Home on the Range of Opportunities
Located between the excitement of downtown Temple and the wide open spaces of the prairie, East Temple, Texas, is balanced with a family feel and cultural character.
Small to medium ranch and cottage homes make up the tight-knit community of East Temple. Because of its proximity to agricultural areas, East Temple lots come in many shapes and sizes, with many offering extra room for families. Residents of East Temple also have convenient access to some of the city’s major industrial employers.
At the heart of East Temple is Wilson Park Recreation Center, a community gathering place that’s free for youth 18 and under, with adult memberships available. The Robinson Family Farm is an annual pumpkin picking pilgrimage for many, and the annual Bloomin’ Temple Festival is an annual springtime favorite.
The Cultural Activities Center in East Temple is an arts staple. Creativity is indulged at the center that presents music performance and visual arts exhibits, as well as invites Temple locals to participate in yoga classes, pottery skills workshops and other imaginative events.
Rankings & Fast Facts
Wilson Park Recreation Center has you covered outdoors and in. Youth can use the center for free and adults may join via membership to access basketball, sand volleyball and tennis courts; fitness equipment; game rooms; gymnasium; and locker rooms. Classes, camps and after-school programs are some of the events held throughout the year.
Wilson Park itself is a regular spot for organized sports, swimming at the outdoor pool and picnicking.
Pick a pumpkin or hail a hay ride for a rustic farming experience at the Robinson Family Farm. This family-friendly romping grounds hosts a springtime Easter Egg Hunt, and in the yuletide season, fresh-cut Christmas trees are available for purchase. During May and June, pick your own blackberries, or rent out the farm almost any time for a private party.
Food & Drink
In East Temple, BJ’s Brewery is the place to grab a burger and beer and watch your favorite sports teams on the big screens. Try any one of BJ’s own brews and pick from a massive menu for lunch and dinner.
Buc-ee’s is home to Texas’ most famous beaver and, believe it or not, barbecue. Residents frequent the East Temple Buc-ee’s for breakfast tacos, smoked sausage on a stick, brisket and kolaches.
Arts & Culture
The Central Texas Art League housed in the Cultural Arts Center curates exhibits, programs and events centered on various art forms, including mixed media, oils and watercolors, quilting, glass and more.
The Texas Music Series is also hosted at the Cultural Arts Center. Latin, bluegrass and other genres are represented throughout the year with visiting and local acts. The Central Texas Orchestral Society also takes the stage at the center, performing classical to contemporary symphonic and choral pieces.
The Taste of Central Texas, dances and pet expos are some of the events held at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center. The “Taste” event brings together 30 regional flavors under one roof for an evening that supports at-risk youth.
East Temple is served by the Temple Independent School District. Alternative and private schools are also an option.