Heart of Texas Lorena and Waco

Waco, Texas

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Named for the daughter of a local businessman, Lorena was a thriving town before the Depression. From the 1920s until the late 1960s, Lorena was especially quiet. In 1968 renovation began on several historic structures and the town returned to life. Today the old part of the city (known as "Olde Town”) is filled with antiques and specialty shops. Today Waco’s Wild West heritage is tempered by a strong religious influence. The city is home to Baylor University, a Baptist liberal arts college of 12,000 students. The university has several excellent museums open free to the public. Some of the most scenic areas in Waco fall along the Brazos River. This waterway slices the city in half and provides miles of shoreline parks, shady walks, and a winding river walk. The river walk begins at Fort Fisher Park and extends to Cameron Park. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Austin. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping.

Heart of Texas: Lorena and Waco Professional Review and Guide

"Named for the daughter of a local businessman, Lorena was a thriving town before the Depression. From the 1920s until the late 1960s, Lorena was especially quiet. In 1968 renovation began on several historic structures and the town returned to life. Today the old part of the city (known as "Olde Town”) is filled with antiques and specialty shops. Today Waco’s Wild West heritage is tempered by a strong religious influence. The city is home to Baylor University, a Baptist liberal arts college of 12,000 students.

The university has several excellent museums open free to the public. Some of the most scenic areas in Waco fall along the Brazos River. This waterway slices the city in half and provides miles of shoreline parks, shady walks, and a winding river walk. The river walk begins at Fort Fisher Park and extends to Cameron Park. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Austin. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Waco
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Heart of Texas: Lorena and Waco

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May 2018