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Popular amenities for Waco places to stay

Stay near Waco's top sights

Cameron Park Zoo168 locals recommend
Cameron Park143 locals recommend
Waco Mammoth National Monument139 locals recommend
Central Texas Marketplace18 locals recommend
Extraco Events Center12 locals recommend
McLane Stadium62 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Waco

  • Total rentals

    790 properties

  • Rentals with a pool

    60 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    230 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    550 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    57K reviews

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $20 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Waco

Introduction

Deep in the heart of Texas, Waco has gained renown as a home renovation and design destination thanks largely to a popular home renovation TV show. Fans come to tour homes featured on the show and browse antique stores, chic interior décor shops, and home goods marketplaces. But the charming college city, home to Baylor University, has been undergoing a revitalization since long before the show aired. In the Downtown Cultural District, 19th-century buildings now house trendy restaurants, art galleries, and taprooms. History buffs can dive deeper into Waco’s past and visit the Dr. Pepper Museum, the Branch Davidian Memorial, or the Waco Suspension Bridge, which was once part of the historic Chisholm Trail cattle trade route.

There are plenty of green spaces to enjoy here. Lake Waco is just west of downtown, and the Waco Riverwalk runs along the Brazos River between Baylor University and the 416-acre Cameron Park.


The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Waco

The best times of year to stay in one of Waco’s vacation rentals are spring and fall, when the weather is pleasant, and temperatures range from 70 to 80 or 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Summers are muggy and can get as hot as 100 degrees. Cooler winters tend to be around 66 degrees, but temperatures can drop into the high 50s, so be sure to pack a jacket and warm layers. It doesn’t rain much in Waco, but May and October are the wettest months.


Top things to do in Waco

Magnolia Market at the Silos

To get the full experience, catch the free Silo District Trolley to this massive home décor shopping complex that spans two city blocks. Owned and operated by two famous designers, it’s a wonderland of modern farmhouse style stocked with furniture, tableware, wall accents, and various trinkets. Be sure to take a break to relax in the gardens, fuel up with food from an onsite food truck, or grab a cupcake at Silos Baking Co.

Waco Mammoth National Monument

Waco Mammoth National Monument features the remains of a herd of Columbian mammoths that roamed the grasslands here around 70,000 years ago. Twenty-four mammoths have been uncovered, and some of the fossils have been left exactly where they were found. The park offers guided tours, and there’s a free dig pit for kids.

Baylor University

The grassy grounds of Baylor University are home to museums, libraries, and beautiful buildings open to the public. Visit the Armstrong Browning Library, an architectural masterpiece with displays of rare 19th-century books, manuscripts, and letters, or wander the natural history galleries and outdoor exhibits at the Mayborn Museum Complex. Stop by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame to learn about high school football and pro sports legends, and spend some time paging through volumes of Texana at the Texas Collection.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Waco?

    Waco experiences a humid subtropical climate with hot summers, typically reaching 96°F (36°C), and mild winters, with lows around 35°F (2°C). Visitors can also expect moderate rainfall throughout the year, with May usually being the wettest month.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Waco?

    In Waco, you can explore the exhibits at the Mayborn Museum, take a relaxing stroll through the Cameron Park Zoo, or enjoy a boat tour on the Brazos River. You can also learn about local history at the Waco Suspension Bridge.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Waco?

    Spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) are the most popular times to visit Waco due to pleasant temperatures. Events such as the Waco Wild West Bicycle Tour in October and the Baylor University Homecoming Parade in November often attract visitors.

  • What are the best places to stay in Waco?

    The downtown area, near Baylor University and the Magnolia Market, is frequently suggested for its proximity to local attractions. North Waco and the neighborhoods around Lake Waco are also popular for their quiet settings and beautiful views.

  • What are the best places to visit in Waco?

    Waco is home to a variety of attractions such as the Dr. Pepper Museum, Baylor University, Waco Mammoth National Monument, and the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame. For fans of home design, visiting Magnolia Market at the Silos, run by HGTV's 'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, is often recommended.

  • What are some hiking trails in Waco?

    Cameron Park has a number of hiking trails like the 7-mile (11 km) River Trail and the 2.5-mile (4 km) Cameron Park Outer Loop. For a more challenging hike, you can try the 4-mile (6.4 km) trail at Lake Waco Dam.

  • What are some family activities to do in Waco?

    Families in Waco can spend a day at the Hawaiian Falls Water Park, learn about native wildlife at the Cameron Park Zoo, or explore the interactive exhibits at the Mayborn Museum. For outdoor fun, a picnic in Cameron Park or a hike along the Waco Riverwalk could be enjoyable.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Waco?

    From Waco, many travelers enjoy day trips to nearby cities like Austin, about 160 km away, known for its vibrant music scene, or Dallas, around 144 km away, with its rich cultural history and shopping districts. Nature enthusiasts may also appreciate a visit to Lake Whitney State Park, just 56 km away.

  • How much does it cost to stay in cottage rentals in Waco?

    Experience the best of Waco with our cottage rentals, starting at about $20 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Waco?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 380 vacation rentals in Waco featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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