Whether you’re planning a bachelor party in Waco or simply a weekend away with your best friends, you’re in the right place. With its blend of outdoor adventures and urban energy, Waco is ideal for a guy’s getaway.
This itinerary will guide you through some of the city’s top attractions, from an action-packed surf park to Texas’ biggest whiskey selection. Download the Stay in Waco mobile app to help you map out your visit, book accommodations, and share the plan with your friends!
Choosing the Bachelor Pad
Make your visit to Waco simple. These hotels are just a short drive from everything on our itinerary, and they have easy highway access for coming and going.
- TownePlace Suites Waco South
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Waco South
- Homewood Suites Waco
- Hilton Garden Inn
- Hampton Inn & Suites Waco South
- Tru by Hilton
- Residence Inn Waco South
- Hyatt Place Waco South
Start the weekend in Waco with a friendly—or competitive—evening of golf.
Join in a Little Friendly Competition
What game can satisfy both golf fanatics and their friends who don’t know a putter from a driver? Topgolf. From a private bay, you’ll hit high-tech golf balls out to the targets on an expansive green. The closer you get to the target center, the more points you’ll rack up. Track the leaderboard in your bay so you can see how you stack up against your friends.
While you’re here, a server will come right to your bay to serve drinks and tasty bar food like burgers, nachos, and cheesy fries. With HDTVs in every bay, you can watch the big game while you play. And for more golf goodness, they also offer nine holes of mini golf for just $5 per person.
If you’re planning for a large group of eight or more, contact their sales team at (254) 379-9213 to arrange the details. Groups may work with a dedicated event ambassador to make sure everything goes smoothly, and they can even arrange a catered buffet.
Explore the Largest Whiskey Selection in Texas
Saturday’s itinerary is high energy, so you could call it a night early. But if you have whiskey aficionados in your group, make a pilgrimage to J.S. Barnett’s Whiskey House for a dram (or two) from the largest selection in Texas.
You’ll find over 1,200 different whiskeys from around the world, ranging from right here in Texas to as far as Japan. Sit out on the large patio and enjoy this jaw-dropping selection while you puff on a cigar—also available from their curated collection. And if anyone on your crew doesn’t want whiskey, they have beer, wine, and craft cocktails as well. J.S. Barnett’s is open until 1:00 a.m. on Fridays, so you can take your time with this impressive menu.
Make sure to have some coffee with your breakfast—you’ll need it to keep your energy up on this action-packed Saturday.
Feast on a Biscuit Breakfast
The scratch-made buttermilk biscuits at Butter My Biscuit Cafe are the stars of the menu. Build your own dish, starting with a pair of biscuits and adding toppings like gravy, bacon, scrambled eggs, blueberry honey, and more. Order one of their signature coffee drinks to accompany your breakfast, like the King Koopa—a mocha latte made with nutmeg, paprika, and a dash of cayenne for a bit of kick.
Catch Some Air at Waco Surf
Do something truly unique during your Waco bachelor party. Waco Surf is a man-made surf lagoon and water park where you and your friends can ride the waves—right here in central Texas.
Book a private surf session for your group for anywhere from one to eight hours. Waco Surf considers 9 to 12 surfers ideal for a private session, but they can organize a heat schedule for larger groups so everyone gets some time in the water.
During your private session, you can access Waco Surf’s entire wave library. These range from intermediate peel waves to the advanced “freak peak wedge”—two waves that start on either end of the lagoon and meet in the middle, made for catching air. Book their onsite photographer to take videos, photos, or drone footage of your surf experience for a one-of-a-kind memento.
At lunchtime, enjoy tacos and a cold beer at the Surfside Shack. It’s right by the surf lagoon, so you can watch out for impressive aerials while you’re eating.
After your private session ends, hit up the Cable Park for wakeboarding, pulled by overhead cables through a course of jumps, ramps, and rails on a nine-acre lake. There’s also a water park with four side-by-side Wedge Water Slides that launch riders into the air before they splash into the pool below. And when you’re ready to relax, float the lazy river. You can BYOB into the water park side of the property, but not into the surf side of the park, so plan accordingly!
Sample Homegrown Texas Whisky at Balcones Distilling
After a day of sun and surf, it’s time for a night on the town. Head back to your hotel to get cleaned up…and no one will judge if you need a nap.
Before dinner, visit Balcones Distilling to sample their award-winning Texas whiskies. Made from Texas blue corn and malted barley, these are true local spirits. From their warm, rugged tap room, enjoy a flight of their year round and seasonal releases. And if you find one you love, snag a bottle to take home.
Dinner at OneThirtyFive Prime
A decadent steak dinner is a fitting bachelor party meal. Popular steakhouse OneThirtyFive Prime specializes in prime aged New York strips, tenderloins, and ribeyes made from American Akaushi beef. They also serve fine seafood like jumbo sea scallops, tender shrimp, and decadent lobster for satisfying surf-and-turf. Choose a full-bodied red from the wine list to accompany your steaks—they’ve been receiving Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence for their wine program since 2015.
For a VIP experience, ask to reserve their private room, which seats up to ten!
Party at The Backyard
After an active day and an indulgent meal, spend the rest of the night relaxing at The Backyard. This laid-back outdoor bar and music venue has a spacious stage that welcomes both original artists and cover bands you can sing along to. Some concerts require tickets to attend, so check their website for details.
The expansive yard has outdoor games like cornhole and washers, plus fire pits for keeping warm on chilly nights. Grab a seat on the roof deck to watch the revels below. And if you need a snack, the kitchen is usually open until midnight on weekends.
After a busy Saturday, take it easy on Sunday as you wind down the weekend.
Brunch at Café Cappuccino
Start your last day in Waco with brunch at local favorite Café Cappuccino. This relaxed diner-style cafe serves an impressive selection of belgian waffles, pancakes, and hearty omelets, plus Texas favorites like breakfast tacos and migas. And as the name implies, there’s also a full menu of tasty espresso drinks.
They have two locations, but the downtown address will put you within walking distance of your next activity…
Axe Throwing at Stumpy’s Hatchet House
Release your inner lumberjack at Stumpy’s Hatchet House. Reserve a Private Pit for up to 10 people, and throw your axes at the targets. You’ll get a safety training before you start chuckin’, so it’s okay if this is your first time. Tally up your points—first to reach 21 wins! Or play one of their other fun throwing games like S.T.U.M.P. or Around the World.
Stumpy’s is BYOB, so stop at Waco Ale Company on Austin Avenue to pick up some cans of great local beer to bring with you. And when you’re waiting for your turn to throw, play a game of giant Jenga®, Hook and Ring, or Connect 4.
End Your Weekend on a Sweet Note
When your throwing arm is worn out, your bachelor weekend in Waco will be coming to a close. If your group still has time before heading home, walk over to Milk Bottle Cookies for a sweet end to your stay.
It doesn’t matter how old you are—nothing beats a freshly baked cookie right out of the oven. The chocolate chip, cookies & cream, and snickerdoodle cookies at Milk Bottle are perfectly chewy and delightfully decadent. Pair one with a hot coffee, and look back over the weekend with your pals before you all say goodbye.