Summers in Waco are the best, and as much as we try to hold on to them, they always have to end. So start early this year and don’t miss out on all of the amazing summertime traditions here in town. This is last year’s end of summer bucket list for Waco with a few fresh additions so take it on, conquer it and make the most of this summer!

Tonkawa Falls Excursion

If you haven’t spent at least one afternoon out in this Crawford oasis, you haven’t fully experienced a Waco summer. Grab some friends, sunscreen, and a volleyball and head out on highway 6 for a little surprise. | Directions

Coco’s Snow Cone

It is too hot in Waco to go a whole summer without grabbing a snow cone from Cocos. They have multiple locations, every flavor you could want, and the original location on Bosque has a playground. There’s no better way to end a summer day than a trip to Cocos. | Directions

Slippery Minnow Burger and Fries

The Slippery Minnow is one of those things you have to be a true local to uncover. Their hours are a little hard to track down, but predominantly because they are heavily dependent on the weather and the state of the lake. The summer of 2015 was a hard one, flood levels rose so high they were out for the count. But this summer they triumphantly return and their burgers (and gator shots) are a true #wacowin. And it’s like a scavenger hunt to locate them, so go make it a date and head to Lake Waco!

Heritage Creamery Scoop – Balcones Edition

It’s nothing new to associate summer with ice cream, but the real deal here is the fact that Heritage created flavors that incorporate two different Balcones releases. And we can tell you they are incredible. Local ice cream, local whisky…all delicious.

Sunset at Lake Waco

Texas skies seem even bigger during the summer. The sunsets are vibrant and we are spoiled by them. The only thing that makes them better is watching them set over Lake Waco. If you haven’t experienced this yet, you need to get yourself out there and experience one of the most beautiful natural elements of Waco.

Farmer’s Market Blackberries

It’s ok, we’re guilty of it too. Walking up and down the Farmers Market with the full intention of buying something and then walking away empty-handed with over-analysis-paralysis. So start small, go get blackberries. The Farmers Market flourishes in the summer. Produce is everywhere and it looks incredible. The blackberries we encountered were plump and perfect and make a great cobbler. If you don’t like blackberries, go for a melon. It’s always a good thing to support local, and you can’t get more direct than the Farmers Market. (be sure to bring cash!)

Take out a paddle board with Waco Paddle Company

There’s no better way to beat the heat than to dive right into the water. Soak in some rays, enjoy the outdoors, and get your nautical on by swinging by the team over at Waco Paddle Company and picking up a day rental. This is the perfect way to stay cool in the summertime.

Bonnie’s Nursery Succulents

Taking a trip out to Bonnie’s Nursery is just one of things you have to do as a Wacoan. It’s tucked away over in the La Vega and offers a large variety of goodies that are really well priced. If you don’t have a green thumb, check out their cute little succulents. You can keep those alive for a while and they’re pretty trendy at the moment. | Directions

BSR Park’s Lazy River

It’s hot in Waco, there’s no doubt about that. But lucky for us, the lazy river at BSR is a great way to cool off. Grab your group and head out for an afternoon of indulging in the cooler water and getting a good tan! | Directions

Biking along Cameron Park River Front

Bike rides during the summertime are a staple. Texas heat makes it a little more difficult, so just switch up your location. Take your bikes along the riverfront of Cameron Park where it’s nice and shaded and cool.

Pokey-O’s

There’s no better way to end a summer day than a scoop of ice cream smashed between two giant cookies. If you haven’t had Pokey-O’s yet this summer you’re wrong. That’s that.

Jump on a river safari

If you haven’t jumped on a river safari yet with Captain Ryan, you’re just wrong. Go ahead and book the next available sunset tour to watch one of the prettiest sunsets you’ve seen plus learn a little history, see some wild creatures of the brazos, and have a ton of fun.

Grab a Downtown McGregor Cuppicake

The great thing about Waco is that it doesn’t take a super far drive to feel like you’re in a whole new town. Summer’s are made for road trips, so grab your gang and head to McGregor for Cuppicakes. They’re absolutely delicious and well worth the drive. | Directions

Take the trolley like a tourist

This is actually a really fun thing to do as a local- park downtown by one of the Silo District stops, hop on the silo trolley and catch your free ride around downtown. Roam around each of the stops, grab some food truck goodies while you’re at the Silos and listen to the tourist admire our city. There’s nothing like listening to an outsider’s view of the city to make you love where you live!

Summer is just getting started but time tends to fly, so make the most of it while it’s still here. Happy exploring, Waco!


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