15 Best Things to Do in Abilene, TX

15 Best Things to Do in Abilene, TX

Are you someone who breathes adventure; inspires freedom and are looking for a break from the hassles of daily life? We have a perfect destination for all your vacation needs. Planning on visiting the lone star state in the United States but baffled about which out of so many lively cities to pay a visit to?

Do not worry because the travel lens got you covered! Situated in the southern part of the US, this second largest state in the country sharing a coastline with the Gulf of Mexico holds in its heart, cities full of treasures for its visitors.  

One of these magical cities is Abilene situated in the Midwest of Texas; it is home to beautifully interwoven cultures and history, with a pocket full of adventures and entertainment for you and your family. So let’s have a look at the top 15 things to do in Abilene, Texas.

A historic tour to the Grace Museum

Grace Museum in Abilene
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This historic museum in Abilene takes you back in time in the most non-boring and fun way possible. The museum offers 5 different art galleries with various rotating exhibits and artefacts, sounds cool right?

With all kinds of arts and aesthetics, this museum is home to a beautiful and the most unique library in the world, the ‘Art library’ full of art and culture is a unique and exotic site. It is the best place in Abilene to take aesthetic pictures of the exhibits and yourself.

It is also a great place for children, for it has a special children’s museum with hundreds of displays of various cartoons and caricatures curated specially for children’s top-level experience.

The abstract paintings are truly breathtaking and this place is definitely a must-visit if you’re a fan of arts and aesthetics.

A safari ride in the depths of Abilene Zoo

Abilene zoo
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This zoo in the midst of Abilene homes hundreds of species of flora and fauna, with over 600 different animals from various habitats.

The safari ride takes you into the depths of the jungle and gives you the first hand, life-like experience of wildlife in their natural habitat. From the smallest of birds like the talking parrot, to large animals like elephants and giraffes, this place has in store an outstanding experience for you and your family.

You must indubitably take your kids here and teach them about the beauty of wildlife.

Go fishing at Lake Abilene

This beautiful lake and park is a beautiful spot for picnicking and going fishing. The lake is full of fishes and has a huge area for casually hanging around with friends, family or by yourself,  the liveliness in the freshly cut grass moving by the gently blowing breeze by the lake is an experience worth walking a thousand miles.

You can do a barbeque by the day, and pitch a camp by the night, all depending upon your choice and company. It is a great place for relaxing, skiing or tubing.

This lake is a highly recommended spot if you want to beat the scorching heat of Texas and relax in some chilled lake water.

Camping night at Johnson Park

Visiting Abilene with a pocket full of adventures and heart full of quest? This park in Abilene, Texas is one of the most happening places to go for Lakefront camping, spending a night full of thrill and excitement, or just drinking your woes away with your friends.

This park has a lake inside, which is a great place to go fishing or for just hanging around. It also has disc golf which is great experience for young adults. 10/10 would recommend you to visit this place if you are a sucker for adventure!

Watch the Purple sunset at Lake Kirby

Lake Kirby
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This man-made lake in the south of Abilene one of the most beautiful reservoirs in the city, with the most aesthetic sunrise and sunsets that fill the skies with hues of purple is an experience worth a lifetime.

With various options like fishing, hanging back, picnicking, boating, swimming,  simply watching the sunsets, or even do some stargazing, especially with your partner. It’s a great place for photography and sight-seeing. This place is therapeutic and truly a self-soothe and gives you no reason to miss out on itself.

Small Picnic at Arthur Sears

This play area in Abilene is a great venue suitable for all ages, from sports venues to picnic and play areas; this park caters to the needs of all age-groups.

The paths are wide and well-maintained and attract a lot of bikers; they are great for walking, running,  riding a bike or even walking your dog. There are a lot of splash pads and slides for kids and teenagers.

The water slides are a great way to beat the heat while having the most fun. Need not worry if you’re alone for the park has stray dogs to keep you the friendliest company. This site is truly a must-visit if you’re looking forward to have some quality time in Abilene.

Wine tasting at the Willow Creek

This might probably be the one you were waiting for if you are an adult. This Winery at the Willow Creek has one of the best selections of handmade wine, with the most mouth-watering snacks.

Each and every wine here is handmade and made in the place itself. The outside area is very relaxing and is a great place to chill around while having the yummiest food with a glass of wine. It is also a great way of supporting a small business in the city. Definitely a must visit if you are a foodie or a wine-lover

Splash in some water at the Adventure cove

This water park in Abilene, Texas has the most spine-chilling slides and rides yet is the safest place with ample life-guards, for all your daredevil needs.

The lazy river is the prime spot of this place, with just the right current and water level it is a great place for taking your kids or for just enjoying by yourself. It is one of the best locations to chill down and cool off from the heat and have quality time with your friends and family.

Visit the Jacob’s Dream Sculpture

This sculpture park in Abilene is one of those places instilled with spiritual meaning and positive vibes. The biblical sculpture of Jacob's ladder is really descriptive and the rocks surrounding the sculpture are well designed to accompany the focus.

It is one of the most beautiful places to come and sit and connect with the Holy Spirit. The campus is well-maintained, clean and hygienic. The garden is full of colourful flowers and sculptures are very alluring, both to the eye and the heart.

This place is the most recommended, if you are looking forward to reconnect with yourself through the beauty of nature, spirituality, positive energy or something as simple as meditation.

Mini-Golf at Play Fair

This beautiful and well-maintained park is truly a must-visit especially if you are visiting with kids, for it offers two miniature golf spots for children at really pocket-friendly prices. It also holds concerts and theme-movie nights, and weekends here are filled with soothing live-music for your delight.

It is a ancient golf-course and just being present here takes you back into simpler times, this park truly makes you nostalgic, and it is a must visit in you are in Abilene.

Boating at the Lytle Lake

This reservoir on the Lytle Creek in Abilene was built in the 80s and stands firm still. It has various types of fishes making it a very likeable spot for fishing.

You can picnic by the lakeside or go boating in the lake, or just take pictures and relax for a while. It is a simple yet alluring lake with pretty scenery and friendly people, must visit if you are planning on alleviating your mood.

Grover Nelson Park

Grover Nelson Park
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You are probably too bored of visiting parks by now, and we promise that this is the last one. The Grover Nelson Park in Abilene is one of the biggest parks in town.

The best part about this park is that it is an all-in-one area with a zoo near the park, gardens full of flowers inside it, and a small pond to cool down from the heat of Texas.

You can pet the animals, feed them food, go fishing, feed the ducks, go for some brisk walk and do all sorts of activities you can imagine of.  This park is a great place for cute picnics, lunch dates or play dates for your kids.

Taylor County History Centre

This historic centre in Abilene represents early Taylor county history, making it a great place to learn about Texan history. You can explore the buildings, play on the merry-go-round, and read fun facts.

The guided audio tours are the best part about the centre. One of the most interesting facts about this place is that it holds beautiful marriages, and you must definitely check them out if you are lucky enough to experience one while visiting.

The buffalo gap historic village is a great tourist attraction by the creek and you must definitely check it out while you are at it.

12th Armoured Division Memorial

12th Armoured Division Memorial
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One of the most exotic places in Abilene is the 12th armoured division memorial which is a museum with World War 2 exhibits. This place is one of the hidden gems of the city, with  a decent amount of collection of guns, weapons, uniforms, carts, medals, vehicles, equipments and what not, all used by American and German forces back in the day.

The best part about this place is that it offers the whole experience at very pocket friendly prices. . You cannot be missing out on this place if you are interested in war history or the history of America.

Frontier Texas

Frontier Texas
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This well-organised, well-maintained, neat and clean museum with a variety of top-notch interactive exhibits in Abilene is one of the most alluring museums to visit in order to get acquainted with the American history.

The museum is all sorts of stop and stare, with a display of videos all over the place, to read, watch and listen. The holograms are worth watching, and so are the short inspirational movies.

The art exhibits here are very interesting and there is no reason for you to not stop by this great museum in Abilene.

We’re sure that by now you are pretty acquainted with this magical city of Abilene which would not let you leave without inner-peace and tranquillity.

The therapeutic city brings serenity to the mind, body and soul, and is also filled with breathtaking views and adventures for the heart. It is one of those cities that give you a break from the daily hassles of your monotonous and hectic life, and alleviates your mood by merely being present.

If you are someone who wants to go on a vacation for relaxing, for attaining peace and tranquillity, then Abilene definitely calls your name, for there is no other city that would provide you the harmony you’ve been looking for apart from Abilene, Texas.