Interesting Places to go around the Central Texas Area

Published in the October 12, 2016 issue of The Bells

Around campus, it seems as though students are left doing the same old same thing. From movies to going to the lake, to bowling, students are faced with ultimate boredom and longing to go home to do something new. But there are things around the Central Texas area that many don’t know about that could keep locals entertained all year around.

1. Local Pumpkin Patches
With the fall season embracing Texas with its slight change in leaves and light breeze, pumpkin patches and Christmas tree farms will be popping up all over.

Locally, we have a few pumpkin patches open for business, The Robinson Family Farm and Silo Christmas Tree Farm. They each have various attractions, including mazes and hot chocolate. And theri pictureesque surroundings make them great places for perfect photo ops.

2. Topsey Exotic Ranch
In Copperas Cove, this drive-through safari includes various animals ranging from deer to giraffes. For 10 dollars a person and 1 dollar per bag of feed, it’s a great way to spend a day.
But be warned, the animals can be quite large, and the trail is quite long. So go with a full tank of gas and preferably in a large vehicle or truck.

3. That Art Place/Arusha’s
Looking for an experience closer to campus? That Art Place in Belton or Arusha’s Coffee Shop are great to visit.
That Art Place is a local art studio where patrons can take art classes to learn how to paint canvases, work with glass, and paint pottery such as mugs and figurines.
These items will be glazed and fired for you and available within a couple of weeks, and will be food and drink safe.
Arusha’s is a great hangout if one is looking for somewhere to chill out and listen to some local bands and drink something locally-brewed.

4. Drive-In Theater
In Gatesville, for a small fee of 10 dollars per carload, a group can see a movie and enjoy popcorn from the comfort of their car. New releases are shown and the theater is open seven days a week, featuring two movies a night.

There are many hidden treasures around the Central Texas area that students have yet to discover.
So keep these in mind the next time you feel the need to venture off campus looking for fun and entertainment.

Author: Jasmin Ortiz

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