Few places in Texas are tied to the advent of rail as Temple. In fact, if it weren’t for the establishment of Temple Junction along the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railway in 1881, the town wouldn’t exist. The area now known as Temple was quickly settled after the junction was established. Within 20 years, more than 7,000 people called the town home, including a group of Czech immigrants. There are two places to visit to experience these two aspects of Temple’s history: the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum and the Czech Heritage Museum and Genealogy Center.
What about the great outdoors? Temple sits a few miles east of the picturesque Lake Belton, a nearly 12,400-acre reservoir where you can embark on a nearly limitless amount of adventure. Lake Belton can be accessed at one of the many parks that surround it. Go for a swim at Temple Lake Park, Owl Creek, or Westcliff Park, rent a jet ski at Frank’s Marina, or catch a few fish at Miller Springs. If you’re looking to spend a night under the stars, you’ll find camping sites at most of these parks.
Although there’s plenty to experience outdoors, Temple is not just a place for nature lovers. Those who seek the sweet sounds of a top-class symphony should check out the Temple Symphony Orchestra. If you’re more into the theater, attend a musical or a play performed by the Temple Civic Theatre.
Temple’s fascinating history, beautiful scenery, and big-city culture makes it a great choice for your next vacation in the Lone Star State.
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