Here is a list of tourism-related closures and COVID-19 changes in the Waco area. This is a rapidly changing situation, so if you know of anything that needs to be added, please email [email protected].

The Governor’s Report to Open Texas


Sheltering in Place

  • Waco Vacation Rentals is renting their short term rental properties as mid-term stays for those who are needing places to stay while they shelter in place.
  • Lori Davidson has two short term rentals available for sheltering in place. https://www.vrbo.com/ – Property IDS are 729987 and 1013519
  • To be added to this list, please email [email protected].

Silo District Trolley / LaSalle/Circle Shuttle

Waco Transit System will not be running the Silo District Trolley. The La Salle Circle Shuttle will be adjusted to 7:15 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Monday-Saturday-until further notice.


Attractions & Facilities Closures

  • Magnolia Market & Silos grounds
  • Silos Baking Co.
  • Magnolia Press
  • Little Shop on Bosque
  • Magnolia Table
  • Waco Tourist Information Center
  • Waco Convention Center
  • Waco Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Cameron Park Zoo
  • Texas Ranger Hall of Fame
  • Waco Mammoth National Monument
  • Martin Museum of Art
  • Dr Pepper Museum
  • Knox Center and Texas Ranger Education Center
  • Mayborn Museum
  • Armstrong Browning Library
  • Texas Sports Hall of Fame
  • East Terrace House Museum
  • McCulloch House Museum
  • Earle-Napier-Kinnard House Museum
  • Lake Waco Wetlands
  • Waco Tours
  • Brazos River Safari
  • Valley Mills Vineyards
  • Cottonwood Creek Golf Course
  • City of Waco Community Centers
  • Riverbend Ballpark
  • Redmen Museum
  • Disc Golf Courses
  • City Tennis Courts
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Playgrounds
  • Sul Ross Skate Park
  • City Basketball Courts

Hotel Closures

With the exception of those listed below, Waco’s hotels remain open for business as they are considered an essential service.

  • Waco Hilton
  • Courtyard by Marriott
  • Hilton Garden Inn

Events 

  • We are updating our Calendar of Events as we receive information about postponements or cancellations.

City Press Release from Wiley Stem

City To Close Facilities to the Public 3-13-20

En Espanol

 

25 Comments

  1. Lena Wiebe on March 14, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Hi my name is Lena Wiebe
    We are visiting Waco , we are Canadians and would love to tour the magnolia market place
    March the 24 2020
    Would love to get a email,

    • Susan Morton on March 16, 2020 at 8:51 am

      Lena, As of this point in time, the Magnolia Market is open, However, most public attractions in our area are closed. We recommend signing up for the Magnolia email list and following them on social media for the most current information. The Waco Convention & Visitors Bureau is posting tourism-related closures that we are aware of here: https://wacoheartoftexas.com/tourism-related-closures-in-the-waco-area/.

      • Susan Morton on March 16, 2020 at 5:05 pm

        Hi Lena, we just got word that Magnolia Market will be closed until March 30th.

        “The safety and health of our guests, community and incredible team is just too important to us to remain open during this time. Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17th we’ve decided to close Magnolia Market, Silos grounds, Silos Baking Co., Magnolia Press, Magnolia Table, and Little Shop on Bosque, with the hope of reopening Monday, March 30th.
        Our online store is still up and running, and the team at our warehouse will continue to work safely and efficiently to make sure your orders are fulfilled in a timely manner. Our guest services team will be standing by to answer any questions you may have.”
        -The Magnolia Team

  2. Annette Theisen on March 15, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Visiting Waco to visit the silos March 19-21
    Are they going to be open

    • Susan Morton on March 16, 2020 at 8:50 am

      Annette, As of this point in time, the Magnolia Market is open, However, most public attractions in our area are closed. We recommend signing up for the Magnolia email list and following them on social media for the most current information. The Waco Convention & Visitors Bureau is posting tourism-related closures that we are aware of here: https://wacoheartoftexas.com/tourism-related-closures-in-the-waco-area/.

      • Susan Morton on March 16, 2020 at 5:11 pm

        We just received the following information from Magnolia:

        “The safety and health of our guests, community and incredible team is just too important to us to remain open during this time. Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17th we’ve decided to close Magnolia Market, Silos grounds, Silos Baking Co., Magnolia Press, Magnolia Table, and Little Shop on Bosque, with the hope of reopening Monday, March 30th.
        Our online store is still up and running, and the team at our warehouse will continue to work safely and efficiently to make sure your orders are fulfilled in a timely manner. Our guest services team will be standing by to answer any questions you may have.”
        -The Magnolia Team

  3. Paul Salapatas on March 15, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Heard test kits are becoming scarce. Hope mclennan county is prepared if citizens show symptoms!

    • Susan Morton on March 16, 2020 at 8:47 am

      Hi Paul, We recommend following the CDC and McLennan County Health recommendations. If you feel you have symptoms, CALL your health care provider and they will give you direction on whether you should be tested, and where to have that done. McLennan County Health District.

  4. Giina Dailey on March 16, 2020 at 10:01 am

    The How about the Texas Food Truck Showdown, is it still on schedule?

    • Susan Morton on March 16, 2020 at 2:04 pm

      Hi Gina, As of right now, the event has not been cancelled, however, the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce website says to stay tuned for more information today. https://wacochamber.com/

      • Gina Dailey on March 16, 2020 at 4:50 pm

        Will do Thanks

        • Susan Morton on March 16, 2020 at 5:03 pm

          Gina, We JUST got word that the Food Truck Festival has been postponed.

          Thanks for your patience with this process!!!

  5. Robyn S. on March 16, 2020 at 11:24 am

    Will the Silo District Marathon, half marathon, and 5k be canceled (April 25 & 26)?

    • Susan Morton on March 16, 2020 at 2:07 pm

      Hi Robyn, As of right now, no cancellation announcement has been made. We recommend that you sign up for their email notifications and follow them on social media for the most current information. https://magnolia.com/events/silo-district-marathon/

  6. Jayna on March 16, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Is there any word on if the Water Circus at Brazos Parking this weekend will be cancelled or not?

    • Susan Morton on March 16, 2020 at 3:17 pm

      As of right now, their website shows the show will go on. They do have a COVID19 alert on their website. https://cirqueitalia.com/.
      The Waco Convention & Visitors Bureau recommends following the CDC and McLennan County Health recommendations. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

  7. Tammie on March 16, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    Is the Water Circus Cxl’d also?

    • Susan Morton on March 17, 2020 at 8:13 am

      As of right now, their website shows the show will go on. They do have a COVID19 alert on their website. https://cirqueitalia.com/.
      The Waco Convention & Visitors Bureau recommends following the CDC and McLennan County Health recommendations. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

  8. Susan Reyes on March 17, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    Do baberbshops or salons have to close

    • Carla Pendergraft on March 18, 2020 at 10:35 am

      Please call 254-750-5970 with your question. This is the official phone number for questions about your business operations during the City of Waco Declaration of Disaster and Public Health Emergency.

  9. CHRIS Purdy on May 3, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    I have reservations for a tour of Waco for the middle of June
    How can I get a refund?

    • Susan Morton on May 4, 2020 at 9:07 am

      Hi Chris, I sent you a private email response in addition to this reply. Please email [email protected] with the name of the tour company so that I can provide you with contact information. Thanks!

  10. Megan on May 14, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    hi. will the silos be open in July?

    • Susan Morton on May 14, 2020 at 2:11 pm

      Hi Megan, We hope so! They have not yet announced a reopening date. Watch our Facebook page. We’ll post the information there as soon as we get it. https://www.facebook.com/WacoCVB/

      You can also sign up for their email list – that is probably where it will be posted first. https://magnolia.com/

      You can find a list of attractions and shops that are currently open on our home page. https://wacoheartoftexas.com/

      Thank you for your interest!
      Susan Morton

      • Megan on May 14, 2020 at 2:35 pm

        thank you!

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