I still remember the first time I tasted Dr. Pepper. I was in Kindergarten and at my friend Susan’s birthday party. After the first sip, I totally panicked. Looking back, it was probably my first taste of a carbonated drink and I was pretty sure I wasn’t allowed to drink it.
I told myself I wouldn’t take another sip. But I did.
My “just one more tiny sip” method continued until I’d finished my glass and been poured another. And though it would be many years before I’d get the opportunity to have it again- my love of Dr. Pepper began at that birthday party when I was just 5-years old.
During my college years I used it as motivation to get up and go to work. I was a nanny and had to be at my job super early. Each day I would hit snooze until the very last minute, but always leave a few extra minutes to stop at a gas station for a Dr. Pepper (and Doritos!)
When I was pregnant with my daughter I craved Dr. Pepper, but resolved to stay away from caffeine. It was the first thing I asked for out of the delivery room. The nurses warned me what a horrible idea it was to drink carbonation minutes after a c-section…but I didn’t care. I’d waited 9 months for that drink!
All of this to say, Dr. Pepper has been a big part of my life. But in all that time, I had no idea where it came from!
Fast forward to our summer road trip planning. I spent countless hours searching for unique destinations along our route. I couldn’t believe my luck when I found the Dr. Pepper Museum in Waco, Texas! I never knew the drink was created, manufactured and first sold in Waco.
We had been debating tacking on the extra drive to Waco to visit Magnolia Market, but the Dr. Pepper Museum sealed the deal! In hindsight, I could not be more happy that we took the time to visit!
The Dr. Pepper Museum is divided into two big buildings with a courtyard in the center. The entrance building contains historical documents, memorabilia and some great videos. Our favorite was the one with clips from old commercials!
The other building has a much more modern (less breakable!) feel and has a lot of interactive exhibits. The kids had so much fun racing toy cars down a huge ramp and watching a model of the bottling process.
Hands down, though, our favorite part was the Soda Fountain! My kiddos got their first ever sip of Dr. Pepper (I know, they’ve been totally deprived!) and I think it was probably even more memorable than my first taste! We also enjoyed several other specially concocted floats.
Visit the Dr. Pepper Museum website for more information and to plan your visit.
*Our visit was sponsored by The Dr. Pepper Museum; however the opinions found in this post are uniquely our own.*
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