Things To Do In Waco That Are Fun!

In this post I’m sharing things to do in Waco, Texas that are fun! There’s lots to see and do that are Magnolia related and yet so much more. 

Much of the time when you hear about Waco, it’s probably going to be related to the Magnolia empire. Oh you know…Chip and Joanna Gaines and the HGTV series Fixer Upper. There is more to see and do and I headed there on a recent trip. I was invited to spend a few days in Waco with some of my favorite Instagram friends. Although I had never met any of these women in person until the trip, we have known each-other for several years. Our host Jill from the blog Gathered Grace was so gracious and welcoming!

things to do in Waco downtown

I flew into Austin and she was kind enough to pick a couple of us up at the airport. When visiting Waco you can fly into either Austin (2 hour drive to Waco) or Dallas (1 1/2 hour drive). Texas is BIG and the drive takes you across fields, farmland and open skies. We stayed at the famous Barndominium that was one of Chip and Joanna’s fixer upper homes. If you want to watch it, the show was featured on HGTV in Season 3, Episode 6 – HERE.

The Barndominium in Waco Texas

The Barndominium is a 5 bedroom, 2 bath retreat set on 16 acres and sits behind a gate. It was quite cold that weekend. and we were always on the go, therefore we didn’t use the outside much. The property is a gated enclave set on 16 acres with a lake. It was cold though…cold!

things to do in Waco

As you walk in, there is a long farmhouse table for gathering and lots of shiplap.

barndominium entry

The family room was downstairs, as well as a sweet office where I was able to get some work done.

On the second level was the kitchen and the dining room. This is where we gathered and laughed and sat in our jammies at night!

All images via the Airbnb listing, hosted by the lovely Kristi. You can rent the Barndominium Waco through AirBnB HERE. This would be a wonderful place to host a FUN gathering and with 5 bedrooms there is plenty of room to spread out! You can follow them on Instagram at FixerUppersBarndominium.

After Jill served us a nice welcome spread we were picked up at the Barndomium by Waco Wine Tours. We headed out to the winery for a lovely private tasting tour. Our tour guide Joey went above and beyond to explain everything and the wines were some of the best that I’ve had in some time. After the tour we were treated to relaxing oxygen facials at NuGenesis Spa. A great way to finish up a long day!

Waco Wine Tours

fun things to do in Waco - wine tour

I love these girls so much! Left to right: Jill (Gathered Grace), Me, Terri (Simply French Market), Kristi (The Pickled Rose), Cindi (Cindimc.Ivory Home Design), Pamela (Home On Fern Hill), Karan (Designs By Karan)

The next day we got up early to head into town and grab breakfast at Magnolia Table. Without a doubt we knew that you had to get there early or wait. Seriously my favorite food on this trip and the breakfast was not only delicious but hugely portioned! If you go, be sure to sample the lemon lavender donut holes! If you find yourself in the area someday, this would be high on my list of things to do in Waco!

Magnolia Attractions In Waco

  • We also visited all of the Magnolia related “things to do in Waco” and most of it revolved around shopping! There was the Little Shop On Bosque, which was the original home to the Magnolia store and now houses their clearance items.
  • The Magnolia Market at the Silos was overflowing with Christmas goods and beautifully styled.
  • Magnolia Bakery and since we were there in the area in the afternoon, the line was too long. Our host Jill directed us to the Magnolia Bakery food truck with no line. We stocked up on some delicious cupcakes to sample and share!
  • Magnolia Silos defines the area, but the silos themselves are not open for visitation. There is a wide open lawn to relax on and eat your cupcakes, people watch or play games.

Magnolia little house on Bosque

Magnolia Shop Christmas 2019

Shopping In Waco

When it came to shopping we did more than our share indeed, and even had a limo from Legacy Limousines of Waco drive us around! If you’re looking for fun things to do in Waco, make time to visit the many interesting shops. These are a couple of shops that we also enjoyed:

Favorite Eateries In Waco

And last but not least, we took a sign making workshop. In addition to learning some techniques, it was great bonding for our group. This place is truly a must if you’re with some friends and looking for fun things to do while in Waco. We spent an afternoon at Board and Brush making our own signs and undoubtedly this was my favorite experience! Take a look at our projects…we loved this!

I hope that this gives you some direction of the many fun things to do in Waco. While you’re there, head on over to the quaint historic downtown area and stroll around. I’d like to thank Jill of Gathered Grace and a few more of our sponsors for making this a memorable trip to Waco!

Floral Treasure
Belleze Furniture
Pillow Panels
Linens And Hutch
The Loomia



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  1. Hi Janet,

    How fun! I remember the Barndominiun episode. Such a beauty from what I saw on that episode.

    I wish I was able to get there but it was fun seeing all the fun you ladies had.


  2. This was the weekend I will never forget with all of you fantastic ladies! I hope we can make it an annual trip.

  3. How fun Janet. What a great trip. This is on my bucket list. It would be so much fun to make it a blogger meet up! Glad you girls found so many fun things to do. How crazy Texas was that cold too. Have a great Thanksgiving.

  4. Hi Janet, eight girls in our family went last Oct. We rented the Mid-Mod, great house! We especially liked the shop at Clint Harp’s woodworking place and found Chip’s favorite bbq spot for dinner. Magnolia Table was awesome. We enjoyed every minute!
    Happy Thanksgiving from Ohio .

  5. Janet, this was beyond the best time I have ever had with ig friends. You all were so fun to be with. Waco certainly rolled out the red carpet for you all. This will definitely be an annual gathering! Jill @gatheredgrace

  6. Looks like a fabulous time!! Love the signs you all made… 😀

  7. My home is 79 miles from Waco…a nice place to shop.
    Glad you enjoyed my neck of the woods.

  8. By the looks of it, looks like you all had a great time! One of my sisters and I made this trip a few years ago & had such a wonderful time. There is nothing so refreshing as time with the gals. Waco is quaint & filled with the neatest shops. I would truly love going back some day.

    1. Waco is such a fun town Sally, but summers are too hot there for sure1