Plan The Best Trip To Magnolia Market At The Silos
I live fairly close to Waco, Texas and have been to Magnolia Market many times. It’s a blast and I’m sharing this ultimate guide to plan the best trip to Magnolia Market at the Silos. You’ll find my tips on where to stay, where to eat and where to shop when you visit Magnolia Farms in Waco, TX. I’m also including all of my secrets from the best times to visit to actually getting a seat at Magnolia Table without the wait!
The silos, owned by Chip and Joanna Gaines, is the perfect long weekend getaway or day trip. If you love watching Chip and Joanna Gaines on their show Fixer Upper, on HGTV, in their quest to take the worst house in the neighborhood and turn it into a family’s dream home, then a visit to Magnolia Market at the Silos is for you.
After visiting Magnolia Market multiple times, I’ve learned some tips and tricks for making a trip to the Magnolia Market at the Silos a memorable time. Magnolia Market at the Silos is in Waco, Texas and sits on nearly 5 acres and attracts 30,000 people a week. It features a shopping complex with a garden, bakery, grassy lawn to play or relax on, stage for live music, food trucks, and coming soon, a coffee shop. Chip and Joanna also own Magnolia Table, a restaurant about 10 minutes away from Magnolia Market.
I hope this post will help you to plan the best trip to Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, TX!
FAQs For Visiting Magnolia Market:
LOCATION & HOURS
The Silos are located at 601 Webster in Waco, Texas (between Dallas and Austin).
The market is open Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The bakery is open Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday) from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Magnolia Table is open Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday) from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE TO STAY IN WACO, TX
The two times I’ve actually stayed in Waco overnight, we stayed in an Airbnb. There are lots of cute, affordable options. If you’d prefer to stay in a hotel, the Downtown Hilton is less than a mile away and Homewood Suites is about 10 minutes away. You can even stay in an old Fixer Upper home from the show! Here’s is the link to stay at the Shotgun Home.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Early morning or in the hours before they close are the least busy (shortest lines!) It’s busiest around lunchtime and on Saturdays. Tuesday is the best day of the week to visit both the Silos and Magnolia Table.
December is a fun time to visit to see all of the holiday installations, and it isn’t super hot or crowded. Another good time to go is spring or during the Silobration, usually in the fall. During these special events there are tons of venders in covered tents outside of the market. This is a crowded time to visit, though.
As far at the best time of year to visit, it’s popular year round, but very hot in the summer. The town is also known to be more crowded during college football games, so you might want to consult the sports schedule.
WHERE TO PARK
There’s a free parking lot connected to the Silos on 8th street as well as lots of street parking. You can also park downtown for free and take a 10 minute ride to the Siles on the Silos District Trolley. You can find out more information here.
If you’re with a large group in an oversized vehicle, you can park at the lot on 5th St and Webster. Parking is on a first-come-first-served basis and costs $10 for the day.
IS MAGNOLIA MARKET DOG FRIENDLY
Yes, dogs are welcome on the lawn! You just have to make sure to clean up after them:) Due to health code reasons, they do not allow dogs inside the bakery.
FOOD CHOICES AT MAGNOLIA MARKET
The Silo Baking Co. is definitely known for their beautiful cupcakes and their peach cupcake (only offered in the summer) steals the show. The subtle peach flavored cake with graham cracker crumbs was light, moist and to die for and the frosting had the perfect balance of sweetness. They also offer five cookie choices such as a classic chocolate chip with peanut butter chips and walnuts. There are even two gluten free cookies available. You’ll also find cinnamon rolls, cranberry orange biscuits, bacon cheddar biscuits, blueberry muffins, and an almond pastry. Everything I’ve ever enjoyed has been amazing. You really can’t go wrong!
Food trucks line the Magnolia Market at the Silos and have some really awesome choices. They offer Southern food, BBQ, pizza, grilled cheese, burgers, crepes, sandwiches, salads, sweet tea and even cold pressed juices. There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy your food. There are white picnic tables everywhere and a large grassy area. Bring a blanket and lay it on the grass to enjoy a picnic.
Magnolia Table is really a MUST visit! On my son’s blog, you’ll find a full review of Magnolia Table, as well as tips and tricks for getting a seat without a wait!
Magnolia Press Coffee Shop – COMING SOON (fall 2019)!
SHOPPING AT MAGNOLIA MARKET
Joanna Gaines has the coolest style and it is evident in every detail of Magnolia Market at the Silos. It feels so cozy and warm and I pretty much want to buy everything in the store when I visit. I’ve definitely been able to get lots inspiration for my own home – now, if I could just win the lottery!
Magnolia Market at the Silos carries large items such as signs and clocks, but they also have things that can easily fit in a suitcase such as jewelry, cookbooks, tea towels, candles, handbags, and small decor items. You might want to leave some room in your suitcase for all of your goodies!
How To Plan The Best Trip To Magnolia Market In Waco, Texas:
Key Tip #1: The Silo Baking Co., which is right next to the market, opens at 7:30 a.m. This is 90 minutes before the market opens, so you can get first dibs of the freshly made baked goods and enjoy the grounds without the crowds. Another tip is to have someone wait in line while you park. It’s also worth noting, there is a bakery food truck near the grounds of the market with most everything offered in the Silo Baking Co. for less of a wait.
Key Tip #2: Come hungry! There are so many food options at the Magnolia Silos. You’ll find tons of food trucks outside of the market. And then you have so many amazing cookie, cupcake and pastry options at Silo Baking Co. Oh and don’t forget about breakfast or lunch at Magnolia Table. They serve breakfast all day and the Lemon Blueberry Pancakes, I enjoyed for my 40th birthday breakfast, was probably the best breakfast I’ve ever had!
Key Tip #3: Take pictures! There are so many beautiful spots to snap photos at Magnolia Market — in the garden, with the green or red truck, at the Magnolia sign on the silos, in front of the store, in the bakery and so many more. Explore everything and be amazed at the attention to detail in every single aspect of the Silos.
Is Magnolia Market At The Silos Worth The Visit?
The whole place is just so beautiful and inspiring. We can easily spend several hours there without getting bored. There’s wonderful music playing throughout the entire property, a giant astroturf field that is perfect for kids to run around and play on, food trucks, a charming garden, picnic tables, a giant swing and more. It really is a pretty incredible place to visit. When I’m there, I can’t help but think about Chip and Joanna’s cool story behind Magnolia Market. If you’ve read their book you know their amazing story. From their early days of renovations and fixing up rental properties, to Joanna selling decor out of her house and then opening her own little shop, which she eventually closed down to stay home with her babies. It’s really remarkable. And if you’re crazy like me, you’ve read Joanna’s blog from years and years ago, so you know what a truly incredible woman she is–driven by her faith and love for her family. It’s just so neat to see where they are today. You really can’t visit this place without being inspired. So worth the visit!
Other Things To Do In Waco:
After you’ve enjoyed Magnolia Market, here is a list of some other fun things to do in Waco. Be sure to also check out Joanna’s Waco City Guide!
WHERE TO EAT IN WACO
Magnolia Table – the Gaines’ restaurant serving breakfast and lunch, they close at 3 p.m. (but may stop taking reservations before that). You can get takeout until 4 p.m.
Health Camp – serving burgers, malts and shakes. Right next to Magnolia Table.
Twisted Root Burger Co. – family friendly, fun atmosphere with specialty burgers and all kinds of fries.
Ninfa’s – for TexMex and margaritas. A favorite of mine and an easy walk from Magnolia Market!
Rudy’s – for barbeque and they also have breakfast tacos (opens at 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. if you’re hungry later). Right next to Magnolia Table.
George’s – a Waco tradition and people rave about the chicken fried steak.
Olive Branch Bakery and Cafe – delicious for breakfast or lunch, with the most wonderful coffee. Located next to Spice Village and Ninfa’s. The few times I’ve stayed overnight in Waco, we enjoyed Olive Branch for breakfast. They even offer Whole30 options.
WHAT ELSE TO DO IN WACO
Little Shop on Bosque – Joanna Gaines’ original shop with discounted items (closed Sunday).
Harp Design Co. – Clint Harp (Joanna’s carpenter’s) showroom.
Cameron Park Zoo – reasonably priced too.
Dr. Pepper Museum – yep, it’s a real thing!
Hey Sugar Candy Store – to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Spice Village – a shoppers delight with more than 60 boutiques under one roof. I could spend hours there!
I’ve only visited Magnolia Market at the Silos in the spring and summer, now I’m itching to go at the end of the year when it’s all decked out for the holidays. And not only is the new coffee shop coming, I hear that the Gaines’ are planning a $10.4 million expansion, with a wiffle ball field, splash pad, more shops, gardens, and renovating/relocating an old church.
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Have a great day friends!
I would like to plan a trip from Canada to Waco. I would have to fly into an international airport which would either be Dallas or Austin. Do you know if there are flights from either of those places to Waco?
Waco only has a small airport and major airlines do not fly to it. You would want to fly into Dallas or Austin and then drive to Waco. I think it’s about an 1 hr. 40 min drive from either. Good luck!
American Airlines flies from Dallas into Waco (airport code: ACT)
Great to know! Thanks!
Hello. I’m going to the Silos this Saturday and may get there before the market opens. Am I able to roam the grounds before even if the market is still closed? Want to take some family photos before the crowd. Thank you!
Yes, you should be able to. Have a blast!
Hello! Thank you for the great read. I am visiting Waco and the Silos at the end of August for the first time and am so excited!! Can you please link your son’s blog so I can get tips on eating at Magnolia Table? I plan to visit everything Magnolia!
I actually meant to come back and link that up in the post. https://lifebylanden.com/magnolia-table-review/ Hope you have a blast! Let me know if you have any other questions.