Community that’s Fit for Families
Water parks, workshops and worship halls are just three reasons Temple, Texas, is one of the best places to live in Texas for families.
In a state where everything is bigger, Temple residents have access to the great outdoors through organized sports, trail systems, lakes and waterways, and regional and state parks. And thanks to a year-round mild climate, Temple families can indulge in outdoor adventures at almost any time.
Link up with chances to learn at Temple’s museums, cultural centers and library. Adults and youth get a front-row seat to Texas’ abounding history through places and programs that dive into local railroads, military, heritage, arts and culture.
Better yet? It can all be enjoyed at an affordable price.
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Temple is home to activities that challenge the minds and bodies of families. Included are several museums that inspire and educate via the region’s deep and rich history.
The Railroad and Heritage Museum in downtown Temple is a restored 1910 Santa Fe Depot with a working Amtrak station. The city’s railroad heritage is on display via permanent and changing exhibits alongside model trains, railroad equipment and, outside, locomotives, cabooses and passenger cars. Adjacent to the museum is the Whistle Stop Park, a railroad themed playground with reservable picnic areas.
Dive deeper into the region’s past at the Central Texas Area Museum, also known as the Salado Museum. In Belton, the Bell County Museum features collections from moustache tea cups to miniature homes, all curated from around the world. Art, archaeology and the state’s storied past are presented, and field trips and summer camps are available to local youth.
Called the museum without walls, The Temple Children’s Museum travels throughout the area to spark young minds. Sciences, arts and overall creativity are a focus of the museum, which is renovating a permanent location in downtown Temple.
There’s more fun in Temple thanks to places that offer roller skating, escape rooms, bowling, laser tag and special events for youth and teens. Pick a pumpkin or hail a hay ride for a rustic farming experience at the Robinson Family Farm.
The City of Temple invites youth and adult athletes to join one or more of its leagues that include softball, soccer, volleyball, flag football and others. Private sport associations are open to kids and teens who are interested in soccer, softball and baseball.
Cool off in the summer at one of the area’s family-friendly water parks. Lions Junction in Temple thrills locals with stories-high waterslides and an aqua climbing wall. In Belton, Summer Fun Water Park also offers slides and pools, as well as hosts teen nights with a laser show and DJ. Some of Temple’s city parks are also home to splash pads.
Speaking of parks, there are almost 45 community and neighborhood parks in Temple, with more planned. State and national parks are also within reach, including Mother Neff State Park and Sam Houston National Forest. Winding through Temple is a network of trails that link neighborhoods and provide paths for cyclists, walkers and others.
Arguably one of Temple’s greatest outdoor gems is Belton Lake, where families picnic, boat, fish and partake in numerous energizing activities. The lake and marina are just one of many Temple outdoor amenities locals indulge in.
Many of Temple’s local businesses and organizations provide opportunities for indulging in creativity and curiosity.
Temple’s Public Library is a great place to start or continue the learning journey. Reading programs challenge kids and teens, therapy dogs visit to read with children, and special events are always on the calendar.
The power of creation is the theme at Temple’s Cultural Activities Center. This nonprofit encourages education through camps, courses and workshops tailored for young and adult artists alike. The center is home to programs and events like Literacy in Theater, the Texas Music Series and the Central Texas Orchestral Society.
That Art Place engages children and teens with on- and off-site ceramics and painting workshops.
On any given day, it’s common to find Temple locals engaged with their local church. These places of worship provide diverse ministries, camaraderie and time with families and friends. Many churches host festival and events that are open to the public.