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You are about to learn just a few of the adventures you could have on your oh-so-coveted weekends in the grand city of Waco, Texas.
You might be thinking to yourself, “Self, what if Waco is boring? What if I don’t find things to do there, or people to hang out with?” I’m here to list some things that you should remember for those first weekends when you realize you don’t have anything lined up on your itinerary (Freshmen, it’ll take a few weeks before you’re free as Scotch tape).
Bookmark this page, because you’ll definitely want to come back to some of these suggestions.
Disclaimer: Adventure included below.
1. Go to the Farmer's Market
What's the scoop?
Aside from the adorable animals that you can find at the Farmer’s Market, you’ll love taking your friends to go exploring amongst all the quirky and unique stands that are set up here. You’ll find anything from homemade bread, to some handmade leather trinkets, to some freshly ground coffee (Not to mention the CREPES). With live music, the gorgeous backdrop of the river, and even a photo booth set-up at times, it’s hard to beat this weekend favorite.
How do I get there?
2. The Mammoth Site
What's the dealio?
So guys, y’all realize Waco has a national monument as of July 2015?! We’re a big deal and jazz like that. Being a Waco native, you’d think I’d have gone sooner, but alas - I only just went to this cool place last winter. But boy, was I missing out. You first go on a tour along a pretty pathway, learning about the history of the mammoths and just exactly how big they were (they have a visual aid - and those things were huge).
After this, you go inside the impressive building that houses the mammoth site. You learn a ton, and get to revel in being mere feet away from the fossils of ancient beasts (Bones not pictured because I want you guys to visit instead of look at my photos).
How do I high-tail it over there?
3. Act Locally Waco
What's the story mornin' glory?
Act Locally Waco might be the most important thing on this list, because you’ll be able to check it periodically and create your own adventures.
First step: Go to their website.
Next step: Check out their 2016 (or 2017) Calendar.
That calendar has a motherload of events, both free and paid, that will be happening during each month in Waco; and it's updated constantly. It could include concerts, improv comedy shows, book clubs, concerts on the river, club meetings (There’s a Waco Calligraphy Guild?!), plays put on by the Waco Civic Theatre (Beauty and the Beast is playing this summer!), and even Lawn Care Seminars. So trust me, this website should be your go-to place for event planning.
How do I get there?
You don't, you goober. You go to their website.
4. Go Exploring in Cameron Park
Another little-known fact: Waco is home to one of the largest city parks in Texas.
Cameron Park is that huge rocky patch of trees and limestone that falls along the Brazos River, conveniently just down the road from Baylor. Aside from playgrounds, disc golf areas, running trails, and many picnic areas, there are a few places of note here: Jacob’s Ladder, Miss Nellie’s Pretty Place, and Lover's Leap.
Where is this place?
About 2 minutes into the entrance of Cameron Park, on the left (visible from road)
Miss Nellie's Pretty Place
2602 Sturgis Rd, OR climb Jacob’s Ladder and then cross the street.
Drive all the way down the main road of Cameron Park. You’ll wind through trees and gradually start driving uphill - follow the signs for Lover’s Leap.
5. Czech Stop
What's the 411?
Well, you see, I LOVE KOLACHE. And fun fact: “kolache” is the correct, Czech, plural term for them. The singular is kolach. And when I’m in the mood for a kolach, I either hit up my friend Chris who makes them from scratch, OR I drive on up to Czech Stop and grab a few. Open 24/7, pretty good prices, tons of other trinkets and novelties, and it’s the weekend - why not go at 2am and live it up? Party. Nom nom nom.
*struggles to find my photo of czech stop, doesn't add it*
Where them kolache at?
What do you mean "explore"?