Temple is a beautiful town situated in the Bell County, Texas of the United States. Also known as Central Texas, it is known to be the hub of the regional medical centre as it gives a base to three major hospitals. Temple is usually not one of the places to be on every tourist’s go-to list, but visitors can ultimately find something surprising at each corner. If your next trip is going to be to Texas, make sure you to read our list of the best things to do in Temple, Texas.

The Sporty Temple Lake Park

Formed at the upstream of the confluence of The Leon River and The Little River, the temple Lake Park is a day-use service. The park provides one reservable area called the Temple’s Pavilion and over 60 picnic sites which do not need a reservation for public use. A playground, a swim beach, and showers are incorporated within the park for public convenience. A manmade wetland was constructed on the site covering a space of 25 acres. Small animals like deers and turkeys can be spotted occasionally. With a wide range of fishes swimming across the lake, fishing is also a reason why visitors love Temple Park so much. The park is also perfect for hosting a barbecue with a group of friends. The visitors can also enjoy boating facilities.

Witnessing The History At Temple Railroad And Heritage Museum

Temple Railroad And Heritage Museum
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Situated in the Temple’s historic land of Santa Fe Depot, the Santa Fe Railway exhibits everything which elaborate travelling and working of railroads. The museum hosts educational events and programs and changes temporary exhibitions from time to time. The museum presents on the ground exhibitions of railroad equipment, with an active railroad present alongside for visitors to perceive it acts for daily operations. Children under 5 years of age can visit Temple Railroad And Heritage Museum for free, while those under the age group of 5-12, 13-59 and 60+ have to pay $2, $4 and $3, respectively. The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday, at the timing of 10 am-4 pm. In the lists of its itinerary, Whistle Stop Playground, Santa Fe Gardens, Temple Visitor Centre can be counted.

Beating The Texan Heat At Lions Junction Family Water Park

Temple has not one, but many water parks that promises a fun time for kids and to beat the Texas heat. Lions Junction Family Water Park is considered to be the best in the town. The water park contains something for people of every age, including beach chairs. Attentive lifeguards are deployed to keep security tight. Prices for passes are different for all age groups, as well as for residents and non-residents.

Chill At Summer Fun Water Park

Since Lion Junction is not the only water park in town, the Summer Fun Water Park is considered the second-best place to be for water park admirers. It is a water park where adults can enjoy as much as a child, as there is something for all ages. The park has three giant water slides and a 40-foot tower perfect for teens and adults. If you want to spend a good time in the renowned Texas heat, then do head for the water parks and cool yourself down. Prices for tickets for Summer Fun Water Park depend entirely upon the age group.

Down The Historical Lane At Czech Heritage Museum And Genealogy Center

The museum aims to preserve and promote history and culture for those who want to date back to their ancestry and learn a thing or two of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire or the present Czech Republic. It can be considered as an educational place for kids as well as adults. The exhibitions in the museum cover everything from traditional marionettes to military pieces of equipment. Also, the museum has a collection of Czech-related genealogy, which is considered to be largest in the state and a well preserved Bible which dates all the way back to 1549, containing mesmerizing white pages with writings from the Slavic ink, being coal black.

Views Of Miller Springs Nature Center

This 260-acre piece of land is one of the most peaceful spots in Temple, Texas. Situated between the east of Lake Belton Dam and the Leon River, The Miller Springs Nature Centre is currently managed by the City of Belton Parks & Recreation Department and the United States Army Corps of Engineers jointly with the City of Temple Parks & Recreation Department. The centre offers likeable natural overlooks, wildlife, waterways and winding trails. The audience has to be self-guided, as no guides are available. Nature Centre remains open all year long from 8 am and closes at dusk. As a cherry on top, the entry is free. Visitors can enjoy a bunch of different activities in the area, including picnicking, jogging and fishing. Although, if you want to intersperse your visit with a little adventure, activities like hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking can be done here. If you are planning to do so, remember to take all the precautions to ensure your safety. For educational purposes, wildlife observation, ecological study and school group visits can take place here too.

The Multipurpose Miller Park

The Miller Park engulfs 30 acres of land and has one of the best spots for picnics and kid-friendly playgrounds. This community park includes a playground and a splash pad for children, with a 0.75-mile walk or jog trail pocket for morning walks and jogging. If you are in search of some aesthetics, this park has a small lake flowing through it. Restrooms are attached inside the park for public use. The next time your child wants to play soccer and you are in Temple, tell him/her to head to the Miller Park as the park has a soccer playground with two soccer goals. In case, a sudden plan of small barbeque or a kitty party comes to your mind, take your equipments and head to the barbecue station or any picnic pavilion of the park.

Trails Of Pepper Creek

Pepper Creek is known for its famous Pepper Creek trail, which provides a mesmerizing view and unique pathways. The trail runs across a wooded area which further runs along the creek’s western bank. Hiking and bike trails at the Pepper Creek are on everyone’s must-do list who visit Temple. Space for parking is available at Scott & White West Campus, off North Kegley Road, near the hospital’s parking lot.

Visiting The Leona Park

Currently managed by US Army Corps of Engineers, the park is well known for its boating services. The park consists of a courtesy dock and a two-lane boat ramp to make boat service quite efficient. The best part is that Leona Park is open all year long for 24 hours but of course; the boating part is reserved only for the day. Also, no entry fee is required to visit the park. For public convenience, restrooms are constructed inside the park. In case you decide to bring a vehicle along, you can park it in a parking lot arranged for the visitors.

Wine Tasting

Temple, Texas has a side not everyone is aware of – it’s fine wine. Stores like Pignetti’s and Moose and Goose Winery provide such fine wines that you definitely wouldn’t want to miss. Both wine tasting and purchasing options are available at these wine shops. At ‘3 Texans Winery and Vineyards’, you can taste wine, purchase it and also take a stroll in the vineyards. Also, private events are encouraged at 3 Texans winery. So just in case you want to host a small meeting or a private event, what better way to do it than with a glass of fine wine at your side.

Santa Fe Wine Festival

An event called the Santa Fe Wine Festival is conducted in Central Texas annually, in which not only the wineries of the town take part, but local restaurants and food trucks with their mouth-watering dishes, retailers and artisans also approach to promote their businesses. If you are in Temple and the event is currently on run, do not miss it. The festival is a one-day-only-event so do not forget to book your tickets early.

The Evergreen Ralph Sr. And Sunny Wilson Home

The Wilson home, as we know it today, was built in 1959 by Ralph Wilson Sr. himself. The house was his private residence and acted as a test lab for the durability of the products his company manufactured. Also, the same was used as a model for the company’s products. The house was hence featured in the Ralph Wilson Plastic Company magazine and advertisements for being an icon of stylish and affordable living. Wilsonart, the current owner of the house, purchased the same from Mr Wilson’s widow in 1991 and has successfully maintained the original appearance of the house. In 1988, The Wilson House was registered in the US National Register of Historic Places and was considered as a Historical Landmark by the Texas Historical Commission. If you are a fashion or architecture enthusiast, this house should be on top of your bucket list.

Join Your Hands At The Hindu Temple of Central Texas

Hindu temple, which was built in 2001 is situated in the heart of Texas, The temple is committed to several community programs such as giving away food to the poor and needy. One can visit the temple to join yoga classes every Thursday and Bhagavad Gita classes are held for both children and adults, weekly. The temple consists of both the North Indian architecture and South Indian architecture, as the two are very different from each other. Lord Ganesh is the main deity of the temple. Other deities include Sri Venkateswara&Padmavathi, Radha Krishna, Lord Shiva & Parvathi, Ram Parivar, AmbaMatha, Subramanya, Swami Ayyappa and Navagraha.

Put Your Spare Time To Fun At Spare Time Texas

From children to adults, Spare Time Texas is the best place to enjoy your spare time in Temple, Texas. The dark and neon lights will give you a feel of a nightclub-like environment but, it is not. The indoor play arena consists of several lanes that boast of a number of fun, engaging games. If you are a little hungry, seating arrangements are available at the end of every lane. In case you want to host a meeting or a small event, you can do so in a special room which can be accessed by over 200 people. Spare time Texas has managed to carve a name for its own because of unique and special games it offers. Thanks to the high technology and features such as lasers, mirrors and special effects, you are guaranteed to have a good time at this arena.

Kids Favourite – Whistle Stop Playground

It is rather impressive the safe environment and facilities provided by the whistle-stop playground. Including equipments for children of all ages, if you have a young one by your side he/she will definitely be delighted after spending time in this amusing kid’s arena. The playground provides children with many swinging, climbing and balancing areas. In case you arrive there with any vehicle, a special parking lot is allotted for visitors. Considering has lunch tables and restrooms by the playground, it makes a perfect spot for parents to have lunch and wait for their child to come back.