Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute, Waco
Don’t let the name deter you, the Dr Pepper Museum in Waco is 98 percent about Dr Pepper and their products. While there is plenty of history at the museum, there is also the very interactive Liquid Laboratory, where kids will love watching and volunteering for fun science experiments!
Know Before You Go
Parking is FREE!
The old bottling plant has 3 stories of artifacts and displays, including the old soda fountain where Dr Pepper was created.
In 1880, Dr Pepper was created by Charles Alderton in Waco.
No longer in use, you can see the old bottling machines.
An artesian well was used to make the soda from 1906 – 1928, when the well was closed up. During the 1990’s the well was rediscovered, and can be seen during the tour.
The upper floors contain more of the history of Dr Pepper.
In the courtyard there are more old trucks and fun photo ops!
The Liquid Laboratory was my 8-year-old’s favorite, with fun science shows that were interactive and tasty, too! They had a different show each hour!
A cute model train kept his attention between science shows!!
Frosty’s Soda Shop offered ice cream and Dr Pepper floats!
Shhh, but I bought a cute shirt for my Dr Pepper lovin’ husband for Christmas in their gift shop, too!
We visited on October 30th, and as we were leaving, they were getting ready for a special ghost tour that night!
After our visit, we walked a few blocks fown historic Austin St., which is lined with shops, restaurants, and the Hippodrome theater! My kids loved Hey Sugar Candy Shop!
If you want more fun Dr Pepper information, head out to Dublin, Tx. and tour Old Docs Soda Shop. Dublin was the oldest Dr Pepper bottling plant, before closing in 2011. It’s now home to Dublin Bottling Works, but still has a tour and plenty of Dr Pepper memorabilia.
Things To Do in Waco
Waco has been reborn as a shopping destination, thanks to Chip and Joanna Gaines and the Magnolia Market! Spice Village is another fun shopping destination, click HERE to read more!
Waco also has a boom of new dining options, but George‘s is one of the Waco‘s landmark restaurants!