Texas has always been a place where bigger is better. One of the largest animals to have existed was the mammoth so naturally, Texas has a monument just for them. The Waco Mammoth National Monument celebrates and educates the public about the incredible extinct creatures. The monument has tons of interactive features including a giant wall where you can compare your size to that of a mammoth.
The park is 100 acres of fun and discovery around the Bosque River. Despite its many years of exiting the park, it wasn't declared a national park until 2015. The fossils were discovered in 1978 along with other animals like a camel and a prehistoric version of a cat. Now the park has camel days as a nod to its origin. During those days the park brings in the cute animals so visitors can play and feed them.
By far their most popular attraction in the mammoth fossil. There are still bits and pieces of the creature in the ground that have remained untouched and are open to the public to view. The site has several different attractions in one place and they are all inside which means you can enjoy them without the Texas heat knocking on your door.
Tickets to the monument are only $5 a day. They are open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the year except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.
Waco Mammoth National Monument is located at 6220 Steinbeck Bend Dr, Waco, TX 76708. To get more information on the monument, you can visit their website here.
Waco Mammoth National Monument
Address: 6220 Steinbeck Bend Dr, Waco, TX 76708
Why you need to go: There tons of fun things to do including interactive features that let you compare your own size to a mammoth.