Suburban Bliss with All the Amenities
Familiar comforts and conveniences create suburban delight for residents in the Temple, Texas, neighborhood of Midway.
Families are at home in Midway, which is largely made up of medium-sized homes and various apartments. Many Midway neighbors are healthcare professionals who work at nearby facilities like Baylor Scott & White, the VA Medical Center and the Temple Health & Bioscience District.
Within Midway is Temple College, one of the area’s leading higher education institutions for a wide range of academics. Beyond its student population, the college is a center for community activities like concerts, workshops and Temple College Leopard Athletics.
Given its proximity to I-35 and two highways, Midway attracts some of the city’s largest retailers. At its heart is the Temple Mall, a hopping hub for department stores, unique shops, eateries, events and an IMAX theater. Nearby, Lowe’s, Target and Walmart serve the needs of Midway locals. And when the outdoors call, Lions Park’s 100 acres of trail, open space and an amphitheater fill the order.
Rankings & Fast Facts
At 100 acres, Lions Park is the crown jewel of the Midway neighborhood. Recreation options include a 2-mile hike and bike trail, softball fields and a disc golf course, in addition to a pond and two playgrounds. Housed within the park is the Sam Farrow Amphitheater, which hosts outdoor concerts, workshops and even goat yoga. Don’t forget Fido. Lions Park is home to the Central Texas Bark Park.
Bend of the River is a 30-acre outdoor event venue popular for community and family events. Located on the Leon River, it’s the only park in Temple with river access, and plans are underway for a botanic garden.
Food & Drink
Embedded in the Midway neighborhood is one of Temple’s highest-rated restaurants. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, ingredients at Megg’s Café are local sourced from Bell County producers. Stop in on the weekends for brunch.
Old Jody’s home cooking raises the roof. For 65 years, this family-owned restaurant has served catfish, chicken fried steak and Southern favorites. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the fried alligator.
Authentic barbecue cut to order at Clem Mikeska’s Pit BBQ will have your mouth watering. From sizzling sausage to sides, everything on Clem’s menu is homemade. Do yourself a favor and order the peach cobbler.
Arts & Culture
A cultural local icon since 1965, the Temple Civic Theatre present musicals, comedies and Broadway favorites year round. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Mamma Mia! and Barefoot in the Park are a few of the titles recently brought to the stage.
For 30 years, the Temple College Jazz Festival brings together top and amateur musicians for clinics, competitions and performances. Evening concerts are open to the public and are held on campus at the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center.
Also at Temple College, locals can check out exhibitions at the Visual Arts Complex. Included are works by members of the college faculty and students.