Around Abilene, Texas

We’re a small, close-knit campus community with the convenience of urban amenities -- and we love our Abilene. It’s a modern city with touches that celebrate our region’s frontier heritage.

Abilene, home to about 120,000 people, is a bustling west Texas city filled with dining, shopping, and cultural and entertainment options. Whether you need to run a quick errand or you’re looking for some downtime fun with friends, here’s just a snapshot of what you can find and do close to campus.

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Great Dining

Savor local flavor or enjoy your favorite chain -- the eatery options in town are seemingly endless. (Texas barbecue included!)

Antique Store


Browse boutiques and antique shops, or hit the local mall and shopping centers.

Abilene Park


Put on your sneakers and explore Abilene’s 25 or so parks, including one with a splash pad!


Abilene Zoo

Visit the Abilene Zoo and meet some of the 900 animals -- and maybe even hop on its safari train.

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Movie Theater Seats


Take in a classic film (and some popcorn) at the restored, art-deco Paramount Theatre.

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The Grace Museum


Explore art and history at The Grace Museum and Cultural Center, a restored 1909 hotel that now houses three museums, including an interactive one for kids.

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150 miles from Dallas/Fort Worth

25+ parks near town.

23 storybook character sculptures in Abilene

Texas History

Travel back in time at Frontier, Texas! or the Buffalo Gap Historic Village, both of which highlight the early days of the Lone Star State.

Local Arts

Relive your childhood as literary characters come to life -- by way of 23 and counting sculptures -- at the Storybook Capital of Texas.

Nearby Cities and Sights

Abilene’s location lends to day trips to other Texas cities and sites: We’re about three hours from Austin and five hours to the Gulf Coast.

Explore Abilene

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Learn More About Abilene

The official Abilene website offers a wealth of information about living, working or visiting in “The Future Great City of West Texas.”

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Plan Your Visit

Find lodging options at the Abilene Convention & Visitor’s Bureau or your favorite travel planning website.

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We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.