Last Days of Summer

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As the end of summer break draws near, Texans are eagerly anticipating the arrival of cooler temperatures. With kids returning to school and parents back at work, it can be challenging to make the most of the remaining days of summer. However, there are still plenty of fun activities to enjoy in Bell County. Check out some of our top recommendations for summer fun.

Visit Lake Belton

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Looking for a fun way to cool down this summer? Look no further than Lake Belton! Although the water levels are a bit lower than usual, there's still plenty of lake space to explore and enjoy. Whether you're a local or just visiting, you can rent all sorts of water equipment from businesses in Bell County. Try your hand at jet skiing, boating, or other water sports, or simply relax by floating and swimming near the shore. Lake Belton is fun for everyone, no matter your age or interests. So why not beat the heat by splashing around in the water and spending a day outdoors in this beautiful spot?

Lions Junction Water Park

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The season for visiting Lions Junction Family Water Park is coming to an end soon. This water park is perfect for all ages, with its lazy river, pool, slide, and splash zone for the little ones. It's the ideal way to escape the summer heat and stay cool. So why not gather your friends and family and check out this local attraction before it shuts down until next year? You won't regret it!

Play Games at Spare Time

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Looking for some excitement this summer? Look no further than Spare Time Texas! With a range of indoor and outdoor activities, there's plenty to see and do. Challenge yourself with laser tag or bowling, or try your luck at the arcade games and win some great prizes. If you're feeling adventurous, take on the ropes course or race around in go-karts. No matter your age or interests, Spare Time is the perfect place to have some fun and make lasting memories. So what are you waiting for? Come join the fun!

Relive the Nostalgia at BitBar

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 Are you a fan of classic arcade games? If so, we highly recommend checking out BitBar located in Temple! This local arcade bar and patio is a must-visit for anyone who loves games and memorabilia from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. At BitBar, you will find an impressive range of arcade games from the iconic Pac-Man to Spider-Man, and Pong. Whether you're a seasoned gamer or just looking to relive some childhood memories, BitBar is open for you to come and enjoy all that it has to offer.

After paying the cover charge to get in, all of the arcade games are unlimited free-play. Play to your heart's content without worrying about racking up a hefty bill. Additionally, for gamers and those who just love to reminisce about the good days, BitBar offers Family Hours from 6 PM to 9 PM before turning into a 21+ arcade. This means that you can enjoy some quality family time together while still being able to indulge in your love of classic arcade games.

Overall, BitBar provides a unique and nostalgic experience that is sure to delight anyone who loves classic arcade games. Visit BitBar and relive your childhood memories while trying to beat the high score on your favorite game.

Eat at a Local Restaurant

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Why not take a break from cooking and head to a nearby restaurant? Nothing beats savoring delicious food while enjoying the cool comfort of air conditioning on a hot summer day. Bell County boasts a diverse array of eateries serving up a variety of cuisines including Thai, Asian, Latin, American, and more. Whether you opt for a tried-and-true local gem or decide to try something new, dining out promises to deliver a satisfying meal.

Walk Through The Vineyards

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Summer heat may make it challenging to venture outside, but Bell County boasts several remarkable outdoor destinations that are worth exploring. If you're of drinking age and enjoy the sweet taste of wine, then visiting a local winery is the perfect summer activity.

3 Texans Winery, alongside other wineries like BeeMaRosa, Moose & Goose, and the Dancing Bee Winery, offer delicious wines and stunning views of the outdoors and their vineyards. Despite the heat, both locals and tourists should take some time to discover these local attractions. It's truly awe-inspiring to stroll through a vineyard with a glass of wine in hand and warm summer air.

However, it may be wise to choose a summer day that isn't scorching hot due to record-breaking temperatures. So, this summer, explore the vineyards, savor some wine, and discover more about Texas wines.

Visit The Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum

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Need a break from the blazing summer heat? The Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum is the perfect spot for you! It's located on the second floor of the Santa Fe Depot. You can find a gift shop and admission on the first floor, and to make things even better, a new elevator is being installed for your convenience. But don't worry, until it's ready, you can use the stairs. Trust us; it's worth it!

Families will have a blast at the current exhibit, Awkward Family Photos, which features hilarious and awkward photographs that are sure to get everyone giggling. Plus, the museum has a ton of amazing permanent exhibits and fascinating historical artifacts, including train exhibits and much more. So why not plan a visit today and create some unforgettable memories?

Stay Active With an Early Morning Walk at a Local Trail

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This summer, consider taking an early morning walk at one of Bell County's fantastic parks and trails. Let's face it, the Texas heat is no laughing matter. With the sun shining and temperatures soaring, it can be difficult to find a suitable time to enjoy recreational activities outdoors. However, there are some stunning trails and parks waiting to be explored if you're willing to wake up early and head out before it becomes too hot to handle. It's a worthwhile experience! Plan ahead by packing a backpack, bringing water, and some cooling gadgets, and get ready to discover all that Central Texas has to offer. With trails like Pepper Creek, Chalk Ridge Falls, Miller Springs, and much more, the outdoors are calling. 

Explore Downtown Temple

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The Downtown Temple area has undergone significant changes in recent years. The district has grown and been rejuvenated as an increasing number of businesses have chosen to make it their home. Take some time out of your schedule to explore the downtown scene, where you will discover a wealth of culinary delights, shopping opportunities, attractions, and other things to do. Keep up to date with the latest developments in Downtown Temple and find out what's on the horizon. With so many exciting things happening, there's no doubt that you'll enjoy your time in this vibrant area!

Take a Selfie Along The Mural Trail

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Looking to create lasting memories and explore the beauty of Temple, its downtown district, and Bell County? You won't want to miss capturing the stunning attractions and murals with your camera. Take a leisurely stroll and discover your favorite spots along the Instagrammable Selfie Trail. Share your photos with us on social media by tagging @discovertemple or using the hashtag #discovertemple, and your pictures could be featured on our website and in the digital publication, The Temple Ticket. We are excited to see how you experience and enjoy all that Temple has to offer!

Summer, Sun, and Texas Heat

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It's hard to believe that summer is almost over and the kids are already back in school. Despite the end of summer break approaching, the heat is here to stay for a little while longer. Don't let the last days of summer pass you by without doing something fun. Bell County offers a variety of attractions, activities, and delicious food to enjoy. Take the opportunity to explore the area and make the most of your free time this summer. Share with us how you plan to #DiscoverYourTemple and enjoy the remaining days of summer!