Downtown Temple

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If you're looking for a dynamic and bustling locale, packed with a wide range of options for shopping, dining, and entertainment, Downtown Temple is the place to be. The recent revitalization and expansion of local businesses have cemented Downtown Temple's position as the go-to place in Temple, Texas. You'll find an abundance of things to see and do in Downtown Temple, from exploring trendy boutiques to grabbing a bite at one of the many cafes or restaurants. Whether you're a local or a visitor, you're sure to have an unforgettable experience in Downtown Temple.

Discover The Art Trains

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There are eight miniature train statues hidden around the downtown district. These trains are not only unique works of art but are also representative of the local artists and businesses. Each train tells a story and highlights the rich railroad history of Temple. So, why not take a stroll around the area and see if you can find all eight art trains on your next visit? You're sure to enjoy the beautiful tribute to the city's history behind each one.

Shop In Downtown

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Downtown Temple offers a wide selection of shops, including florists, dog bakeries and grooming salons, antiques stores, and more. Shop at Main Street Design & Consign, The Hub, Parlour Antiques, Relics, Bon Bon Market, Cha Community2nd Street Emporium, Twice Upon A Clothesline, Precious Memories, or Lagniappe bridal shop. Consider treating yourself to a shopping spree during your next visit to downtown Temple. Retail therapy is essential, and Downtown Temple offers a wide variety of options, from women's boutique items to consignment and one-of-a-kind antiques.

Ring The Bell at Santa Fe Depot

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The Santa Fe Depot is a historical landmark located in the downtown district of Temple. Visitors can find a train parked behind this incredible building. To ring the bell, guests can head up the stairs at the front of the train. This downtown secret is a popular spot for young children and train enthusiasts alike.

Taste Local Brews

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While you explore downtown Temple, stop by one of our great breweries or bars to try something unique to Temple. Bird Creek Brewing offers special in-house drinks.  BJ's Brewery & Tasting Room serves BJ's restaurants with beer made right here in Temple. Other great options for drinks in the downtown district include HatTrick, O'Brien's Irish Pub, Green Door On Second, Mo's Rail Yard Saloon & Grill, Treno Pizzeria, and J Kowboy.

Stroll Santa Fe Plaza

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The Santa Fe Plaza, in front of the Santa Fe Depot, is the perfect spot to attend a concert, host an event, enjoy a picnic with the family, or splash through the fountains. Enjoy sunny days out on the plaza and gear up for exciting annual festivities such as Hot Summer Sounds and various city events held throughout the year.

Attend First Friday

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Every first Friday of the month, both residents and visitors gather in the downtown area to enjoy block parties, food and drink deals, games, shopping, and entertainment. This local event is the perfect opportunity to connect with everything that Downtown Temple has to offer, discover new businesses, and spend quality time with friends and family. Don't miss the upcoming First Friday event.

Listen to Live Music

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One of the best things about any downtown district is the chance to explore the local music scene. Downtown businesses offer a variety of musical genres to enjoy, including piano music and open mic nights. O'Brien's Irish Pub, Bird Creek Brewing, Treno Pizzeria & Taproom, and Green Door On Second all provide excellent live music events and entertainment. Enjoy delicious appetizers and food while immersing yourself in the vibrant music culture of downtown.

Walk Through Years of History at One of Temple’s Museums

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Our downtown is home to the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum and the Czech Heritage Museum & Genealogy Center. Discover the city's local culture, rich history, and the origin of some of Temple’s early settlers as you walk through these museums.

Take a Photo With an Iconic Mural

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Downtown Temple has several lively and one-of-a-kind murals that are a must-see attraction. Our Instagram-worthy murals can provide visitors with the perfect background for the trendiest photos in Bell County. Our murals feature unique Temple highlights, florals, pizza, and vibrant colors.  Discover our growing art scene in downtown Temple.  Don’t forget to tag Discover Temple in your photos for a chance to be featured in future publications and posts. #discoverdowntowntemple 📷

Unleash Your Creativity

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There are numerous art-related activities that you can indulge in while exploring Downtown Temple. For instance, you can visit The Wick & Burn for a one-of-a-kind experience of making your own candle. Additionally, the establishment regularly hosts other co-business events, which are equally enjoyable. If you have some pent-up frustration that you want to get rid of, head over to The Wreck Center. There, you can smash objects and have a lot of fun in their wreck rooms. Apart from these activities, The Wreck Center also offers splatter paint experiences. Additionally, The Art Department, situated next door, will soon be offering art classes and a gallery.

Other Ways To Spend Time In Downtown Temple

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Order Boba Tea at Cha Community

  • Indulge in Cha Community's delicious drinks with seasonal flavors, a variety of boba toppings, and unique flavor combinations that are sure to win you over.

Eat A Bakery Item from Weird Doughs

  • Weird Doughs Bakery offers some of the most delicious snacks in town. They have new desserts and treats available daily, so you can always try something new and delicious at this local establishment. If you're looking for a place to have a tasty lunch or some sweet treats, Weird Doughs is a great option. The friendly owners and fun-loving atmosphere will leave you feeling happy and satisfied. Be sure to stop by and check out this fantastic bakery!

Dine-In For Lunch or Dinner

  • There are numerous restaurants in the downtown district that offer a variety of cuisines and types of food for lunch or dinner. You can choose any restaurant and enjoy the delicious entrees that will satisfy your taste buds. In Downtown Temple, you won't leave hungry.

Play Pokemon Go

  • Downtown Temple is a popular place for Pokemon Go players, with many historic buildings, signs, and businesses serving as stops and gyms to catch your favorite Pokemon in-game. 

Family Time at Treno Pizzeria

  • Make it a family night out at Treno Pizzeria with a meal deal and a movie. Enjoy the patio seating and the playground while you watch.