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Attractions Near Waco Convention Center

Cameron Park Zoo

One of the largest parks in Texas, the Cameron Park Zoo is made up of over four hundred acres of exhibits and natural habitats. The perfect size for a morning trip, this zoo offers everything you'd find in a major city but in a more intimate setting. Playscapes are interspersed throughout the park, giving little children a chance to take a break and run around in between exhibits. After you've made sure to meet all of the amazing variety of animals, be sure to check out the Brazos River Country exhibit, which takes visitors back to a time when Spanish explorers searched in vain for cities made of gold.

Waco Mammoth Site

Located on over one hundred acres near the Bosque River, the Waco Mammoth Site showcases an authentic archeological excavation, allowing visitors to become immersed in the world of fossils. The site was discovered in 1978 and to date the remains of 24 mammoths have been discovered. Visitors can learn more about the mammoths at the Information Center, view the actual dig site from a suspended walkway, and make use of the scenic trail way to explore the area further.

Texas Sports Hall of Fame

Established in 1951, this was the first state Sports Hall of Fame in the country. Now honoring over 300 Texan athletes, coaches and administrators, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame offers visitors information about the history of Texas sports, video of important events in Texas sports and exhibits with important sports memorabilia.

Lake Waco Wetlands

These man made wetlands were created in 2001 by raising the height of Lake Waco. Now home to numerous plants, birds, reptiles and more, the Lake Waco Wetlands offer the perfect getaway for people looking for a "natural" experience in an urban environment. Visitors can make use of interactive displays in the Nature Center, or go on a hike though the trails overlooking the wetlands. Observational platforms make bird watching fun, and the nursery area offers the chance to view the many different types of plants that are native to a wetland area. Don't miss this one of a kind nature-oriented, educational, and fascinating addition to the city of Waco!

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