Abilene represents the frontier spirit with its rich western heritage and authentic cultural experiences. Its booming downtown, year-round family attractions, and storied history make for enriching experiences that create lifelong memories. Only Abilene uniquely combines West Texas charm and hospitality, with a thriving arts scene that boasts the first museum for picture book art in the country, giving Abilene the distinction as the Storybook Capital of America®.
Abilene’s walkable Downtown Cultural District is home to live music venues, museums, performing arts centers, an historic theater, shopping, dining and the largest collection of storybook sculptures in the world.
Created by the T&P Railway and established in 1881, Abilene is the epicenter of activity in West Central Texas. With three private universities, an Air Force base, and a major downtown revitalization underway, Abilene is a community that celebrates its history while embracing innovation and exploring new frontiers.