Local Area Interests
Texas Rangers Hall of Fame DPS Visit Site Here
The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame in Waco is a cooperative project of the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers and the City of Waco. It preserves and interprets a unique heritage of service spanning the centuries. The HALL OF FAME memorializes 30 Texas Rangers who gave their lives in the line of duty or served with great distinction. Nominees are selected by a committee of serving and retired Rangers.
Cameron Park Zoo Visit Site Here
The walkways of Cameron Park Zoo meander through lush landscapes and natural habitat displays featuring animals from Africa, Asia, South America, North America, and Madagascar. An 1880s Texas ranch house serves as an education facility, complete with whitetail deer, turkey, and peccary display. A state of the art Herpetarium opened in 1997. This unique immersion display houses more than 50 species of reptiles, amphibians, and fish from around the world. Grammy Nell's Play Area opened in 1998 with a focus on nature-based play and a zero-depth splash fountain. The following year a $600,000 African lion display was built thanks to the family and friends of Sam "Jack" McGlasson. In 2000, the Cameron Park Zoological & Botanical Society committed funds to build El Rey de la Montana, featuring a variety of South American mammals, birds, and reptiles. The featured animal in this display is the King Vulture. Most recently, Lemur Island opened June 28, 2002. It is home to three species of Lemurs including the Sclater's black lemur, a critically endangered species that is held in only 14 institutions worldwide.
Dr Pepper Museum Visit Site Here
Dr Pepper is a "native Texan," originating at Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store. It is the oldest of the major brand soft drinks in America. Like its flavor, the origin of Dr Pepper is out-of-the-ordinary. Charles Alderton, a young pharmacist working at Morrison's store, is believed to be the inventor of the now famous drink. Alderton spent most of his time mixing up medicine for the people of Waco, but in his spare time he liked to serve carbonated drinks at the soda fountain. He liked the way the drug store smelled, with all of the fruit syrup flavor smells mixing together in the air. He decided to to create a drink that tasted like that smell. He kept a journal, and after numerous experiments he finally hit upon a mixture of fruit syrups that he liked...Visit Site to Read More
Baylor University Visit Site Here
Baylor University in Waco, Texas, is a private Baptist university, and a nationally ranked liberal arts institution. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas, Baylor is the oldest, continually operating university in the state. Though 80 percent of our students come from within Texas, we are home to students from 48 states and 86 countries.
Texas Sports Hall of Fame Visit Site Here
Home of more than 300 Texas legends, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame was the idea of the sports editor at The Beaumont Enterprise. Thad Johnson spoke to the Texas Sportswriters Association during the 1949 Texas High School Coaches Association All Star Games in Beaumont about starting the Hall of Fame. The sports writers unanimously agreed with Johnson and in 1951 baseball great Tris Speaker was the inaugural inductee and Texas became the first state to honor its athletes with a hall of fame. The Texas Sports Hall of Fame under the guidance of Texas sports entrepreneur Lamar Hunt was opened in Grand Prairie on Saturday, May 23, 1981 but was closed in 1986. The Hall of Fame remained dormant until several prominent members of the Waco community created a plan in 1990 to have the Hall of Fame moved to Waco.
Cottonwood Creak Golf Course Visit Site Here
Cottonwood Creek Golf Course is a public facility located at 5201 Bagby in Waco. The golf course was designed by Finger, Dye, and Spann.
Measuring 7,140 from the championship tees, the course is a par 72. The course winds through rolling plains and features pristine greens and landscaping.
Course hours are 7 a.m. to dark, seven days a week.
Mayborn Museum Visit Site Here
Walk across a replica of Waco's famous mammoth site, see a Comanche tipi up close or spend your day exploring the 17 themed Discovery rooms, such as the Communication Room, the Health Room and the Invertebrate Room. The Mayborn Museum Complex is the perfect place to bring the family.
Mammoth Site Visit Site Here
The Waco Mammoth Site sits on more than 100 acres of wooded parkland along the Bosque River. Surrounded by oak, mesquite and cedar trees, the site offers an escape from the modern world and provides a glimpse into the lives of Columbian mammoths. "The nation's first and only recorded discovery of a nursery herd of Pleistocene mammoths" -- National Park Service
BSR Cable Park Visit Site Here
BSR Cable Park is a state of the art water sports facility where riders and skiers are pulled around their 12 acer lake by one of their 2 cable systems.