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Free
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The iconic 1870 Suspension Bridge embodies Waco’s place in the history of the American West. This is where the Chisholm Trail crossed the Brazos River as Texas ranchers drove their herds of Longhorn cattle to market in Kansas (commemorated by the “Branding the Brazos” sculptures). The Waco Riverwalk is seven miles of multi-use trails looping on either side of the river and embracing the Baylor University campus. Natural beauty and community activity meet in perfect harmony in the heart of the city.

601 Webster Avenue
3 minute drive
Free
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Head to Magnolia Market at the Silos if you’re hoping to run into HGTV’s Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines. Just a hop from Baylor University, the Market has a sweetly old-fashioned outdoor gathering area where you can admire the old silos, play lawn games and debate which yummy food truck to visit. Of course you will also want to browse the Market and Garden shops (home decor inspired and designed by Joanna) and indulge in a treat at Silos Baking Co. Parking is free, but wouldn’t it be even more fun to take the Silo District Trolley?

6220 Steinbeck Bend Road
10 minute drive
$5
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The Waco Mammoth site is one of our nation’s newest National Monuments, designated by President Obama in 2015. Open daily year-round, guided tours leave the Welcome Center every 30 minutes — no need for a reservation — and take you straight to the Dig Shelter to view mammoth fossils in situ (still in their rock beds). The monument encompasses the only recorded discovery of a nursery herd of Columbian mammoths in the U.S.

60 Baylor Avenue
On campus
Free
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Located in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center at Baylor University, the Museum is open Tuesday–Sunday, and for 45 minutes before evening and matinee performances of Baylor Theatre and other special events hosted at the Fine Arts Center. Before your visit, go to the website to learn more about current and upcoming exhibitions — you may be lucky enough to catch the Annual Juried Student Exhibition or an exhibition of faculty work.

100 Texas Ranger Trail
16 minute drive
$7
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The Texas Rangers are unique and this museum is one of a kind, too. Texas Rangers have served the Lone Star State since 1823. Today’s modern rangers, both men and women — and, yes, they still wear white hats! — are a division of the Texas Department of Public Safety. The museum tells the story of the Rangers and includes fascinating artifacts, historic ranger badges and a newly-acquired collection of “Lone Ranger” memorabilia.

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