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- Entire rental unit
This upstairs studio-sized apartment is minutes from all Waco favorites including Baylor, Magnolia Silos, Heritage Creamery & so much more. Most of these are less than two miles away and is perfect for a quick getaway or even a full week to see all that Waco has to offer. It has a full kitchen with an original farmhouse sink as well as a full bathroom & is nestled outside a historic neighborhood to make you feel right at home. Parking & access for the garage apartment is behind the main house.
- Entire guesthouse
Cozy backyard guest quarters with private parking from alley way is exactly what you're seeking for a cost-efficient weekend get away, or for a weekday work retreat in Waco. Residence includes a full kitchen and bathroom with essentials. Magnolia Market and other downtown attractions just 2.5 miles away. Feel free to email any questions. License number: STR000548-06-2020
- Entire guest suite
A second story studio apartment with kitchenette, full bath With tub and shower, small refrigerator, Hardwood floors with an area rug, queen size new bed, Wi-Fi is strong and fast, but no TV, Street parking. The apartment is 10 minutes from historic downtown, Baylor University and The "Fixer Upper" Silos complex. Easy Exit from Interstate 35 north of the city
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Your guide to Waco
Deep in the heart of Texas, Waco has gained renown as a home renovation and design destination thanks largely to a popular home renovation TV show. Fans come to tour homes featured on the show and browse antique stores, chic interior décor shops, and home goods marketplaces. But the charming college city, home to Baylor University, has been undergoing a revitalization since long before the show aired. In the Downtown Cultural District, 19th-century buildings now house trendy restaurants, art galleries, and taprooms. History buffs can dive deeper into Waco’s past and visit the Dr. Pepper Museum, the Branch Davidian Memorial, or the Waco Suspension Bridge, which was once part of the historic Chisholm Trail cattle trade route.
There are plenty of green spaces to enjoy here. Lake Waco is just west of downtown, and the Waco Riverwalk runs along the Brazos River between Baylor University and the 416-acre Cameron Park.
How do I get around Waco?
Waco is located between Austin and Dallas and is about 100 miles from each city. Waco Regional Airport (ACT) is 20 minutes from the city center and is served by one airline. You’ll find more options for direct flights on major airlines at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), or Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL). All three airports are about 90 minutes’ drive from Waco.
No matter which airport you fly into, you’ll want to rent a car. There is some public transportation in the downtown area, but like other Texas cities, Waco sprawls a bit. You’ll be able to navigate more easily with your own set of wheels.
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Waco?
The best times of year to stay in one of Waco’s vacation rentals are spring and fall, when the weather is pleasant, and temperatures range from 70 to 80 or 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Summers are muggy and can get as hot as 100 degrees. Cooler winters tend to be around 66 degrees, but temperatures can drop into the high 50s, so be sure to pack a jacket and warm layers. It doesn’t rain much in Waco, but May and October are the wettest months.
What are the top things to do in Waco?
Magnolia Market at the Silos
To get the full experience, catch the free Silo District Trolley to this massive home décor shopping complex that spans two city blocks. Owned and operated by two famous designers, it’s a wonderland of modern farmhouse style stocked with furniture, tableware, wall accents, and various trinkets. Be sure to take a break to relax in the gardens, fuel up with food from an onsite food truck, or grab a cupcake at Silos Baking Co.
Waco Mammoth National Monument
Waco Mammoth National Monument features the remains of a herd of Columbian mammoths that roamed the grasslands here around 70,000 years ago. Twenty-four mammoths have been uncovered, and some of the fossils have been left exactly where they were found. The park offers guided tours, and there’s a free dig pit for kids.
The grassy grounds of Baylor University are home to museums, libraries, and beautiful buildings open to the public. Visit the Armstrong Browning Library, an architectural masterpiece with displays of rare 19th-century books, manuscripts, and letters, or wander the natural history galleries and outdoor exhibits at the Mayborn Museum Complex. Stop by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame to learn about high school football and pro sports legends, and spend some time paging through volumes of Texana at the Texas Collection.