Around Abilene, Texas

Abilene, home to about 120,000 people, is a bustling west Texas city filled with dining, shopping, and cultural and entertainment options. It's a modern city with touches that celebrate our region’s frontier heritage.

Whether you need to run a quick errand or you’re looking for some downtime fun with friends, here’s just a snapshot of what you can find and do close to campus.

Or if you're in the mood for a day trip to another Texas city, our central location is perfect: It's about 2.5 hours to Dallas/Fort Worth, 3 hours to Austin and 5 hours to the Gulf Coast.

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Great Dining

Savor local flavor or enjoy your favorite chain -- the eatery options in town are seemingly endless. (Texas barbecue included!)

Places to eat
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Browse boutiques and antique shops, or hit the local mall and shopping centers.

Places to shop
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Things to Do

Put on your sneakers and explore Abilene's 25+ parks, numerous museums, zoological gardens, cultural venues and much more. 

Major Attractions

Explore Abilene

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Learn More About Abilene

The official Abilene website offers a wealth of information about living, working or visiting in “The Future Great City of West Texas.”

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Plan Your Visit

Find lodging options at the Abilene Convention & Visitor’s Bureau or your favorite travel planning website.

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We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.