There is more to see in Waco than the Magnolia Market at the Silos. That is the recent addition of a National Park System.The Waco Mammoth National Monument. It is located about 7 miles north of the Magnolia Market at the Silos and it is not nearly as crowded. The physical address is 6220 Steinbeck Bend Drive Waco, Texas 76708. Just click on the "Map Link" icon to open the location in Google maps.
Every thing starts in the parking lot and there seems to be plenty. Next go to the Welcome Center. There you can have your National Park passport stamped, get a plastic dinosaur and every other kind of touristy thing you can imagine. This where you buy your ticket, more about that later. And more importantly go to the restroom, these are only ones at the site.
Guided tours begin every 30 minutes, no reservation required. When one starts up just join in. There is a paved path about 300 yards long to the Dig Shelter. It has moderate up and down elevations and places to sit along the way. It is not difficult for most people. It is all wheelchair accessible
The dig shelter itself is climate controlled. The day we we made our visit the outside temperature was 102° F, so we appreciated the climate control.
The tours were excellent, the fossils are indescribable. Being in Texas this happens to be the site of the nations only discovery of a nursery herd of Columbian mammoths.