Killeen may be a military stop, but that means it's also a Central Texas hotbed of history and food! Travel the world without even leaving Texas when you trip through this town!
You can’t visit Killeen without stopping in at the the largest military base in Texas where over 70,000 American soldiers are based. For the history of Fort Hood, check in at the gate, then proceed to explore the many artillery fields with tanks, guns, and helicopters.
1st Cavalry Museum
Visit this museum on the grounds of Fort Hood to learn about all about the 3rd Cavalry, from it’s start in 1846 protecting the rugged frontier of Texas and building forts throughout the state to stave off Indian attacks all the way to its recent service in Iraq.
3rd Cavalry Museum
Also on the grounds of Fort Hood, this museum has incredible life-sized exhibits showcasing “America’s First Team” in action Formed in 1921, the 1st Cavalry was formed to protect the southern borders of America, but went on to fight during World War II, Vietnam and even Iraq – and you can see pictures and artifacts from each at this museum.
Since Killeen is next to a military base, there is a surplus of surplus stores, and my favorite is Surplus City, which unlike a costume or hobby shop, is for real soldiers. Wander through the aisles of this store to find everything you’ll need for battle, and even get your gear customized.
C&H Hawaiian Grill
After soldiers explore the world, many come back with appetites for the foods of the world and so Killeen has an amazing collection of foreign restaurants. One of my favorites is C&H Hawaiian Grill, which serves authentic Hawaiian food moist kalua pork, chicken katsu (basically fried chicken comfort food) and of course Hawaiian side staples of white rice and macaroni.
Taiwan Dragon Chinese Restaurant
Head to this local joint that’s been serving delicious Chinese favorites since 1981, which is evident by its walls tiled in photographs of those who have dined here over the years. From entire cavalries to famous Generals, the walls make up a “Who’s Who” of Fort Hood. And if you want to stick with the army theme, go for the General Tso’s Chicken.
Killeen has a strong Korean population, meaning you’ll find tons of amazing places to eat authentic foods, and The Korean Kitchen is one of my favorites. This family owned business has been around since 1975 and the extensive menu can turn even the most cowardly diner into a Korean-food lover.
Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area
Right outside of Fort Hood is this marina and outdoor recreation area where you can rent kayaks, knee boards, tubes and more to explore Belton Lake. There are also some epic waterslides.