Magnolia Market at the Silos

Day Trips

There's plenty to do in and around Clifton, Hillsboro, Hubbard, Meridian, and Whitney. But if you feel like venturing out for a day trip, both Waco and Glen Rose have some interesting places to visit including Magnolia Market in Waco.

Waco (36 miles, 50 minutes) Driving Directions

Magnolia Market Waco

Magnolia Market at the Silos

Chip and Joanna Gaines have created a shopping mecca for fans of their TV show "Fixer Upper" on HGTV. It's easy to spend a half-day exploring all that they have to offer.

The main market features unique ideas to decorate your home. You'll find vases, candles, cotton stems and cotton wreaths all designed to inspire you to create your own space.

On the large green lawn at the center of the property are a number of old-fashioned games that can be played by all ages. It's the perfect place to relax with friends and family on a sunny afternoon.

Magnolia Market at the Silos

All that activity may mean you've worked up an appetite. Grab a meal at any of the food trucks on site or pick up a snack at the "Silos Baking Co". Relax on the patio while you savor some of Joanna's favorite recipes.

Before you leave, stop by the "Magnolia Seed + Supply" garden shop. See produce and flowers growing in their beds. Pick up a new garden tool, some seeds, or even a new planter.

For more information, visit the website for Magnolia Market at the Silos.

Baylor University - Football, Basketball, and Museums

Chartered in 1845, Baylor University is the oldest continually operating university in Texas.

On crisp autumn weekends you will find students, alumni and fans gathered on campus for Baylor Bears football games. McLane Stadium, opened in 2014, can hold over 45,000 dedicated fans. These fans often spend the weekend, perhaps staying in the Lake Whitney area to also enjoy boating, golf and spectacular sunsets.

As fall unwinds into winter, the Lady Bears basketball team attracts its share of fans as the women compete for a chance to play in the NCAA Championship. Memories of two recent title-winning seasons in 2005 and 2012 bring out the fans hoping for another run at the title.

Besides sports, visitors come for Baylor's museums. The Mayborn Museum features natural history and science exhibits for all ages. The Martin Museum of Art rotates exhibits that include works from their collection of over 1300 objects along with works from current students.

For more information, visit the websites for Baylor University or Baylor Athletics.

Cameron Park Zoo

Located inside the 416 acre Cameron Park, this natural habitat zoo features Gibbon Island, a bald eagle habitat, Galapagos tortoises, and a Brazos River Country exhibit with animals native to Texas. A herpetarium, an African Savanna exhibit, and an Asian Forest are some of the other exhibits at the zoo.

The zoo is open 7 days a week, and has a gift shop and a cafe. For more information, visit the Cameron Park Zoo website.

Dr Pepper Museum

Dr Pepper Museum

This museum is located in the historic home of the nation's oldest major soft drink, Dr Pepper. It contains one of the finest collections of soft drink memorabilia in the world. A working soda fountain delights visitors at the end of the tour.

For more information, visit the Dr Pepper Museum website.

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum

Preserving Texas Ranger history through exhibits on the "Ranger Ideal" is the purpose of the official state museum of the Texas Rangers law enforcement agency. Kids enjoy the ranger scavenger hunt, and everyone enjoys the exhibits featuring equipment used by this legendary symbol of Texas and the American West.

For more information, visit the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum website.

Texas Sports Hall of Fame

This museum exhibits objects that have significance to the history of sports in Texas. Tom Landry, Nolan Ryan, and Babe Didrikson are some of the athletes featured. The museum also houses the Texas Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame and the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame.

For more information, visit the Texas Sports Hall of Fame website.

Waco Mammoth Site

Waco Mammoth Site

This is the site of the nation's first and only recorded discovery of a nursery herd of Pleistocene mammoths, which roamed this area approximately 68,000 years ago. It features a climate-controlled dig shelter and a suspended walkway that provides an overhead view of several species, including a bull mammoth and a camel.

For more information, visit the Waco Mammoth Site website.

Glen Rose (50 miles, approx 1 hour) Driving Directions

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Dinosaur Valley State Park

This state park contains some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world. Tracks are located in the riverbed, so call ahead to check on river condition.

Two 70-foot and 45-foot tall model dinosaurs, originally shown at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, are on display at the entrance.

For more information, visit the Dinosaur Valley State Park website.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

This sanctuary for exotic and endangered species showcases ostriches, giraffe, zebra and more. The animals are free to roam the pastures and forests.

The public can view these animals on a 9 1/2 mile self-drive tour, or on guided tours. An animal identification brochure is provided at the entrance, and food for feeding the animals can be purchased at the park.

For more information, visit the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center website.

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