Today I am sharing tips to plan a trip to Waco and the Magnolia Silos. I shared the best way to get to Waco, where to stay in Waco, Waco restaurants, and the best things to do in Waco (including visiting the Magnolia silos).
Waco is an amazing place and I love visiting everything it has to offer. I love the Magnolia Silos and everything about Waco! Three 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 year since I have been 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. The tables in the dining room and porch seat 18 people which is perfect for family gatherings.
Other Places to Stay in Waco
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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
Waco Suspension Bridge and Riverwalk 101 N University Parks Dr
Waco Mammoth National Monument 6220 Steinbeck Bend
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.
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 brand new home store 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!
- Little Brisket, Guess Family BBQ – Texas BBQ
- Cheddar Box – Gourmet Grilled Cheese
- 900 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
- 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
Where 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.
Harp Design Co. – furniture and home goods 808 N 15th Stree
Gather – pottery and home goods
Fox & Gray – clothing, gifts, home decor (near Silos)
The Ruffled Linen – A brand new shop with merchandise created and found by my friend Reese!
Sharing some of my favorite things from Waco!
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