Visiting Waco: A New City to Call Home

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Arriving in Waco

After a long drive, I finally arrived in Waco, Texas. As I drove into the city for the first time, I was struck by its charming small town feel while still having a good number of amenities. The city is located along the Brazos River and has beautiful parks and greenbelts.

I checked into my hotel downtown. Waco has maintained its historic downtown with many buildings from the late 1800s. The downtown area has restaurants, shops, and cultural attractions. I took a walk to get acquainted with the neighborhood. There was a great energy with many people out and about.


Exploring Downtown Waco

The next day I set out to explore downtown Waco in depth. Some of the highlights included:

- The Waco Suspension Bridge - An iconic footbridge over the Brazos River built in 1870. It provides great views of the river.

- Waco Mammoth National Monument - Site where the bones of Columbian mammoths from the Ice Age were discovered. There is a fascinating exhibit about the excavation.

- Dr Pepper Museum - All about the history of Dr Pepper soft drink which was invented in Waco in the 1880s. You can try old fashioned soda flavors.

- Texas Sports Hall of Fame - Covers the history of sports in Texas. Even if you're not a sports fan, it's an interesting look at Texas culture.

I also browsed the shops on Austin Avenue and stopped for a bite to eat at Poppa Rollo's Pizza. The downtown area had such charm and many historic buildings.


Checking Out the Baylor University Area

Since Baylor University is located in Waco, I headed over to the campus area next. Baylor is a private Christian university and the grounds were immaculate with gorgeous landscaping. Some highlights included visiting the Armstrong Browning Library which houses the world's largest collection of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning works. I also walked through the Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village which has historic homes relocated to the campus.

Just outside campus along the Brazos River is a great walking and biking trail called the Baylor Brazos Trail. It looked like a nice way to experience more of the river. The campus area also had a variety of eateries and shops catering to students.


Considering a Move to Waco

After my visit, I could definitely see myself living in Waco. It has a great combination of small town charm along with enough attractions and amenities so as not to get bored. The cost of living also appears to be affordable compared to other cities in Texas. Waco would be a great place to put down roots while still being able to easily visit larger cities like Dallas or Austin for weekends or day trips.

If I were to move to Waco, some of the things on my to do list would be:

- Tour the historic homes

- Hike at Cameron Park

- Catch a concert at the Waco Hippodrome Theatre

- Check out a Baylor Bears football game

- Explore more of the walking trails

I'm excited at the possibility of making Waco my new hometown. It seems like a wonderful community with friendly people and lots to offer new residents. Have you visited Waco? What were your impressions? Let me know if you have any recommendations of other things I should see or do if I move there!

You may also want to check out Waco movers if you decide to relocate to the area.

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