Top 7 Things Military Families Love About Fort Hood, Texas
If you’re looking for help with a PCS move to Fort Hood, Texas (or just curious about what the hype is about), you’re in the right spot!
MilitaryByOwner has extensive resources to help you learn about the base, the surrounding cities, and how to find a home. So, get excited about your move and read about the top seven things military families love about Fort Hood.
1) Fort Hood’s Location
Fort Hood’s location in the Texas Hill Country is a coveted destination, not only because of its legendary spring wildflower fields and access to year-round outdoor activities but because of its central location to nearby travel destinations. Take a look at the choices.
- Austin: 1 hour
Listen to world-class music acts and eat world-class food.
- Dallas: 2.5 hours
Catch a Cowboys game or check out the aquarium and zoo.
- San Antonio: 2.5 hours
The Alamo and Riverwalk are calling. Stay overnight to dine, shop, and explore.
- Houston: 3 hours
All things NASA.
- Galveston: 4 hours
Get your beach fix or plan a cruise from the busy port.
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2) Cities Near Fort Hood
As big as the base is, not everyone can live there, so you’ll have to consider living nearby. There are several in-demand locations to choose from, depending on which perks you prefer. Want a quick commute? Try Killeen. Prefer a place closer to Austin? Check out Georgetown, Round Rock, Leander, or Cedar Park.
These are other cities military families choose.
- Harker Heights
- Copperas Cove
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3) Fort Hood Cost of Living
For some military families moving to Fort Hood, there could be significant savings in the cost of living. Use Killeen as an example against the national average for everyday expenses.
- The cost of living is 9% lower.
- Housing expenses are 21% lower.
- Transportation expenses like gas prices are 4% lower.
If you’re headed to Fort Hood, you can use a cost of living calculator to help you create a budget. Don’t forget to check your updated BAH rates too.
Want to take advantage of Fort Hood’s affordability? Read over Should You Invest in a Rental Property Near Fort Hood? to help you decide.
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4) Food and Shopping Amenities
Killeen and the surrounding cities have everything you need in big box stores and everyday dining essentials, but you’ll also find the specialties that Texans crave when they leave Fort Hood. You’ll undoubtedly hear about and grow to love:
- The grocery store H-E-B. It has a cult following and highly loyal customers.
- Texas BBQ is everywhere. You can try somewhere different each weekend.
- Tex-Mex fare is legendary, including tasty breakfast tacos and kolaches (sweet and savory pastries). Most newcomers head to Shipley Do-Nuts for their first taste.
- Drive through daiquiri bars. Enough said.
Plan your weekends around the Top 10 BBQ Spots Near Fort Hood.
5) Fort Hood Weather
Sun and heat worshippers thrive while living near Fort Hood. It does cool off somewhat in the fall and winter, but spring is short and summer is long, so don’t forget to plan for sunscreen and plenty of water access. Find your closest pools and water parks to help keep the heat in check.
- January: 59° / 40°
- April: 79° / 55°
- August: 95° / 76°
- November: 69° / 51°
6) Fort Hood Activities
Since Fort Hood is one of the military’s biggest installations and has one of the largest populations, the base has abundant things to do. Whether it's a daily offering like story time at the library or a special event, you’ll have plenty to choose from. Make sure you stay current with Fort Hood’s MWR for updated schedules.
- Community events and bingo center
- Community pools and gyms
- ATV park
- Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area
- The Courses of Clear Creek
- Paintball course
- Sportsmen’s Center
- Apache Arts and Crafts Center
- Phantom Warrior Lanes Bowling Center
Here’s even more to try: 12 Family-Friendly Outings Near Killeen, Texas.
7) Things to Do Near Fort Hood
After unpacking and settling in, you’ll want to get to know the area better. Start by taking advantage of the season and enjoy what activity is available, like hiking or golfing in the spring and winter and water sports in the summer. Although plentiful, you’re not restricted to outdoor activities, so take a look at these fun-for-everyone options.
- Central Texas Theatre
- Altitude Trampoline Park
- Axed Out Texas
- Topsey Exotic Ranch
- Temple Lake Park
- Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area
- Mayborn Science Theater
- The Gault Archaeological Site
- National Mounted Warrior Museum
- Stillhouse Hollow Park
- The Andy K. Wells Hike and Bike Trail
- Rodeo Killeen
- Killeen Amphitheater
So many military families love “The Great Place” and often request extensions or a return PCS. Between Fort Hood’s extensive services and the surrounding cities’ amenities, you can find everything you need. If you’d like current residents’ advice and tips, add yourself to the many Facebook pages (MilitaryByOwner powers the Military PCS Group) and other online groups focused on Fort Hood. You’ll get the insider information you need in no time.
Want even more info? Take a look at more local information to help you transition to the Lone Star State and download our free resource below!
- What to Know Before a PCS Move to Fort Hood
- Exploring Fort Hood Neighborhoods
- Get to Know the Fort Hood Area
- 20 Fun Facts About Fort Hood