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Vacation in Abilene - Texas

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Area Overview

The history of the Wild West is synonymous with excitement, strength, creativity and spirit. In Abilene, that frontier spirit lives on. Spend a few days scouting out the sights and sounds of this legendary area - a place where western heritage is both a birthright and a pastime.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

Experience the best biking, bird watching, nature tours, dog parks, horseback riding, fishing, and all the great outdoor activities that Abilene has to offer.

Cultural Activities

You will find characters of every kind in the downtown cultural district, home to the largest collection of storybook characters. With 23 sculptures (and counting), these characters brand Abilene as the Official Storybook Capital of Texas.

Picture yourself with the six iconic Dr. Seuss sculptures; make friends with William Joyce's "Guardians of Childhood;" search for Walter Wick's beloved character, Seymour; and fall in love with David Shannon's "David & Fergus."

Come back year after year and watch our treasured collection grow. The annual Children's Art and Literacy Festival is a 3 day family friendly event celebrating art, children and literacy and transforms downtown into a magical storybook land. During the event new sculptures are unveiled each year. It's a must see!

Visit Abilene and know you'll live happily ever after.


All over the world men, women and children are driven by a fascination of the “Wild West.” Today in Abilene, the intriguing story is told by life-size holograms at Frontier Texas! Experience the big picture of the Texas Frontier between 1780 and 1880 as the story comes to life in this multi-media facility. Frontier Texas! allows visitors to meet – at least figuratively – some of the real people who live and died on the Texas frontier.

In downtown Abilene, catch a star at the Paramount Theatre, a fully restored art deco movie theatre and shows classic films on weekends. The Grace Museum, a beautifully restored 1909 hotel, which houses three museums; a Historical Museum; the active Children’s Museum and the Art Museum proudly rotate world class exhibits.

The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature is the first one of its kind in the nation featuring art exhibits from children's books. 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum houses the Division’s historical collection, serves as a teaching museum and provides educational programs.

Feed a giraffe and discover your wild side on-board the Abilene Zoo’s Safari Express. A few miles south of Abilene, the story of the last 50 years of frontier life is told at the Buffalo Gap Historic Village.

Savor Abilene’s inspiring art scene, spirited venues, impressive dining and specialty shopping.

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Abilene, easily accessible by four major highways, is 525 miles from the southern border and 450 to 460 miles from each of the other three borders. The major highways leading to Abilene are I-20 running east and west and Hwy's 83/84 & 277 running north and south.

Abilene Regional Airport is serviced by American Airlines - American Eagle, offering 14 flights with 672 seats daily.

Free trolley busses available in the downtown area. Other buses and Handi-vans provide transportation around the city.


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  31.8  43.5  55.2  1.0 "
 February  36.5  48.6  60.7  1.1 "
 March  43.8  56.5  69.1  1.4 "
 April  51.8  64.5  77.3  1.7 "
 May  61.0  72.8  84.7  2.8 "
 June  68.5  79.8  91.1  3.1 "
 July  72.3  83.5  94.8  1.7 "
 August  71.4  82.5  93.7  2.6 "
 September  64.4  75.5  86.7  2.9 "
 October  54.4  66.0  77.6  2.9 "
 November  42.3  53.7  65.1  1.3 "
 December  33.9  45.4  56.9  1.3 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and fall.

Annual rainfall: 23. 78 in.; Relative humidity: 59%; Coldest month: January, 31.8 degrees; Hottest month: July, 94.8 degrees; Wind speed: 12 mph


Abilene offers many different options to best accommodate you in your travel to our beloved city; from major hotels, to award winning bed and breakfasts and guest houses, to camping in our beautiful state park.


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