All the Chip-and-Joanna–Approved Things You Can Do in Waco, Texas
Everything's Coming Up Magnolia
In just two years, Chip and Joanna Gaines’s popularity has helped transform the city into a must-see destination for Fixer Upper fans. Tourist numbers have tripled to 1.9 million per year, thanks in large part to Magnolia Market at the Silos, which has in turn boosted revenues for hotels and businesses.
“To think that we’ve even had a small piece to play in that is what keeps us going,” says Chip. Here, all the Waco destinations endorsed (and often owned) by Chip and Jo.
Magnolia Market at the Silos
Lines to get into Magnolia Market form before the doors open at 9 a.m. “We love the idea of the past and simpler times,” says Joanna. “At the Silos it’s about taking a step back and being with the people you love.”
Magnolia Baking Co.
Chip's Store (Coming Soon)
Chip, who currently has a "corner" inside the main market is getting a dedicated outpost, located inside one of the property’s two former cotton seed silos. The yet unnamed shop will open in 2017.
Magnolia Table (Coming in 2017)
The Gaines's breakfast restaurant, formerly the Elite Cafe, is Chip's current passion project. “I’ve always been a breakfast connoisseur,” he says. “It will be like my baby." In a recent blog update, Joanna adds, “[the cafe] had been a Waco icon for nearly 100 years. We couldn’t let a place with such a rich history be forgotten.”
Harp Design Co.
Black Oak Art Studio
Round Top Antiques Fair
The stars' favorite low-key date night spot? The local Taco Cabana. "I love a good steak every now and then, but we tend to frequent our local holes-in-the-wall for street tacos and queso," says Joanna. "After dinner we get ice cream and drive around Waco to go down memory lane and visit our old stomping grounds."
Dr. Pepper Museum
After visitors have exhausted their need to shop and snack, Chip and Jo recommend a few local highlights to round out a Waco tour, including the Dr. Pepper Museum, which is “the historic home of the nation’s oldest major soft drink.” Their kitschy collection includes soft drink memorabilia and a daily “Liquid Lab” demonstration on how to incorporate soda into everyday cooking.
Another Gaines family favorite, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum is a state-designated memorial commemorates the service of Texas Rangers who “gave their lives in the line of duty,” according to the attraction’s website.
Waco Mammoth National Monument
Those looking to go a bit further back in time should check out the five-acre park, which according to the National Park Service is, “the nation’s first and only recorded discovery of a nursery herd of Pleistocene mammoths.”
McLane Stadium at Baylor University
Chip ('98) and Jo ('01) are both Baylor alums. They still attend sporting events at the school with the whole family and have even commandeered the stadium for a few Magnolia team events.