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We love visiting Waco, TX, to visit Magnolia Market and explore all the fun the town has to offer. We’ve stayed at several different places when we’ve traveled to Waco, with the most recent one being the most unique. This last time, I really wanted to book a place through Airbnb out in the country where our daughters would have room to run and play. I have to say that the rental I found was the perfect place for our little family for our two-night-stay.
Where to Stay in Waco, TX During Your Magnolia Market Family Vacation
During our most recent to visit to Waco, Texas, we stayed in an adorable tiny house out in the country. I read rave reviews through the Airbnb site when I booked, and our time there exceeded our expectations.
The property has multiple housing options for guests. We chose the tiny house because we thought it would be a fun experience for everyone. It had a small kitchen area complete with a small refrigerator, microwave, sink, and toaster (which was great for cooking quick breakfasts in the mornings for the kids), a small dining table, king size bed, sofa, restroom with shower, and plenty of room for the kids’ two travel beds.
We enjoyed the view and sounds of nature in the mornings when we looked out our window and were quick to get back outside and explore the nearby woods after meals and nap times.
The property sits on a beautiful 30 acres and provides plenty of fun outdoor activities for the whole family. Below you’ll find a list of some of the activities available on the property.
- Playground – The playground is a great place for young children to swing, climb, and slide.
- Pool – We went in March so the pool was not open, but the fenced-in space was complete with lounge chairs, small tables, and string lights, making it the perfect hang-out spot in the summer.
- Outdoor games – We saw corn hole, giant Jenga, and ping pong already set up and were told that we could find more outdoor games in an outdoor storage cabinet nearby. Our little ones enjoyed corn hole, wagon rides, and playing tag.
- Fire pit – There’s a large fire pit that you can enjoy by requesting fire pit service for a fee. While they will not allow you to start your own fire, they will allow you to bring your own goodies to roast.
- Charcoal grill – If you’d like to do some grilling and eat outside under the string lights, just bring your own charcoal and meat, and fire up the grill. There’s seating at the picnic tables and patio tables nearby.
- Nature walks – There’s room to roam and explore, and our kids did a lot of that looking for bugs and playing in the dirt in the woods near the tiny houses.
The property is located in Crawford, Texas, about 15 to 20 minutes from the Silos in Downtown Waco. It is just the right distance to get away to the country, but also close enough to be able to easily explore other fun activities that Waco has to offer during a vacation.
Other Places To Stay in Waco, TX
If you’re specifically looking for a hotel option in Downtown Waco, I recommend staying at the Hilton Waco. It’s conveniently located minutes away from the Silos, has free parking, and has a trolley stop in front that goes to Magnolia Market. Across the street is Spice Village, which is another fun place to shop, and also Ninfa’s where you can enjoy some delicious Mexican food.
Another great place to stay in Waco is Homewood Suites. This is especially great for young families because it has a kitchen in each of the rooms, more space including suite options, and free breakfast. It’s about a 10-minute drive to Downtown Waco.
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Things To Do in Waco, TX
Even though we’ve been to Waco many times, we still find new places to explore each time we go. I’ve listed some of our favorite places that we’ve been to that are great for families with young children.
- Visit Magnolia Market – The lawn area is a perfect place for kids to run around and play. Our toddler and preschooler absolutely love it. We also enjoy piling onto the large swings, sitting in the teepee, walking through the garden, eating food from the food trucks at the picnic tables, and talking with other folks visiting. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind place.
- Explore Cameron Park Zoo – We love this zoo! It sits on 52 acres and is full of natural habitats and close-up encounters. The times we’ve been, it hasn’t been crowded, and parking is free.
- Shop – Besides Magnolia Market, there are other great places to shop. My favorite places are: Spice Village, The Findery, Harp Design Co., and the Magnolia Warehouse Shop that opened this spring.
- Visit Homestead Heritage – There’s a lot to explore on this property that has been featured on Fixer Upper. Within the Homestead Craft Village, there is a blacksmith shop, pottery house, cheese-making house, woodworking shop, and more. You can make your way around the village to each stop and talk with the craftsmen inside.
- Eat – Some of our favorite places to dine in or near Waco include: Magnolia Table, George’s Restaurant and Bar, and Café Homestead.
- Drink local coffee – We love Common Grounds! The location on 8th Street has so much character with indoor and outdoor seating. My husband has to get a Cowboy Coffee every time we visit Waco.
- Meet the Baylor Bears – You can visit the mascots, Lady and Joy, at their bear habitat on the Baylor University campus anytime between 9:30am and 8pm. This is a free and easy stop right off of I-35, and the kids love it.
Wherever you choose to stay during your visit to Waco, Texas, and whatever you choose to do, I hope it’s a great getaway for your family and provides plenty of opportunities for lots of fun!