Cameron Park Zoo is next to the Brazos River and within one of the biggest city parks in the state, Cameron Park (416 acres). Cottonwood Creek Golf Course ranks as one of the top municipal golf courses in Texas. The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum is the state-designated historical center of the Texas Rangers law enforcement agency. Waco Mammoth National Monument sits on more than 100 acres of wooded park land along the Bosque River. The national park provides a glimpse into the lives of Columbian Mammoths with public tours available. The Texas Sports Hall of Fame, which honors more than 300 Texas sports legends, is also in Waco.
The Waco Suspension Bridge, Indian Spring Park, Mayborn Museum Complex and the Dr. Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute are destinations unique to Waco. For those looking to get outside there’s BSR Cable Park, rowing on the river, Earle-Harrison House and Pape Gardens and Lake Waco Wetlands. Waco is also home to excellent bass fishing as well as dove, turkey, duck and whitetail deer hunting. Other popular activities offered throughout Waco include biking, hiking, horseshoes, disc golf, kayaking and skating.
The Baylor University campus in Waco provides attractions like the Armstrong Browning Library, Martin Museum of Art and the Baylor Bear Habitat. The school is a member of the Big 12 Conference, competing in 19 sports. Fans of the Bears can catch all the action at venues like McLane Stadium and The Ferrell Center among others.
The Waco Independent School District serves the majority of the city with Midway ISD, Bosqueville ISD, China Spring ISD, Connally ISD and La Vega ISD also serving students. The city also includes numerous charter, private and parochial schools. Institutions of higher learning include McLennan Community College, Texas State Technical and Baylor, the largest Baptist university in the world and the oldest continuously operating university in Texas.
Providence Healthcare Network employs more than 2,600, while schools also serve as two of the largest employers within the city of approximately 129,000. Baylor is the second largest employer, while not far behind with more than 2,000 employees is the Waco ISD. Other major employers in the area include L-3 Communications and Sanderson Farms, Inc.
Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center is a fully-accredited, 396-bed, acute-care facility. Providence Health Center is Waco’s first hospital and was founded in 1905. Providence offers 301 beds and is an acute-care, full-service medical center.
The city was built on the site of an agricultural village of the Waco Indians. In 1849 the town began to quickly develop and was named county seat one year later. By 1856 Waco was incorporated and growth continued as the cotton industry spread along the Brazos River. Waco’s economy was boosted by the cattle industry, being on the Chisholm Trail, and with the completion of the Waco Suspension Bridge. Even still, cotton remained the catalyst for the city’s growth through the mid-1900s. The Waco Urban Renewal Project in 1958 aided significantly in establishing the city as it is today.
Waco is within a humid subtropical climate featuring hot summers and typically mild winters. The average high temperature is 78, while the low is 55. Rainfall is approximately 36 inches annually.
With so many community assets, Waco is an ideal place to make your next home. Take advantage of this quality of life in the heart of Texas and contact United Country – Texas Realty and Auction. We are here to serve your needs and help you fulfill your real estate dreams.