COVID-19 updates

Posted On
03/31/20
Category
Local News

The Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau office, 1101 N. First Street, is open for business. Stop by weekdays, 9 am to 5 pm for event planning help or visitor information. 

Several Abilene attractions and venues are open with safety protocols:

Abilene State Park

  • Overnight camping reservations are now available for spaces, shelters and yurts. 
  • The pool is open Tuesdays through Sundays. Reservations and day pass is required. $1 for children under 12 $2 for anyone 12 and up.
  • Day-use reservations can be made online at www.texasstateparks.org or by calling 512-389-8900.
  • Guests must wear masks while in common areas and maintain 6 feet from other guests. 
  • Follow the park's Facebook page for news. 

The Abilene Zoo 

Discover more than 1,000 animals of 250+ species among the walkable zoological gardens. Hand feed a giraffe or book a VIP tour and peek behind the scenes!

  • Open daily, 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Buy a ticket online to reserve a spot. 
  • Download a digital map.
  • Stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, follow social distancing guidelines, wash hands, and have patience. 
  • Open: Watering Hole, Zoo Eats, Giraffe Feeding Experience, Gift Shop, Wildlife Carousel rides
  • Closed: Reptile House, Safari Express Train, Kilimanjaro Mining Sluice, Swan Boat paddleboat rentals. 

The Center for Contemporary Arts

  • Galleries are open for 75 guests. 
  • Temporary hours will be 11 am - 5 pm Tuesday - Friday.
  • See new exhibits:
    • West Texas Photographic Society's Group Exhibition in the Wright Photography Gallery
    • The Center's Dirty Drawers Group Exhibit in Gallery 4
    • Anthony Fuentez's solo exhibition A Reflection of Who I Have Become in Breed Gallery

Dyess Memorial Center and Dyess AFB Linear Air Park

  • Dyess Memorial Center, north of the main gate at 800 Arnold Blvd, hours are weekdays, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. 
  • The public is invited to tour the artifacts and learn the WWII story of Albany-native William Edwin Dyess in the museum.
  • Tour the Dyess Memorial Park outdoors to pay homage to Dyess heroes lost during service to their country.   
  • Guided tours of the Linear Air Park inside the air force base can be requested from 8 am to noon weekdays. (Escorted tours are currently suspended effective July 3. Check back for when they start up!)
    • Stop at the museum 800 Arnold Blvd., and the museum curator will summon the Air Park Curator to help guests enter the base. (The staff arrives at 7:30 am.)
    • Keep one open seat in your vehicle for the Air Park Curator to accompany guests for a guided tour.
    • Facemasks are encouraged. 
    • Groups can be no larger than 5 adults.
    • Enjoy seeing the largest static display of historic aircraft in the country. 
    • Follow social to stay up to date and learn more about Abilene's military heritage. 

The Grace Museum

  • Open to guests with modified hours:
    • Tuesday -Friday: 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
  • The Museum’s art and history galleries will be open to guests.
  • The following spaces will remain closed: 2nd floor Children's Museum, 2nd floor Rock-n-Roll Diner, 3rd floor Library, 3rd floor Education Classroom, 4th floor Administrative Offices.

Frontier Texas!

  • Effective July 1: Open daily, Mon.-Sat., 9 am. to 6 pm.; Sun., 1 to 5 pm.
  • 25 percent capacity in the welcome theater and touch screens are sanitized between groups.
  • Plan a road trip at the Texas Forts Trail Visitor Center: texasfortstrail.com

12th Armored Division Memorial Museum 

  • Open Tues.-Sat., 10 am. to 5 pm. (Closed July 4)
  • See the debut of newly renovated exhibits. 
  • 30 people are allowed in the museum.
  • Masks are optional because people can spread out and avoid others easily.
  • Social Distance, please, and wash hands.
  • Find more Abilene military heritage here.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

  • Opens to guests Thursday, June 11, with an exciting new exhibit, "Encore," a retrospective show celebrating the artists from past Children's Art & Literacy Festivals. 
  • New hours are Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 4 pm
  • 50 percent capacity. 
  • Family Fun Saturdays will resume at a future date, so watch for that fun day. 

Taylor County History Center 

  • Open to guests Tuesdays -Saturdays, 10 am to 5 pm, last entry at 4 pm. 
  • All historic buildings will be reopened for visitors Tuesday, June 9. 
  • Pick up a disposable map for directions. 
  • Purchase tickets at the general store window inside the main gate. 
  • Please arrive in groups no larger than 10 people. 
  • Enjoy a social rate: $5 for adults, $2 for children younger than 12. 

To update your existing event on our calendar please email chelsea@abilenevisitors.com.

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Other Useful Info

  • H-E-B requiring masks at all locations effective July 1.
  • Call 211 Texas Health and Human Services if you have any concerns regarding COVID-19
  • Community Foundation of Abilene has set up the Support Abilene Fund to help Abilenians affected by COVID-19. 
  • If you developed see symptoms of COVID-19, please call your doctor’s office or Abilene Taylor-County Public Health District (325) 692-5600 first for further direction. 
  • Visit abilenevisitors.com/calendar for events updates. To update your existing event on our calendar, please email chelsea@abilenevisitors.com

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