Abilene

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Abilene is a city in the North Central Plains of Texas.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Abilene Regional Airport Hwy 36 & Loop 322. American Eagle provides service to Dallas/Fort Worth.

By car[edit]

  • From Dallas and Fort Worth: Take I-30 West towards Weatherford. Between Fort Worth and Weatherford, I-30 ends. Continue West on I-20 towards Abilene. Time: between 2 1/2 and 3 hrs, depending on traffic and where you start.
  • From San Angelo: Take US-277 North to Abilene. Time: about 1 1/2 hrs.
  • From Lubbock: Take US-84 to Sweetwater, there US-84 mirdges with I-20. Continue on I-20 East until US-84 brakes off of I-20 and continue on US-84. Time: about 3 hrs.
  • From San Antonio: Take I-10 West to Comfort. At Comfort, use exit 523 and take US-87 North to Brady. In Brady, take US-283 North to Coleman. In Coleman take US-84 to Abilene. Time: 4 hrs depending on traffic.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

T&P Depot
  • Abilene Zoo2070 Zoo Ln (in Nelson Park),  +1 325 676-6085. Fifth largest zoo in the state.
  • T&P Depot1101 N. 1st St +1 325 676-2556. This historic depot was built by the Texas & Pacific Railroad in 1910. In 1967 the last passenger train left the depot with a total of 39 passengers on board. In 1994 the exterior of the depot was restored to its exact appearance during the 1920s. The depot is currently the home of the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau and Cultural Affairs Council. Admission is free.
  • Western Heritage Classic1700 Highway 36 (At the Expo Center of Taylor County),  +1 325 677-4376. A unique 4-day event held in early May to preserve western heritage. Includes a ranch rodeo, a chuckwagon cookoff, a bit and spur show, cowboy poetry, western art show, and a western parade.
  • Abilene Christian University1600 Campus Ct (Take Judge Ely Blvd north from Business 20. ACU will be on your left just north of EN 16th street.),  +1 325 674-2000. Expansive and well-maintained campus. Unique and beautiful architecture mixes with a large number of artworks. A 1.86 mile walking trail encircles the campus. Various theatrical, musical and athletic events occur throughout the year.
  • Hardin-Simmons University2200 Hickory St +1 325 670-1000. Founded in 1891, HSU is a private Baptist liberal arts university. With a small, beautiful campus, HSU is worth a peek.
  • McMurry University1401 Sayles Blvd +1 325 793-3800. Founded in 1923, McMurry is a small, tightly knit community of students and educators. Located in Abilene's bustling south side.

Do[edit]

  • Buffalo Gap Historic Village133 N Willams St. (Take Buffalo Gap Road (FM-89) south for 9 miles and follow the signs),  +1 325 572-3365. M-Sa:10AM-5PM Sunday:12PM-5PM. Adult: $5 Senior/Military: $4 Students (K-12): $3 Children under 5 yrs: FREE.
  • Century 12 by Cinemark3818 John Knox Dr +1 325 793-9292. Abilene's newest and largest theater. All stadium seating.
  • Premier Cinema 104310 Buffalo Gap Rd +1 325 695-2122. 10-screen theater inside the Mall of Abilene. Recently renovated, all stadium seating. Great bar/restaurant located next door for easy post-movie lounging.
  • Carmike Park Central 63234 S Clack St +1 325 698-3540. 6-screen theater, recently renovated. All stadium seating.
  • Grace Cultural Center102 Cypress St +1 325 673-4587. 3 museums under one roof: an art museum, a history museum and an interactive children's museum spread out over the three floors of the beautiful former Grace Hotel built in 1909.
  • Historic Paramount Theater352 Cypress St +1 325 676-9620. Beautiful art-deco theater built in 1930 by H.O. Wooten whose namesake skyscraper looms overhead. The Paramount plays host to a slew of theatrical and musical productions as well as screenings of both classic and contemporary films. The 2,000 seat auditorium is built to look like an outdoor Spanish courtyard, complete with twinkling stars and drifting clouds on the ceiling.
  • National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature102 Cedar St +1 325 673-4586. Tu-Sa 10-4. A small but wonderful museum showcasing the works of children's authors and illustrators. The NCCIL ("nickel") has played host to everyone from the Bernstein Bears to the works of Eric Carle. Exhibits are rotational and admission is free. Just one block from the Grace Museum. Free.
  • Frontier Texas!625 N 1st St +1 325 437-2800. M-Sa 9-6, Sun 1-5. Expansive new historical museum in eastern downtown Abilene, focusing on west central Texas' frontier days. Headquarters of the Texas Forts Trail. Not to be missed. $8 Adults, $6 seniors & military, $5 students & teachers.

Buy[edit]

  • Mall of Abilene4310 Buffalo Gap Rd. Anchored by JCPenney, Sears, Dillard's, Best Buy and Books-A-Million. Home to dozens of smaller specialty clothing and gift stores and restaurants.
  • The Shops at Abilene3417 Catclaw Dr. Anchored by Bed Bath & Beyond, Ross, Old Navy, Petsmart, Michael's and Beall's. Also home to The Children's Place, James Avery, Shoe Carnival, Rue21, Catherine's, Lane Bryant, Payless Shoes, Oreck, AT&T, Red Robin, Coldstone Creamery, Gamestop, SportClips, Smoothie King and several others. Wal-Mart is at the same intersection and Kohl's is just down the street.
  • Wal*Mart South4350 Southwest Dr +1 325 695-3092.
  • Wal*Mart North1650 State Highway 351 +1 325 670-0758.

Eat[edit]

  •   Perini Ranch Steakhouse3002 FM 89 (South of Abilene),  +1 325-572-3339. Famously good steaks. Voted best burger in America by the Today show in 2009. Catered several of President Bush's events.
  • Copper Creek4401 Loop 322 +1 325 692-4424. closed Sundays. Fine Texas Dining: unsurpassed atmosphere and wonderful waitstaff coupled with delicious food and potent drinks.
  • Sharky's Burrito Inc1095 North Judge Ely Blvd +1 325 676-7330. 11AM-9PM. The College-town burrito joint inside United Supermarkets. Try the local improvement on Chipotle. Go for the seasoned chips and Spicy Ranch. Ask for the Kid's Burrito, its plenty big. 6.00.

Drink[edit]

  • Remington's Lounge4250 Ridgemont Dr +1 325 698-1234. Located inside the impressive MCM Elegante Suites, Remington's is a popular local hotspot.
  • Seafood Tavern1882 South Clack St +1 325 695-1770. The small, dimly-lit bar in Seafood Tavern feels more like a British pub than a west Texas saloon. With live music regularly and a large and comfortable outdoor area, The Tavern is a great place to unwind.
  • Jack Rabbit Slim's833 East Hwy 80. Cheap beer, shot specials and a slew of massive projector screens and TVs playing sports and music all night, Slim's is a great hangout.
  • Linda's Lounge840 Us Highway 80 E. With a hole-in-the-wall feel, Linda's has 2 pool tables, loud music and cheap drinks. Regularly standing-room only on weekends. Very popular with the local college crowd.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings4401 Ridgemont Dr +1 325 695-9464. Very popular sports bar. Full menu at all hours.
  • Chelsea Street Pub4310 Buffalo Gap Rd (in the Mall of Abilene next to Premier Cinema). Live music most weekends.
  • Cabo's1874 S Clack St. Expansive sports bar with pool tables, darts and numerous TVs.

Sleep[edit]

  • Courtyard by Marriot4350 Ridgemont Dr (across from the Mall of Abilene),  +1 325 695-9600. Quaint, quiet and comfortable hotel.
  • Hampton Inn3917 Ridgemont Dr (just west of US 83/84),  +1 325 695-0044.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites3526 West Lake Rd (just off of I-20 in far north Abilene),  +1 325 673-4400.
  • Hilton Garden Inn4449 Ridgemont Dr +1 325 690-6432. Large rooms, convention space and an indoor pool.
  • Holiday Inn Express (North)1802 E. Overland Trail (just off of I-20),  +1 325 675-9800.
  • Holiday Inn Express (South)3112 South Clack St (Just off of US 83/84), toll-free: +1-877-863-4780.
  • MCM Elegante Suites4250 Ridgemont Dr (across from the Mall of Abilene),  +1 325 698-1234. Originally built as an Embassy Suites, MCM Elegante remains Abilene's premiere hotel. Lovely 2-room suites, a full-service restaurant and amble meeting space.

Go next[edit]

  • Lake Fort Phantom, north of town, is a popular lake for sport fishing.
Routes through Abilene
MidlandSweetwater  W I-20.svg E  WeatherfordFort Worth
ChildressPaducah  N US 83.svg S  UvaldeLaredo
LubbockSweetwater  W US 84.svg E  ColemanWaco
SonoraSan Angelo  SW US 277.svg NE  Wichita FallsLawton


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