Sports & Outdoors

With an average of 230 days of sunshine each year and virtually no snow and an average daily temperature in the mid 60’s, getting outside to enjoy sporting activities is a no-brainer in Waco.

Of course, you have tons of sporting events at Baylor University, part of the Big 12 conference. Tens-of-thousands of screaming fans cheer on the Baylor Bears football team every Saturday in the fall at McLane Stadium and thousands more support Baylor men’s and women’s basketball as well as the other 14 varsity men’s and women’s sports teams from baseball, to tennis, to golf and even equestrian.


If you like to participate in sports as well as watch, there’s something for everyone in Waco regardless of your age. Golf, baseball, softball, biking, skateboarding, canoeing and kayaking, bowling, horseback riding, swimming, boating, a water park and splash pads, disc golf... pick a sport you want to be part of and chances are, you’ll find it in Waco.

There are many sports specifically for youth in Waco. To know more, click here.

The Greater Waco Sports Commission is an independent non-profit organization that has been created to identify and attract new sports events while enhancing and retaining existing events to generate a positive economic impact and enhance the quality of life in McLennan County.

The Outdoors

Cameron Park is one of the largest municipal parks in Texas, and it's where Waco celebrates life! Located right next door to downtown and the Brazos River, the park is an oasis with towering trees, two rivers, breathtaking cliffs and a National Recreation Trail system. Since the William Cameron Family donated the parkland more than 100 years ago, the 400-acre park has been constantly abuzz with parties, festivals and sports. Cameron Park is also home of the Cameron Zoo (link to Entertainment section here.

Waco has 30 different parks, 20 miles of trails and the Brazos Riverwalk.

Lake Waco

Lake Waco was built by the Army corp of engineers to provide recreational opportunities to residents, to supply water to the city of Waco and surrounding areas and to provide flood control to the Waco area.

There is camping on the north side of the lake. On the 7,270 surface acres of the lake, you’ll find some of the best fishing and boating in Texas. The lake at its deepest point is 85’. For fishing, white crappie predominate, but black crappie are occasionally caught. In the spring, from late February through April, crappie move into water less than two feet deep.

"The bottom line is, if you can’t find something to do outside in Waco, you’re just not trying!"
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