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 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.
Building 23001, 62nd Street and Support Avenue
Building 9301, 19th Street and Old Ironsides Avenue
Building 24006, 58th Street and Old Ironsides Avenue
Building 31006, 73rd Street and Old Ironsides Avenue
Building 37017, 77th Street and Old Ironsides Avenue
Building 39008, 72nd Street and Support Avenue
Building 12018, 33rd Street and Old Ironsides Avenue
Wellness Center at Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Training Facility
Building 87010, 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 usually open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
1ST CAVALRY DIVISION
Building 2477, 62nd Street and Old Ironsides Avenue
3RD CR POOL
Building 1679, 42nd Street, between Old Ironsides Avenue and Hell on Wheels Avenue
13TH ESC POOL
Building 2239, 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
Building 23001, 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
Building 52932,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
Building 112, 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.
Building 193, 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
Building 91070, 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 welcome is extended twice a year to new arrivals — in February and August. This info fair style event provides information about the 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 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 entertaining showcase their talents in performances around the globe. The tour stops at Fort Hood every summer or fall. Free entry. Continue to check https://hood.armymwr.com for other scheduled events.
FORT HOOD HUNTING AND FISHING DAY
Outdoorsmen from across 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 nonhunters 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 6 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 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 and older. Pony rides are offered for children 11 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 https://hood.armymwr.com/programs/leisure-travel-service.
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 Sentinel throughout the installation and at shopping centers off post.