If you like awful tasting food, very little to do, around a lot of nice people, Abilene is the place for you. To top it off, shopping is pathetic yet advertisements encourage people to shop Abilene. The city is paving new roads for the wealthy parts of town, yet there is a beautiful, historic area all around the downtown that has dilapidated. Downtown could be a lively mecca, and there is so much potential for building fun activities, yet nothing.
While traveling out west last summer we decided to make a day stop in the city of Abilene, Texas. Not knowing what to expect, we were pleasantly surprised with all the historical sites and attractions the city had to offer. There were several interesting things to see and do.
Our first place to visit in Abilene was the downtown area. There were three great museums, the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum, Frontier Texas and the Grace Museum, all within walking distance of each other. Our favorite was Frontier Texas as it offered panoramic scenes of the real old west.
In the afternoon we visited the Bone Gap Historic Village. This was really a treat as the entire village was like going back in time. It was interesting to see how it would be to live in the early nineteen hundreds.
We saw many interesting shops and restaurants in Abilene, too. I also noticed that there was a city zoo, several golf courses and the Ball Ranch dinner Theatre. We now wish we would have made more time for our visit there. I hope to return someday and enjoy more of everything Abilene has to offer.