They say Waco, Texas, is the heart of Texas. I believe Chip and Joanna Gaines’s creation of Magnolia Market Silos gave Waco, Texas, a heartbeat.
A once small town known for Baylor University and an unfortunate event in the ’90s, the concept behind the Magnolia Market Silos revived the quiet city of Waco, TX, in the form of the open-concept farmhouse, manicured gathering places, sweet treats, and cookbooks. Waco, Texas, is now a bustling tourist town.
My kids and I took a short road trip from our home in Argyle, Texas, to the Magnolia Market Silos and Magnolia Table.
- From Dallas, the heart of the Silos is about an hour and forty minutes.
- From Austin, The Magnolia Market is about an hour and ten minutes.
About Magnolia Market Silos
Magnolia Market Hours
Monday through Saturday 9 am-6 pm, closed Sundays.
Magnolia Market at the Silos is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Waco, Texas. The Silos are a former cottonseed mill that has been transformed into a vibrant marketplace.
We have visited the Magnolia Market Silos three times now. They expanded and did some more renovations to the Market since the first trip we made.
The market was opened in 2015 by husband and wife duo Chip and Joanna Gaines, who rose to fame with their HGTV show Fixer Upper. The Silos are located on the site of a former cotton mill, and the market includes a variety of shops and restaurants, as well as an open play space and gardens. Visitors can shop for Magnolia-branded merchandise, and home decor, shop at the Magnolia Home, and enjoy some of Waco’s best food trucks.
If you are not familiar with HGTV’s hit television show, Fixer-Upper, know who Chip and Joanna Gaines are, or are familiar with their massive empire. Even if you do not, visiting the Waco Silos is still a fantastic experience, and you will fall in love.
The Magnolia Market Silos has the same innovative genius as Walt Disney. Once a dream of Joanna Gaines, the renovation, and the design of these once rusty old silos and warehouses is a sight. An idea and a dream and making it a reality. A gathering place for friends and family to spend a relaxing day together. There is something for everyone, young and old.
Magnolia Market at the Silos is not just shopping (though it is incredible). It’s a community gathering place. You can share a meal with family and friends, lounge, and sip tea while watching your kids engage in some good ole fashion fun running around the lawn or playing baseball.
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The Magnolia Market Silos is such a great place; it is. I cannot quite put my finger on it, but the Magnolia Silos is just creative genius, a vision brought to life.
The Magnolia Silos is one of those places where you think, “who is this smart & creative to think of something like this?”
Chip and Joanna Gaines and their design team have nailed it. It is farmhouse-meets Colonial Williamsburg-meets architectural awe-meets a family and friends gathering place. It is a glass of lemonade on a hot summer day.
Since the first time we have visited, the Waco Silos have gotten even better. They have expanded to the back, added some food spots, the Silo Baseball Field, a concession stand, Magnolia Home, artisan shops, and an adorable renovated church, which would be the cutest small wedding.
Arriving at Magnolia Market Waco Texas
The Magnolia Market at Silos are in the warehouse district in downtown Waco, Texas. Driving through and around Waco is easy, and not congested. Around the Magnolia Market at the Silos is free parking and handicap parking. You may have to walk just a bit.
We park at a parking lot on Webster Avenue between S Fifth Street and S Sixth Street. The Silos are to the left and directly across the street. The parking is $10 cash and worth it, especially if you have children and strollers.
Insiders Travel Tip: There is a really nice hotel within a very short walking distance to the Silos. You could easily walk back and forth. Or, find a cozy farmhouse cottage for a girl’s getaway, a romantic weekend, or family fun all within walking distance of the Magnolia Market.
If you park around the Waco Magnolia Market Silos or in the back of the property, be careful of the active railroad crossing and accessing your car.
Magnolia Market at the Silos
The actual Magnolia Market is the main retail shop at the complex directly at the entrance. It is a large warehouse that houses all things, Magnolia. All things Magnolia home decor, cooking, floral, candles, and Magnolia Silo keepsakes. The Magnolia store feels like you walked into an episode of Fixer Upper when the project is complete.
The theme installation of the store also changes with the season. This time around, we were there in June, and the season was summer and lemons.
READ: Tips and helpful hints for the Magnolia Silos here
There are cute, small-sized fireplaces, each decorated with items to purchase on the store’s back wall. Make sure you get a Magnolia Table Cookbook. I bought one at the Market and loved it so much that I bought the Magnolia Table First Edition.
Magnolia Silos Bakery
I am pretty sure this is the most popular attraction at the Magnolia Silos, lol, which is the Silos Baking Co!
Why wouldn’t it be!?
Cupcakes, croissants, and muffins, oh my. Yes, there is a line, and I am pretty sure there always is one no matter the time of day you go. Magnolia Silos Bakery is a cute little bakery at the main entrance of the Market.
We arrived early on Wednesday morning before the bakery opened, and we still waited 45 minutes to get inside.
Yes, the cupcakes and treats are worth the wait. You can grab your pastries and enjoy them on the main center lawn or the outdoor seating attached to the bakery, which includes adorable Parisian tables and chairs.
The Silos Lawn and Food Trucks
The Silos Lawn is where family and friends can gather, and share a treat or meal from one of the many food trucks lining the property. There is something for everyone. We brought a roll-up picnic blanket for the Silos Lawn, though there are plenty of benches and picnic tables.
There are games for the kids to play on the lawn, balls to kick around, and bean bag chairs. You can watch them play while sipping your sweet tea from the Alabama Sweet Tea Company or join in a few games. We got snow cones, grilled cheese from the Cheddar box, and pizzas. It is a great time to relax; people watch and take the day in.
The Magnolia Silos Expansion
We came to the Magnolia Market at the Silos two years ago in 2019. Since then, Chip and Joanna Gaines did a 10.4 million dollar expansion that includes artisan shops, a lawn, Coffee Press, patios, a restored historic church, a baseball field, and Magnolia Home.
The development is just beautiful. It reminds me of Colonial Williamsburg, an exquisitely renovated historic church with woodside shops.
The Old Church at the Silos Grounds
Chip and Joanna Gaines found an old abandoned church, one of Waco’s oldest and historic churches. The Old Church, now on the Silos grounds, was built in 1984 and fully restored piece by piece is now beautifully displayed on the Magnolia Market grounds.
Visitors can see its restored beauty and all the hard work it must have taken to get it to this stunning condition. It is the best addition to the Magnolia Silos expansion.
The Katy Baseball Field
This Baseball Field at the Silos is such a great addition. We went early when the Magnolia Market opened on a Wednesday morning. We had the whole field to ourselves. The baseball field has an element of nostalgia. The field was an old baseball field of a minor league team, the Waco Pirates.
The Katy Baseball Field is a small version of a regular size baseball field, and only whiffle balls and bats can be used. There is a concession stand serving up sloppy joes, iced sodas, and ice cream in baseball caps. Recently, the concession stands have turned into a spot to grab breakfast items from Magnolia Table.
Magnolia Home and Artisan Shops.
Six quaint shops line the back lawn in front of the Old Church. Each shop has a different theme—Bath and body products, paper goods, books, bags, accessories, and toys for the littles. You can enter the back of the Magnolia Market to shop here now and shop all things Magnolia Home Furniture at Magnolia Home.
There is a whole store, Magnolia Home, dedicated to all things home furnishings—Magnolia furniture, rugs, décor, accent pieces. I love the transitional pieces, the farmhouse pieces that can be shipped to your home.
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I must say, I have brick wall envy in this store. The arched brick walls to display the Magnolia furniture and display rooms are gorgeous. The creativity in these spaces at the Silos leaves you in awe.
After having Magnolia home furniture envy, wrap up your Magnolia Silo adventure by grabbing a hot coffee, a chocolate cake, or Joanna Gaines Zucchini Bread at the Magnolia Press Coffee Shop next door and sit on the new patio! Make sure you get some Instagram-worthy photos in front of the fantastic outdoor fireplace on the deck.
We had the most wonderful time at the Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, Texas. This district is truly beautiful, and I hope you get the chance to explore it one day. You can read about our review on the Magnolia Table and all our tips for the Silos (see below).
Magnolia Silos Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 6:00pm; closed Sunday
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