Striking a balance between vibrancy and livability, Temple, Texas continues to grow its amenities for residents, while maintaining a safe, family-friendly, and caring culture. Located 45 minutes north of Austin, Temple offers the perfect compromise between welcoming small-town living and the hustle of a big city. Temple offers more “bang for your buck”—with lower costs on everything from housing to groceries combined with excellent entertainment, local restaurants, parks, and perks for residents.
The Cultural Activities Center (CAC) hosts three separate professionally produced musical and theater entertainment series, lecture, and concert series, as well as international symphony and orchestra performances with The Central Texas Orchestral Society. New gallery exhibitions and openings occur every month, and numerous events are held in the banquet facilities, landscaped courtyard, meeting rooms, or 487-seat auditorium. With the recent addition of the Strasburger Hall, the CAC can host dinners for up to 300 to 320 people. The CAC organization provides a home for the city’s non-profit organizations for the promotion and production of the performing and musical arts and humanities. The CAC organization works with other cultural organizations with outreach programs into the educational system.
Temple is home to 58 development parks and 18 miles of hike and bike trails. Temple parks and leisure services strive to provide our residents and visitors with creative programs, quality parks/facilities, and exceptional service to improve their quality of life.
Completed in 1911, the historic Santa Fe Depot houses the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum. The exhibits explore the history of the railroad and topics relating to regional and local history. The museum also hosts temporary exhibits, education programs, and special events. The museum’s collection of railroad equipment is displayed on the grounds, next to an active railroad yard where rail-fans can observe daily operations and traffic of the BNSF and Amtrak. The beautiful Santa Fe Gardens, Whistlestop Playground, and Temple Visitor’s Center are also nearby. Restoration work on the rolling stock collection is ongoing.
Temple is proud to be home of the Temple Symphony Orchestra as it launches into its fourteenth season. Throughout the season, the Temple Symphony Orchestra features local as well as national and international artists, performing classical music, pops and jazz. The founding musical director and conductor is Thomas Fairlie who leads the highly talented 65-member orchestra.