17 OF THE BEST SHEPPARD AFB THINGS TO DO
IntroductionAt your new base at Sheppard AFB, you’ll find that there is no shortage of great indoor and outdoor activities in the area. The wide variety of recreational activities ensures that there will be something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Be sure to take full advantage of the Sheppard AFB 82 FSS (82d Force Support Squadron). This organization handles everything on base from child development programs to outdoor recreational activities, such as a trap and skeet range and a driving range. Below each of the activities in the area are organized into categories. You can click any of the categories to jump to the section if you already know what you want to do around Sheppard AFB. (1-3) Golfing (4-6) Gyms (7-8) Movie Theaters (9-10) Bowling Alleys (11-14) Outdoor Recreation (15-17) Museums
Suggested Read:Sheppard Air Force Base: In-Depth Welcome Center
Sheppard AFB Things to Do
Sheppard AFB Golf Course
1. River Creek Park Golf Course1605 FM1177 Wichita Falls, TX 76305
Phone: 1 (940) 855-3361 The pristine golf course at River Creek Park in Wichita Falls measures over 6,700 yards. This course’s challenging layout will certainly provide a great day of golfing for golfers of all levels. River Creek Park Golf Course also offers a pro shop, lessons, a grill and snack bar, as well as a 50,000 square foot practice facility with a driving range, chipping green, and putting green.
2. Wichita Falls Country Club1701 Hamilton Blvd Wichita Falls, TX 76308
Phone: 1 (940) 767-1481 This 18-hole golf course is located in the Southeast part of Wichita Falls. The beautiful landscape boasts mature trees, bent grass greens, and Bermuda fairways. Wichita Falls Country Club’s course is 6,917 yards and promises to provide golfers with hours of fun outdoors, regardless of their skill level. Additionally, Wichita Falls Country Club is host to a full practice area with a state-of-the-art driving range, pitching, chipping, bunker play and putting green.
3. The Champions Course at Weeks Park4400 Lake Park Drive Wichita Falls, Texas 76302
Phone: 1 (940) 767-6107 The Champions Course at Weeks Park is an 18-hole golf course with over 7,300 yards of Tifway 419 fairways and Bentgrass greens. The Dallas Morning News ranked The Champions Course 9th out of the top 50 golf courses in Texas under $54 for 2019.
Sheppard AFB Gym
4. Levitow Fitness Center825 Third Ave., Bldg. 384 Sheppard AFB, TX 76311
Phone: 1 (940) 676-2972 Levitow Fitness Center is located on the Sheppard Air Force Base and offers state-of-the-art weight rooms, cardio equipment, saunas, racquetball courts, basketball courts, outdoor multi-functional fitness pads, and more. The Levitow Fitness Center also has a family fitness area, a rock climbing room, a multi-functional fitness room, and offers after-hours access for eligible cardholders. Free group fitness classes are offered daily, and there are fitness-on-demand kiosks available that feature a variety of 100+ instructor-led fitness classes.
5. Pitsenbarger Fitness Center511 Avenue H, Bldg. 540 Sheppard Air Force Base, TX, 76311
Phone:1 (940) 676-0491/0492 Pitsenbarger Fitness Center is located on the Sheppard Air Force Base and offers a variety of equipment to meet your fitness needs, including outdoor tracks and a 5K Par Course with training stations throughout.
6. YMCA of Wichita Falls1010 Ninth St. Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Phone: 1 (940) 322-7816 YMCA of Wichita Falls offers state-of-the-art fitness equipment and free weights. The YMCA has basketball and racquetball courts, an indoor swimming pool, and also offers free group exercise classes, including Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, Cycling, SilverSneakers, and Martial Arts.
Sheppard AFB Movie Theater
7. Sheppard AFB Movie Theater808 Avenue G, Bldg. 840 Sheppard AFB, TX 76311
Phone: 1 (940) 855-0824 Sheppard AFB Movie Theater features blockbuster and small release movies alike. The theater also has a concession stand, so make sure to grab your favorite movie-going treat before finding your seat and enjoying the latest film on the big screen.
8. Cinemark 14 Wichita Falls2915 Glenwood Blvd. Parker Square Wichita Falls, TX 76308
Phone: 1 (940) 716-9933 Cinemark 14 Wichita Falls includes an IMAX theater, luxury lounger seats, and an expansive food-and-drink menu.
Sheppard AFB Bowling Alley
Sheppard AFB South Lanes Bowling Center412 4th Ave. Sheppard AFB, TX 76311
Phone: 1 (940) 676-7174 Sheppard AFB Bowling Centers have been named best in the Air Force multiple times. Both centers feature state-of-the-art scoring, bowling programs for all skill levels, and a snack bar available day and night. The South Lanes offer open bowling, monthly tournaments, league play, snack bars, bumper lanes, a pro shop, and party/squadron reservations. The North and South Lanes were renovated in 2010 with new lanes, ball returns, masking units, extreme lighting equipment, new bowling balls, and more. The South Lanes Bowling Center was renovated again in 2016 —along with other renovations, the restrooms were made handicap accessible.
10. Sheppard AFB North Lanes Bowling Center425 8th Ave., Bldg. 811 Sheppard AFB, TX 76311
Phone: 1 (940) 676-2677 Sheppard AFB Bowling Centers have been named best in the Air Force multiple times. Both Centers feature state-of-the-art scoring, bowling programs for all skill levels, and a snack bar available day and night. The North and South Lanes were renovated in 2010 with new lanes, ball returns, masking units, extreme lighting equipment, new bowling balls, and more. The North Lanes’ most recent renovation was completed in 2019.
Outdoor Rec Sheppard AFB
11. Sheppard AFB Outdoor Recreation Center416 Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Blvd., Bldg. 5 Sheppard AFB, TX 76311
Phone: 1 (940) 676-4141 Sheppard AFB Outdoor Recreation Center will provide you with all the information you need on local hiking and fishing, as well as provide you with everything you need for your next party — they even rent out bouncy houses for those special occasions.
12. Bunker Hill Pool202 Skaggs Drive, Bldg. 1125 Sheppard AFB, TX 76311
Phone: 1 (940) 676-4161 The Bunker Hill Pool is located at Sheppard AFB and has two pools, waterslides, a kiddie pool, and a splash pad. The main pool can be used for water aerobics or lap swimming.
13. River Bend Nature Center2200 3rd St. Wichita Falls, TX 76301 Phone: 1 (256) 883-3736 The River Bend Nature Center is a 20-acre nonprofit environmental education facility that exists to connect visitors to nature through educational activities, environmental awareness, and conservation examples. Some of the most popular attractions at River Bend Nature Center are the Ruby N. Priddy Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, Peyton’s Place, the Bryant Edwards Learning Center, the River Bottom Forest Trail, and the United Children’s Garden.
14. Lucy Park100 Sunset Drive Wichita Falls, TX 76302
Phone: 1 (940) 761-7490 Lucy Park is a 176-acre park set along a river with a nature center and trails for hiking and biking. The park boasts a waterfall, one of its most popular attractions, as well as a large pond bordered by picnic shelters that can be reserved. The park also has a large swimming pool, basketball goals, 18 hole disc golf course, three playgrounds, two sand volleyball courts, and a concrete volleyball court.
Sheppard AFB Museums
15. Museum of North Texas History720 Indiana Ave. Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Phone: 1 (940) 322-7628 The Museum of North Texas History offers guests thrilling exhibits, programs and lectures, as well as friendly and experienced staff and volunteers. The museum’s goal is to teach visitors the heritage that built North Texas.
16. Kell House Museum900 Bluff St. Wichita Falls, TX
Phone: 1 (940) 723-2717 The Kell House Museum is one of the most historically rich buildings in Wichita Falls, featuring family furnishings and decorative pieces that are original to the historic house. Guided tours are available at this national landmark.
17. Wichita Falls Museum of Art2 Eureka Circle Wichita Falls, TX 76308
Phone: 1 (940) 397-8900 The Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University boasts a growing permanent collection of American art. The museum also has a rotation of new exhibitions that provide as fine a gallery experience as you would hope to find at any big city art museum. The best part about the museum is that there are no admission fees, so visit and enjoy the exhibitions as often as you would like!
ConclusionWe are sure that your new posting at Sheppard AFB will afford you plenty to do, whether you enjoy a quiet day at a museum or you prefer outdoor adventures. Whatever your preferences, there are several spots waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.
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