Abilene To Do's
Grace Cultural Center
The GCC, originally built as a hotel in 1909, houses a history museum, an art museum and a children’s museum.
The Abilene Zoo, the city’s No. 1 attraction, is home to 500 animals representing 160 species. Get to the zoo early and watch snakes eat live prey. For those with weaker stomachs, crackers are available at the gate if you’d like to feed the giraffes.
Mosey over to Nelson Park and feed the ducks, take a run or revisit your childhood spinning on a tire swing. The geese can be a little aggressive, but we find that unknown adds to the enjoyment of a visit to the park.
One of the best things about Abilene are the many and varied local eating establishments. Whether you’re in the mood for barbecue, steaks, Japanese, New York-style pizza or something in between, we’ll be happy to direct you to some of our favorite eateries.
Catch a movie.
On Friday nights, the historic Paramount Theatre shows classic movies. If you’d like to see a newer release in an atypical environment, head out to Town & Country Drive-In. They have two screens and show double features for $7.50 per adult and $5.50 for students with ID.
The Center for Contemporary Arts
The CCA has four galleries and presents more than 24-exhibits annually by regional, national and international photographers and artists working in a variety of media.
Enjoy the fine arts.
From community theater to the opera to national Broadway tours and a philharmonic orchestra, Abilene’s fine arts scene is alive and well!
Abilene Ruff Riders
Abilene’s arena football team is a member of the Southern Indoor Football League. Tickets are cheap and the season starts in March, perfect for those diehard football fans counting the days to the NFL pre-season opener and college football kickoff.
For those who enjoy the potentially paranormal, head out to neighboring town Anson and experience Anson Lights. Featured on Unsolved Mysteries in the ‘90s, park at the crossroad by Mount Hope Cemetery and watch for a ghost light to appear floating through the graveyard.
Shops stay open late and sidewalks get crowded as the community gathers for this monthly celebration of visual and performing arts in downtown Abilene. Find out more here.
Play a round of golf.
Abilene offers four public courses and two private courses that don’t require a membership to play. So, whether you want to hit a few balls or play 18 holes, there’s a low-cost course available for your golfing enjoyment.
West Texas Fair and Rodeo
For 10 days each September the fair and rodeo come to town, which means carnival rides, live music and lots of fried food. It really couldn’t get much better.
The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature
The only museum of its kind in the nation, the NCCIL houses art from award-winning illustrators of children’s literature. Past exhibits included art by Stan and Jan Berenstain, authors and illustrators of the classic children’s books series The Berenstain Bears.
Relax with a warm cup of joe.
From chains to local coffee shops, there are plenty of options to ensure you get your caffeine fix.
Oplin Community Center
Hop in the car on Friday night and drive a little southwest of Abilene to the Oplin Community Center for live music and two-step dancing. Cowboy boots and hats encouraged. Warning: You will be out-danced by people your grandparent’s age.
Learn about frontier life at this interactive museum located in downtown Abilene.
Satisfy your sweet tooth.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to local confectionary Vleta’s for hand-dipped chocolates and other candies. Their pralines were served at President George W. Bush’s inaugural dinner.