If you are looking for a quiet place to relax and get away with your family, significant other, or girlfriends this summer, Abilene may be the place to go! It is located in Central Texas about two and half hours west of Dallas. Here you will find fun activities for the whole family and exciting restaurants for a date or girls night.
Abilene was once a frontier settlement place, but now you’ll find it’s a bit more modern. However, it still celebrates its history through different monuments, museums, and landmarks!
What to Do
Abilene Zoo // Lions, tortoises, rhinos . . . you name it! Plan a visit to the zoo for the whole family. Outside food and drinks are welcome, which makes for the perfect picnic opportunity!
Frontier Texas // Interested in learning more about the history of Abilene? You can find it here!
The Grace Museum // Located downtown in a historic hotel, you will find ever-changing exhibits, fine art, and objects from the museum’s permanent collection.
Mill Winery // Wine, craft beer, food, and fire pits! Not only is it great for the entire family, but it also can make an awesome place for a date or girls night! Mill Winery also hosts a plethora of events, so be sure to check out its calendar.
Storybook Capital of America // If your little one(s) love to read, this place is must! It has a children’s museum of literature, story time, and sculptures.
Sup Abilene // If you’re into being outdoors and up for a bit of adventure, check out Sup Abilene! You can rent paddle boards and kayaks in one-hour increments up to three hours or rent for the entire day!
What to Eat
The Shed – Abilene // Texas-Style BBQ and a meat market all in one.
Beehive Saloon // Great steakhouse and perfect for date night!
Rockin Rollerz // Craft burgers and beer.
Fun Noodle Bar // If you are in the mood for some good ramen, Fun Noodle Bar is a must!
Amendment 21 // Extensive whiskey collections along with craft beers, appetizers to die for, and dessert!
Honey & Fig Gelato Bar // Fresh gelato made in-house for all your sweet tooth needs!
Monks Coffee Shop // If you need some caffeine to keep you going throughout your trip, you must try Monks Coffee!
Jays BBQ Shack // You know Texas loves their BBQ! Jays BBQ Shack sells its own rubs so you can experience the same taste you love at home!
Cypress Street // Here you can find some amazing comfort food.
Szechuan // Award-winning Chinese food sure to make your belly happy!
Where to Stay
KOA Campgrounds // Here you can rent RVs, bring your own, or camp in tents!
MCM Elegante Suites // A bed & breakfast perfect for families or for a girls trip!
Sayles Ranch Guesthouse // If you want more privacy than what hotels or bed and breakfasts have to offer, Sayles Ranch Guesthouses have options from two to 10 people at different price points.
Chain hotels available in the area are:
For more driving destination ideas, check out Fort Worth Moms “Guide to Road Trips from Fort Worth.”
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Kisa is a community group leader for the Facebook group Tarrant County North. She is a transplant by way of Southern California and met her Waco native husband here in Fort Worth. Together they have been building and planting roots here for the past two and a half years. They currently have a nine-month-old daughter and plan to grow their family, God willing. Professionally, Kisa is an accounting clerk. In her free time, she loves to put her hands to work on anything DIY, baking fresh homemade cookies, and spending time with her family and friends! The way to her heart, though, is coffee — good coffee at that!