So way back in 2018, just randomly, the hubby and I with LilMissK in tow, took a road trip to Waco, TX! If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how much we love to travel, but this road trip was also actually for me to “finally” visit The Silos and Magnolia Market to experience all things Magnolia, as all the bloggers I follow always keep talking about it and I had seen/bought many quite things from the Magnolia line at Target and it was finally time we visited 🙂
We made it a quick one day trip and drove back the same day, but I’d suggest you stay over one night to enjoy it in a little bit more relaxed fashion.
So without further ado, I’ll dive right it.
How far is Waco from Houston: 3.5 hours! It is situated along the Brazos River and I-35, halfway between Dallas and Austin.
Where to stay: Many of the usual hotels are very conveniently located in downtown, close to all the action. And then you do have the options of Air B&B or B&Bs in general.
Things to see and do:
It’s a small town and there isn’t much to do, which makes it the perfect spot for a quick dat trip! But if you do end up staying the night, you could enjoy the brunch spots and the bakery more along with getting to spend more time at the Silos which has so much to offer anyways!
Here are some highlights:
– Mammoth National Monument
Can you believe this?! YES! In our own very Texas!! Standing as tall as 14 feet and weighing 20,000 pounds, Columbian mammoths roamed across what is present-day Texas thousands of years ago. Today, the fossil specimens represent the nation’s first and only recorded evidence of a nursery herd of ice age Columbian mammoths. And today, you can visit the museum to know more!
– The Magnolia Market at the Silos
This was my single.main.reason.to.plan.this.roadtrip!!
Why you ask – well coz these beauties, the Silos are something else!
A little bit of history lesson for you: Quoting directly from the Country Living website: Chip and Joanna Gaines‘s store in Waco, Texas, Fans of HGTV’s Fixer Upper know that the couple undertook their biggest rehab project ever when they acquired a sprawling downtown Waco property that includes two huge grain silos and a 20,000-square-foot barn. Since its grand opening in 2015, the complex has quickly become more than a store—it’s a major destination, where thousands flock every week. Here’s what you need to know about visiting the silos.
In my opinion, pictures can’t quite do Magnolia Market justice, because it’s so large—it covers two-and-a-half acres—so you really have to wander around quite a bit to take in the various parts of the property and appreciate all it has to offer.
They are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The market—as well as the Gaineses’ restaurant, Magnolia Table—is closed on Sundays. Next to the silos is a large green field where kids and parents can toss a football, play cornhole, or have a potato sack race. Beyond that is an area with picnic tables and a half-dozen food trucks and a little garden. Don’t forget to visit Magnolia Seed + Supply and all the other stores that have been added since the expansion.
The anniversary of the store’s opening is celebrated every year in a festival called #Silobration, complete with a vendor fair, actually I wasn’t aware of this, and it turned out that the weekend we had planned to visit, was the Silobration!! As we walked through a few local shops near the Silos – a lot of the shopping opportunities presented themselves – basically best for rustic/vintage home decor and country vibe goods.
– Shopping at Spice Village, which is a collection of pop-up type shops offering everything you can imagine – clothes, accessories, trinkets, candles, and more. It’s fun to walk through!
– Waco Suspension Bridge
The historic Suspension Bridge was completed in 1870 and remains a legendary icon of downtown Waco. For years, the bridge served as a Chisholm Trail crossing, and at the time of its completion, it was the longest single-span suspension bridge west of the Mississippi. The bridge was built with cable supplied by the John Roebling Co., who built the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. Cool right!! The bridge is flanked by two great Waco parks — Indian Spring Park on the west side, and Martin Luther King, Jr. park on the east side. The bridge is the centerpiece of many community festivals and events, and serves as a great venue for parties and special events. It was fun and very easy to walk with a toddler!
– Dr. Pepper Museum
The small three-story museum building next to the original bottling plant houses old Dr. Pepper artifacts and some interactive exhibits. The Liquid Lab Demo is a fun 20-minute demonstration, but the best part of the entire experience is the ice cream. The Soda Shop serves fountain drinks, floats, and ice cream.
– Branch Davidian Massacre Site (Mount Carmel Massacre Site)
Exactly who did the massacring here is still a matter of some debate. The only thing that everyone seems to agree on is the death toll: four ATF agents and 80 followers of Vernon Howell, a.k.a. David Koresh, and his splinter group of Branch Davidian Seventh Day Adventists. It happened in early 1993 when the ATF raided, then besieged, then attacked the fortified compound that the Koreshians called Mount Carmel. All that was left was a smoking ruin. There are no signs of the compound any more; the only remnant is a hole, formerly a swimming pool that was used as a bunker during the siege. A little chapel has been built out by the road by the Koreshians and their supporters, incorporating a museum of Davidian history that censures everyone for the bloodshed.
– Collin Street Bakery
Known for Deluxe Fruitcakes and Texas Pecan Pies made daily from scratch, using only the freshest ingredients, our baked goods are shipped to 196 countries and are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Just outside of Waco, this definitely deserves as stop!
We didn’t get time to check these out, but it’s on my list for the next time we are in that area: Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, Mayborn Museum Complex, Cameron Park Zoo, Valley Mills Vineyard.
Where to eat:
Obviously we didn’t eat at all of these, LOL!! We mainly ate at and around the Silos. A little here and a little there to be able to taste it all…
But many fun options are available, with numerous food trucks around the Silos.
Some other, more fancy options are:
– MOROSO – delicious, wood fired pizza
– Brunch at Magnolia Table – Arrive early, but it’s WORTH THE WAIT!
– Twisted Root Burger Co. – cool vibe and great burger/sandwich options.
– Wine/drinks at Z’s at the Curry – great place to grab a drink and chat or play cards with your adult friends!
– Another great options for breakfast would be The Olive Branch
– And lastly, but definitely not the least: Cupcakes from Silos Baking Co. – very good! I can’t choose one, they were all delicious!
So, plan a trip soon, what are you waiting for?!
Maybe it’s time to go back for another day trip… Hmmm… Gotta go plan one now! Bye!!
Until next time, stay wanderlust stuck!!
** This post has been updated in June 2021 **