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What cities are within a few hours from Killeen? Can I get there in a day?

Killeen is in Central Texas. Naturally, it has close proximity to all major cities across the state. The nearest is of course Austin but Dallas and Houston or San Antonio and San Marcos aren’t far either. In fact, all major cities and metropolitan areas in Texas are within a driving distance from Killeen.

Let us first check the distances from Killeen to the major cities.

  • Dallas is 152 miles from Killeen to the north and it takes up to three hours to drive. If the traffic is scarce then the ride would take around two and a half hours.
  • Houston is around 190 miles from Killeen or 200 miles depending on the route you take. It would take you a little more than three hours to drive from Killeen, westward to Houston along US-290 W and on TX-36 N.
  • Austin is around 70 miles from Killeen to the south. You could have a slightly shorter or longer drive depending on the route you take. You can reach Austin in around an hour. If the traffic is substantial, you may be on the road for about an hour and a half.
  • San Antonio is around 160 miles from Killeen, further south from Austin along the same route. It would take around two and a half hours. The intersecting traffic when you are reaching San Antonio can prolong the ride for some ten or fifteen minutes.
  • San Marcos is closed to Killeen than San Antonio. It is around 100 miles from Killeen along the same route. San Marcos is almost midway between Austin and San Antonio. A drive from Killeen to San Marcos would take around an hour and a half.

As you can see, you can reach Austin, San Antonio and obviously San Marcos in a day. You can also return the same day if you don’t have to spend twelve hours or so. Dallas and Houston are relatively far when you consider the proximal cities but the drives are possible if you just have a day. Up to three hours drives for a one way trip or even six hours for a round trip can be embarked upon in a day.

The drives to and from Killeen are convenient as well since you don’t have to deal through many city roads. Although they are arterial roads, most are highways or freeways and you can have a quick and smooth drive to these places from Killeen and back.

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What Parks are in Killeen?

There is no dearth of outdoor fun and recreation in Killeen. There are several parks in Killeen and many state parks within short driving distances that would certainly keep you satiated throughout the year. From golf courses to convention centers, venues for parties to parks and recreation centers for the public, Killeen offers enough infrastructure for any and sundry.

Here is a concise list of the parks in Killeen.

  • Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area, also known as BLORA, is a haven for water sports, fishing, camping, boating, swimming, horseback riding, scuba diving and you can also just laze for a few hours. It is one of the most popular attractions among tourists and a favorite of the residents in and around Killeen. BLORA is also known for bird watching and the scenic setting courtesy Chalk Ridge Falls and Miller Springs Nature Center.
  • Temple Lake Park is another very popular site. Just next to Belton Lake, sitting on the southern shore, Temple Lake Park offers more than sixty sites for picnic and outdoor events. You can indulge in boating, fishing, there is a swim beach, a playground and you can even cook the prized white bass, largemouth bass or striped bass that you catch. The site also has basketball and volleyball courts. Drinking water or flush toilets and showers are all attended to at the site.
  • Stillhouse Park sits on the shore of Stillhouse Hollow Lake. It is another favorite picnic spot. The site offers fishing, swimming and basketball. Large green and grass tracts of the park and the fishing expedition to catch some largemouth or smallmouth bass in the clear deep waters of the lake are some of the highlights of the place. You can also engage in a ride on kayaks, canoes and motor boats if you want. The site is a haven for birdwatchers as you can spot some great blue herons, hawks and bobwhite quail among others. Birding is a perennial attraction here.
  • Killeen is also home to two bike and hike trails. In and around Killeen, you would find several state parks. There is Mother Neff State Park at about twenty one miles north east of Killeen. Longhorn Cavern State Park is about sixty miles from Killeen to the south. Inks Lake State Park is to the southwest, at a distance of about sixty miles. Colorado Bend State Park is again about sixty miles to the west. Buescher State Park is around eight miles to the southeast.
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Why you should check out the Planetarium in Killeen?

If you live in Killeen or somewhere in Bell County, then you must have heard of the Mayborn Science Theater, aka the Planetarium in Killeen. You should check it out and once you are satiated, it could become a monthly or occasional ritual. If you are a tourist, then you should drive down to the Central Texas College and indulge in a few shows or tours.

The Planetarium in Killeen is not just for kids. Sure, if you have kids aged three or younger and if you are in the military, then you can save a lot of money on the tickets but even adults have a great deal of fun at the Mayborn Science Theater.

Let us check out some of the reasons why you should visit the Planetarium in Killeen, TX.

• The Planetarium has daily, weekly, monthly and annual shows. There is never a dull day here. You can sign up for the laser shows, the trivia karaoke, experience the hurricane machine or just be a star gazer. Holiday seasons obviously have jam-packed schedules but you would find something interesting almost every day of the year. For instance, there are the matinees which are daily shows through the afternoon. If you want to experience more than one show, then there are tickets offering three at the price of one, there are membership programs and specials to make the entire association affordable and rewarding for you.

• The matinees are great for a baby’s day out. The matinees are held on weekdays. These are afternoon shows so they are ideal for stay at home moms and the little kids. It can be an excursion in the middle of the day, with less traffic around. The lazing afternoon hours can become thrillingly satiating.

• There are weekend shows, usually on Friday evenings and from the morning on Saturdays. The schedule for weekend shows keep changing throughout the year. You can check the schedule and choose something that entices you.

• Laser Friday is one of the most popular attractions in Killeen. It is a monthly event, on a chosen Friday when you can take your entire family for an outing and enjoy a spectacular assortment of laser shows.

• The Night Sky Tour with Warren Hart who is the resident astronomer so to speak is an amazing adventure. You get to marvel at the night sky, learn about constellations and individual stars, you get a prediction of what the night sky would look like the next month and you obviously get some lessons on astronomy.

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Upcoming Events in February in Killeen

February is going to be one happening month in Killeen, Texas. There’s plenty for everyone. Couples can have a gala time at Valentine’s themed events. Aspiring entrepreneurs and startup founders can attend a plethora of motivational and business events. There’s enough recreation for kids and the movie buffs or music lovers rarely have a dull month. The onset of spring is one of the most pleasant times of the year and Killeen is going the make the most of it.

  • On 1st February, you could hone your skills with Microsoft Excel Training that starts at 10 a.m. On 4th you could take your family to City of Killeen Family Recreation Center. There’s Killeen Ladies Light Up the Dark at Vive Les Arts Theatre on 6th Feb at 6:00 PM. The same day, you could attend Pink Goes Red Fun Run from 8 a.m. at Lion’s Club Park.

  • On 7th February, there’s Central Texas Bridal Extravaganza from 11 a.m. and on 11th you could attend Starting a Small Business 101 at 4100 S Clear Creek Rd. There’s Heart Health Fair on 20th February from 10 a.m. at Killeen Arts & Activities Center.

  • February has some extremely helpful events for everyone looking for a new opportunity, some guidance on a new business or those who just want to toy with some new ideas. There’s Become an Oratory Pro on 19th February from 9 a.m., How to Write a Business Plan on 18th February from 6:30 p.m. at 4100 S Clear Creek Rd, How to Open a Restaurant or Food Truck on 25th February from 6:30 p.m. at 4100 S Clear Creek Rd, Social Media for Business 101 (not in February but 3rd March) at the same venue and a few other expos to help various trades.

  • The highlights of February are events like “FETISH: A Valentine’s Ménage à Trois!” on 14th February from 6 p.m. at the Marchesa Hall & Theatre. You may want to rush for the tickets before they get sold out.

Apart from these events, there are the regular farmer markets, health and fitness programs along with quite a few seminars and corporate presentations. But those are pretty much a fixture of every month. Should you be interested in any of the popular events for the month, you should move quickly and grab your tickets. Some are already sold out so you may want to check the availability right now.

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Pro Sports Players that are from Killeen

Killeen in Texas has produced several professional sportspersons over the years. Some are obviously less popular than others. Here is a sneak peek into the profiles of a few pro sports players that are from Killeen.

Tommie Harris Jr.

Tommie Harris Jr. is one of the most well known names from Killeen. Harris was born in Germany but was raised in Texas. He attended the Ellison High School and honed his skills during the formative years right here in Killeen. Harris grew up to be an excellent defensive tackle. He played eight seasons in NFL. While in college, Harris had represented the University of Oklahoma. He also played for San Diego Chargers and made it to the first round of Chicago Bear’s 2004 NFL Draft. Harris featured in the All-American consensus, twice. He was also selected for the Pro Bowl three times.

During his formative years, Tommie Harris Jr. was pegged as one the finest defensive high school prospects in the country. He was with the Ellison Eagles at the time. Tom Lemming, renowned recruiting analyst, had ranked Harris at 35 among all high school prospects in the country.

Harris played for Chicago Bear from 2004 through 2010. He was accorded the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2004. He made it to the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2006. In 2008, Tommie Harris Jr. signed a deal with Chicago Bears for four years worth $40 million. It was a record deal at the time for a defensive tackle. The deal included $8.5 million Pro Bowl bonus, $2 million performance bonus and $17 million in guarantees. Over seven seasons, Harris played 104 games for the Chicago Bears and recorded 28.5 sacks and 213 tackles.

Darrol Anthony Ray

Darrol Anthony Ray was born in San Francisco and later went on to play football for the Jets. Ray’s father was in the army and had stints in Germany, Belgium and France. After living in Europe during his early years, Darrol Anthony Ray eventually attended Killeen High School after his family settled in Texas. Ray was a quarterback at high school and he also played soccer. Ray attended the University of Oklahoma and switched to playing defense. He played for Oklahoma Sooners, made it to the All Big Eight and also played in Senior, Hula, Fiesta Bowl and Orange.

Ray got drafted by the Jets in 1980. He played five seasons with the New York Jets before retiring. While Ray has several credits to his name, his record of returning an interception in a game with Cincinnati Bengals as long as 98 yards for a touchdown is the most memorable.

There are many other pro sports players from Killeen, ala Cory Jefferson, Terry Ray and Othello Henderson.

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Where can you watch movies in Killeen?

Killeen is the 22nd most populous city in Texas. Bell County is home to a tad more than three hundred thousand people. Given the populace and the proximity of various cities in the Killeen, Temple and Fort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area, there are sufficient recreational destinations. For movie buffs, Killeen has some of the finest theaters in Bell County. Most of the movie theaters are in Killeen or in the surrounding areas.

  • One of the most well known movie theaters in Killeen is Regal Cinemas. The theater is consistently rated as one of the best in the city. The theater complex has several screens. It features all major new releases, obviously including the potential blockbusters but also covering some of the lesser known and indie productions. Regal Cinemas is particularly a favorite because of its plush seating. It is located at 2501 E Central Texas Expressway and opens at 11:00 AM.

  • Cinemark Market Heights is arguably more popular than Regal Cinemas. Those who don’t have an issue with proximity will perhaps like this theater more. Apart from having multiple screens, the self service ticketing kiosks and the all-stadium seating are what impress most viewers. Cinemark Market Heights is located at 201 E Central Texas Expressway #100.

  • Palmer Theater, located at 31st St, is another choice at your discretion. It is in Fort Hood but within a short driving distance from Killeen.

  • Cinergy Copperas Cove is the absolute favorite in the county. It is a grand establishment with restaurants, a park that has laser tag, there is a mini golf facility and ropes course. You can dine in after catching a movie at the multiplex. The theater is at 402 Constitution Dr and opens at 10:00 AM. You can book your tickets online, you can get the seats you want and the entire experience is as convenient as it can be. It is an upscale establishment but not one that would burn a hole in your wallet.

  • Vive Les Arts Theatre is a performing arts theater where you would predominantly get to watch dramas and musicals. But there is a children’s theater and an art gallery in the lobby. Located at 3401 South W S Young Drive, Vive Les Arts Theatre is an integral component in the cultural landscape of Killeen and Texas.

Check out the movies playing at these theaters right now and get your favorite seats.


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What Festivals Are Coming Up in 2016 in Killeen, TX?

What Festivals Are Coming Up in 2016 in Killeen, TX?

Killeen, TX is a very popular city to visit in the Texas region. It is a location that offers something for the entire family to enjoy. It is known for a friendly atmosphere and amazing food, but there is so much more to Killeen, TX than what meets the eye. One thing that you can expect when you visit this city is to be amazed by the many events that are going on all year long. Killeen is known for having countless festivals each year. No matter what your interest may be, you are sure to find a festival or two that appeals to you.

Here are more details involving a few of the most popular festivals being held in Killeen, TX in 2016:

Food Truck Fridays

One of the things that Killeen, Tx is quickly becoming known for is Food Truck Fridays. This is an event that is held every Friday throughout the year, It is when food trucks line the streets and allow people to try out some of their favorite foods. There are many different types of cuisines that you can choose from and it can be fun for the entire family. Food Truck Fridays is quickly becoming a popular event in Killeen each week and will be a part of the schedule for the 2016 calendar year.

Shrine Circus

The Shrine Circus is also an event held in Killeen that gets a lot of attention. This is a Circus that is known for being one the very best shows in the country. If you are looking for an event that is perfect for the entire family, this is something that you need to check out. They have dates in Killeen all year long and are one of the most popular circus acts that will not disappoint. The Shrine circus is famous and Texas and will be visiting Killeen this year. Make sure that you get your tickets in advance to ensure that you have great seats for the amazing show.


Killeen might be known for food and entertainment, but it is also a hotspot for great music. If you are looking for the perfect location for a getaway, you can choose to visit when the music festivals are taking place. This year, June is the time when the biggest musical acts will be making their appearance in Killeen, TX.

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Where to Go For New Years Parties in Killeen, TX

Where to Go For New Years Parties in Killeen, TX

The New Year is a time for celebration. It is when you should spend time with those that you are closest to and ring in the new year in style. If you are going to be in Killeen, TX for the New Year, there are a number of locations that you can check out for New Years. It seems like just about every hot spot in Killeen is hosting a New Years party. If you want to be sure that you start the New Year off the right way, you should check out the parties that are sure to excite.

Here ate a few of the places that you should spend New Years in Killeen, Texas:

Club Rain

If you are looking for a fun way to ring in the New Year, you can’t miss out on et party being held at Club Rain. This club is located directly in the heart of Killeen, Texas and is known for having one of the most popular New Years parties in all of Texas. It is a party that is sure to bring out people from all over and they always have a popular band playing to get the party started. You are sure to have a night to remember if you spend your New Year at Club Rain. Tickets for this night are exclusive, so be sure to book ahead. You want to be sure that you get in the door and are not stuck outside when the party gets going.


If you are looking to have more of a festive New Year, you might want to check out this bar. This is a popular location with locals of Killeen, TX and a place where quite a bit of New Years excitement will be taking place. The vibe will be a bit more relaxed than at other parties, but it can be the perfect location for having a great New Years night. If you are looking to switch things up a bit, this is the place to visit.

New Years is one of the most popular nights to go out. It is time that you checked out Killeen, Texas on one of the most fun nights of the year. You are sure to have many parties to choose from, but there are a few that are better than the rest.

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Check Out Nature in Lights in Killeen, TX

Check Out Nature in Lights in Killeen, TX

If you are looking for amazing event to check out, it is time to learn more about the Mature in Lights show taking place in Killeen, TX. The holidays are a time of year when you can see amazing sights and spend time with loved ones. You can combine two of these favorite activities by taking a trip to the Nature in Lights show. Tickets for this event are designed to be affordable and it is the perfect occasion for the entire family to spend time together.

Amazing Lights

It really is not the Christmas season until you have seen one of a kind lights on display. The Nature in Lights is a tunnel of lights unlike anything you have seen before. You will be amazed at the sight. You will be able to ride through an area that is lit up with lights as far as the eye can see. It is a holiday tradition in Killeen, TX and now it can be a part of your Christmas routine. The best part about the Nature in Lights display is that everyone of all ages can enjoy the view.


The amount that you will be paying to see the Nature in Lights display will range based on vehicle. This means that if you drive through in a car or truck you will be paying less than if you choose the limo option. Large buses are the most expensive type of vehicle to take through the display and cost about $47. No matter what type of vehicle you choose to go through, you will still get a great price. The prices per vehicle are determined by the number of passengers. This means that vehicles that hold more passengers will cost more. All pricing options are designed to be affordable and this is what makes the Nature in Lights display so popular.

Tradition in Killeen Texas

This is an event in Killeen, TX that has a lot of tradition. The Nature in Lights event has been taking place for more than 16 years. It is a holiday staple in Killeen and a great way to spend a night. If you are looking to visit Killeen during the holiday season, you should plan your trip around the Nature in Lights display. This is one light show that you do not want to miss out on.

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Killeen’s Food Truck Fridays And Why You Shouldn’t Miss It

Killeen’s Food Truck Fridays And Why You Shouldn’t Miss It

With all the different food joints and restaurants at our disposal, it can be quite the challenge to figure out just where to have lunch. It can get monotonous sometimes – having the same old take out every day can get boring, and sometimes, it makes us want to skip lunch all together! But lunch these days has become more than just a meal – lunch has transformed into an experience especially when you head on down to Killeen’s Food Truck Fridays. Here, the options are endless!

What is food truck Friday?

Imagine countless food trucks lined up on Green Avenue offering their latest food innovations for everyone to try. Food truck Friday is a special day when food trucks all over Killeen come together and offer their food options to hungry customers. Basically, food truck Fridays at good ol’ Killeen mean tons and tons of unique dining options that you surely won’t get enough of!

What you should expect

Killeen has been home to countless unique food trucks throughout the years and so someone thought hey, why not put them all together? And so food truck Fridays were born. Walking down the buzzing Green Avenue on a Friday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. will give you a much better idea of what these special Fridays are all about. It is definitely a gastronomical adventure for any food enthusiast.

As for your food options? They’re endless! From savoury sandwiches, to full on, hearty meals, to sweet desserts, thirst quenching drinks and more, food truck Fridays are definitely the place to be if you want to discover the latest trends in the dining world.

Family fun for everyone

Food truck Fridays aren’t only about the food, it’s about meeting new people and strengthening bonds with family and friends. Food is a great way to develop relationships and food truck Fridays offer just that. With nearly the entire Killeen community all congregated downtown, it’s impossible to go without seeing a familiar face or without meeting a new friend.

So if you’re still wondering where to spend your next lunch out, head on downtown to Killeen’s food truck Friday. Enjoy the family, friends, and the exciting new food experiences guaranteed to make you come back for more every time. Bring the whole gang and have a fun-filled food bonanza at Killeen’s food truck Friday extravaganza!