One of my first thoughts when I moved to Austin was… “I HAVE TO GO TO THE SILOS!” If anyone watches HGTV then you know what I am talking about! For those who don’t, the “Silos” are what Chip and Joanna Gaines have transformed into a family friendly establishment known as Magnolia Market. And for those of you who still aren’t following, Chip and Joanna have a show on HGTV known as “Fixer Upper”. Those of you who STILL aren’t following, you don’t need to know what I am talking about to enjoy a day at the Silos.
Magnolia Market is located in Waco, Texas. It is where Baylor University is located, and also 1.5 hours North of Austin. If you’re visiting Austin for a weekend it is well worth a day trip up to Waco. And if you’re visiting Waco then it is well worth a day trip to Austin as well!
My first thought when pulling up to the Silos was, “Wow… this is like a thing… a huge thing.” I went on a random Tuesday and was SHOCKED by how crowded it was. People come from all over the country to visit the Silos. This establishment, which was once just a plot of land with a couple of old silos, has been transformed into a magical marketplace where people from all ages and different walks of life can enjoy themselves.
So, how do you spend a day at Magnolia Market? To begin, in order to get close to the Silos parking will cost you $10. However, parking is free if you choose to park further away. There are golf carts that drive around looking to pick you up and deliver you to the front door at no cost.
Start your adventure with pastries and coffee at the Silos Baking Co. Then venture into Magnolia Market where you can browse tons of home goods. If you’re the gardening type then head out back to browse the garden and buy different seeds to plant on your own. Once you’re done browsing stick around outside where you can lounge on the green space, play games, or sit at picnic tables. Hungry? There are all sorts of food trucks lined up outside of the market. Choose from healthy juices, grilled cheese, pizza, snow cones, and more!
Magnolia is truly special. If you have a chance I highly recommend making a day of it. You won’t be disappointed.
*Magnolia Market is closed on Sundays*