Is there a more adorable couple in Texas than Chip and Joanna Gaines? I don’t think so.
In case you’re not obsessed with watching HGTV like I am, Chip and Joanna Gaines remodel houses on HGTV’s Fixer Upper show. The couple resides in Waco, Texas. Their playful banter and beautiful renovations keep me and many others watching every episode. Truth: I’ve even contemplated moving to Waco, as long as they could renovate my new house!
A few years ago, the Gaines family purchased old grain silos and a barn in Waco and set out to make the area a family destination. Joanna moved her home décor store to the site, and the Silos were transformed into a destination for locals and tourists alike.
My family has driven by Magnolia Market at the Silos a few dozen times on our way to my in-laws, but we finally had the time to visit last Friday. Here are some tips to make the most of your visit.
Bring $10 Cash for Parking
Yes, there is a free parking lot behind the Silos accessible from 8th Street, and there is a lot of street parking. Also, you can park downtown and take a free shuttle. However, the church next door offers parking for $10, and we really wished we would have brought cash to park there.
We wound up parking several blocks away. Magnolia Market at the Silos is always crowded. Crazy crowded, unless you get there very early in the morning. We arrived at 10:30 a.m. on a Friday, and we couldn’t believe the crowds.
So if you want to maximize your time there, consider splurging on the nearby paid parking. Next time, we will do that.
First, there is the Silos Baking Co. The creation and renovation of this bakery was featured on a separate episode of Fixer Upper. The line is always around the block.
But, don’t let the long line scare you. Employees hand out a menu and order form while you’re in line, and the line moves quickly. We spent only 15 minutes in line because the entire process was very efficient.
If you just want cupcakes, you can skip the bakery line altogether and line up at the airstream near the food trucks.
Speaking of the food trucks, I was surprised at the amount of choices available and the reasonable prices from each vendor. My husband tried this Frito Pie:
While I sampled Korean food from The Club Sandwich truck:
Luna Juice had fresh watermelon drinks:
I recommend staying for lunch. There are plenty of places to sit down and take a load off your feet. You’ll find many picnic tables and even stairs available to sit on.
Allow Time to Chill
My favorite part about the Silos was the family atmosphere. There is a lawn with cornhole, giant blocks and various balls. My kids dove in and started playing catch with other kids.
To the right of the lawn are kid swings and porch swings that fit several adults.
The lawn also has some comfy chairs. I met up with one of my college friends, and we ended up staying over three hours! My kids didn’t want to leave.
Visit Magnolia Seed + Supply
Tucked in the corner, the Magnolia Seed + Supply section is more than a store. It has fairy garden displays as well as rows of plants.
If you have kids, stop by the teepee.
We also saw baby chicks in the nearby greenhouse.
Bring your Own Water Bottle
This is Texas, and it gets really hot! Stay hydrated so that you can last longer at the Silos.
Food trucks sell bottled water for $1 (again, totally reasonable compared to many places). However, you can bring your own bottle or cup and fill it up at a row of faucets located just past the grain silos.
What about the actual store?
We were having such a good time hanging out that I almost forgot to go into the actual Magnolia Market store! By the time I entered it in the early afternoon, it was packed.
So, if you want to actually shop, I recommend you go early.
Bottom Line for Visiting Magnolia Market at the Silos
I’m glad we finally stopped by Magnolia Market at the Silos this time after driving past it many times. It’s just a short distance from I-35 and right on the way to Austin, San Antonio or Dallas, depending on your direction of travel.
Even if you’re not a super fan of the Fixer Upper show, the location is still a great gathering place. And it’s free to look and play!
Despite the crowds, visiting the Silos was much more enjoyable than I envisioned. We will return on a future trip the next time we are going that way.
Do you have any additional tips for visiting Magnolia Market at the Silos? Please share your experience.
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Nancy is a contributing writer for Miles For Family. She enjoys traveling to the beach and is a big fan of Disney. Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids.