When I first visited the Lakeview community in Killeen, one of the first things I did was drive around the neighborhood. I took a close look around at all the amenities, community spaces, parks, etc. to feel secure in saying this is going to be a great place to live – especially for folks based at Fort Hood who have families. Consider driving through the neighborhood yourself on the weekend or during the evening to see the casual crowds and activities going on.
While you’re at work, you may be thinking about where your kids will be spending their days and who they will be with. Some of the local schools and child care centers in this neighborhood of Killeen include:
- Hay Branch Elementary: Students at this school are making far more academic progress (GreatSchools.org)
- St. Joseph Catholic School: Parents say, “The teachers & staff in general go above and beyond to ensure all students & their families feel at home.” (GreatSchools.org)
- Rancier Middle School
- Killeen High School
The weekends often present you with time to enjoy outdoor activities and some family fun. Or you may prefer to take your leisure time indoors, expand your knowledge, take in cultural events, or enjoy some shopping. However you like it, there are several places to spend your down time.
- Long Branch Park: This is a great spot in the all seasons, but especially in the summer when the kids can enjoy the pool and splash pad area.
- Summit Soccer Complex: If your kids play soccer, this may be the main location for practice and games.
- Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area (BLORA) has so many fun activities for everyone. Boating, kayaking, canoes, tubing, and so much more.
- Carl Levin Park in Harker Heights offers 35 acres of space with picnic tables, grills, lighted jogging trail, and playground. Plus there’s a basketball court, outdoor swimming pool, exercise stations, fishing pond, pavilion, gazebo, and amphitheater.
- Market Heights Shopping Plaza has many new restaurants, a movie theatre, and much more
- Bell County Museum is a surprisingly large museum that collects, interprets and preserves the historical heritage of the Bell County area.
- Mayborn Science Theater is great place to take the kids to enjoy star gazing and learning about the night sky.
- Vive Les Arts Theater is a wonderful local theater offering a variety of plays, musicals and other events during the year.
Where to Eat in the Neighborhood
If you’re hungry for something that will satisfy you, there are plenty of choices. Whether you’re into southern cooking, barbeque, burgers or even something healthier, we’ve got it covered.
- Bobby B’s Soul Food Kitchen & More offers classic southern cooking and soul food such as pork chops, fried ribs, catfish, and more. Check it out.
- Butler’s BBQ is a favorite local barbecue spot for brisket, pulled pork, and other BBQ fixin’s. See More.
- Galaxy Burgers & Breakfast holds a special place in every Star Wars fan’s heart. They claim to have the “best food in the galaxy.” Visit Them.
- Rudy’s Country Store & Bar-B-Q is a Texas-centric low-key delicious place to bring the whole family. There are locations all over the state. Check Them Out.
- So Natural Organic Restaurant & Market, as seen on The Food Network, supports local gardeners, farmers and ranchers and brings it to your table. Read More About Them.
- Pfeifer’s German Bakery will surely please your sweet tooth with one of their amazing cakes, sweets, pastries, or cookies. Grab a Bite.
Take a day trip when the weather is good. It’s about 40 minutes or less to drive down to Austin for some live music, traveling shows, great restaurants, and fun outdoor activities. Or go even further south for about 2.5 hours down to San Antonio. Check out the Alamo and the Riverwalk. Both cities have plenty of fun activities for you or your family.
Have any other suggestions for neighborhood highlights? Please share them!