Recreation & Entertainment

Miller's Smokehouse employee delivering a tray of ribs to customers

Whether you’re ready for a hike or a night out on the town, Belton has it all! From an evening of live music, classic films, and craft beer to a day at one of our two lakes, we’re central to your good time.

Shop & Dine


Spend the day strolling through the charming downtown district, browsing through unique shops and boutiques specializing in antiques, gifts, clothing, jewelry, and books, and be sure to visit Cochran Blair & Potts, the oldest family-owned department store in Texas. While you’re out shopping stop by one of our many restaurants. Belton Market Days are typically held on the third Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event attracts families, locals, and visitors with its unique shopping experience. Vendors include local artisans, crafters, and food vendors.


From traditional Texas BBQ and authentic Italian, Mexican, and Thai cuisine to fresh waffles, pizza, and locally brewed craft beer, there’s something to satisfy your hunger.

The Gin at Nolan Creek

Enjoy a friendly, casual atmosphere with a variety of restaurants, outdoor seating, live music and access to Nolan Creek at The Gin Complex.  This development is part of Belton’s rich history. Constructed in 1928 as the Farmer’s Co-op Gin Company, the complex was later converted into a feed store, and in 2011, transformed into a restaurant, which is featured as the anchor tenant for this development today.  The Gin at Nolan Creek, offers a view of the creek paired with comfort cuisine grilled over an open fire, fed only by seasoned mesquite hardwood, along with Texas beer and wine.

Belton Culture

Downtown Revitalization

Downtown Belton has undergone revitalization, including the restoration of the 1884 courthouse. Enjoy a Grand Central Texas experience with walking tours, live music and entertainment, classic films, relaxing day spas, shopping, farmer’s market, ongoing downtown events and festivals throughout the year.

Bell County Museum

Located in the historic 1904 Carnegie Library, Bell County Museum grants free admission to patrons, with permanent and temporary exhibits, guided tours, summer camps, activities for children, and a research library.

The Beltonian Theatre

Nothing’s better than a classic, especially catching a classic film in the casual retro environment at The Beltonian Theatre. Built during the prohibition era, the theatre now offers comfortable seating equipped with a food and beverage table, local craft beer and wine, and concessions.

Outdoor Activities
Miles of Trails
Beautiful Lakes

Beautiful Rolling Hills and Lakes

Belton’s scenic beauty features rolling hills that surround Nolan Creek, the Leon River, and the magnificent Belton and Stillhouse Hollow lakes. The area has a variety of parks, fun splash pads, and over 8 miles of walking trails that weave through the community. Both lakes and Nolan Creek offer outdoor and recreational activities for everyone to enjoy.

Belton Lake and Miller Springs Nature Center

Belton Lake and Miller Springs Nature Center provide family-friendly fun and numerous outdoor activities for the community. Recreation at the lake and nature preserve include camping, hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, boating, fishing, swimming, and a playground park. If service is your calling, the community has a hand in keeping these facilities manicured though various volunteer opportunities. The nature preserve is open to the public at no charge and consists of 260 acres, with 25 acres of wetlands and more than 10 miles of trails. 

Stillhouse Hollow Lake

With 58 miles of shoreline, Stillhouse Hollow Lake is a boating and fishing haven. Canoe and kayak rentals are available, along with two reservable group pavilions. Activities include swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking, volleyball, basketball, and horseshoes. A 10-acre, man-made wetland lies on the south shore, making the lake a popular bird-sighting destination.