Abilene: Texas’ Best Kept Secret
Known as “The Friendly Frontier,” Abilene is a pleasantly accommodating city settled in the heart of Texas. Established by cattlemen as a stock shipping point on the Texas and Pacific Railway in 1881, the city encompasses a charming rural character yet boasts a thriving cultural community. Along with landmark destinations such as the restored Paramount Theatre, the Abilene Philharmonic, the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, and the Abilene Zoo, there is never a shortage of activity in the city. Abilene also plays host to the annual West Texas Fair and Rodeo as well as a monthly Art Walk in the downtown area. The city holds schooling in high esteem, supporting the highest-ranked education system in Texas with its seven colleges, two public school districts, and several magnet schools. The Abilene park system proudly maintains 26 public parks, which offer lush green grounds and walking trails for all of you hiking, jogging, and biking needs. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, an aspiring scholar, a sight-seeing socialite, or all of the above, Abilene has something for everyone to enjoy.