Magnolia Markets at the Silos
Location: 601 Webster; Waco, TX
Smashed Penny Machine: No
I’ll be honest I don’t really watch Fixer Upper (in fact I had to Google the name of the show), I’ve seen a few episodes here and there and vaguely know who Chip and Joanne Gaines are. This stop was not on my original trip plan and I had no idea what to expect. My very good friend Jessie had told us about her visit and told us we HAD to stop by. We finished our tour of Waco Mammoth National Historic Site just before lunchtime and thought we’d go down and check this out and get a bite to eat.
Magnolia Markets has its own free parking lot just behind the Silos grounds but fills up quickly on busy days. A church down the street that had parking for $5 but we lucked into some on street 2-hour parking with a two-block walk to the grounds. We visited at lunchtime on the Friday of Memorial Weekend and this place was busy. With two hungry kids in tow, our first stop was the food trucks. After surveying the options at ten or fifteen food trucks our girls decided on hot dogs for lunch. Several of the other options included BBQ, pizza, and sandwiches along with sweets like snow cones, ice cream and gourmet popcorn. My husband and I got gourmet dogs while the girls got their favorite: plain hot dogs. Four hotdogs and two bottled drinks cost us about $24 which I didn’t feel was too bad for food trucks at a touristy area. There was also a food truck that sold nothing but Southern sweet tea. These were a little pricey at $16 for two sweat teas but they are large (easily 24oz) and you do get to keep the glass mason jar with lid and reusable straw. To enjoy your food, there is a large covered pavilion with lots of picnic tables along with several independent covered picnic tables around the play lawn.
In addition to the food trucks, the Silos Baking Co is also on the grounds. It had what the attendant said was a two hour wait to get inside. We opted not to stand in the line. We then attempted to go into Magnolia Markets. It was very busy and full of breakable things. My anxiety of having a toddler in such a store had me leaving just a few minutes later. We opted to hang out on the lawn and finish our drinks. The lawn has several lounging bean bags, corn hole and several other lawn games that you can enjoy for free. There are also several photo ops around the grounds to stop and get a picture with.
Overall: This is one of those places that it’s hard to make a recommendation on it. If you are a big fan of the show, it’s definitely worth checking out. If you are more of a casual visitor like we were, I think it depends on the weather and crowd levels. While the place had a fun atmosphere, it was hard to really just relax and enjoy it with the crowds and the heat. I’d suggest coming earlier in the day for a more relaxed experience.