The Brazos River, running through the center of Downtown Waco, has a rich history in McLennan County. The Brazos got its name from the phrase, “Los Brazos De Dios,” which is Spanish for ‘the arms of God.’ The river has kept its name since the 1700s before the end of the Spanish colonial period!
An independent organization known as The Brazos River Authority, established in 1929, manages to maintain the waters of the Brazos River and the Brazos remains a significant water source for irrigation, power and important resources for the City of Waco!
Not only does the Brazos have a unique history, but there are an abundance of activities surrounding it as well! Here are a few activities and must-see spots you can add to your bucket list as the weather warms up:
With summer cruising around the corner, there’s plenty of fun to have outdoors on the Brazos River. If you love a good adventure, Waco Paddle Company opened on April 1, 2023! Grab a friend and some sunscreen, and head on out to rent a paddleboard or kayak today.
This iconic sight was completed in 1870 and is the centerpiece of the downtown. In front of the bridge is a sculpture known as the “Branding of the Brazos” which showcases two bronze trail-driving longhorns crossing the river. Not only does the Waco Suspension Bridge have historic artwork, but is a beautiful spot to walk and view the Brazos River!
Looking for a way to get your steps in? Take a walk outside along the Brazos River alongside the riverwalk! Approximately seven miles long, the riverwalk boasts some of the most scenic views of our city. Get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine!
The Brazo’s special history, along with versatile outdoor activities, makes Downtown Waco the place to be this upcoming season. Whether you just learned a new Waco fact or found where to explore your next weekend venture, don’t miss out on these opportunities at the river!
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