This museum honors the 12th Armored Division that served during World War II. Based out of Camp Barkeley near Abilene, the "Hellcats" fought in Europe and occupied Japan. It includes a historical collection and serves as a teaching museum for the study of World War II. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sa...
This wooded oasis on the banks of Elm Creek, adjacent to Lake Abilene, features a historic water tower and observation deck overlooking the swimming pool. Fishing, hiking, boating and picnicking are available. Admission charge. About 16 miles southwest of Abilene, through Buffalo Gap, off of FM...
This arts center is home to more than 70 artist and 10 working studios. The center's four galleries present changing exhibits by regional, national and international photographers and artists working in a variety of media. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 220 Cypress. www.center-arts.com
Dyess is home to the 7th Bomb Wing with two B-1B Lancer squadrons and the 317th Airlift Group with two C-130 squadrons. For an overview of base history, visit the Dyess Visitor Center Memorial Park. Open 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Free. Arnold Boulevard and Military Drive.
Established in 1851 to protect the frontier, the post was abandoned in 1854 and later burned, leaving only foundations, the stone commissary, guardhouse and powder magazine. Interpretive signs offered. Open dawn-dusk daily. 11 miles north of I-20 on F.M. 600.
A fine arts, history and children's museum, as well as an educational center, are housed in the historic Grace Hotel, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue., Wed., Fri. and Sat. and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thu. Closed major holidays. Admission charge. 102 Cyp...
Adjacent to Abilene State Park, this lake offers fishing, swimming, boating and lakeside camping. About 15 miles southwest of Abilene. .
This lake south of the fort offers picnicking, camping and fishing. Ten miles northeast of Abilene via F.M. 600. .
This museum exhibits the best works of today's premier children's book illustrators. The NCCIL (pronounced "nickel") opens three new exhibits a year and offers free children's art activities and family events. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 102 Cedar. www.nccil.org
An Abilene Historic Landmark, this theater is in the National Register of Historic Places. The art-deco interior includes a domed ceiling as well as a bell tower with twin-domed turrets. Features films, concerts, live theater and touring shows throughout the year. 352 Cypress St. www.paramount-ab...
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