4 Unusual Attractions to Check Out in Waco, Texas

When travelers seek out new and exciting destinations, they normally do so because of items they already know about the destination. Tourists are attracted to Hawaii because of the beautiful beaches and New England due to its beautiful fall foliage. Have you experienced all your vacation has to offer? Have you ever wanted to visit a destination due to its unusual attractions? Waco, Texas, is one such destination with charming and unusual attractions.

Dr. Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute

How about a deliciously sweet attraction to visit? Waco is home to the Dr. Pepper Museum. Located in the Artesian Manufacturing and Bottling Company building, this tribute to the slightly spicy and sweet beverage that was first manufactured in Waco is sure to be a fun and educational experience for all. Enjoy three full floors of exhibits, a gift shop, and the charm of a working old-fashioned soda fountain.

Branch Davidian Swimming Pool

One of the figures Waco is most known for is David Koresh and the Branch Davidians. Unless you were living under a rock, you probably associate Waco with this figure from history. Did you know that you can visit the swimming pool that was once part of the famous compound? Of course, after the famous FBI standoff, this pool, a few concrete pads, and a monument naming all those who died are all that remain of the compound. If you are a news or history buff, this place is for you.

Just a heads up: Folks say a rather aggressive white dog greets them at the gate and makes it difficult to pay the suggested donation to enter the site.

Waco Mammoth National Monument

If you are a science buff, you won't want to miss out on visiting the Waco Mammoth National Monument. This site is home to the largest collection of mammoths that died from one event. Visitors can walk above fossils that are still embedded in the dirt and look history in the face.

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum

Texas is famous for many items, maybe with the Texas Rangers being most synonymous with the state. No trip to Waco would be complete without a visit to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum. Visitors can learn about the Texas Rangers who made great contributions along with paying tribute to those who have died.

Waco is a place full of hidden and unusual attractions. Whether you decide to reminisce at the former Branch Davidian compound swimming pool, sample some sweet refreshment at the Dr. Pepper Museum, revisit the Ice Age with mammoth bones, go to a tortilla tossing, or pay tribute to the Texas Rangers, Waco's attractions can't be beat.

If you are worn out from your day of visiting neat attractions, you won't find a shortage of nearby hotel accommodations. These sites are all located within a short driving distance of some of the most trusted brands of lodging establishments.

Visit Waco and make the most of your travels by visiting some unusual attractions.

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July 3, 2019

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