COVID-19 updates

Posted On
03/31/20
Category
Local News

Several Abilene attractions and venues are open with safety protocols in place:

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. 

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. Open Memorial Day
  • 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. Tours will not be available Memorial Day.
    • 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

  • Opens to guests June 2 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!

  • The Texas Forts Trail Visitor Center is open Monday-Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.  
  • The interactive history exhibits remain closed.
  • Plan a road trip: texasfortstrail.com

12th Armored Division Memorial Museum 

  • Open Tues.-Sat., 10 am. to 5 pm. 
  • 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.

Taylor County History Center 

  • Open to guests Monday, May 25.
  • Building interiors and playgrounds are still closed, per State of Texas mandate. 
  • 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. 
  • Hours: 10 am to 5 pm, last entry at 4 pm. 
  • Enjoy a social rate: $5 for adults, $2 for children younger than 12. 

For the latest city mandates regarding group sizes and social distancing, see the City of Abilene’s COVID-19 page.

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

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New Event Dates

  • Hardin Simmons, McMurry and Abilene Christian universities' graduations now will be August 8. 
  • The Chamber’s Chairman’s Showcase at Abilene Convention Center will be July 30.
  • 2020 Open Road Concert Series with Jackie Venson now will be Oct 22.
  • Abilene Philharmonic: Canadian Brass, Masterworks IV is now July 10. 
  • Abilene High School graduation is now July 17 at 8 pm.
  • Cooper High School graduation is now July 18 at 8 pm.
  • The Academy of Technology, Engineering, Math and Science graduation is now July 18 at 8:30 am.
  • Buffalo Trail Day at the Taylor County History Center is rescheduled for July 18.
  • Abilene Christian University Golden Reunion is rescheduled for April 21-23, 2021.
  • 19th annual Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame banquet, has been rescheduled for Aug. 10.
  • Mother and Son Dance at the Abilene Convention Center is now set for Aug. 8.
  • See the calendar for complete event listings.

Canceled Events 

Other Useful Info

  • 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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