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Abilene Things to Do

  • Grace Museum

    The Grace Museum consists of a history museum, a children's museum and a fine arts museum; all at one location. The museum is also house in the old Grace Hotel which was built in 1909, was named for the daughter of the owner and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Portions of the building have been restored to 1929 appearance....

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  • National Center for Children's...

    The is a museum hosting alternating displays of the finest illustrations from children's books (like my personal favorite Dr. Seuss). They send exhibits around the country and the museum sponsors a number of family activities and free art activities for the children. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is Free.

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  • Paramount Theater

    One of the prettiest older building in Abilene is probably the Paramount Theater. The theater was built in 1930 using the Spanish Colonial Revival style of architecture with a hint of Art Deco added. It was designed by David S. Castle, the premier designer in Abilene. Inside there are stars and clouds moving across the sky (ceiling). A very...

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  • Fort Phantom Hill

    Fort Phantom Hill is actually in Anson but is a popular attraction showcased in Abilene. It's actually a privately-owned piece of land but is open to the public for FREE! The Fort began in the 1850's as forts were established for safety when people were moving west to the new frontier. Fort Phantom Hill was built with three other forts that make...

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  • O'Kelly Office Building

    The O'Kelly Building was completed in 1929 by David S. Castle using the Art Deco style of architecture. It housed the W. G. Waldrop and Company furniture store, and later Montgomery Wards from 1934 to 1959. I like the style of this building a lot.

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  • Mims Building

    The Mims Building was completed in 1926 by businessmen W. O. Wooten, W. G. Swenson, and George Paxton. It was also designed by David S. Castle and was one of two major office buildings constructed in Abilene during the building boom in the 1920s. The Mims Building was the center of many of the financial and business deals in Abilene for many years.

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Abilene Restaurants

  • Average Mexican Food

    The exterior of Oscar's was okay and the inside had the expected bright colors but was missing the dark woods. The menu was fairly typical and had a decent variety of Mexican dishes. I opted for my usual, Cheese Enchiladas, which was kinda average.

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  • My Favorite Sandwich

    Schlotzsky’s is one of my very favorite places to eat. It’s a sandwich shop that you can take out or eat in the shop with plenty of tables always available. It’s a bit pricier ($6-7 for a sandwich) than most other sandwich shops but definitely worth it.It's a place where you order at the counter, then wait for your food and pick it up when they...

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  • If you're into Mexican mall food...

    The AAA Guide proclaimed, "Inside and out, the decor of the popular Mexican restaurant is inviting." They gave it two diamonds. I thought that was a pretty decent recommendation, so off I went. Unfortunately, the guide failed to mention that the restaurant is located inside the Mall of Abilene, so finding it turned out to be a bit of a trick, and...

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  • More steak and other stuff

    The Towne Crier has a medieval theme to it but the food is good quality and plentiful. You go through a cafeteria-style line to order your entree (choose from chicken fried steak, shrimp, fish, chopped sirloin, meatloaf, a variety of steaks, and other dishes) and then you are directed to the well-stocked all-you-can eat salad bar. Whatever you...

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  • The Best Steak in Abilene

    We have been to this restaurant twice on our road trips, and each time the service has been horrible. However, the food is terrific!Their steak is advertised as being the best in Abilene, and I believe it. I can pretty much guarantee that everything on their menu is mouth watering, from their starters to their desserts. If you don't mind having a...

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  • Authentic Mexicano

    ite you can get burritos for 89 cents or so, thats pretty good, sometimes if the cashier likes you she will give you a free soft taco, this has never happened to me but its what i hear!! nachos bell grande is pretty good, but a lil pricey! over 2 dollars i believe, to play it safe stick with the soft tacos and burritos

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Abilene Nightlife

  • Well, the Tequila was Good

    There is also a bar associated with Oscar's Restaurant. It must have been a slow night when I was there. It's hard to screw up a shot of tequila though. Photo 2 is a false advertisement. I did not see these or anyone looking even remotely like them at Oscar's. Casual

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  • Smokin Cigs

    you go to the leaf, and they sell you stuff to smoke, like cigars, one time i thot i was buying mini cigars but they were just cigarettas! but it was a mistake on my part. i dont go there much cuz i dont want lung cancer, but i did see this cool girl there and so i guess its a happening place, sometimes musicians come and you can play chess...

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Abilene Transportation

  • apparently theres a bus

    im not certain but i think some people take a bus around town, ive never taken it because the idea scares me, but hey if you dont have a car then wander around and a bus should show up within three or four hours. otherwise see if you can get a ride with some random dude, most people are friendly i give out rides all the time.

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  • No Sweat Driving

    Abilene drivers are far from perfect. I joke that the heat must evaporate our "Signal Fluid" because a lot of people do not use their turning signal.However, Abilene drivers are by and large very courteous. One trip to another city (especially Austin, where the drivers seem particularly aggressive) makes you appreciate the willingness other drivers...

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  • Green Trolley Free Rides Through...

    This is a fun way to see downtown Abilene or to get from one end of it to another. I know it runs regularly during the lunch hours, maybe every 15 minutes from the Visitors Center/Depot on North 1st. The rides are free and kids love it.

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Abilene Shopping

  • McKay's Bakery

    For me, it's difficult to find a bakery that stands out above the common baked goods found in a grocery store. This time, I found one that does.From butter almond sandie cookies to beautiful and yummy cheesecakes. Their bread is soft, buttery and melt-in-your mouth delicious. Their cakes are some of the most beautiful cakes I have ever seen, and...

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  • Martha Stewart Meets John Wayne in...

    Albany's Main Street is worth the scenic, 35 minute drive from Abilene. You will find a collection of colorful shops carrying one-of-a-kind gifts, home furnishings, clothes, rare books, toys. Step back in time and wet your whistle with a sweet cherry lime soda or other concoction mixed before your eyes at the Weaver-Oates Drug Store marble soda...

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Abilene Local Customs

  • English Bellringing and campanology in...

    Hi AllWe are a group of bellringers from England who will be visiting The Church of the Heavenly Rest, 602 Meander on Thursday 18th October, from 12:00 until 13:30If you wish to listen to complex campanology, bell rung English fashion, please come along and listen outside the Church.Derek C Johnstone

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  • English Bellringing and campanology in...

    HiWe are a group of English Bellringers from the UK.We will be ringing the bells at Church of Heavenly Rest, 602 Meander on Thursday 18th October 2007, 12:00 until 13:30.Anyone who has never heard complex campanology might wish to come olong and listen.

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  • People actually do say Howdy

    I say Howdy all the time, it sounds weird probably to some, but I say it because Ive lived in some towns where its a super strict tradition, in abilene no one cares but it makes you look cool, also if someone tries to shake your hand then go for it, they want to be your friend.

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Abilene Warnings and Dangers

  • The Grace Museum. When is it ever open?

    My third attempt to visit the Grace Museum ended with being turned away again by a closed sign. The first time was for a wedding taking place on a Saturday. The second time was for renovations. This last and final time of trying to visit the Grace Museum, closed due to preparing for a fundraiser. It is a beautiful landmark on the outside, I just...

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  • Gangs?

    I think there are some gangs in parts of abilene, i dont live in those parts, but basically if you go to the wrong part of town at the wrong part of day then well.... actually youd still be cool I worked with some of these "troubled" youth of abilene a couple summers back and they had it rough a lot of sadness, and need for acceptance, i went to...

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  • Watch rail-road crossings, as...

    Watch rail-road crossings, as there is allot of rail traffic through the Abilene area. Anytime tracks are encountered, assume there is a train coming, and look before crossing. Also, do not stop in traffic with your car straddling the tracks, as there are many stop lights along the North/South 1st street coridor. The main tracks run parallel to...

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Abilene Tourist Traps

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    by JasonCooper Written Feb 27, 2006

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    one time i went to this restaurant and ordered some chicken thingy it cost five bucks and it was small, i was like yo i could go to wendys and get like 10 times this amount without a tip. to be efficient go to wendys and get a frosty, or if you want to be healthy go to HEB, its got produce

    Unique Suggestions: only order water, then ask for free bread and chips, then see if you can flirt with someone, then maybe they will pay.

    Fun Alternatives: if it comes down to it, make a run for it, usually the exits are labled, excuse yourself to go to the bathroom and dont come back

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Abilene What to Pack

  • by AmishGirl Written Jul 23, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are visiting Abilene in the "winter" dress in layers. Many mornings I leave home and need a jacket and in the afternoon it is time for shorts. Our winters are mild. Occassionally, though, we do have ice and snow (about 1 or 2 times a year) for a couple of days. This may come in January or in even April. We do have a strong wind, so when it is cold, it feels bitterly cold.

    In the summer it is hot. Mid-summer we are hitting the high 90's and low 100's. The good news is it is typically a DRY heat - which is not as oppressive as the humid heat (as in Houston). Still - carry a bottle of cold water and some sunscreen if your'e going to be out in the heat.

    I personally would schedule my visit to enjoy the airconditioning of indoors (a museum or bookstore) until late in the evening (Abilene does have several nice parks).

    We have very pleasant days in the spring and fall (though when these seasons actually come to Abilene may vary year to year).

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito Repellant
    Sunscreen
    Moisturizer

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Throw in a lawn chair so you can spontaneously spend some time reading in one of Abilene's city parks.

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    • Adventure Travel
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    • Family Travel

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Abilene Off The Beaten Path

  • Wind Farms

    Wind farms are a controversial building project in Texas. They are technology at its finest but a view that most homeowners would rather not have. Texas is the major producer of wind energy in the United States right now. Although it only accounts for 3.3% of the energy used it's something I'm hopeful for in the future.Wind farms are common right...

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  • Jacob's Dream

    On the campus of Abilene Christian University is one of the most amazing communal sculptures ever seen (and I have been all over the world). It is on the east-central side of the campus and is titled Jacob's Dream. Taken from the story of Jacob's Ladder, angels fight their way up the ladder into heaven. There are stones all around with a waterfall...

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  • Ft. Phantom Hill

    It's been a while since I have taken my son here, so since he is older, decided to stop by and visit again. My son was just amazed at the history and to walk along the ruins of this fort made him picture what it was like way back then. Taken from the brochure, some history:" A rustic romance and a hint of mystery still cling to more than a dozen...

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