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Things To Do At Fort Bliss

If you are venturing out to Fort Bliss then you will be happy to know that there have been many fun advancements to keep you from becoming bored. If you’re new to El Paso and Fort Bliss and leaving base might be a little overwhelming at first then having a guide such as this one will definitely calm your nerves.

Fort Bliss offers a lot of great activities and no other base compares to the amenities that come with living there. The base is committed to making their residents feel welcomed and comfortable in their new environment as they provide so many great things to do for the soldiers, their families and visitors of Fort Bliss. 

Recreation:

If you love guns then the Fort Bliss Rod and Gun Club not only offers its members one of the best trap and skeet ranges in the tri-state area but it provides a snack bar, lounge, multiple shooting programs, meeting room, monthly tournaments, ten ranges, full-service pro shop, covered pavilion and a 3-D archery range that is open on Saturdays and Sundays. The range is open to members and all active duty. The range also offers a youth range safety course for ages 6-17. Afterwards, you can head out to the Bullseye Grill to fill up on some delicious breakfast or lunch. 

Aquatics:

Fort Bliss also has three outdoor pools and one indoor pool that can help you keep cool in the summertime. 

The Aquatics Training Center has three pools in their 50,000 square foot facility: an Olympic-size pool, a diving well and a multipurpose recreational pool. The center offers deep water classes, water aerobics, and parent & baby swim class. 

The Replica Indoor Pool allows lap swimming, pool parties rentals, drown-proofing and swim lessons and has an Olympic-sized pool in its facility. The Replica pool has water aerobics, WASP and Aqua Float classes. 

The community outdoor pool has a double loop slide, two additional water slides, indoor and outdoor carpeting and can have small parties. 

The last pool is an outdoor pool for ages 18 and up and is called the Soldier Activity Center. This pool was designed for recreational use and is 4,000 square foot. 

Bowling

Pick up your bowling shoes and head over to the Desert Strike Lanes for an afternoon/evening of fun. The bowling alley has four certified coaches on staff to help improve your bowling game so there is no need for the automatic bumpers to go up. It also has a meeting area for those who want to catch up with friends and family instead of keeping track of their scores on the computerized scoring system, an arcade with billiards, air hockey, a snack bar and pizza menu. Along with all those entertaining activities, the bowling alley has a full-service bar with wide-screen TVs, a playroom and glow-in-the-dark-bowling every Friday and Saturday. 

Playing golf might not always be appealing to those who don’t understand the game, but it is the only game that allows people of different skill levels to play at the same time with one another. It’s also a lot of fun, especially if you’re at a nice location like the Underwood Golf Complex. The drive ranges are open until 6 pm, golf tee times begin at 6:30 am and the pro shop closes at 6 pm.

Stay Active:

Are you interested in staying in shape or getting back into it? Well there are plenty of fitness centers to choose to exercise at. Although the fitness centers only offer membership for military and civilians who work for the military, some of them do offer up to two guest passes so you can bring a friend or two with you. 

If you want to continue to stay active then you can choose to go to any of the gyms on base or you can go to any of the outdoor activities like rock climbing, laser tag, top rope belay courses and the challenge course day. There are a lot of activities to choose from and you can stay up-to-date with the latest news and entertainment on base on Fort Bliss MWR’s Facebook or website page. 

Youth Programs:

Milam Youth Center (MYC) 

The center is a great place for grades 6-12 to hang out with their friends, learn new skills and exercise while they wait for their parents. MYC currently has equipment and rooms for a climbing wall, culinary arts center, project activity room, garden, outdoor area, skate park, youth technology center, small stage, full size gymnasium and a staff/training room. This is a great location for kids to just have a good time and it is available for dependents of active duty military, military retirees, reservists, national guard and Fort Bliss civilian employees. The youth has to be in grades 6- 12 to go to is and it begins on the first day of school. 

Youth Sports Plex

The second youth center also offers recreational and educational activities like the MYC but is open to ages 10-18. The facility offers fitness classes that are customized for the youth and are more free and includes a cardio room with stationary bikes, rowing machines, weight room, a speed and agility room, boxing gym and a basketball court. Not only does the center offer a great outlet for these kids to go to with their friends but it also hosts youth sports (baseball, basketball, tee ball and soccer) at both of their fields. 

DIY Cars:

The Fort Bliss MWR Auto Crafts is a great place to get help with your car troubles and learn how to enhance your mechanic skills with the aid of ASE Certified Technicians. With the do-it-yourself hobby shop, 11 bays with lifts, five without lifts and a pit, there is enough room for hobbyist to work on their vehicle. The shop also offers vehicle storage for long-term projects, detailed work done by certified mechanics, state inspections and 30-minute safety classes for shop patrons who want to use the equipment. 

Fort Bliss Libraries:

For the book lovers, Fort Bliss has two libraries located on base that is easily accessible for everyone. Both libraries have internet access, CAC enabled keyboards, printing (10 cents per page), copying (10 cents per page) and faxing for 25 cents per page. 

The Soldier Activity Center Library has over 4,000 books of all subjects which includes study guides and graphic novels. It also has over 3,0000 DVDs (new releases and television series), over 30 magazine subscriptions with the internet access, 20 CAC-enabled computers and a book drop near the library entrance. 

The Mickelsen Community Library has over 50,000 books of all subjects, a 24-hour book drop located each end of E-wing and an inside book drop and over 90 magazines and newspapers. 

Shopping:

If you want to avoid leaving base and heading out to the malls in El Paso then you can stop by at the first-ever shopping center on a US military base, Freedom Crossing. At the shopping center, it has over 40 businesses on its grounds. Not only is there a wide range of shops and restaurants to choose from for the visitors but it includes The Grand Theatre with stadium seating. It also has an outdoor fireplace, shaded patios, a play area and an interactive fountain. The shopping center also hosts a lot of festivals, parties, summer concerts, play dates to keep their guests coming back for more fun. 

Museums:

The 1st Armored Division & Fort Bliss Museum displays the history of not only Fort Bliss (1849-present) but goes into the 1st Armored Division and the history of America’s tank division. There is no cost to visit the museum, however donations are encouraged to help keep the museum in the best shape possible. It is also a very spacious museum and can have you walking around in awe for hours.

The Old Fort Bliss Replica was a reconstruction of Fort Bliss at Magoffinsville as a gift from El Paso to Fort Bliss to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the base. The original fort was created in 1854 and consisted of five adobe buildings and stood until 1868. It was gifted to Fort Bliss in 1948 and consists of authentic exhibits, outdoor displays while illustrating the Army life. 

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Brian Burds

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