We had a planned weekend trip that got cancelled on a Thursday evening so we threw out alternate locations and booked a trip Friday morning for Waco. We found planning the trip to be incredibly easy as we found Waco and the surrounding area to be teaming with things to do.
Waco Mammoth National Monument
This enclosed site houses the remains of 16 mammoths. The fossils were originally discovered in a creek bed and now the dig site is a preserve piece of history. There's a short nature walk to get to the site and the entry fee was minimal (I believe $5 in 2021).
Dr Pepper Museum
This is one of Waco's more popular attractions and as a big fan of the soda, we wanted to give it a tour. Unfortunately, I can't give the museum rave reviews. There were certainly interesting and intriguing parts, but overall the trip would have been complete without going.
We enjoyed walking around Baylor's pretty campus. Certainly not a must-do but we enjoyed seeing it. Our son enjoyed seeing the Baylor Bear Habitat.
Brand Davidian Compound
Here you can see and learn a little bit about the site of the 1993 Waco Siege.
According to their website, this is "an agrarian- and craft-based intentional Christian community. Its literature stresses simplicity, sustainability, self-sufficiency, cooperation, service and quality craftmanship." They have a restaurant and variety of stores where you can view and purchase the fruits of their handiwork.
If you like shiplap, remodeling, cooking, and/or being a Basic White Girl, this is the place for you.
Cameron Park Zoo
We enjoyed going to the zoo. It's on the smaller side of zoos and midday during August was not the ideal time to visit. If you can, go during a cooler part of the day or year where the animals are prone to be more active.
It was sweltering hot, so we didn't spend much time outside, but Waco's downtown would be a neat place to walk around. There's also a farmers' market on Saturday mornings.