Visit Killeen

Month: August 2016

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Visit Killeen ~ Fall in Love with Central Texas

Killeen, TX – located in Bell County – has grown in multitudes of people from all over the world, thanks to Fort Hood. With the addition of the University of Central Texas A&M, Central Texas College, and homes being built at a rapid rate, Killeen is becoming one of the fastest growing cities in America. As the population grows, new businesses are pouring in. Killeen is known as the neighbor of Fort Hood. The Killeen economy is heavily dependent on the Fort Hood post, soldiers and their families. We have a strong talent pool with U.S. Army veterans, an accessible community college, and a stand-alone, state-supported university. American values are strong here. At one time, Elvis himself was stationed at Fort Hood and lived in Killeen.

The Central Texas area has a wide variety of entertainment venues to choose from. Whether it is touring the world’s largest military installation with awesome fighting power and two fine military museums or enjoying the Vive Les Arts Theatre. At Green Avenue Park, Killeen hosts a farmers’ market each Friday, beginning in May from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and also Food Truck Fridays! There are over 20 parks located in this city and a 2.5-mile hike and bike trail. Community pools – Long Branch Park and Pershing Park – let your little swimmers three and under in for free.

Killeen is easily accessible by highway from IH-35 to US190 or SH195. Arrow Trailways has a local office and buses may be rented for tours. A rail system, and the new Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport has over 36 flights daily, with service by American Airlines, Continental, Houston, or Delta. The Central Texas Corridor – Interstate 14 (currently US Highway 190) is in the works. The designated Central Texas Corridor begins in West Texas and generally follows US Highway 190 through Killeen, Belton, Bryan-College Station, Huntsville, Livingston, Woodville and Jasper before terminating on State Highway 63 at the Sabine River. This more efficient highway system will attract jobs and economic development.

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Visit Killeen – Three Best Places to Have Fun

Fun Times in Killeen!

Killeen, Texas is a growing city in the heart of Central Texas. Located just east of Fort Hood, Killeen offers a wide variety of fun activities to keep families entertained for days. To aide in your selection of activities, we have compiled a list of the three (3) best places to visit in Killeen per Trip Advisor.

 Great Escape of Central Texas

Fun and adventure await you in this virtually live video game puzzle room. “ESCAPE from the daily grind and ESCAPE from the traditional entertainment venues by immersing yourself into an fully themed ESCAPE room.” If you are seeking a nice change of pace from the usually movie-night or batting cages, charge up your senses with a few hours in the Indiana Jones or Bank Heist rooms at Great Escape!

Stillhouse Wine Room

While visiting Killeen or in town looking for a fun time, the Stillhouse Wine Room has the perfect relaxing atmosphere to kick back and enjoy yourself. Offering a vast selection of wine and beer, Stillhouse also has live entertainment by various artist, Tuesday game night, and Thursday trivia night. “Let Stillhouse Wine Room show you the way the world of wine should be with New World attitude and Old World style.”

The Lions Club Aquatics Park

Central Texas summers are hot! Lions Club Aquatic Park offers the perfect place to cool down and beat the heat in the smoldering months of June through August. The park has multiple water-slides of various heights and lengths and also cabanas for shade. No need to pack a cooler! There is a concession stand within the park for convenience. Lions Club Aquatics has flexible costs with day passes or season passes for locals as well as non-residents. The park can accommodate groups of any age or size.

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Military Twist on Southern Charm

Killeen, Texas ~ From Humble Beginnings

Killeen, Texas is located on U.S. Highway 190, adjacent to the Fort Hood military base in Bell County. In 1881 the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway, planning to extend its tracks through the area, bought 360 acres. The railroad laid a seventy-block town on its land and named it after Frank P. Killeen, the assistant GM of the railway. The First National Bank of Killeen was incorporated in 1901.

Killeen experienced a significant population and commerce boom in 1942 when Camp Hood was created right next door to train soldiers for World War II. Camp Hood was later re-commissioned as Fort Hood, and Killeen continued to grow in population. Growth and retraction are hallmarks of military towns and Killeen is no different. Rapid deployments impact the local community routinely, but one thing is always consistent – a population boom upon the return of the soldiers at Fort Hood. The implications of the base are felt beyond people and commerce increases; it is also felt through culture.

Home of the Brave

In Killeen, there is evidence of a military presence everywhere – flags flown high on homes, vehicles, and offices buildings. Fort Hood embraces its connection with Killeen by opening its gates to civilians from the nearby city to gain employment and experience various celebrations on base. The love is reciprocated by Killeen, as many scores of soldiers and their families take up residence in the city. Taking appreciation a step further, many Killeen businesses offer military discounts to those possessing a military identification card. These perks are just a small way that Killeen says ‘Thank You for your service!’

Beautiful City

While the military influence on Killeen is very evident, the city has its own merits, as well! Two man-made lakes, Belton Lake and Stillhouse Hollow, add a peaceful beauty to the local area, but also provide excellent water activities such as fishing, boating, and swimming. There are two higher education institutions in Killeen represented in Central Texas College and the Tarleton State University of Central Texas. Killeen-area residents are blessed with excellent medical facilities. Considered the gateway to the Hill Country, Killeen is a fantastic destination for a visit or place to put down roots.

Excellent schools, patriotic vibes, and a rich history – Visit Killeen, Texas!