Waller: A Small City That Stands on Its Own

As part of the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area, Waller, Texas offers a big city attitude with a small-town appeal. Once home to the Tonkawa and Karankawa Indian tribes, the city of Waller was established in 1884. The few townspeople, who occupied the land at the time, began gathering the materials needed to build the city, and by the turn of the century, Waller’s population swelled to almost 200. Now, Waller is home to several thousand residents and stands to grow even further in the future. Although the city bills itself as “one of the last great rural escapes in the Houston area,” Waller offers residents a modern suburban atmosphere complete with local schools and community mainstays. Waller maintains a number of tourist attractions, for example, including Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, Dewberry Farm, and Legacy Sports Park. Waller also hosts a number of seasonal attractions, such as Waller Freedom Fest, Waller County Fair Christmas-themed activities, and the famous Waller County Fair & Rodeo. The small city also makes for a seamless drive to Houston, where residents may enjoy all the excitement associated with one of the country’s largest and most diverse metropolitan areas.