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The Central Texas Tourism Council has prepared some tour itineraries for a unique getaway. Your group will enjoy great shopping, dining and entertainment; immerse themselves in rich history and heritage; or just kick their boots off and enjoy the beauty of the Central Texas landscape. Specialized activities include gourmet cooking excursions, creating beautiful western pottery, performing at Tablerock Theater, western horseback rides and much more!

Relax and enjoy your vacation in Central Texas. The council looks forward to workign with you to ensure a successful tour!
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Recreation Tour

DAY ONE


Begin your recreation tour by relaxing on two of the cleanest lakes in Texas, Lakes Belton and Stillhouse Hollow. Both lakes are favorite spots for water sports, fishing tournaments, camping, picnics, or just relaxing. In addition, Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area provides fun with paddle boats, jet skis, a water slide, cabins, and even a rustic lodge.

For hikers, rock climbers, photographers and bird watchers, Miller Springs Nature Center on Lake Belton, or Chalk Ridge Falls on Lake Stillhouse are sure to provide a breath of fresh air!

DAY TWO


Start day two of your recreation tour cooling off at Summer Fun USA. The 4.6 acre water park is a real refresher during the legendary hot Texas summers. Not far from Summer Fun, you can enjoy picnicking at one of the many parks located in Belton and Temple.

Spend the afternoon enjoying a round of gold. Whether you are an amateur or pro, you'll find plenty of challenges at either of Temple's two excellent golf courses. Experience the scenic 18-hole Sammon's Park Golf Course or the Wildflower Country Club nestled among the hills of Central Texas. 

DAY THREE


Salado is known for its great shopping, but to start off the day right, be sure to schedule a tee time at the Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed Mill Creek Golf Resort. After a challenging round of golf, you can head off to one of over twenty restaurants that offer lunch in Salado.

After lunch, take a hike up to the Salado College Ruins or perhaps walk along the creek and enjoy artwork from one of Salado's own. Salado has several other walking trails including a half-mile trail around Tablerock Ampitheatre and another through Pace Park.
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Cultural Historical Tour

DAY ONE


Day one of your Cultural/Historical Tour begins in Temple. Begin your day at the new Temple Visitor Center downtown. Here you can pick up your copy of the Temple Historic Brochure, which will direct you to ten beautiful homes on our historic driving tour. After completing your tour, take a break for lunch at one of Temple's many fine downtown restaurants.

After lunch, explore the 1910 Santa Fe Depot that has been restored to its glory days. Inside the depot, visit the Railroad & Heritage Museum, which captures the raw reality and irresistible glamour of trains and railroad life. Not far from the Railroad & Heritage Museum, you can explore the rich heritage of the region's Czech population at the SPJST Czech Heritage Museum. Preserved artifacts include a variety of Czech artifacts, coins, Bibles, costumes, antique musical instruments, and an extensive library with history documents dating back to the 1700's.

After dinner at one of Temple's fine restaurants, visit the Temple Civic Theatre, Cultural Activities Center or Temple Symphony Orchestra.

DAY TWO


Begin day two in Belton with a stop at the Belton Chamber of Commerce where you can pick up the Belton National Historic District Walking Tour Brochure. This brochure provides historical information about 18 historical spots in downtown Belton. This tour can be self-guided or with a tour guide. While on your tour, stop and visit the Cochran, Blair & Potts Museum. The museum is located upstairs at Cochran, Blair & Potts Department Store, "Texas' Oldest Family Owned Department Store."

After lunch at one of Belton's many resaurants, intrigue your mind by visiting the Bell County Museum. The Bell County Museum is housed in the beautifully restored Carnegie Library Building constructed in 1904. The building is one of only 12 libraries still standing in Texas that was endowed by Andrew Carnegie.

Finish your day off with a walk around the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. The Republic of Texas chartered the University in 1845. The University sits on 125 acres in the rolling hills of Central Texas.

DAY THREE


Spend day three in Salado. Salado has a lot to offer the visitor looking for history and culture in Central Texas. First, you can trek back in time with a stop by the Salado Civic Center, which houses the Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Office, and the Salado Historical Room. The Historical Room offers a brief, but informative look at the history of Salado and its founders. While at the Civic Center, you can rent the Salado Historical Society's Driving Tape Tour. The tour is self-guided and takes approximately an hour to complete. You will be guided to many of the historical sites in town as well as many of the historical homes and buildings that still exist and are being used today. but a tour of Salado would not be complete without a hike up to the Salado College Ruins where you can see the remains of the first co-educational college in the state of Texas. 

After a relaxing lunch at one of Salado's quaint cafes, head to the Central Texas Area Museum and Wee Scot Shop. Salado's Scottish heritage comes alive each year during the Gathering of the Scottish Clans event held in November and sponsored by the museum. Or, if art galleries are more to your taste, spend the afternoon enjoying a local art exhibit.

Finish your day with an outstanding performance at the Tablerock Amphitheatre, or just go directly to one of the many historic bed & breakfasts located in Salado. You will enjoy the relaxing atmosphere, hospitable service and homemade breakfast in the morning!
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