Leisure & Recreation
Nearly any form of recreation can be found on Fort Hood through our Morale, Welfare and Recreation and community activities organizations.
Arts and Crafts
APACHE ARTS AND CRAFTS
Apache Arts and Crafts facility includes work space, classrooms and supplies for arts and crafts projects, including: a sales store, ceramics, computer Internet space, frame, jewelry, multi-crafts, wood, plaque and trophy, embroidery and screen-printing area. Create your own works of art or take advantage of full service provided by the talented staff. Classes are offered for ceramics, wood shop, basic framing, mat cutting and other special interest classes. Call 254-532-2586/287-0343 for schedule and topics or stop by Apache Arts and Crafts, Building 2337, located on 761st Tank BattalionAvenue.
SPROCKET AUTO CRAFTS CENTER
Sprocket Auto Crafts Center offers a variety of services for the home mechanic. The facility has clean, heated/air-conditioned work space for self-auto repair. State vehicle inspections are available. Knowledgeable staff members offer mechanical advice and engine analysis. A tool room and machine shop facilitate all levels of car repair. Sandblasting and welding are also available. Car lifts and vehicle storage complete the services at Sprockets. Check out the facility in Building 9138, 20th Street and Old Ironsides Avenue, or call 254-287-2725 for more information.
PHANTOM WARRIOR LANES
The Phantom Warrior Lanes is a spacious state-of-the-art bowling facility offering 48 lanes. Lanes feature automatic scoring and pop-up bumpers. One of the most popular events is Xtreme (glow-in-the-dark) bowling with high-energy music, neon bowling balls, pins and light show. Many Soldiers and Families enjoy league play at Phantom Warrior Lanes. Have your child’s birthday party here for a good price and entertainment for the children. Purchase your perfect ball and other equipment at the Pro Shop. Other entertainment includes a video arcade and Internet cafe. The Phantom Warrior Lanes are in Building 49010, Clear Creek Road and Santa Fe Avenue. Call 254-287-3424 for more information.
Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area (BLORA) features primitive to full hook-up RV campsites. Tent camping sites can be primitive or sites with water and electric utilities. BLORA also has fully-furnished one and two bedroom cottages on site. BLORA has dump stations, group camp areas, playgrounds,coin-operated laundry, showers and restrooms, RVs, boat and camper storage. BLORA is in Building 126, north on Nolan Road, 14 miles northeast of main post. Call the reservation office at 254-287-2523/8303 for additional information.
West Fort Hood Travel Camp has 64 full hook-up RV sites, with 50-30-20 amp electrical service, water, sewer and dump stations. There is a coin-operated laundry and 24-hour showers. The travel camp features a playground and a secure, fenced storage for RVs, boats and campers. The travel camp is on West Fort Hood, Building 70004, Clarke Road. For more information, call 254-288-9926.
Club Hood is proud of its Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during certain holidays and its lunch menu, served 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays and training holidays. Club Hood dining is open to all ranks and civilians.
Sunday brunch is offered during certain holidays. The menu includes carving stations featuring Virginia-baked ham and top round beef, full luncheon buffet, fresh peel-and-eat shrimp, salad bar, made-to-order omelet and waffle station, full breakfast buffet, mimosa, iced tea, milk and orange juice.
Club Hood’s lunch option, in the Mesquite Room, is a daily delight. The lunch plate consists of a hot entree, starch, vegetable, dinner roll and beverage. There are two entrees to choose from daily. A salad bar and dessert are additional options. Club Hood also provides event services.
If your event is small and intimate or grand in scale, the staff at the Club Hood can assist in all your planning needs. Their chefs will create a wonderful menu, perfect for your guests, from appetizers to a buffet with carving stations or a sit down meal. Club Hood is at 24th Street and Tank Destroyer Boulevard, Building 5764, near the East Gate. For more information or to make a reservation, call 254-532-5073.
Java Cafe kiosk offers Starbucks coffee without a trip off post. Java Cafe also serves sweet treats and chilled refreshments. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Java Cafe is in the Rivers Building Parking Lot, on the corner of T.J. Mille Boulevard and 761st Tank Battalion Avenue. A drive-in window provides fast service and great coffee.
THE COURSES OF CLEAR CREEK
The Courses of Clear Creek golf course snack bar offers breakfast to early morning tournament players and a made-to-order lunch menu. Enjoy the beautiful view from the patio while eating. The golf course is open to the public. Call 254-287-4130.
PHANTOM WARRIOR LANES STRIKE ZONE
Phantom Warrior Lanes Strike Zone is open 8:30 a.m. to close daily, offering a variety of menu choices, from breakfast to pizza to soup and salad. Enjoy a snack while bowling or visit anytime to enjoy good food. Strike Zone is in Building 49010, Santa Fe Avenue at Clear Creek Road. Phone: 254-287-3424.
SPORTSMEN’S CENTER GRILL
Sportsmen’s Center Grill is famous for its Friday fish lunches. The grill is open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The menu ranges from salads to daily lunch specials, such as: fish, chicken-fried steak and beef tips with noodles. Come early and enjoy a made-to-order breakfast. The center is in Building 1937, Rod and Gun Club Loop, off North Avenue at 53rd Street. Phone is 254-532-4552.
THE COURSES OF CLEAR CREEK
The Courses of Clear Creek is a state-of-the-art 27-hole course with challenging greens located in the scenic rolling hills of Fort Hood. The courses feature a 4,500-square-foot club house with a large deck overlooking the courses and an upscale retail pro shop. A four-hole children’s course introduces kids to the sport. A professional golf pro is available to teach lessons at the golf course. The Courses of Clear Creek sponsors frequent tournaments and clinics. Club and car rentals are available. The club house is in Building 52381, Battalion Avenue, west of Clear Creek Road. Call 254-287-4130 for more information.
Hunting, Fishing, ATV, Sportsmen's Center
The Sportsmen’s Center is the one-stop shop for hunting on post. This center offers state hunting and fishing licenses and post permits. An added bonus for hunters and anglers here: Texas waives its fees for licenses for service members. There is a fully equipped pro shop. Check out its guided and unguided hunts. Seasonal fishing and hunting contests are frequently featured. Bow hunters are not forgotten, with supplies and bow qualification testing offered. The Sportsmen’s Center also operates an archery range and a trap and skeet range. Check out the Sportsmen’s Center, Building 1937 on Rod and Gun Club Loop, off North Avenue. Call 254-532-4552 for more information.
Obtain your permit for Fort Hood’s Area 111 ATV Park at the Sportsmen’s Center. The park offers varying terrain for riders of all skill levels. Annual family packages can be purchased for $50, individual packages for $20 and one-day permits for $5 per person. The park is open during daylight hours only, and proper safety must always be observed. For more information, call 254-532-4552. Area 111 ATV Park is located on the corner of Clear Creek Road and West Range Road.
BELTON LAKE OUTDOOR RECREATION AREA
BLORA is a beautiful, comprehensive 89-acre recreational facility nestled against Belton Lake. The facility offers fishing, swimming, boating and camping. The facility is 14 miles north of the main post. In the spring, budding trees and wild flowers are plentiful. At times, wild turkey and deer can be seen. During the drive out, motorists should look for cattle which roam freely on the ranges. Also, look for tactical vehicles. BLORA is near tactical training ranges. One-bedroom cottages (sleeps four adults) and two-bedroom cottages (sleeps six adults), equipped with full kitchens, linens, screened-in porches, barbeque and picnic tables are available for rent.
BLORA welcomes campers. There are several acres set aside for camping. BLORA features many RV pads, equipped with electricity and plumbing. Dump stations are also available. Patrons can also enjoy a day on the lake with BLORA’s watercraft rentals, ranging in size from fishing boats to 36-footparty boats. Boater safety courses are offered regularly.
Anyone using BLORA has free use of Sierra Beach, paddleboats, hydro-bikes and boat ramps. On the beach are changing facilities, picnic tables and playground equipment. BLORA also features twin 300-foot waterslides that curve and plunge for hours of family fun. For smaller children, there is the Kiddie Wash water spray pad. Swimming is only permitted when lifeguards are on duty.
BLORA features several large pavilions perfect for unit functions. Most of these facilities are adjacent to playgrounds, athletic field and permanent restrooms. Pavilions must be reserved in advance and reservation fee is required. Ask for specials just for unit and family readiness group functions. In addition to pavilions, there are hundreds of picnic tables, some with grills for your use. Baseball, volleyball, basketball and horseshoes can be played at several locations. One of the most popular attractions is the challenging bike trails. The trails are designed to accommodate riders of all skill levels.BLORA is on Nolan Road, 14 miles northeast of main post. Call the reservation office at 254-287-2523/8303. The boat dock office telephone number is 254-287-6073/5526.
There are three courses for all paintball enthusiasts to enjoy — from beginners to experts. For $30 per person, individuals will receive a marker, hopper, safety gear, 500 paintballs and unlimited air, but if you have your own paintball equipment, the cost is $25 — which includes 500 paintballs and unlimited air. Group rates are also available for $25 per person. The course is open to the public (10 years old or older). Players 10 to 17 years old must have guardian signature to play. The course is open Saturday, Sunday and many holidays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (daylight hours) and Monday through Friday by appointment. The course is closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The fields are off of Liberty Hill Road near the entrance to BLORA. BLORA is on North Nolan Road, approximately 10 miles from East Range Road. Access to the park is also available via Sparta Road off FM 439. For more information, call 254-287-2523.
BLORA features an enclosed floating dock with three interior fishing wells, interior and exterior seating, heated in the winter. Guided fishing trips and youth fishing derbies offered quarterly. Resale shop offers bait, tackle and camping supplies. Watercraft rentals at the boat dock. State of Texas boating safety courses are offered monthly. The facility is in Building 126 north on Nolan Road, 14 miles northeast of main post. Call the Marine Rental/Resale Office at 254-287-6073/5526 for additional information.
There are also many ponds on Fort Hood containing fish, and Stillhouse Hollow Lake, near Harker Heights, is an excellent place to catch the big one.
CASEY MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Casey Memorial Library features books, reference, media, e-books, databases, computer and internet access, CDs, DVDs, videos, language tapes, story time, periodicals, newspapers, study areas, tax forms, microforms and interlibrary loans. Casey library is in Building 3202, 72nd Street and 761st Tank Battalion Avenue. For more information, call Circulation at 254-287-4921, Reference at 254-287-5202, Public Services at 254-287-2716.
Legend’s Pub is a great location for officers and their guests to end the day. Enjoy free billiards and darts all night long. On Friday, there’s great food, a DJ and karaoke. Legend’s has great decor and is a fun place for any type of party. The club is in Building 5782, 24th Street and Tank Destroyer Boulevard, near Club Hood. For more information, call 254-532-5073.
BACKBONE NCO LOUNGE
Backbone NCO Lounge offers NCOs and their guests a fun environment to enjoy a drink, pool, darts or watch the game. During football season, enjoy NFL Sunday Ticket at Backbone from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., showing every game on 42-inch flat screen TVs. Backbone NCO Lounge is in Building 194 on 37th Street. For more information, call 254-532-5073.
Palmer Theater is in Building 334. It was recently renovated and now has a state-of-the-art Dolby system and plush seating. You can reach the movie hotline by calling 254-287-3066 for a daily listing of movies showing.
EQUIPMENT CHECKOUT CENTER
Equipment Checkout Center offers a long list of outdoor and party equipment rentals.
For camping: sleeping bags, tents, coolers, stoves, lanterns, heaters and port-a-potties.
Trailers: pop-up and tow behind recreational vehicle travel trailers and utility trailers.
Party items: climbing wall, dunking booth, folding chairs, tables, cotton candy, nacho, popcorn, snow cone and hot dog machines, coffee pots and turkey/fish fryers. Tents and canopies, all sizes, with and without sides are available.
Sports equipment: basketballs, footballs, tug-of-war ropes, volleyballs, horseshoes, baseballs, push balls, tennis rackets, gloves, bats and croquet sets.
Specialty items: canoes, flat-bottom boats, grills, trolling/boat motors, spot lights, inflatable and interactive activities.
The center is in Building 4930, Clear Creek Road, across the street from the main PX. Call 254-287-1853 for more information.
Whether you are having a small or a large event up to 1,300 people, there is a facility on post perfect for your function. Choose from indoor to outdoor, elegant to rustic or maybe even a patio with a view. There are many settings to choose from, so contact these facilities to begin planning your specialevent.
AEROBICS AND SKATING CENTER
Building 324, 37th Street
BACKBONE NCO LOUNGE
Building 194, 37th Street
BELTON LAKE OUTDOOR RECREATION AREA
Building 126, North on Nolan Road, 14 miles northeast of main post
CLUB HOOD CENTER
Building 5764, 24th Street
A central location for booking the Community Events Center, Club Hood and the Phantom Warrior Center.
THE COURSES OF CLEAR CREEK
Battalion Avenue, west of Clear Creek Road
Building 5782, 24th Street
Old Ironsides Avenue at 20th Street
Rod and Gun Club Loop, off North Avenue
The Aerobics and Skating Center facility offers a rolling good time for kids and kids at heart. Specialty skate sessions, classes and programs are featured. There are party rooms for birthdays, meetings or family gatherings. Video games are available for those who need a break from skating. A snack bar provides refreshments. Center/rink rental is available for special events. A Pro Shop offers all your skating needs. The Aerobics and Skating Center is in Building 324 on 37th Street. Call the center at 254-287-5623 for more information. Fort Hood also has an outdoor skate park just for youth in the Comanche housing area.
Sports and Fitness
AEROBICS AND SKATING CENTER
Aerobics are a fun and energetic way to get or stay in shape. Aerobics are offered six days weekly. For a complete listing of classes or to sign up, stop by Building 324 on 37th Street, or call 254-287-5623.
Non/low-impact water aerobics are offered at Abrams Physical Fitness Center. Water aerobics is designed for all fitness levels and nonswimmers. There is no fee for water aerobics. Classes are 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Abrams is on the corner of 62nd Street and Support Avenue. For more information, call 254-285-5942/5623.
Fort Hood supports Soldiers interested in competing in Army-wide sports. These include competitions in power lifting, tae kwon do, 10-mile races and rugby. Two female members of the Fort Hood Power lifting Team boosted the U.S. to a team championship in the 18th Women’s World Masters Championship 2009. More information is available in Building 23001, 62nd Street and Support Avenue or by calling 254-287-5405.
FORT HOOD SPECIAL SPORTING EVENTS
Fort Hood holds special sporting events to raise morale and encourage fitness. Combatives and boxing tournaments are held frequently. Professional coaches are usually brought in to train and assist participants. Combative pits are located in unit areas for year-round training.
Flag football, softball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, bowling, golf, racquetball and wrestling are facilitated. Sports are open to all Soldiers. To learn more or sign up for team sports, visit Building 23001, 62nd Street and Support Avenue, or call 254-288-3622.
PHYSICAL FITNESS CENTERS
Save time and money. With no membership fees and state-of-the-art fitness equipment conveniently located throughout post, many of the Fort Hood fitness centers also include health and nutrition centers offering high-energy snacks and drinks.
62nd Street and Support Avenue
19th Street and Old Ironsides Avenue
58th Street and Old Ironsides Avenue
73rd Street and Old Ironsides Avenue
77th Street and Old Ironsides Avenue
72nd Street and Support Avenue
33rd Street and Old Ironsides Avenue
Wellness Center at Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Training Facility
16th Street and Old Ironsides Avenue
West Fort Hood
Building 91068, Clarke Road
Recreational swimming, water slides, diving boards, lap swimming, unit combat water survival training, unit physical training, physical therapy and pool parties. Abrams indoor pool is open year-round. Fort Hood’s outdoor pools are open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
1ST CAVALRY DIVISION
62nd Street and Old Ironsides Avenue
3RD CR POOL
42nd Street, between Old Ironsides Avenue and Hell on Wheels Avenue
13TH ESC POOL
58th Street and Support Avenue
The pool is 25 meters, 3 to 9 feet deep, and has two 1-meter diving boards.
ABRAMS INDOOR POOL
62nd Street and Support Avenue
Eight lanes, 25 meters, 4 to 12 feet deep, 1-meter and 3-meter diving boards and hot tub are available for swimming year-round. Lap swimming is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. During training holidays, hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The facility is closed on holidays.
Lifeguard training, adult swim lessons, pool party reservations and water aerobics are available. More information is available in Building 23001, 62nd Street and Support Avenue or by calling 254-287-9430. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
COMANCHE OUTDOOR POOL
Tank Destroyer Boulevard, next to Comanche Youth Center
Eight lanes, 50-meters, 4 to 13 feet deep, 1-meter and 3-meter diving boards, two water slides and a wading pool.
MARTIN OUTDOOR POOL
Hood Road, by ITR and the Mega Food Court
Three lanes, 48-yards, 3 to 9 feet deep, 1-meter diving board and two water slides.
PATTON OUTDOOR POOL
Building 5774, 24th Street and Tank Destroyer Boulevard, behind Legend’s Pub
Patton’s pool is 25-meters, 4 to 9 feet deep, two 1-meter diving boards, two water slides, wading pool and large picnic area.
37th Street, behind Phantom Warrior Center
25-meters, 4 to 9 feet deep, 1-meter diving board and picnic area.
WEST FORT HOOD OUTDOOR POOL
Clarke Road and Headquarters Street
25-yards, 4 to 8 feet deep, two water slides, wading pool and large grass area.
A big Fort Hood Texas-size welcome is extended twice a year to new arrivals. Held in February and August, this info fair style event provides information about the local area, including: schools, businesses, on- and off-post agencies, housing and MWR facilities. This is a great opportunity to discover the greater Fort Hood community, by providing a wealth of information about your new hometown. Entertainment, information, food and door prizes add fun to the welcome.
FLASHLIGHT EASTER EGG HUNT
Traditionally held the Thursday before Easter, thousands of eggs and goodies are hidden and children ages 2 to 12 are invited to bring their baskets, flashlights and a parent to hunt eggs in the dark at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area. Pictures with the Easter Bunny, concessions and other children’s activities make the evening egg-citing. Gate fee applies.
Summer enters with a splash during the annual Water Fest at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area. Welcome the summer with free paddleboat rides, Kids’ Auto Wash, waterslide rides, pony rides, petting zoo, climbing wall, professional fish demonstrations, Jet Ski races, a guarded swimming area, with a beautiful sandy beach and much more. Bring a picnic lunch or enjoy concessions. Cool off with lots of fun activities for the whole family, the first weekend of June during Water Fest. Gate fee applies.
There’s no better place to celebrate our nation’s birth than Fort Hood. The evening sky on July 4 transforms with the largest 30 minute fireworks display in Central Texas. Enjoy a whole day filled with carnival rides, concessions, games, military displays and other Family activities.
U.S. ARMY SOLDIER SHOW
Some of the most talented active-duty Soldiers throughout the Army are selected through auditions to perform in a high energy, 90-minute, live musical review. Soldiers with a passion for music, dance and performing showcase their talents in performances across the globe. The tour stops at Fort Hood every summer or fall. Free entry. Continue to check www.hoodmwr.com for other scheduled events.
FORT HOOD HUNTING AND FISHING DAY
Outdoorsmen from around the community join together each year during Fort Hood’s Hunting and Fishing Day, at the Sportsmen’s Center. Celebrating the great outdoors and recognizing conservation efforts, sportsmen gather for a day full of outdoor sports, including fishing derbies, trap and skeet competitions, turkey shoots, archery shoots and more. The September event is a great opportunity for the nonhunter to link up with an experienced outdoorsman and learn a new sport. Free entry.
NATURE IN LIGHTS
Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area transforms into a winter wonderland for kids and kids at heart each year. Visitors drive through the 800-acre park and enjoy nearly six miles of computer driven, illuminated displays, architectural and foliage lighting. Guests can shop for gifts, take photographs with Santa and enjoy homemade cookies, hot chocolate and other treats at Santa’s Village, located in the park at Live Oak Pavilion. Nature in Lights runs nightly, mid-November through early January. Gate fee applies.
Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area features guided horseback trail rides for guests 12 years of age or older. Pony rides are offered for children 11 years and younger. Mountain bike park trails are offered for novice to experienced riders. A nature trail for hikers winds through the wooded acres of the park. BLORA is in Building 126, north on Nolan Road, 14 miles northeast of main post. Call the reservation office at 254-287-2523/8303.
LEISURE TRAVEL SERVICES
Fort Hood’s LTS provides affordable leisure and recreational activities for the military community. Purchase amusement park, concert and sporting event tickets at LTS. Local and area tours are featured. MWR has a worldwide link up to many facilities. Hotel discounts, trip brochures and planning assistance are all available at LTS. Check out all the offerings at Building 126, 761st Tank Battalion Avenue, next to Military Clothing Sales, or call 254-287-7310, 532-5292 or go to their website at www.hoodmwr.com/lts.htm.
Another great source of travel, concerts and recreational information is the post newspaper, the Fort Hood Sentinel. The newspaper prints a listing of area concerts, events, fairs and festivals. Each week, the Traveling Soldier article features a day trip in the local area. Pick up the free Fort Hood Sentinelat locations throughout the installation and at various shopping centers off post.