Outdoor Recreation

  • Cameron Park Zoo LogoCameron Park – one of the biggest and best municipal parks in Texas. The 416-acre park is located in the heart of Waco, next to downtown. Cameron Park features scenic overlooks, wildlife and playgrounds, plus approximately 20 miles of nationally recognized trails that weave through the natural landscape. The park runs along towering limestone bluffs and overlooks the Brazos and Bosque rivers.
  • Cameron Park Zoo – Cameron Park Zoo rests on 52 acres adjacent to the Brazos River. With natural habitats and close-up encounters, the animal collection housed at Cameron Park Zoo includes more than 1,731 animals, representing 300 species. In August of 2009, Cameron Park Zoo opened the Asian Forest, featuring critically endangered Orangutans, Sumatran tigers (which have recently produced offspring), and Komodo Dragons.
  • Area Lakes – Lake Waco is just the closest of many area lakes that are popular for world class fishing and other boating activities.

Sites of Interest

  • Waco Mammoth National Monument – Declared a national monument in 2015 and incorporated into the National Park System, the paleontological site represents the nation’s only recorded discovery of a nursery herd of Columbian mammoths.  The park includes a breathtaking dig shelter that creates an atmosphere of an art gallery. Natural light floods into the shelter from all directions and a suspended walkway provides a stunning overhead view of the mammoths. The site also features a scenic trailway complete with benches and rest areas where visitors can reflect on what life was like during the age of the mammoths.
  • Dr Pepper Museum – Dr Pepper is a “native Texan,” originating at Morrison’s Old Corner Drug Store in Waco. It is the oldest of the major brand soft drinks in America. The Museum is housed in the 1906 Artesian Manufacturing and Bottling Company building located in downtown Waco. The 100 year-old building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the “Home of Dr Pepper.”The museum operates an old fashioned soda fountain where Dr Pepper floats are very popular.
  • Magnolia Market at the Silos – Hosting over 30,000 visitors weekly, the Silo District created by Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines is the newest hot attraction in Waco.  (Interview season note: the market is closed on Sundays, so be sure to plan your visit for Monday afternoon.)Tx Ranger Logo Unofficial
  • Texas Ranger Hall of Fame – The Texas Ranger is one of the most cherished symbols of the Lone Star State. This museum offers patrons a look at the history of the Texas Rangers as well as law enforcement in Texas. It is located next to the Baylor campus along the Brazos River directly across from the site of the new Baylor Stadium is planned.
  • Mayborn Museum – The 143,000 square foot building offers visitors a look at geological history as well as traveling exhibits from around the world. The Mayborn Museum is located on the Baylor campus.


  • Baylor University – The largest Baptist university in the world and oldest continually operating institute of higher learning in Texas, Baylor is known for its excellent education, top notch Basketball teams, and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin, III. Several members of our faculty and clinical group graduated from Baylor.
  • McLennan Community College – Offering continuing education classes as well as lower level and professional curricula, McLennan Community College offers area residents access to higher education that they may not otherwise be able to afford. Along with a nursing program of its own, MCC also hosts one of our community clinics as well as a simulation lab used by our residents throughout training.
  • Texas State Technical College Waco – is the flagship campus of the TSTC System, which comprises four separately-accredited two-year, state-supported technical colleges. TSTC utilizes its state-of-the-art labs to produce the highest number of associate degree graduates in the nation for engineering technology and second highest for computer science among two-year colleges in the United States.
"Moving from NYC to Waco, I was a little skeptical about my new lifestyle, but I couldn't be happier here. My days are filled with patients and colleagues who teach and support me to be a better doctor than I thought I ever could be. But the best part of it all, is I can go home to my family and enjoy all that Waco has to offer--a spectacular zoo, a riverside park full of trails, a beautiful lake, kind and interesting neighbors, a wine bar downtown with the best tomato soup and grilled cheese around, and a house with a garden in the front yard and a greenbelt in the back. Plus, I can find all the big city stuff just 1 1/2 hours away in Austin or Dallas any time I need it. This beats my 450 sq ft apt in NYC any day!"
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Kelly Givens, MD
Class of 2014