An Adventurer’s Guide to The Great Outdoors of Temple

The Great Outdoors of Temple

One of the most important things about the summer months is finding exciting, adventurous ways to spend the days.  And what better adventure is there than exploring the outdoors and all that it has to offer? So often we find ourselves in a traveling mood to see the sights, enjoy the sun, and to get outdoors.  Here in Temple we have the luxury of having access to so many vibrant and beautiful landscapes.  Between the trails, the lake, and the parks, Temple has the outdoor experience you have been searching for.

 

Relaxing Days at the Lake

A popular summer bucket list item is going to the beach and being able to stick your toes in the sand.  A good beach day consists of relaxing warmth from the sun and gentle waves.  Lake Belton provides the perfect setup for calming waves lapping along the bank, picturesque sunsets, and a comforting outdoor temperature. Though not your typical beach setting, you can find comfort and relaxation at the B.L.O.R.A. (Belton Lake Outdoor Recreational Area) and at various parks surrounding the lake. The expansive area of the B.L.O.R.A. has access to riding trails, paintball, a climbing wall, and a swimming pool.  This recreational area also has its own beach, known as the Sierra Beach, where you can swim, enjoy the water, and have a beach day the central Texas way. Check the B.L.O.R.A. website for updates on when this section will open. Along with this lake setting, Cedar Ridge Park and Westcliff Park are also located along the water and have the perfect space to picnic, grill, and spend time with friends. 

 

Into the Woods

Another great way to spend time outdoors is to go on a nature walk and check out a few local trails.  Pepper Creek walking trail is a beautiful mixture of wooded and open trail scenery.  This trail is also on the same grounds of the disc golf course at Crossroads Park. With charming bridges and stunning waterfalls, this trail is truly something special. On your walk through the Pepper Creek area you could see several wildlife species out in the fields.  This includes field rabbits, lizards, and deer.  The area is gorgeous and you will be at peace in all the nature that surrounds you.  A great tip for the outdoorsmen: if you are going to walk the trails, go earlier in the day or later in the afternoon to beat the heat and enjoy the walk.

Miller Springs Nature Center also has trails to hike, bike, or walk the dogs.  The landscape provides a picture-worthy backdrop for all your activity needs.  With walking trails, and mixed environmental scenery, Miller Springs is a nature destination you are sure to love.  Another fantastic park with trails is Chalk Ridge Falls.  Take your pets for a walk and marvel at this scenic area.  You can also bird watch, scope out the local flowers, and look at the outdoor attractions like the cave and waterfalls.  

 

Playgrounds, Splash Pads, and Neighborhood Parks

Another fantastic option to consider is going to local parks with playgrounds, splash pads, and more!  For families with young children, this is a great way to pass the time on a summer afternoon.  Some parks you can find here in Temple are Lions Park, Miller Park, Jaycee Park, and West Temple Park.  These parks are only a handful of the vast list of parks Temple has to offer.  For a full list of parks, check out the city of Temple’s parks website.

Miller, Jaycee, and West Temple all have splash pads that the kids always enjoy.  The parks also have walking trails, playgrounds, and outdoor sports areas such as soccer fields, baseball fields, and basketball courts. Whistle Stop Park’s train-themed attractions are always fun for the children. The kids can pretend to be train conductors and engineers, letting their imaginations run wild on this lively playground.  Another fun park to play at is Optimist Park.  This neighborhood park is dinosaur themed.  Take a ride on the wild side with this Jurassic, pre-historic themed park. 

 

Camping in Style

Moreover, if you are in the mood for a true outdoors experience, try your hand at camping. A few examples of places to camp include: Live Oak Ridge, Cedar Ridge, Stillhouse, and Temple Lake Park.  At these areas you can find picnic spots, campgrounds, water access points, trails, and pavilions. Roast s’mores by the fire pits at the campgrounds, swim in the lake access points, or hike the terrain to further explore the area.  With so many camping areas throughout Temple, there’s plenty of different sites and surroundings to see.

At camping sites in Stillhouse, the cost to rent one of the campgrounds is $40 per day. There are water and electricity hookups on both sites, and pets are allowed. This setup is perfect for an outdoor adventure with the family. Or, for millennials interested in a weekend camping trip with their beloved four-legged friends, grab a hammock and camping gear with all your pet supplies and enjoy a weekend away with your pet.  Another fantastic camping option is the Turkey Roost Campground located in Cedar Ridge Park.  This campground has horseshoe pits, is close to the water, and has RV hookups for anyone traveling with a motor home or travel trailer. Enjoy an overnight stay on the lake with walking trails, outdoor sports activities, and a magnificent view. 

 

The Great Temple Outdoors

Temple has a lot of wonderful areas to explore.  The city is rich in nature, parks, and trails. With a selection this large, you are sure to find an activity you love in the great outdoors here in Temple.  Outdoor activities are perfect for families, couples, and those who love to travel with their pets.  What are you waiting for?  Check Out Temple’s Parks and Recreation for more information to book, plan, and find the perfect spot for your next outdoor adventure.

 


An Autumn Full of Festivities

Fall is a time for breezy weather, cozy sweaters, and a hot cup of coffee, but how can you spend the autumn season outside of the house doing something exciting? Temple, and its regional surroundings, has an abundance of activities and events happening throughout the autumn months. Take some time to explore Temple and make this Autumn the best season yet!  Discover Temple has put together the Ultimate Bucket List of fall activities that you won’t want to miss!

West Temple Oktoberfest

The West Temple Oktoberfest event hosts a variety of activities like the local farmers market, live music, face painting, access to a bounce house, and plenty of food trucks. There will also be over thirty wine and beer brews and flavors. The best part? Entry is free! This family and dog-friendly event takes place on October 16th from 12pm to 8 pm.

Spend a Day at The Robinson Family Farm

This local attraction is one of the biggest hits of the fall season. Grab the family or a couple of friends and head out to this farm for an incredible fall experience!  The Robinson Family Farm has a barrage of activities including a corn maze, corn canon, pumpkin patch, concession stand, hayride, and more!

Enjoy a Seasonal Coffee at Atrium Coffee Co.

Atrium Coffee Co. has a new fall menu of delicious and decadent coffee flavors.  Stop by this lovely coffee stop for a taste of fall!

Visit a Local Farmers Market

Temple has several farmers markets that take place throughout each month.  Stop by one of the events and see a community of local farmers and vendors with all kinds of goods and produce to choose from. There will be items from jams and jellies to produce, home goods, and more!

Pick A Pumpkin at a Pumpkin Patch

Throughout the city of Temple, you can find pumpkin patches of all sizes.  An autumn must-do activity is to go with your loved ones to pick out the very best, most vibrant pumpkin.  Head to one of the local pumpkin patches to pick out the perfect pumpkin for you! Walker Honey Farm is a great place to pick a pumpkin and is a must-see! Stop by Walker Honey Farm for a perfect pick of the crop! After you’ve picked the best pumpkin, you and the family can have a pumpkin painting/carving competition!

Attend November First Friday

First Friday events are a local favorite!  These events take place in the downtown district and always have all kinds of activities and specials going on between all the various businesses located downtown!  The upcoming November First Friday event will be one to remember! Whether you’re here to shop, dine, or find a place to hang out with friends, this event is a lot of fun! Stop by and explore the scene!

Take a Trip Through the Silo of Screams

The Silo of Screams is open for the spooky season! Silo of Screams has four main attractions and over 30,000 square feet of horror. The attractions include a funhouse full of creepy clowns, the Van Winkle Memorial Hospital, Her Wicked Way,  and a Post-Apocalyptic Incinerator. General admission is $29, with fast pass admission costs set at $39.  You can buy tickets online or at the gate.  These haunted house attractions are not for the faint of heart.  Looking for thrills and a good scare?  Head to Silo of Screams for the spookiest event of the season!

Watch a Spooky Holiday Movie at the Beltonian Theater

The Beltonian Theater located in Belton will be featuring a few Halloween movies through the month of October.  From the 11th to the 17th, you can buy tickets to watch Hocus Pocus on the big screen. The Rocky Horror Picture Show will have showtimes from the 18th to the 23rd, and the Nightmare Before Christmas will be playing on November 11th through the 14th. But that’s not all! This theater will be hosting a Haunted House event! There are separate times for the spooky version and a kid-friendly version.  The Beltonian Theater Haunted House will run from the 25th to the 31st. The child-friendly version will take place on the 30th and 31st.

Listen to Live Music at Barrow Brewing Co. in Salado

Barrow Brewing Co. hosts jam sessions and live music nights throughout the months! Check their Facebook page for information about live music and new events! This brewing company is located just a short drive away in Salado!

Attend a Trivia Night Event at Fire Base Brewing Co.

Fire Base Brewing Co. has trivia night every Thursday!  Check out the trivia themes and bring your team to win the competition! Or attend the Name that Tune Bingo: Halloween night for another spooky treat!

Take a Ride On The Haunted Hayride

The Temple Parks and Recreation department’s special Halloween event is returning this year!  Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at templeparks.com! Tickets must be purchased online! Tickets are $7.00 per person. The 8th Annual Haunted Hayride takes place at the Reuben D. Talasek Bend of the River Ranch on Saturday, October 23rd.  Don’t miss out on this exciting, haunted hayride!

Decorate Your Home for the Holidays

One of the best things about Autumn is having the opportunity to decorate your home!  Stop by the Parlour Antiques, The Hub, Relics Antiques, 2nd St Emporium, or Darling Décor & More to find some incredible fall décor!

Listen to a Concert Featuring the Temple Symphony Orchestra

The Temple Symphony Orchestra is open for its 28th season! Tickets are $25.00 for each event.  The next event coming up is the Van Cliburn Recital held at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center on October 16th. For more information on the concerts held throughout the year, check the Temple Symphony website!

Explore The Downtown District

Temple’s downtown district is full of life and always evolving!  Take a moment to explore the area with its many restaurants, shops, and nightlife!

Attend Fright Fest and Monster Mash

The Fright Fest and Monster Mash event takes place on October 30th at the Santa Fe Plaza and is family-friendly! Wear your costumes and get ready for lots of candy!

Attend a Trunk Or Treat/Trick or Treating Event

It’s not fall without a proper Halloween extravaganza!  With so many local attractions, churches, and neighborhoods hosting trick or treating events, there’s a lot of options to check out! Score lots of candy and enjoy dressing up as your favorite characters this Halloween!

Participate in the Turkey Trot Thanksgiving 5K

The annual Turkey Trot is a 5k race hosted by the Carlson Law Firm.  Register and get a t-shirt included in the registration fees.  The race takes place at Pepper Creek Trail in late November and is a great way to start exploring one of Temple’s most popular trails!


An Evening of Stories and Songs with Chris Hillman

The Cultural Activities Center presents: An Evening of Stories and Songs with Chris Hillman. Featuring Herb Pederson and John Jorgenson.

For Tickets: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=cac01

Members of the CAC can purchase tickets for $40. Non-members can purchase tickets for $45.

 

Sponsored by Brockway, Gersbach, Franklin & Niemeier, P.C.


Bell County Comic Con 2021

Bell County Comic Con is a family-friendly event held at the Bell County Expo Center located in Belton, TX. This event takes place over the course of two days, August 7th- August 8th. This exciting convention focuses on bringing comics, pop culture, gaming, and movies together into one fantastic event.

There will be artists, exhibitors, cosplay contests, celebrity guests, and much more. Dress up in your favorite cosplay attire, costume, or superhero tees to truly get in on the action and enjoy this convention to the fullest.

Tickets for the event can be purchased on the event website at: https://purchase.growtix.com/e/Bell_County_Comic_Con_2021

 


Bend of the River Christmas

Saturday, December 18th from 11 am to 3 pm at the Reuben D. Talasek Bend of the River Ranch.

$5 per person.  Tickets on sale December 1st at templeparks.com

Join us for a hometown holiday event that will feature snow slides, Cowboy Santa, a snow party, and tons of other activities! There will be delicious treats from the vendors! This event is one you won’t want to miss!


Buc-ee’s In Temple Texas

Must-Do List: Buc-ee’s in Temple, TX

Ask any Texan what the best highlight for a road trip is and they will say making a stop at the nearest Buc-ee’s. This Texan chain of convenience stores is so much more than you could ever expect.  Imagine this.  You’re driving down I-35 here in Temple in the early morning, the sun is rising, you’re still feeling a little tired, and your stomach starts to let out a low growl of hunger. In the next instance you look up, see the giant beaver head sign in the sky, and know all your problems will melt away. Buc-ee’s will satisfy your hunger, alleviate your sleepiness, and get your mindset positively happy for the travels ahead. With affordable gas prices, the finest bathrooms, and a large assortment of merchandise, food, and more, Buc-ee’s is your one-stop shop for all your travel needs.

The Buc-ee’s Essentials

The first thing you should do when you turn into the Buc-ee’s parking lot is stop at the pumps and fill up the car. Buc-ee’s makes it easy to fill up the fuel tank without breaking the bank.  With over 100 gas pumps, there is sure to be a space for you and your vehicle needs.  Next, after your tank has been filled, head inside for a bathroom break. Or, as Buc-ee’s likes to say head inside to “Potty like a rock star.”  The bathrooms here are world famous, boasting of cleanliness. You won’t find a better rest stop than at Temple’s Buc-ee’s location.   

The Wonderful World of Snacks

After you’ve gotten the essentials covered, it’s time to get to the fun and even more exciting portion of this Buc-ee’s pit stop. Located close to the entrance of Buc-ee’s, you will find the expansive great wall of candy.  With a wide variety of gummies, chocolates, hard candies, and more, Buc-ee’s will make all your candy dreams come true.  And next to that you can find the gourmet jerky wall. For fans of this road trip snack, you can find an assortment of flavors. On several rows next to the candy and jerky wall, you will find spices, jarred goods like jam, salsa, and much more. But the real treasure – the holy grail of Buc-ee’s- is the beaver nuggets.  The original beaver nuggets flavor simply cannot be beat, but if you are feeling adventurous try a few other flavors like cinnamon sweet, salted caramel, white cheddar, white cheddar habanero, and bold ‘n sorta spicy.  It is a must-do to buy beaver nuggets on your next trip to Buc-ee’s.  See what all the hype is about for these delectable, sweet treats.

Brisket, Turkey, and Pork, Oh My!

Feeling hungry? Order a delicious, barbecue or brisket sandwich at the kiosk in Buc-ee’s.  Order your sandwich exactly how you like it and wait for the cooks at Buc-ee’s to call out your order.  Then, get ready for the sandwich of a lifetime.  Buc-ee’s has all kinds of sandwiches with meat options from brisket, pork, turkey, chicken, and more.  These sandwiches make an excellent lunch choice when you’re ready and hungry for a hearty, wholesome comfort food. And once your lunch plans have been taken care of and your order has been made, you can stock up on desserts with homemade fudge. Buc-ee’s fudge comes in unique, delightful flavors like blueberry cheesecake, birthday cake, and cookies n’ cream.  Not sure what flavor to choose? Pick up a fudge sampler pack to try many different fudge flavors.

Shop ‘Til You Drop

With great shopping comes even greater self-control.  You’ll find it’s hard not to spend a lot of money at Buc-ee’s, especially when you’ve seen the merchandise.  At Buc-ee’s you will find trendy shirts, blankets, toys, and accessories all with the famous mascot on the items. These merchandise items are affordable and are a hit with family and friends that love Buc-ee’s or have the desire to love Buc-ee’s.  You can buy items for babies, children, and adults.  Not only does Buc-ee’s have their own merchandise, but they also sell merchandise through other vendors. This brings in kitchen and home goods, outdoor gear, and so much more. Shopping at Buc-ee’s is like going to a large strip mall rolled up into a clean, desirable package.

ICEE You Leaving Buc-ee’s

Before you head back out on the road, don’t forget your large fountain drink or ICEE.  The price of fountain drinks at Buc-ee’s cannot be beat.  The best part? You can pour your own drink and mix and match to your heart’s content.  Love different flavors?  Mix the white cherry with the Dr. Pepper flavor.  Or, try the blue raspberry and Coke.  And if you prefer a regular soft drink to this frozen treat, the fountain drinks station has original staples like coke, dr. pepper, and sprite, along with Buc-ee’s brand soda flavors.

Sweet Beaver Nugget-filled Dreams

After checking out and getting ready to leave, the final must-do on the list is to dream about the next time you’ll find yourself in Temple’s Buc-ee’s location.  After a Buc-ee’s run, its hard not to crave going back. Buc-ee’s is certainly a fun attraction for any travelers passing through. This convenience store truly makes shopping for road trip essentials a breeze. Remember, Temple’s Buc-ee’s will always be here to welcome you home.


Celebrate Live Creative Day in Temple

Here in Temple, life is meant to be lived in vibrant colors, various hues, and through a creative environment that is continually developed as well as encouraged.  Live Creative on this national day as you take part in all the art that makes Temple unique.  With attraction within the city and some in surrounding cities, its easy to find a reason to live creatively in Temple.

Art Trains

The Downtown Temple scene is filled with vibrant creative art pieces. Each mural and train has its unique features, cultural inspirations, and color schemes. Currently, you can find five art trains spread out around the downtown district with additional trains continuously being added. These trains tell a story and showcase some of the wonderful attractions in Temple.

Sterle Art Studio

Sterle Fine Art Studio

The Sterle Fine Art Studio in the downtown district has oil painting, art classes, and photography. Susan Sterle is the owner and artist at this establishment and she specializes in painting and drawing instruction.  If you want special paintings done of moments, pets, and more you can also commission the Sterle Fine Art Studio to paint you a masterpiece.  The Sterle Art Studio also has Pop a Cork & Paint Night through partnering with Corky’s also located in the downtown district.  Check out the Sterle Fine Art Studio Facebook page to find out more and learn about special painting events!

 

Murals

In addition to the trains downtown, visitors to the Temple area can find unique murals. Treno Pizzeria and Taproom has a beautiful mural along the side of its building. Treno and First Street Roasters are both honored in this art piece with its pizza and coffee art pieces. Another wonderful mural can be found in the alley of The Hub. This mural is filled with vibrant colors. With colorful flowers, a pink and purple rainbow, and a classic business name feature, this mural is a beautiful addition to downtown Temple. Located off Main Street and Ave. A, visitors can find a mural that depicts Temple’s beauty, history, and cultural ties.

Cultural Activities Center

Though, the upcoming exhibits are scheduled to start September 18th, you can prepare ahead of time to stop by the Cultural Activities Center for a beautiful, creativity-inspiring experience. September’s upcoming exhibits include Expressive Color: VIBRATO by Kay Griffith, A Life Assembled: Mixed Impressions by Wynona Alexander, Sherri Wilson, Nancy Isett, and Chad Hanes, and It’s About Time… featuring Jill Mooney’s clocks and more.

In the front lobby, there is the Empty Bowl Project designed to support local food pantries. This is a fun, hands on project for visitors to the Cultural Activities Center. Visitors can make bowls to be sold by the CAC with profits being donated to local food pantries. You can arrange to have a private bowl party with friends to make one and donate one. For third graders in the Bell County area, there is also a Hands On: Germany cultural program hosted by The Contemporaries in which the students will learn about the culture, history, art, and music of Germany. Checking out the fantastic art pieces created by local and national artists will inspire you to get out there and make your own art, whether it’s a kid’s craft or an extravagant painting.

DIY Creativity

Don’t forget about all those DIY hobbies you’ve always wanted to test out.  Live Creative Day is the perfect opportunity for you to head to Temple’s craft stores, Hobby Lobby and Michaels, to pick up some craft supplies. With the holidays right around the corner, you can make all kinds of seasonal crafts for the occasion.  Or pick up some generic craft supplies like paint and canvases and try your hand at creating a few paintings.  Either way, you can explore your creativity with a good DIY or two on this national day!

Live Creative Day can be spent doing any craft, its all about the creativity and pursuing a life of art. From jewelry-making to resin crafts and oil paints to mural painting, Temple’s craft stores are waiting for you.  Additionally, if you’re looking for local wildflowers to put in your resin-based craft projects, Temple’s beautiful landscapes have a wonderful selection of plant life to choose from.

Regional Creative Attractions

Salado Sculpture Garden

Salado Sculpture Garden

The Salado Sculpture Garden was brought together by the Public Arts League of Salado and Keep Salado Beautiful. The Salado Sculpture Garden was designed with the help of Texas Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists and features sculptures from a diverse group of artists. Stop by this garden to see some beautiful artworks in a wide array of materials and mixed-media. This beautiful sculpture garden will let you keep your focus on the beautiful artistic side of life. Perhaps it will even inspire you to make your own sculpture.

That Art Place & Board and Brush

At That Art Place, visitors can paint pottery, fused glass, and board art. Live creatively by taking up an art hobby. You can paint pottery that can either be fired or non-fired. Non-fired pottery can be taken home the same day, while fired pottery takes about two weeks to be ready for pick up. Waiting for your pottery to be ready will give you the perfect excuse to make another trip to Temple. That Art Place is always getting new products in and with the holidays coming up, you won’t want to miss out on a chance to paint a few of them!

Along with pottery, That Art Place also offers fused glass and board art.  The fused glass projects at this art attraction are a lot of fun and an excellent craft to try for anyone who loves the look of stained glass artworks or enjoys working with intricate mosaics.  Unleash your inner artist at this fun attraction in Belton that sparks creativity.

For more board art crafts, check out Board & Brush in Belton.  This creative studio gives you the chance to paint your own signs and decor.  They also have special workshop classes for projects like doormats, seasonal items, and planters.  This create-your-own studio is full of fun ideas and possibilities. Visitors get to be a part of the process every step of the way.  From installing hardware, waxing the wood to protect it from the elements, and use power tools and sanders to get the board polished and prepped for your design process. Or if you’re worried about not being the right painter for the job, stencils are available to help you create the perfect piece!

Painting With a Twist

The point of Live Creative Day is to get out there and explore the limits of your creativity. Create paintings, sculptures, trinkets, whatever project fuels your creativity. For fans of painting, visitors can schedule a private party at the Painting with a Twist located in Temple. With a private party, guests can paint anything and enjoy a fun experience with friends or in a group. There are also scheduled events with specific paintings listed on the Painting with a Twist website. Check back frequently for more designs and events!

Salado Glassworks

Salado Glassworks

This Salado art studio focuses on blown glass. Whether you want to stop by to watch or get in on the action, this art studio is an exciting experience you won’t want to miss. Salado Glassworks does special events throughout the year and has several that are coming up soon. For a chance to really pursue your creative side, stop by this studio. Salado Glassworks is doing a Blow Your Own Octoberfest Event happening on September 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th, and October 1st and 2nd. This event is for ages 12 and up in which participants can make a mug, tumbler, or sipper for $80-85 pp depending on the choice of product.

Additionally, for a fun, fall-themed take on creative projects, on various dates in October and November, Salado Glassworks hosts Blow Your Own Pumpkin events. This themed event is $55 per person and gives you some lovely, seasonal décor for your home.

Live Life Creatively

By choosing to live creatively, life will be far more entertaining and full of life and color. Choose to live creative every day by visiting some of Temple and Bell County area art studios, galleries, and murals.  There’s something about a city’s take on art that truly allows the city’s history, culture, and heart to shine through! Check out the sights and art that make Temple a unique destination on your next travel day.


Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Wednesday, November 17th, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm at Wilson Park Recreation Center

This holiday season, join us at the Wilson Park Recreation Center for a community Thanksgiving Dinner. We will provide a free thanksgiving dinner and dessert to each family member who attends. Enjoy some light music and crafts for the whole family!

Registration is required. Register online at templeparks.com or call (254) 298-5740