Branch Davidian Memorial Park

Branch Davidian Memorial Park

Branch Davidian Memorial Park
3.5
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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  • Amanda W
    Linn, Missouri1,720 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Weird visit
    My teens have watched documentaries about the branch Davidian and wanted to drive by the memorial to see what they could see left. Not a lot of things creep me out but something about pulling in iron rolling gates to view a memorial with a guy in a wheelchair blocking the driveway really did it. We definitely felt like we were being watched. The car behind us didn’t pull in, they just sat on the driveway and took pics. There was a sign on the gate indicating a $5 donation was expected if you pulled up to the church – personally we did not feel comfortable driving back that far off the road.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 14 June 2023
  • anthony
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Memorial/Site of The 93’ Waco Siege
    The first thing I’ll say is that the road leading to the memorial is really sketchy. Everyone who’s said something about that is completely valid. Like there’s literally nothing around. I probably saw like three cars before I arrived. DO NOT try to go at night. Even if you’re traveling and you arrive in Waco at night. It’s not worth it. Stay at a hotel and just go in the morning. If you can’t do that just come back a different time when it’s light out. You can’t go inside at night anyway and it’s just not worth the risk. I could easily see someone getting carjacked like it’s not even funny. I went early afternoon and even I was a bit nervous. Bring people with you. Anyways, the memorial itself was fine and the location is actually quite gorgeous, a bit eerie for obvious reasons but very well maintained. I’ve seen lots of people talk about how the people who live on the property are like sketchy (they aren’t) and like to force their politics and propaganda down your throat and that’s just laughable. Anyone who has any interest in going here should be well aware beforehand that these people were and are still VERY republican. I mean, I’m a HARD liberal but I’m not gonna argue with these people. I just went to pay my respects and see the place for myself since it’s such a big part of history and I had never been to Texas before. Go in with an open mind (on the chance that they are even there), don’t argue with them. Pay your respects, take your pictures and leave. Really not that difficult. If you’re interested in cults or just American history in general, I strongly recommend stopping by. Also leave $10 in the church. They aren’t forcing anyone to pay but you’re on private property taking pics. It’s the least you can do. David Koresh’s grave is another interesting site to see at the kinda nearby Tyler Memorial Funeral Home - Cemetery and Mausoleum but I will say if you go for that. you will get dirty looks from the locals and cemetery workers. Take your pics, be respectful and leave. It does take a bit to find if you don’t know the exact spot (took me 20 minutes only knowing the section) but don’t give up. Just be respectful.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Gavin B
    27 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    There’s not much to see or say to be honest. It’s good to go and absorb what actually happened. There’s a lovely memorial through the gates and a lovely drive through. Pink leafed trees. There’s little to no remains of the compound itself. There is a church on the site which you can enter and read and listen to what the believe in. Make of that what you will. It’s very rural there’s literally nothing near it other than a massive farm house a mile down the road.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 October 2023
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Gavin B
27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Couples
There’s not much to see or say to be honest. It’s good to go and absorb what actually happened. There’s a lovely memorial through the gates and a lovely drive through. Pink leafed trees. There’s little to no remains of the compound itself. There is a church on the site which you can enter and read and listen to what the believe in. Make of that what you will.
It’s very rural there’s literally nothing near it other than a massive farm house a mile down the road.
Written 17 October 2023
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Laura K
Atlanta, GA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Reading some of these reviews I didn’t know what to expect. People made it sound like it was a scary drive on a desolate road to get there. And then some reviewers complained about the people that still lived in the compound area pushing political agendas. None of this was true. I’m a woman and felt completely safe there. The road there was short and safe. And the people that we spoke to there were very knowledgeable. I think the negative reviews stem from people not being able to handle those that don’t think exactly like they do. Also, if you haven’t seen the documentary, you need to. So sad.
Written 17 August 2023
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anthony
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Friends
The first thing I’ll say is that the road leading to the memorial is really sketchy. Everyone who’s said something about that is completely valid. Like there’s literally nothing around. I probably saw like three cars before I arrived.

DO NOT try to go at night. Even if you’re traveling and you arrive in Waco at night. It’s not worth it. Stay at a hotel and just go in the morning. If you can’t do that just come back a different time when it’s light out. You can’t go inside at night anyway and it’s just not worth the risk. I could easily see someone getting carjacked like it’s not even funny. I went early afternoon and even I was a bit nervous. Bring people with you.

Anyways, the memorial itself was fine and the location is actually quite gorgeous, a bit eerie for obvious reasons but very well maintained.

I’ve seen lots of people talk about how the people who live on the property are like sketchy (they aren’t) and like to force their politics and propaganda down your throat and that’s just laughable. Anyone who has any interest in going here should be well aware beforehand that these people were and are still VERY republican. I mean, I’m a HARD liberal but I’m not gonna argue with these people. I just went to pay my respects and see the place for myself since it’s such a big part of history and I had never been to Texas before.

Go in with an open mind (on the chance that they are even there), don’t argue with them. Pay your respects, take your pictures and leave. Really not that difficult.

If you’re interested in cults or just American history in general, I strongly recommend stopping by. Also leave $10 in the church. They aren’t forcing anyone to pay but you’re on private property taking pics. It’s the least you can do.

David Koresh’s grave is another interesting site to see at the kinda nearby Tyler Memorial Funeral Home - Cemetery and Mausoleum but I will say if you go for that. you will get dirty looks from the locals and cemetery workers. Take your pics, be respectful and leave. It does take a bit to find if you don’t know the exact spot (took me 20 minutes only knowing the section) but don’t give up. Just be respectful.
Written 19 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Amanda W
Linn, MO1,720 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023
My teens have watched documentaries about the branch Davidian and wanted to drive by the memorial to see what they could see left. Not a lot of things creep me out but something about pulling in iron rolling gates to view a memorial with a guy in a wheelchair blocking the driveway really did it. We definitely felt like we were being watched. The car behind us didn’t pull in, they just sat on the driveway and took pics. There was a sign on the gate indicating a $5 donation was expected if you pulled up to the church – personally we did not feel comfortable driving back that far off the road.
Written 14 June 2023
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Richard S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Place was so eerie, nothing commercial about it. If in the area check it out. It was such a creepy quiet place, and nothing has been altered.
Written 13 April 2023
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Beth D
Clodine, TX78 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
I have been to this memorial before. Now that my dtr is almost 17 and has learned about what happened here i decided to drive herr to pay our respects. Much to my horror, a Trump 2024 flag has been installed in the memorial. What a horrid desecration! I turned right around and drove back out!
Written 9 April 2023
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melwashere81
Cleveland, TX3,447 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
It was really sad what happened to the people here back in 1993. I was expecting so much more of a memorial and memories of the victims. What I saw was one memorial at the front of the property then a church full of political stuff and signs asking for donations so members of the branch can rebuild. Then I heard one of the "guides" telling a guest how great of a guy David Koresh was. Seriously?! I seem to remember things a bit differently. So, unless you like having others' views pushed on you with the in your face propaganda then don't bother. It honestly isn't worth it. AND I got a very creepy feeling here. I can't explain it but I won't be back.
Written 13 March 2023
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Relampago Blanco
United States161 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Very interesting place to visit. There were informational packets available that put things into perspective as to the locations of certain buildings etc.

If you go visit this site, do yourself a favor and look into the history of this and the events that took place here so that you have some general knowledge before hand.
Written 9 January 2023
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Nate080411
Nashua, NH1,016 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This location is about 20 minutes outside of Waco center, so it isn't really near anything, and when you arrive it does feel odd. We didn't go inside the gate to walk around because of a sign that said, enter at your own risk. That coupled with signs asking for donations, we just stuck to being on the outside. Inside there is only a few things to see, and with no organization to the site, we didn't feel it was worth he risk.
Written 24 November 2022
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Victor S
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
There is something not right at this place. It is not what you expect. It is not a memorial and the weird sounds to hear and the odd feeling to get walking around the property is not right.
Written 22 October 2022
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