Austin isn’t the only active city in Central Texas. Take a trip up to Waco for a change of scenery!

Waco offers a full slate of activities on water and on land, with a beautiful park at the heart of it all. Cameron Park is a 417-acre oasis near downtown Waco. There you’ll find two rivers, limestone cliffs, a National Recreation Trail system with 15 miles to explore, a 23-hole disc golf course, three playgrounds and even a splash pad to keep things cool.

The city offers paddleboarding, canoeing and kayaking rentals as well as a number of free activities to keep the whole family busy and engaged.

If you are feeling a little extreme, take a trip to BSR Cable Park, which opened in 2012 as a joint venture between a pair of longtime friends and water sports enthusiasts, Stuart Parsons and Royal Tee Wiseman. Parsons is a champion barefoot water skier, and Wiseman is a master of the wakeboard.

Of course, all this active play can cause a powerful hunger, and Waco doesn’t disappoint. Fill up at any of a number of eateries that have a healthy living focus, and relax for a while at some of the area’s beautiful B&Bs and guesthouses. Try a cabin or a campground for a more rustic stay.

The fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down. Waco is also home to a growing number of venues touting craft cocktails, wine bars and, of course, live music.

For more on an on-the-go vacation in the Heart of Texas, go to www.wacoheartoftexas.com.