The Texas heat is no joke, but it shouldn’t stop you from having a blast this summer. The days are flying by, so don’t forget to enjoy the season before it ends. We’re rounding up the summer staples so you and your family can make the most of the next few weeks. From splash pads and indoor pools to live music and new hobbies – if you live in Temple, you won’t be bored this summer.

Lions Junction Family Water Park

If there’s one place you must go to this summer, it’s Lions Junction Water Park. The park has several amenities to splash around in including:

  • A lazy river
  • Three-story water slides
  • Splash zone
  • Splash pad
  • Swimming pool with a diving board
  • Aqua climb wall

No matter what age your kids are, this water park is fun for everyone! With a giant water slide and waterfalls, the park is sure to entertain your older kids, while the splash pad and splash zone are perfect for the little ones. Though Lions Junction takes the cake for the best water park in Temple, there are plenty of other options to keep you entertained this summer.

Swim at Sammons

If the Texas heat is getting the best of you, take a dive into the Sammons indoor swimming pool. Be sure to check their weekly calendar for open swimming times. Sammons pool is the perfect place to practice swimming laps on your own, but they also offer swim therapy, instructed classes, and swim lessons.

Down @ The Yard

You won’t want to miss The Yard on Friday, August 12th. Come down for some axe-throwing thrills and  musical meditation. There will be live music from Jacob Augustine, free axe throwing from Black Axe Co, and delicious food trucks.

You may be thinking that axe throwing sounds a little dangerous. The professionals at Black Axe Company follow specific safety protocols. Children ages 10 and older can participate in the axe throwing so if you have older kids, it will be fun for the whole family.

The cuisines at each of the food trucks vary from Middle Eastern to Tex-Mex, to Hawaiian fusion. Visit The Yard’s website to stay up to date about which tasty trucks are currently open.

Splash Pads for Small Tots

If you have younger children that aren’t quite ready for a big, crowded pool, there is no shortage of splash pads in Temple. Be sure to check out:

It’s the perfect way to cool off while being able to keep an eye on your young one. Plus, it’s fun for adults to run around in and get some much needed relief from the blistering hot sun.

Fresh Fruit at the Farmers Market

When it comes to summertime snacks, nothing tops fresh fruit. If you haven’t been to the farmers market this summer, make sure to pick up some produce before the summer ends. Supporting your local farmers market is great for yourself, your children, and the farmers in the area. 

Buying from a local farmers market is affordable, helps to protect the environment, and gives peace of mind knowing exactly where your food is coming from. Most farmers will be happy to tell you about their production process so you don’t have to worry about added chemicals and pesticides.

Harness Your Hobbies 

No matter your age, there is always a new skill or hobby you can learn. The City of Temple’s Parks & Recreation has many extracurricular opportunities in the form of camps and classes. There are options to fit everyone’s interests, from artistic to exercise focused. View some of the options below:

  • Tote making
  • Private piano lessons
  • Painting and drawing
  • Bread making
  • Sports and yoga

From ages 5 to 99, extracurriculars are a great way to meet new people, get some fresh air, and try something different. For more events in Temple this summer, visit the Temple Parks & Recreation calendar.

Pickleball at Walker Park

If you want to try out a new sport this summer, but don’t want the commitment of taking a class, head over to Walker Park for a game of pickleball. Pickleball combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong and it is suitable for all ages. The sport is easy to pick up and can be a fun source of friendly competition.

The park also includes a walking and jogging trail, tennis courts, and a swimming pool. If you work up a sweat playing pickleball, take a dip in the pool to cool off. Check out this blog to learn more about other parks in Temple!

There Is No Shortage of Summer Fun

Summer is quickly passing but it’s not too late to make the most of it. It may be hot in Texas, but with a plethora of waterparks, swimming pools, and splash pads in Temple, cooling off is easy. Plus, trying out new activities is easy with several options through Temple Parks & Recreation. 

Learn more about Temple’s outdoor haven to find your new favorite summer spot.