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The Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau office, 1101 N. First Street, is open for business. Stop by weekdays 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. 
  • Day-use reservations can be made online at 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.
  • Please follow social distancing guidelines and stay a lion length away from other zoo visitors.

The Center for Contemporary Arts

  • Open Tues. - Sat., 11 am - 5 pm and 5 to 8 pm every second Thursday for ArtWalk

Dyess Memorial Center and Dyess AFB Linear Air Park

  • Dyess Memorial Center (a Heritage Museum for Dyess AFB), north of the main gate at Arnold Blvd. and Military Dr., 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 2 pm weekdays.
    • Stop at the museum at  Arnold Blvd. and Military Dr., and the Museum Curator will summon the Air Park Curator to help guests enter the base. (The staff arrives at 7:30 am.)
  • It is suggested to call the Museum at 325-696-2099 to begin the initial process for the Guided Tour.
  • Keep one open seat in your vehicle for the Air Park Curator to accompany guests for a guided tour.
  • Facemasks are required. 
  • 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 Tues. - Sat., 10 am to 5 pm
  • Free admission Thursday nights, 5 to 8 pm

Frontier Texas!

  • Open daily, Mon.-Sat., 9 am. to 6 pm.; Sun., 1 to 5 pm.
  • Touch screens are sanitized between groups.
  • Plan a road trip at the Texas Forts Trail Visitor Center:

12th Armored Division Memorial Museum 

  • Open Tues. - Sat., 10 am to 5 pm.
  • See the debut of newly renovated exhibits. 
  • 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 Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Taylor County History Center 

  • Open to guests Tues.-Sat., 10 am to 5 pm, last entry at 4 pm. 
  • All historic buildings open for visitors. 
  • Pick up a disposable map for directions. 
  • Purchase tickets at the general store inside the main gate.

To update your existing event on our calendar please email

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Other Useful Info

  • Call 211 Texas Health and Human Services if you have any concerns regarding 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 for events updates. To update your existing event on our calendar, please email


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