Waco, Texas has grown into a popular tourist destination. This small town, home to HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines, plays host to travelers and tourists wanting to visit popular area attractions like the Gaines’ Magnolia Market at the Silos. There are plenty of hotels found in the city. However, for a true Texas getaway, a luxury resort with alluring amenities and activities will make for an unforgettable vacation in this area of central Texas. Not only can you explore Waco, but you’ll also have the chance to go horseback riding, fishing or hiking at these top resorts near Waco, Texas.

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Rough Creek Lodge Rough Creek Lodge
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Rough Creek Lodge

Rough Creek Lodge

For an upscale resort within a reasonable driving distance from Waco, consider Rough Creek Lodge. Located in Glen Rose, Texas, Rough Creek Lodge is the farthest resort from Waco found on this list. While this country resort lies a 1.5-hour drive from Waco, it deserves a spot on this list because of its endless amenities. Rough Creek Lodge’s location, which is found near Dallas and Waco, is ideal for travelers wanting to explore both of these great Texas cities. After a scenic horseback ride or a relaxing afternoon by the pool, there is nothing more satisfying than returning to your sophisticated accommodation, no matter if you book a cabin, vacation home, the on-site glamping Airstream trailer or a room in the main lodge.

Moon River Ranch Moon River Ranch
Moon River Ranch

Moon River Ranch

If you’re looking for a picturesque place to stay near Waco, then Moon River Ranch is the resort property for you. At 550 acres, this sprawling Texas ranch is the ideal location for not only a great weekend getaway but also family reunions, retreats and weddings too. Moon River Ranch has all the activities you would expect from a dude ranch resort, such as horseback riding, fishing, kayaking and hayrides. After a long day on the ranch, relaxing by the pool is the best way to enjoy the Texas sunset. Located 30 minutes from Waco in Satin, Texas, Moon River Ranch is far enough away from the city to enjoy some solitude in nature yet close enough to enjoy Waco attractions.

Brazos Bluff Ranch Brazos Bluff Ranch
Brazos Bluff Ranch

Brazos Bluff Ranch

Brazos Bluff Ranch, located on a working ranch, is another dude ranch lodging option for Waco travelers. This ranch resort offers not only stunning views of the Texas country and Brazos River but also offers guests a number of activities and amenities. The top thing to do at Brazos Bluff Ranch is horseback riding. During your stay here, book a trail ride at Brazos Bluffs Stables for a guided tour on horseback that is ideal for all skill levels. However, guests can also sign up for fishing and kayaking too. Since Brazos Bluff Ranch has limited accommodation options in its vacation house, it is best to book in advance to guarantee a spot on this beautiful property.

Cliffview Resort Cliffview Resort
Cliffview Resort

Cliffview Resort

Found in Laguna Park, Texas, a 35-minute drive from Waco, Cliffview Resort is a family-owned and operated establishment found on Lake Whitney. This gorgeous lakefront property is perfect for families, as everyone in your party will enjoy the number of great activities offered here and found within the Lake Whitney area. There are a number of lodging options to accommodate any budget, from one unit rooms to cabins and houses too. Rent a boat from the property’s private marina and enjoy a day out on the water. When you aren’t out on the lake, there are still plenty of things to do at the resort to keep the entire family entertained, from horseshoes to ping pong, to even an on-site swimming pool.

Arrowhead Resort Arrowhead Resort
Arrowhead Resort

Arrowhead Resort

Arrowhead Resort is a Lake Whitney-area resort where guests stay in cabins and cottages with lakefront views. Couples should consider booking the Jacuzzi cabin, while families will enjoy the spacious two-bedroom family cottage. No matter where you stay on the property, you will gain access to the resort’s amenities, including a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, shuffleboard table, and basketball and volleyball courts. Boat rentals are also available to guests. However even if you don’t rent a boat, you’ll still get to enjoy the lakefront views and swimming areas from Arrowhead Resort.

BSR Surf Resort BSR Surf Resort
BSR Surf Resort

BSR Surf Resort

One of the most unique resorts in the Waco area is BSR Surf Resort. This cable park draws surfers to Waco due to its impressive wave pool. Beginners and experts alike can surf and enjoy watersports in Waco here, which is one of the biggest inland surfing and water sports facilities in the nation. Stay on the property at one of BSR’s cabins that offer views of the wave pool. When you aren’t soaking up the sun and waves at the park, take a short 20-minute drive into downtown Waco to enjoy all this small Texas town has to offer.

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