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Plenty to do in Temple

In the January 2014 issue, writer Ramona Flume takes readers to Megg’s Cafe in Temple, a farmhouse-style eatery that sources much of its menu locally and draws crowds for its breakfast, lunch, and dinner offerings. We wondered: What else is there to do in Temple? Turns out, there’s plenty.  Here are three spots to get you started.

The Czech Heritage Museum and Genealogy Center

Housed for many years in the basement of Temple’s SPJST insurance building, the museum expanded a few years ago to more spacious digs nearby, in a former pharmacy and soda fountain that dates to 1931. The collection of memorabilia and ephemera relating to the town’s Czech heritage is mind-boggling, and includes costumes, musical instruments, dolls, housewares, flags, and toys—some with intricate moving parts. Located at 119 W. French Ave. Call 254/899-2935.

Miller Springs Nature Area

From I-35, take Texas 36 north to FM 2305, then follow it to the north side of the Lake Belton Dam in FM 2271. After a flood in 1992, Lake Belton overflowed its spillway, creating a canyon and adjacent wetlands. Today, visitors find approximately 12 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and enjoying nature. One trail, called the Miracle Mile, is fully accessible to wheelchairs. Call 254/298-5900.

The Ralph Sr. and Sunny Wilson House

In the 1950s, plastic laminate was all the rage in home décor, and Temple’s Wilsonart company began experimenting with the new trend. In 1959, Wilsonart president Ralph Wilson built a ranch-style house to serve three purposes: to serve as his residence, to provide a spot for corporate entertaining, and to serve as a showcase for his company’s innovative products. Today, you can visit the Wilson house by appointment Monday through Friday, and the experience resembles a time warp. Virtually every surface of the home is covered in brightly colored laminate, including walls, floors, ceilings, cabinetry, and countertops. The house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Located at 1714 S. 61st St. Call 254/207-2207.

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