Take A Classic Tour Of Waco
Here at Frank Kent Country in Corsicana, we love to visit the nearby town of Waco, TX, and explore the awesome attractions. For a closer look at the many interesting sites the city of Waco has to offer, sign up for a Waco Tour. This 2.5-hour excursion around town provides deeper insight into several fascinating hot spots routinely overlooked by even the most knowledgeable locals. The tour begins at the headquarters inside Waco Tours Mercantile, located at 215 South University Parks Drive. Tours require a four-person minimum and a 13-person maximum. Prices include bottled water, soda, and local coffee or ice cream. A professional tour guide takes photos for you as you’re transported through town in an air-conditioned Mercedes Benz Sprinter van. Along with Baylor College and the Waco Suspension Bridge, here are a few of the tastier sights you can expect to see:
The Dr. Pepper Museum
In 1906, the Artesian Manufacturing and Bottling Company was built to house the manufacture of America’s iconic soda pop, Dr. Pepper. It became a museum in 1989 and then a private non-profit organization. Officially named the Dr. Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute, this site has attracted more than two million visitors since it first opened to the public in 1991. Along with showcasing the history of soft drinks, the Free Enterprise Institute is on a mission to educate the people of Texas about the American economic system.
Standing next to the original bottling plant is the Kellum-Rotan building, which is used to store museum collections. The Kellum-Rotan dates back to the 1880s, making it one of the oldest buildings in downtown Waco. Collections kept at the historic building include soft drink memorabilia from various times throughout American history (not just limited to Dr. Pepper). On the museum’s third floor you’ll find the Free Enterprise Institute, an educational program founded by one of Dr. Pepper’s most influential leaders, W.W. “Foots” Clements. With interactive exhibits and a classroom theater, the Free Enterprise Institute aims to inspire visitors to pursue their dreams of starting a business.
The Dr. Pepper Museum is open seven days a week year-round, with the exception of major holidays. Discounts are available for group guided tours, students, seniors, military members and educators. A free Dr. Pepper comes with every paid admission. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Liquid Laboratory for live demonstrations on the science of soda. Feature programs include how to use soda in everyday cooking, understanding the connection between smell and taste, and facts about carbon dioxide bubbles. Visitors are also invited to sample unique soda flavors from all around the world. For a sweet treat, pop into Frosty’s Soda Shop for a menu of delectable items reminiscent of a ‘50s ice cream parlor. Stay for a while and enjoy your visit!
Silos Baking Company
The Silos Baking Company is a must-stop shop, especially if you’re a fan of Chip and Joanna Gaines. The on site bakery is a redesigned cottage located next to the famous Magnolia Market. Discover a lovely assortment of creative cupcake delights, including lemon lavender flavor, strawberries ‘n cream cupcake, campfire cupcake or the whimsical nuts and bolts cupcake. For a savory bakery item, the Prize Pig is a cheddar and bacon biscuit made from scratch just for you. Staying away from gluten? The oatmeal chocolate chip cookie and the peanut butter oatmeal cookie are naturally gluten-free. Savor your choice of indulgence with hot or iced coffee, or Silos’ unique Belvior Elderflower and Rose Lemonade.
While long lines are common at Silos Baking Company, they move pretty fast, as does placing your order when you get to the counter. There is no indoor seating, but you can bring baked goods to the outdoor seating area or to take them to-go. The Silos Baking Company is open from 7:30pm to 6pm on Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays. No visit to Waco is complete without this popular tourist attraction.
If you live near Waco and haven’t heard of Balcones Distillery, you haven’t been paying attention. Balcones earned several awards in the past few years and garnered quite a bit of media attention. In August 2017, their Texas Blue Corn Bourbon was awarded Top Honor at the Spirits Business’ American Whiskey Masters Competition. The distillery earned a total of five metals, recognizing their Baby Blue, True Blue 100, ‘1’ Texas Single Malt and limited-edition Texas Single Malt Rum Cask Finished. In 2019, Balcones celebrated their 10th anniversary and the occasion was covered by Forbes Magazine. Even if you’re not a big whiskey drinker, Balcones is a well-worth a visit.
Balcones began in 2008, in an old welding shop under a bridge in Waco. After a year of major renovations, the building was transformed into a distillery. Balcones takes pride in the ingredients they use to produce hand-crafted whiskey. Their copper pot still were built by Forsyths of Scotland. In 2015, they moved to a larger facility to accommodate a growing demand for production. This allowed them to increase annual output to 350,000 liters.
Balcones attributes their success to the naturally fluctuating temperatures in Texas. Because the climate ranges from cold to hot on a daily basis, whiskey matures more rapidly in Texas barrels than in other whisky-making regions. Balcones takes every small detail into account when crafting their product and uses no artificial colors or flavors. Their filtering process preserves the natural oils and esters typically compromised by chilled filtering processes.
Along with their tasting room and guided tours, Balcones draws crowds with several fun events throughout the year. Celebrate Game Day at the distillery, while catching local college football games on the big screen projector. For a relaxing night out, head to Balcones during their Live Jazz event. From 7-9 p.m. you can sway to the music of local musicians at this chic event. Add a dash of fun to your holiday shopping at Balcones’ Sip and Shop event, with participating vendors. December 2019 marks the third year of this annual two-day event packed with local food trucks, live music and engaging workshops. With numerous fabulous events combining fun, food and entertainment, it’s a great time to be in Waco.
Schedule Your Tour Today
A tour of Waco wouldn’t be complete without a few treats along the way. Texas is famous for good eats and drinks. Book your Classic Waco Tour for an insider’s look at these famous landmarks and more. With over 900 reviews, Waco Tours earned a 5/5 rating on TripAdvisor. Whether you’re popping by for a quick visit or have lived here your whole life, a tour of Waco will bring a fresh perspective to the wonderful businesses and landmarks this region has to offer.
Gain a new appreciation for Waco as you sample your way through town in a luxury-chartered ride. Learn how Waco came to be the rich and interesting place it is today through the stories of a knowledgeable tour guide. Gain new appreciation for the beautiful city that we call home and show us off to friends and family as they pass through on a visit. With so many fabulous sites to see, at least one thing is for sure. No one leaves Waco hungry.