Tues. - Sat, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Closed Sunday, Monday and Major Holidays
The NCCIL celebrates the artistic achievements of children’s book authors and illustrators through exhibits of their original artwork. Educational programming is designed to stimulate creativity, promote literacy and increase appreciation for the arts. Free weekly art activities are available for children and their families. The book store carries a wide selection of children's books.
Free self-guided tours: Noon to 5 p.m., Weekdays only
This fully restored 1930s theatre features • Concerts and live theatre • Touring shows • Classic, art house and special event films • Outstanding architecture: Arched columns, two grand staircases, hand-blown glass chandeliers, Pueblo-Deco artwork ceilings and a 1,200 seat auditorium with twin-domed turrets, a velvet blue ceiling, drifting clouds and twinkling stars.
Another David S. Castle landmark, the Paramount Theatre opened May 19, 1930, as part of the Wooten Hotel development. The 3-story theatre features Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, Art Deco light fixtures and is best known for the stars and clouds that move across its ceiling. The theatre closed in 1979 and was saved from demolition by local preservation efforts. A complete restoration of the theatre was completed in 1987. The theatre is now operated by a non-profit organization and is a center for classic and art films and the performing arts.
Established in 1947, Play Faire Park, the family fun center and miniature golf course, is one of the oldest, continuously operated miniature golf courses in the state. 2015 marks the opening of the parks 68th season. We offer affordable family fun and have also been voted one of the best date spots in town. Our concert series, tournaments, fundraisers, birthday parties and festivals aim to support the local music scene and provide a hip spot close to downtown Abilene that's not your typical getaway. Play Faire also offers you two 18-hole courses.
Dove hunting in over 20 sunflower fields within 10 to 20 miles of Abilene. Offering exclusive access to a 50,000-acre ranch that typically winters 10,000+ Sandhill cranes. Also offering duck and goose hunts.
Public Courts: 15 lighted courts. Rose Park Tennis Center was the United States Tennis Association's Facility of the Year for 1999-2000. USTA sanctioned competitions are held throughout the year. The Center has a tennis pro, pro shop and offers lessons.
Salt Fork Ranch offers a variety of hunting packages to meet your hunting desires. Featured animals include: White tailed deer, hog, turkey, dove and quail. Hunts include opportunities to shoot varmints and predators including coyote, fox, bobcat, badger and mountain lion. Depending on the hunt you can expect a 70% shooting opportunity. Hunting Packages in Abilene have No Trophy or Hidden Fees EVER! The ranch covers approximately 1,000 acres of low fenced in hunting area and has the beautiful natural landscape of West Texas as the backdrop.