Saturday, April 23, 2011

Waco Date Ideas

In a couple months, my wife and I will be celebrating our three year anniversary. It's a pretty big deal, I know.

Over the past three years, we have tried to take a date night at least once a week and sometimes we have done great, and sometimes we have not done so great.

It really takes a lot of energy to be creative and not just do the same thing every week. We definitely do have some "go-to" date night ideas, but we decided awhile back to start making a list of great Waco Date Ideas. Some of the things on our list we have done before and some of them are things that we want to do in the near future.

Here is our list so far, in no particular order.

The Famous Waco Suspension Bridge

1) Throw tortillas off the suspension bridge
  • There used to be a second bridge next to the suspension bridge, but today all that is left are the pillars. A fun date idea is to buy a pack of tortillas and see who can make the most tortillas on top of the pillar.

My wife and I at the Baylor game when we defeated #1 Kansas State.
2) Any Baylor Sporting Event
  • Sometimes we overlook the fact that we have a Big 12 school who usually has a nationally ranked team playing at any given time in our backyard. The football stadium is in walking distance from our house and during the spring you can catch a baseball game and enjoy the "grassy knoll."

3) Cameron Park
  • In the past year or so the City of Waco has put millions of dollars into this gem of a park.
  • Some of the great date night activities that you can do at Cameron Park include: bike riding, cooking out, taking a stroll on the River Trail, feeding the ducks, and playing a mean game of disc golf.
  • This past year a new company opened up on the river called Outdoor Waco. This store rents bikes- mountain, road and tandem  (I'll pay to watch this), and watercrafts - canoes, kayaks, and my favorite, PADDLEBOARDS.
  • You can follow up your activities will a frozen treat at Oso's Frozen Yogurt at the corner of 3rd and Franklin.

4) Brazos Nights
  • During the summer the city of Waco puts on a free concert the first Friday night of each month.
  • The best one of the year though is the July 4th weekend show where they have fireworks and lots of food vendors.
5) Diner on Austin Avenue
  • In the past 5 years there has been a ton of development activity downtown on Austin Avenue.
  • A classy dinner on Austin Avenue makes you feel like you are in Dallas or Austin or Nashville.
  • Some of our favorite places to eat at on Austin Avenue include Austin's on the Avenue, Sam's on the Square or even Se Cocina.
  • After dinner, take a stroll around Heritage Square and take pictures in front of the Waco "W" sign.  
6) Art in Waco
  • There are a couple of art galleries on Austin Avenue that are worth checking out on a date night - the Siler Maple gallery and the Croft Art Gallery
  • Also, the Hippodrome, after taking some time off, should also be back-up and into full swing this next year. It's a great place to catch a show.
7) Go All Out on Dinner
  • There are a handful of places in Waco to go if you want to impress that special someone. 135 Prime and  Diamondbacks are two of the top places in town. 
 8) Go for a drive
  • One of our favorite things to do is go on a drive. This might sound lame, but there are some beautiful drives around Waco. One of the best is the picturesque views on Lakeshore Drive. Then of course you have the Castle Heights areas. And if you are up for a spending a little more time together, take a drive down Highway 84 and stop by the Coffee Shop Cafe and get a piece of pie!
9) Start it early
  • Sometimes you run out of date-night ideas and you just have to go on a date-day. Whenever this is the case, we usually have two main places that we go for a little breakfast/brunch date.
  • In the up-and-coming NearNorth Waco Neighborhood you can grab a bite to eat at the World Cup Cafe. The best deal on the whole menu is the Texas Toaster. And our other favorite is Cafe Cappuccino downtown. Grab some coffee and get ready for some plate-sized pancakes!

What are some of your favorite Waco dates?


  1. photoshoots in front of the alico, riding the valley, katie's custard, random finds at wal-mart, driving the circle, the $1 theater, cameron park zoo, peter piper pizza... ooooh so many. what's not to love about waco dates?!

  2. I love to go on drives up Austin Avenue and in the Castle Heights area.