There are a million and one things I love about living in Central Texas, and one of them is definitely the fact that we don't have to drive halfway across the state to get to a great waterpark.
We have one right in our backyard.
Summer Fun in Belton is open for the season, and US 105 has Family Passes just in time for school letting out!
It's our latest app-exclusive Free Ticket Friday giveaway, and winning is as easy as 1, 2, 3:
- Download the free US 105 app. (If you already have it, you can skip step 2 and just keep scrolling down this page.)
- Tap the Free Tix Friday button on the home page, then tap the article you're reading now.
- Shoot us some quick contact info using the app-exclusive form below so we can get in touch if you win our drawing.
That's all there is to it! You don't have to memorize a password or be caller 10 - just enter this week's drawing using the app-exclusive form below. As the name implies, you can only see the entry form if you're viewing this page on the free US 105 app.
Pro Tip: When you download the app, tap the three bars in the upper left corner, then tap Alerts. On the Alerts page, tap the settings gear in the top right corner and enable Contest and Exclusives alerts. That way you'll always be alerted when we have great giveaways going on!
In case you've never been to Summer Fun in Belton or it's been a while, the park features huge waterslides, plenty of pools for splashing and swimming, and even a lazy river. Parking is free, and they have free tubes for the lazy river and rides.
You can also book a cabana, party room, or pavilion at Summer Fun for your next celebration, or rent out the whole danged park! They've even been known to host the occasional BYOB Adult Nights.
Enter to win Summer Fun family passes from US 105 below. The timing would be perfect, because they'll be open 7 days a week starting Thursday, June 10.
Top 20 Restaurants Central Texans Wish Would Come to Temple
Back on April 30, 2021, I asked the good people of Temple
if they could picture a good restaurant to fill the lot on North General Bruce Drive where the soon to be torn down Long John Silver's stood.
This was before it was announced that a Dutch Bros. Coffee location would open there (which was one of the places I predicted as a contender in our article).
So now we know what will go in that spot, but the responses to my survey were interesting because they paint a picture of just how diverse Temple's population is. People recommended some familiar restaurants with locations in the surrounding area, but also a few I'd never even heard of.
Here are the top 20 results of the survey. Let's see what the good people of Temple are craving!
LOOK INSIDE: Marfa's Santa Fe Railroad 'House' Belongs in Temple
Marfa is home to some pretty weird stuff. You've got the famous Marfa Lights
, the mini Prada
store, the Wrong Store
, and Building 98
, and that's all great, but they've been holding on to something that, in our opinion, belongs here in Temple.
Let's take a look inside this retired Santa Fe caboose. It could use some TLC, but it's in surprisingly good shape. If you've got $254,000 lying around and want to buy this piece of Texas history, Lauren Meader Fowlkes
with the Odessa Board of Realtors can help you out.
LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America
Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker
consulted data from WalletHub
, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here
. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.
Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.