A Dog’s Guide To Temple

Traveling to new destinations is exciting, full of possibilities, and something to look forward to.  For those travelling with pets, it helps to know where you can bring your furry best friend to eat, play, and to stay the night in comfort.  Take a look at some of the things that make Temple pet-friendly in this dog’s guide to Temple.  Discover Temple with the dogs at your side.

Dining With The Dogs

Hungry for a taste of Temple, but don’t want to leave your beloved pet behind?  Many restaurants in Temple have patios where your pets are welcome to sit with you as you dine and enjoy a good time.  Everything is more fun with a dog by your side.  They aren’t called man’s best friend for no reason.  Dining with your pooch will make the experience even better.  Clem Mikeska’s BBQ, Megg’s Café, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Freebirds World Burrito, La Riv, and 3 West Alehouse & Grill all have patio options.  At 3 West Alehouse, you can sip on a cold draft beer with your best bud sitting beside you. Located in the nearby city of Salado, Barrow Brewing Co. also has craft and draft beers and a patio for the pets.

In a mood for a delicious dessert?  Stop by Jeremiah’s Italian Ice for a gelati treat.  They have a list of rotating flavors and seasonal specialties that you will want to stop by and sample.  Plus, for all the dogs tagging along, Jeremiah’s gives pets a mini peanut butter ice cup.  Your pets will love this peanut butter tasty treat and will be begging with puppy dog eyes to go back!

Downtown Dogs

In the downtown district of Temple, several restaurants and breweries allow pets to dine with their owners.  These restaurants also have patio seating available with more than enough room for you and your pampered pooch to hang out. Pignetti’s has patio seating with a grand view of downtown.  Enjoy some Italian entrees with your best friend at this local favorite.  Interested in Temple’s food truck scene?  Visit The Yard, downtown Temple’s food truck plaza to experience different cuisines and a fun atmosphere.  With picnic table seating, this food truck plaza is a great place to stop for a bite to eat with the dogs in tow. Or, head to the Santa Fe Plaza on your way through downtown Temple to sit on the lawn, eat a quick bite, and enjoy the scenery and weather that Temple has to offer.

With a walkable, fascinating downtown area, the city of Tempe’s downtown district is a great place to walk around and explore with your pet at your side.  Fire Base Brewing Company is a pet-friendly place where leashed dogs are invited to enjoy some time with their owners.  Fire Base is open Monday and Thursday evenings, and Saturdays and Sundays from midday to late evening.  Try some locally-crafted beers at this veteran-owned, dog-friendly establishment.  For more brews and pubs, check out O’Brien’s Irish Pub and BJ’s Brewery & Tasting Room. O’Brien’s and BJ’s Tasting Room both have patios and are pet-friendly. There is nothing like winding down on the weekend with a cold beer in hand and your best bud at your side.

Paws for Play Time

Whether you are in town for a weekend, a week, or longer, there’s a variety of outdoor activities for you and your pets.  While you are in town, stop by one of the local dog parks for a playful adventure!  Central Texas Bark Park is located inside Lions Park.  There are areas for both large and small breed dogs. Small dogs (under 30 pounds) have a half acre fenced-in play area and large dogs over 30 pounds have a one acre radius to play in. Bring your pet’s favorite frisbees and tennis balls and let them play fetch and run around this expansive field.  Also at the Bark Park a few agility equipment that you can use to train your dog or simply for play.  Give your pet time to do their own socializing and playing while you visit Temple.

Oak Tree Dog Park is another great park option for your four-legged friends.  Pets love to run off-leash in this 1-acre park.  Here you will find plenty of shade and even a few doggie obstacles that the dogs can run around and play on with their new friends. This park does require a fee to enter, but the fun your pet will have will be worth every penny!

Parks, Happy Tails, and Pets

Surrounded by many parks and outdoor recreational areas, Temple has several dog-worthy landscapes to see.  Take your dog for a gorgeous, scenic walk at Pepper Creek Trail.  Walk with your dog across the bridge, past waterfalls, and through beautiful scenery on this three mile trail.  Along with this trail, there are many parks in the Central Texas area that are perfect for you and your pet to explore!  Miller Spring Nature Center has several trails to choose from.  Pick a trail, grab your furry friend, and take a walk through some of Temple’s vibrant landscapes.  Chalk Ridge Falls along the Lampasas River features hiking trails, a suspension bridge, and waterfalls that your dog will enjoy seeing.  Go for a walk and enjoy the views.  This park is a sight to see and would be a great photo op for you and your pooch.

Hotel For Dogs

Looking for a place to stay that allows your animals to room with you?  There are hotels and campgrounds throughout the Temple where pets can stay.  Hotels that are pet-friendly include: Candlewood Suites, Stratford House Inn, La Quinta, Econo Lodge, Studio 6, Rodeway Inn, Days Inn, and Residence Inn.  Some hotels require a pet fee so be sure to look on their websites for pet policies when you book a reservation! For fans of camping in the great outdoors, several campgrounds in the area are pet friendly.  Check out Cedar Ridge Park, White Flint Park, Westcliff Campground, Live Oak Ridge Park, and Temple Lake Campground.

Sit, Bark, Play

Embark on a new adventure with your four-legged friend in Temple.  Find pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, breweries, and more!  With bark parks, trails, and a vibrant landscape, your dog will be excited to join their best friend on this epic trip.  Whether you’re here for a short stay or long stay, we’re happy to have you and your pets!

Discover Temple with your dog by your side.

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National Disc Golf Day

 

Soar into summer with this fun national day.  August 7th is National Disc Golf Day. This day marks a new chance to get outside and learn a new recreational sport, or for seasoned disc golf enthusiasts, a chance to play a few rounds.  Bring your own discs and come out to one of the many disc golf courses that Temple has to offer.  Whether you are an experienced player or a casual first-timer, this recreational activity is fun for everyone!

Crossroads Disc Golf Course

Crossroads Disc Golf Course is located in the Crossroads Recreational Complex at 1020 Research Parkway.  This course is one of the newest disc golf courses built in Temple. The Crossroads course was established in 2019. The course has twenty-seven holes to play with mixed terrain such as open flatland and wooded areas. The mixture of scenery creates a fun challenge for even the most experienced players. 

Player Tip: watch out for the heavily-wooded areas. The abundance of trees and the creek that runs through a few of the holes can be tricky to navigate. It is not uncommon to lose a disc or two on this course. The extra obstacles in the way can make the course more challenging; however, the added difficulty makes the game more fun.  On top of that, when you make it through the course with all your discs intact, there’s a new sense of accomplishment and pride. 

This disc golf course primarily has par three holes with varying short and long distances. Of the twenty-seven holes, twenty are par threes. The remaining holes are par fours.  To break even on this course with a perfect par, players will need to score eighty-eight.  Between the extensive amount of trees, creek crossings, and the connection through Pepper Creek Walking Trail, the course provides an excellent challenge for players of all skill levels.

Lions Park

Located at 4320 Lions Park Road, this disc golf course was established in 2005.  The course terrain is moderately hilly and wooded. There are twenty-one holes with sixteen of them being par threes. This course has several shorter holes as well as some challenging, longer holes. To breakeven on this course, players will need to score a total par of sixty-five. The course is a great option for anyone who wants to play for a few hours, have a great time, and experience different course terrains.  

Additionally, if travelling in a group with other people that aren’t keen on disc golf, you can play the course while they check out a few of the park’s other amenities.  Lions Park has playgrounds, softball fields, and hiking/biking trails.  For players who want to bring their beloved four-legged companions, Lions Park is also home to the Central Texas Bark Park. Your pet will love being outdoors by your side as you disc golf, but they will enjoy it even more when they see the wonderful dog park located on the grounds. Play this recreational sport in rounds of seven and take your dog to the Bark Park for a break before heading back out, or play through the course and let your pet play after.  This park’s course is excellent if you’re looking to play the course and do a few more activities in the same place.

South Temple Community Park

Located at 5000 South 5th St, this course is another fantastic option to play through for national disc golf day. The terrain is lightly wooded with mostly flat surfaces.  The course has eighteen holes.  Fourteen of these holes are par threes with the remaining four set at par fours.  Six of the holes pass through or around the creek located in the middle of the park. To break even on this course, players will need to end with a score of 58. With par threes and par fours, this course is great for players travelling solo or in a group.

Heritage Park

Heritage Park located in Belton was established in 2019. This course has eighteen holes and a mixed terrain. Twelve of the holes are par threes. The remaining holes are par four.  Some holes are long and span across the park’s large flatlands and stretch along the Leon River. Other holes on the course are nestled in the woods and prove to be an excellent challenge for any disc golfer. Break even with a final score of sixty on this course. This course is also PDGA-approved and hosts tournaments throughout the year. 

UMHB Disc Golf Course

The course located at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor is perfect for beginners to the recreational sport.  Located approximately fifteen minutes from Temple, this course in Belton is a mere car ride away and plenty of fun.  This course is relatively short compared to others in the area, but don’t let that discourage you.  With varying terrains, hills, and gorgeous landscapes, this course is a shorter course that provides just as much fun and challenge as longer courses in the area. The course has 9 holes and is full of par threes. To get a perfect par score on this course, disc golf players will need to score 27. For players looking for a disc golf experience with limited time, this course is short enough that players can finish fairly quickly and have time to head out to their next activities.

May the Course Be With You

Whether you are a beginner, a novice, or a professional, the courses located in Bell County are fun and challenging.  Disc golf is a sport that can be enjoyed alone or in a group.  With an excellent range of courses in both terrain and length, there are several options for avid disc golf enthusiasts to test out.  Let your discs take flight and enjoy the many courses Bell County has to offer.