Destination: Georgetown, Abilene and Killeen

1. For a classic Bavarian dining and entertainment experience in Georgetown, the Walburg Mercantile Restaurant and Biergarten is the place to go! The antique restaurant can seat over 250 people, making it ideal for large parties, and its outdoor biergarten can hold over 800 people for its live entertainment events. There’s even an arcade for the kids!

2. Take a look Beyond the Façade at the private walking tours of Georgetown’s downtown and discover it’s considered the “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas.” Learn the stories of Georgetown’s unique past as your guide leads you through the attractions of the city’s historic downtown and shares the stories of those who lived there.

3. Cool off from the hot Texas sun at Georgetown’s Blue Hole Park, a scenic lagoon surrounded by rocky bluffs. This park off the San Gabriel River’s South Fork is the perfect location for a picnic with family and friends, and the lagoon is nice and relaxing for those who swim in it. However, it’s important not to jump or dive in to the water – it’s against city law!

4. Travel back in time at Frontier Texas! in Abilene as you explore the history of the Native American tribes and the early Texan settlers who inhabited the region. Meet the holographic forms of those who lived and died in the frontier and learn about trials they had to face as they settled the western United States.

5. Located in Abilene’s historic SoDA district, Amendment 21 is a premier whiskey bar themed around the end of Prohibition. Enjoy their large selection of whiskey and craft beers in one of their two post-Prohibition rooms or on the outdoor patio with a view of the Taylor County Courthouse and Enterprise Tower. Amendment 21’s professional staff is also well versed in whiskey knowledge and able to answer any questions you might have about the drinks.

6. Hungry music lovers will find Abilene’s Lytle Land & Cattle Co. the ideal spot to satisfy both cravings. Get a drink and a well-cooked mesquite steak while listening to the live county and rock music acts that perform during their Live@Lytle series. Lytle’s varied selection of fresh, quality food is sure to satisfy any diner.

7. Tee off at one of Killeen’s two golf courses, Stonetree Golf Club and the Courses of Clear Creek, for a fun day on the green. Both courses are able to support small and large groups alike, and they are designed to be fun and challenging for players of all levels.

8. Bird watchers can break out their binoculars in Killeen’s Stillhouse Park, which surrounds the lake by the same name. Stillhouse Hollow Lake’s year-round birding scene includes sightings of various hawks, songbirds, herons, ducks, turkeys and more. The park also offers a variety of other recreational activities for visitors to enjoy including volleyball, fishing and boating.

9. Just outside of Killeen is the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area, a large recreational park in the Fort Hood Recreational area. With camp grounds, paint ball rings, climbing walls and more, there is no end to outdoor adventures to be had. Since the park is operated by Fort Hood, Department of Defense employees get special discounts on site as a thank you for their service.                

10. Due to its proximity to Fort Hood, Killeen has a strong respect for military tradition – one that’s especially evident by the presence of the 1st Cavalry Division Museum and the 3rd Armored Cavalry Museum. Learn about the history of and equipment used by these two divisions that ranges from World War Two to present day.

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