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Magnolia Market – How to Plan the Perfect Day Trip

Dreaming of visiting Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas? This post is sharing my tips for how to make the most of your day here – from parking to what to wear to where to eat and even more things to do in the area. I hope this post helps you enjoy your “Fixer Upper” journey as much as I did!

Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas

Magnolia Market at the Silos, or just Magnolia Market, is where “Fixer Upper” stars Joanna and Chip Gaines have opened up their heavenly shopping center in Waco, Texas. It’s more than just amazing home decor, though – there’s a little something for everyone at Magnolia Market. (More on that in a moment!)

My husband and I are both big fans of this HGTV show – so, when we found out we were heading to Dallas, Texas my first thought was – I HAVE TO GO TO MAGNOLIA MARKET. Fortunately, a few of my friends were already heading there too!

This post will share my tips for how to make the most of your day trip to Magnolia Market and Waco, Texas!

Magnolia Market - How to Plan the Perfect Day Trip

How to Get to Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas

Rent a car

Your best bet when visiting Texas is to rent a car. (Click here for current rates.) Fortunately, traffic is not too bad and driving shouldn’t be an issue. (Obviously, if you’re visiting during the week, though, take into account and avoid rush hour traffic around the major city you’re leaving from.) We were driving from Dallas to Waco on a Saturday, and it took around 1 1/2 hours both ways.

Houston to Waco is around a 3-hour drive, and Austin to Waco is around a 2-hour drive. And frankly, I think it’s worth the journey to Waco for this day trip no matter which major city you’re coming from! 

Magnolia Market - How to Plan the Perfect Day Trip

Lunchtime is the craziest – get there as close to opening as possible!

The store opens at 9 am (and it is closed on Sundays – FYI). I would get there as early as possible, too. We arrived a little after 10 am and there were already TONS of people there shopping and enjoying the surrounding area. (And by lunchtime it was bonkers busy!)

Magnolia Market does have a free parking lot connected to the Silos (the entrance is on 8th street). However, by the time we had arrived, it was already full! The neighboring church parking lot was charging $10…but after driving for a few moments, we were able to get a free parking spot on the street without any issues.

Magnolia Market - How to Plan the Perfect Day Trip

However, don’t be discouraged by the crowds or the lines. This place is efficient! Checking out at the store counters and the bakery all took 10 minutes or less, despite the mass of people here. We were all able to get lunch in about 10 minutes too. They’re prepared to handle the crowds – so, don’t put the car in reverse when you see the lines!

Lots of people! But the lines go quickly.

Shop Magnolia Market (But Don’t Worry – You Can Also Order Online!)

Now, if you only have a carry-on bag with you…You may be a little worried about going shopping at a home decor store. However, don’t worry. Everything that you see in the store can also be ordered on the Magnolia website. This is exactly what I did. I went around and photographed everything I liked, went home and looked at my house, and then ordered it from the website. 

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So, I spent 2 hours shopping here but didn’t actually buy anything from the store. Coming here was more for the experience than anything. (And it was worth it!) 

I was especially obsessed with all of the different vases available here! I don’t think I would have been half as interested in them, if I hadn’t seen them in person, here.

Magnolia Market

This little flower vase below was my favorite. I had seen a similar piece of decor on Anthropologie’s website a couple months ago, but didn’t order it as it was over $60 (yikes)! So, I was pleasantly surprised that this one is $12. 

Pro tip: Order ASAP. Things sell out quickly. I waited a week until after I was here to place my order and this metal vase was already gone!

Magnolia Market Day Trip from Dallas
Loved this!

The prices are by no means “cheap.” However, I would say overall they’re quite affordable – at least compared to similar home decor stores in my area of the world. 

Loved these globes too!

If anyone is interested, I’ll also be doing a follow-up post with my order from Magnolia once it arrives!

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Magnolia Market – More Than Just a Home Decor Store!

The main reason you would visit Magnolia Market is, of course, for the home decor. However, there is more to Magnolia Market than pretty decorations. There is also…

  • The garden area – where you can shop for all of your gardening needs, or simply enjoy the seasonal plants growing in the beds. It’s a super cute and relaxing little area. 

The garden area at Magnolia MarketThe garden area at Magnolia Market

  • The lawn area to relax and play on – there’s also a big green lawn area that has bean bag chairs, picnic tables and lawn games that are all free to use. It’s a great area to hang out with the family! 

Magnolia Market - How to Plan the Perfect Day Trip

  • The food trucks! – there were around 10 different food trucks parked in the shopping center and each one looked delicious! I made a beeline for the “Cheddar Box” for a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich and salad and homemade lemonade. (So GOOD. I devoured all of it before I thought to photograph it.) 

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  • The Bakery – then, if you have room after lunch, head over to the Magnolia Bakery and treat yourself to some yummy baked goods.

Magnolia Bakery at the Silos, Waco, TX May 2019

Pro tip: Use the outdoor bathrooms for less of a wait time. The lines indoors were pretty long. And look how cute the outdoor bathrooms are too!

Magnolia Market Day Trip

What to Wear to Magnolia Market 

Texas is hot y’all, and Magnolia Market has quite a lot of its activities outdoors. Dress comfortably for the heat and being outdoors. Think about what you would wear to a picnic….something you would be comfortable hanging out in the grass or on a picnic table in. 

Here are a couple outfit examples…

What to Wear to Magnolia Market 

As you can see, I wore my favorite comfy Salt Water Sandals and Karina Dress again (from this blog post). I ditched that jean jacket about 30 seconds after the photo was taken! It was nice to have in the early morning, but by 10 am, it was plenty warm and no longer needed. 

What to Wear to Magnolia Market 

And this photo is of my good friend Talita! She was wearing a cute and comfy capris and t-shirt outfit for this day as well. (She was actually my neighbor when I lived in Argentina – it was really nice to connect with her again!) 

*Moral of the story – Dress comfortably. It’s going to be warm and you’re going to be outside. Leave the high heels and ball gowns at home – and you should be good to go!

Magnolia Market Day Trip

Other things to do in Waco, Texas

Want to stay overnight in Waco? There are plenty of hotels to choose from. There are your normal “Comfort Suites” but, personally, I’d rather stay at a cute little Bed & Breakfast like this one to complete my “Fixer Upper” trip. (We, unfortunately, had to drive back to Dallas, that night, though.) Click here for a full list of hotels in Waco. 

*Click here to see more of my posts from Dallas. 

If you have any questions about our day trip to Magnolia Market, please feel free to ask in the comments section! Are there any other “Fixer Upper” fans out there? Let me know in the comments too!

More photos from our day trip to Magnolia Market can be found below.


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  1. Hi! I discovered your blog as I am planning my trip to Waco next month. May I ask when you were in Waco, i.e. what month? I’m trying to decide what to wear for the weather. Thank you!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Hi Renee! I was there in September. The temps were in the upper 80s to low 90s by the afternoon. If you’re heading there next month, you’ll likely see temps in the low to mid-70s. Beautiful weather! Wearing a dress with a light jacket or comfy pants and top with a light jacket or cardigan would work great.

  2. Courtney Byers says:

    Ahhh how fun! I am dying to go visit with my mom. It’s like a 2 or so hour drive for them. Thank you so much for putting this advice together. I am glad to know that lunch is crazy, that makes sense. Waco is such a cute town, I will have to visit these other spots too.

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      That is awesome! You and your mom will have such a good time!

  3. This is one place I haven’t had the desire to go….until now Lindsey. I swear with all of your tips and tricks, you make me want to go everywhere you go.

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Aw, thank you so much, Jodie!

  4. Looks like a lot of fun! I am always amazed that after the number of years it has been opened, that the place is always packed, but if I were in the area, I would be part of the crowd too ?. Love the show too!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Right? Isn’t it crazy?! It’s not losing any steam, haha.

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