Historic/Educational

Cameron Park Zoo

  • I mean, it's a zoo. What kind of description are you looking for? Monkeys, fish, bald eagles, tortoises, elephants, giraffes, etc, the Cameron Park Zoo is a great place to take the family (get a membership and return again and again!) Features reciprocal programs with other zoos, so check and see if your zoo membership works at Cameron Park. Skip the line and get your tickets here
  • 1701 North 4th Street
  • 9am-5pm Mon-Sat; 11am-5pm Sun

Carleen Bright Arboretum

  • Covering 16 acres, eight of which are devoted to botanical gardens, the Carleen Bright Arboretum features a Monarch Way-station, pond, babbling waterfall, rose garden, and more. Check them out if you're looking for a natural retreat in Woodway, or if you need a wedding/reception spot!
  • 1 Pavilion Way (Woodway)
  • Grounds open dawn to dusk; Office open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri; 10am-2pm Sat; Office closed Sun

Dr Pepper Museum & Free enterprise Center

  • Is a Mr. Pibb Museum okay? No, it's not. Featuring interactive, hands-on exhibits, gallery talks, and gallery activities for the whole family, the Dr Pepper Museum tells the story of every Texan's favorite drink, and the story of Waco. Grab a Dr. Pepper Float in the Soda Fountain (and a hot dog!) when you finish your visit. 
  • 300 South 5th Street
  • 10am-5:30pm Mon-Sat; 12pm-5:30pm Sun. Soda Fountain and Gift Shop open until 5:30, last ticket sold at 4pm. 

Mayborn Museum

  • Baylor's own first-class on-campus museum, the Mayborn has an impressive listing of traveling exhibits, plus a permanent collection, plus a historic village, plus a kid- and family-friendly interactive, hands-on set of exhibits exploring animals, sounds, textures, and history! The Mayborn's membership program provides a ton of value, as well.
  • 1300 South University Parks Drive
  • 10am-5pm Mon-Wed, 10am-8pm Thu; 10am-5pm Fri-Sat, 1pm-5pm Sun

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum

  • The official historical center of the Texas Rangers (not the 2nd-best MLB team in Texas kind of Rangers), the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum tells the story of the legendary law force, with exhibits, artifacts, and archives related to their service. 
  • 100 Texas Ranger Trail (just south of McLane Stadium, across the Brazos River)
  • 9am-5pm Sun-Sat; Last ticket sold at 4:30pm. 

Texas Sports Hall of Fame

  • Also home to the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame and the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame is a 35,000 square-foot exhibit space celebrating the best of the Texas Athlete. After inheriting the collection of the Nolan Ryan Museum in Alvin, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame is a must-visit for the Texas Sports fan in your life. Come on, do a sports fan a solid and let them spend a couple of hours here. 
  • 1108 South University Parks Drive
  • 9am-5pm Mon-Sat; Closed Sun

Waco Mammoth Site

  • Part of the National Park Service, the Waco Mammoth Site "represents the nation’s only recorded discovery of a nursery herd of Columbian mammoths." Since the discovery of a large fossil in 1978, Baylor scientists and archaeologists have spent thousands of hours uncovering the site, preserving it for visitors like you. Guided tours are available.
  • 6220 Steinbeck Bend Drive
  • 9am-5pm Sun-Sat