done!
We need make l order!
Yay! I hope you do!
I loved my visit to Waco and Magnolia. So much more keeps being added that I need to plan another trip! Making a note to stay at your AirB&B! Thanks for sharing ALL the places!
I am so glad you have been able to visit and yes, it has changed so much since I was here last. I hope you stay at my AirBnB, I am so happy with how it turned out and it is close to Magnolia!
I didn’t see mention Harp designs. Is it not that good or not what you look for? Would it be worth a visit?
The Waco tour is amazing! The tour guides were wonderful and so knowledgeable. It was the best part of our recent visit to Waco.
Amazing! Glad you had fun!
Can’t WAIT to go again (and stay in your home!) and see all the new shops and visit the museums we didn’t have time to visit. We went several years ago and stayed at The Morrow House, which is amazing. The first thing we did was take a Waco Tour (operated by then-#1-bachelor David Ridley). It was awesome and I highly recommend it. They give you such a feel for Waco, it’s history, and all that the Gaines family has done for the town. Our tour was led by two highly entertaining people, one was a former nanny to the family. And we got to meet David! Even my husband still talks about the trip.
I hope you go again soon! That sounds like a lot of fun!
We are planning our trip to Waco in November 2022. This gives so much information to plan our trip. Thank you
Oh perfect! Glad to help
There is also a great paper store called the Paper Crown that is close to the Silos that is well worth the trip.
LOVE Waco! My daughter went to Baylor and it was so much fun. This is when Fixer Upper was a new show on the HGTV network. I always said those four years my daughter was at Baylor were the best four years!
Oh how wonderful!
I heard they are opening a hotel. I am unable to locate any updates on the hotel. Do you know the status?
I don’t know of anything yet, I will definitely let you know if I do!
Planning a trip in Dec this year and already have your Airbnb booked!! My girlfriends and I were thinking of having a local chef come in and cook for us one night and wondered if you have any info about that sort of catering??
Another Waco gem not to be missed is Paper Crown. An artistic and creative lover’s candy store, full of inspiration and endless possibilities….601 Franklin. 💗💗💗
Hi Susie! Oh that sounds awesome, I’ll have to check it out. Thank you for sharing 🤗🥰
Thank you for all the useful information! We are planning a trip to Waco later this year and your post will be so helpful. I can’t wait to check out all your suggestions.
Hi Sharon! I’m so glad! It’s a great spot, enjoy your trip 🥰🤗
We just returned from a two day trip to Waco. It is our second time there and there so much to see. We highly recommend taking the Wace Tours it was alot of fun and we learned alot about Waco.
Hi Florence! Oh it’s just the best- a tour sounds fabulous! Great tip 🙌🏻♥️