Nestled in the heartland of Texas, Waco offers a prime location on the I-35 corridor between Dallas and Austin. Waco's the place to stop for plenty of shopping and restaurants in the charming downtown area. It's also the birthplace of Dr. Pepper, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
Waco is also home to the Waco Mammoth National Monument, a 100-plus acre stretch of wooded parkland along the Bosque River. The site provides a glimpse into the lives of Columbian mammoth bones discovered in Waco along the Bosque River and is part of the National Parks System.
Waco is not only brimming with Texas history, economic opportunity, and a rich variety of cultural experiences, but it is also a major seat of higher learning with three major colleges in its city limits including Baylor University, Texas State Technical College, and McLennan Community College.
The city boasts one of the biggest and best municipal parks in Texas - Cameron Park. The 416-acre park is located in the heart of Waco, next to downtown, situated on the Brazos and Bosque Rivers. It hosts numerous races, triathlons, boat races, and more throughout the year.
The community of Temple uniquely offers the best aspects of two worlds: the conveniences of big-city dwelling with the atmosphere of a small town. A home to visionaries and dreamers who saw the fulfillment of their aspirations, Temple offers a bright future to those fortunate enough to live within this community of growth and opportunity.
Temple had its beginning as a railroad town. Temple Junction was created as the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railway pushed north from Galveston. Today, the city is one of the leading medical centers in the Southwest, and includes Scott and White Hospital and Clinic (1897) and Olin E. Teague Veterans Center (1943). Temple has grown steadily because of its diverse economy - agriculture, transportation, manufacturing and medicine. It continues to shine as one of Texas' brightest stars.
The world headquarters of McLane Company and Wilsonart International are also located here, because the founders of these enterprises built their legacy in Temple. Baylor Scott & White Health has continued its phenomenal growth to date, with a multi-million dollar expansion of the facility and aligned with the Texas A&M University Health Science Center as a teaching hospital.
Today, Temple still enjoys the distinction of being the demographic center of Texas, as 84 percent of the state's population is within three hours of the city limits. With the major cities of Austin (1 hour), Dallas (2 hours), San Antonio (2 hours, 20 minutes), and Houston (3 hours), just a short drive away, Temple is the transportation center as well.
Temple Historic District
Temple was established in 1881 and has since become full of historic gems, such as the newly renovated Santa Fe Depot, a beautiful array of historic homes in the historic residential district, and more than a century of architectural wonders in the downtown historic district.
Many tours are offered that showcase the rich history of the Temple area, including:
Hillcrest Cemetery Walking Tour
Hillcrest Cemetery is older than the City of Temple. The grounds have many marked burials that predate 1881, when the city began. This 70-acre sacred ground was once a farmer's field, where citizens in the mid-1870s began a one-room school. The cemetery evolved nearby when a student, age 17, died in 1877. An estimated 16,000 are buried there.
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Veterans' Medical Center
Located just a few minutes down the road from Fairway Lakes in Temple, Texas, veterans and their families can take advantage of the expertise and personalized care provided by the professional team of medical personnel at the Olin E. Teague Veterans' Medical Center, part of the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System. This facility provides a long list of medical services from rehabilitation, physical therapy, and trauma management to chiropractic, medical and dental care.
From horseshoes to ice hockey…if you've got a game, you can play it in Temple! Temple has hosted several sporting events and tournaments for softball, basketball, golf, volleyball, soccer, archery, and plenty of sports teams. Their top-notch sports venues are only surpassed by the knowledge and friendly staff available through the Temple Parks and Leisure Services Department and the Temple CVB. The town's two local colleges, Temple College and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, are very supportive of the athletic events that are hosted in Central Texas. Additional indoor facilities include the Mayborn Convention Center, Bell County Expo Center, and many others.
Austin is home to amazing music, a wonderful ballet, world-class museums, one-of-a-kind shopping and beautiful outdoor spaces. You can just as easily spend your morning paddling the lake as you can strolling through a celebrated history museum.
Austin is known as the "Live Music Capital of the World" but that's just the beginning. It is also home to unique attractions, world-class museums and beautiful outdoor spaces.
The Austin music scene is legendary; nearly 200 venues offer rock, blues, jazz, hip hop, punk or Latino shows nightly. The Broken Spoke, known as "the last true Texas dance hall," features great country acts - and guests can also take a Texas Two-Step lesson. The Continental Club has showcased blues, rock and folk music since 1957, earning it the title, "Granddaddy of Austin music venues." Antone's, Austin's "home of the blues," is where Stevie Ray Vaughan got his start. Newer stages like those at The Mohawk and Club DeVille showcase local acts alongside big-name touring artists.
There's a reason Austin is often ranked one of the fittest cities in the country. From cycling to stand-up paddle boarding, water-biking to leisurely canoe-paddling - Austin offers an abundance of outdoor activities. And with 300 days of sunshine and an average temperature of 68 degrees, being active in Austin comes naturally. If golf is your game, Austin's diverse topography, big name designers like Tom Fazio and Robert Trent Jones, and affordable courses, make it the perfect setting for year-round golfers. The Austin Golf Trail has assembled some of Austin's finest golf courses for you to enjoy.
Find something that speaks to you while browsing Austin's unique shops. Or make plans to partake in one of Austin's many events or festivals throughout the year. The Austin Marathon draws 20,000 runners from around the world. The Austin Food + Wine Festival showcases the best innovative cuisine. "Fun Fun Fun Fest" is known as the nation's best underground punk and alternative music festival; and Fantastic Fest, which features sci-fi, horror, fantasy and other genre films, has become a favorite of film buffs and celebrities alike. SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals expand every year and the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park has performances by more than 100 bands.
Austin is not only are we home to some world-class museums like the Blanton, with the nation's largest University-owned collection on exhibit, and the Harry Ransom Center, featuring the First Photograph and Gutenberg Bible, it is also home to plenty of artists themselves. You can explore the work of designers, painters, sculptors, writers, photographers, filmmakers, dancers and musicians here, at any time of year, any day of the week, in a variety of venues.
Our menus are memorable thanks to celebrated staples like breakfast tacos, as well as Tex-Mex treats paired with top shelf pitchers of margaritas at off the beaten path places. Then there are the water-front locales on Lake Austin or Lake Travis. Or get yourself some BBQ at laid-back locales. And no Austin visit is complete without a park-and-eat experience at any of our many personality-plus food truck and trailer venues.
You can explore all the excitement and activities the bustling city of Austin has to offer, then return home to your peaceful Fairway Lakes home. Get the best of both worlds! Contact us today about special incentives and property tours.