Here are the best places to watch the sunset in Waco:
1. Lake Waco Dam
Built in 1929 and restored in the 1960s, the dam is, in my opinion, the best place to watch the sunset. Some people don’t realize how big Lake Waco is, or even where it is since it is far outside of the “Baylor bubble.” Drive all the way down Valley Mills and turn off into the park right by the dam. After you walk the trail from the parking lot to the top of the dam, you’ll be amazed at the view.
2. The docks on the Brazos outside McLane Stadium
Right on the banks of the Brazos River, the docks are a great place to watch the sunset. Bring a blanket and a snack, and park yourself on the docks. The sound of the water and the view of the open sky give a peaceful vibe. Not to mention, the sunset in the sky reflects off the water, doubling its beauty.
3. Top of the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work parking garage on 8th and Washington in downtown Waco.
At the corner of 8th St. and Washington Ave. in downtown Waco, you’ll find a parking garage. If you drive to the top, you’ll find a ledge on the north side. It is a little bit of a climb, but if you can get to the top of the ledge, you get a great view of the Alico Building, the McLennan County Courthouse and everything surrounding it. Take a seat and enjoy the skyline.
4. Suspension Bridge
The suspension bridge is a classic Waco image. Whether you’ve been to go tortilla tossing or to take pictures before an event, you’ve definitely noticed the wide-open view of the Brazos River. Next time you have a free night, grab a friend and take a front row seat to watch the sunset on the river.
5. Waco Wetlands
Many go to the wetlands as a requirement for a class and return with friends for the scenery. The sunset reflection on the water peeking through the tall grass is a sight to see. With wooden decks and green marshes, this is a great place to practice your photography skills.
Waco gets a bad rap for not having the sparkling skyline that Dallas, Houston or Austin offers. But hey, look on the bright side — the small horizon opens up the sky for a better view of the sunset.
Just like snowflakes, no two sunsets are exactly the same. Learn to appreciate each one and not take them for granted.
Cover Photo Credit: Erica Thorpe