Located in the heart of Texas, Abilene rests in the state's "Big Country" area. This quaint community of just under 120,000 has a zoo, historical sites and an arts culture to please every level of explorer. Choice Hotels has properties located throughout Abilene, so book now for a terrific vacation.
Once you settle into one of these Abilene hotels, visit the following hot spots:
Begin your visit by getting close to nature. Feed a giraffe or get a close-up view of a rhinoceros at the Abilene Zoo. Do not miss a ride on the Safari Express Train and a stroll through the reptile house during your visit.
After the zoo, absorb the local culture at Frontier Texas! This heritage center uses videos and theatrical presentations to tell the story of the Old West. Children will adore the interactive stations while adults admire the hand-painted murals.
Next, explore the Grace Cultural Center, featuring a small children's museum, Abilene history room and an area dedicated to the history of music. The Grace Cultural Center hosts traveling exhibits, so call ahead to learn about the featured presentation.
When the kids need to burn off some energy, the Prime Time Family Entertainment Center will do the trick. Everything from go-carts and miniature golf to NASCAR simulators and laser tag awaits your family.
Make an educational side trip to the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature. Everyone will recognize the original drawings from Dr. Seuss books and enjoy participating in the special events focused on increasing literacy.
Finally, wrap up your day at the United States Twelfth Armored Division Memorial Museum, a tribute to the soldiers from the Twelfth Armored Division from World War II. Memorabilia and oral histories of the Hellcats will enlighten your family about everything from the POWs to the Holocaust.
After a day of exploring, plan to stay overnight. Book a room today at one of hotels in Abilene, TX below. A hearty Western welcome awaits you!
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