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Keeping Abilenians busy

By James Eldred
Posted on May 8, 2013 | News | 3 comments

Many people have silently agreed with the shirts and bumper stickers that read “Keep Abilene Boring.” One of the recurring lamentations heard at ACU is the lack of interesting things to do over the weekends or, for local students, over the summer.

Weekends are manageable with homework, but dying of boredom over the summer can become a real threat for students and professors alike. Fortunately, there are a number of places to capture the interests of the locals.

The Abilene Zoo, with the unique opportunity to feed the giraffes, is a $5 entry fee.

“It’s great cheap entertainment,” said David Kneip, instructor of Bible, missions and ministry. “I’d definitely visit every once in a while.”

Another attraction, the Grace Museum, is located in an old hotel in downtown Abilene. It features history, art and children’s museums. An entry fee of $8 provides guests with access to all three sections.

Another set of exhibits available for $8 is Frontier Texas. An Old West heritage center found downtown, this interactive museum provides multiple avenues for discovering snippets of Texas history and culture.

For an intriguing cultural experience without all the walking around, the Abilene Community Theater offers several thrilling performances over the course of the summer. While not open every day, the company’s lineup promises to be an enriching and thought-provoking season.

A self-guided approach to outdoor entertainment is readily available south of town at the Abilene State Park. Another venue with a $5 price tag, the area features several opportunities for fishing, swimming and camping.

“There are a lot of great parks around,” Kneip said. “You can get out, throw a football around, or use some of the hiking or biking trails.”

Kneip said Abilene has many recreation opportunities.

“There really are a lot of things you can do around here for entertainment,” he said.

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3 Responses for “Keeping Abilenians busy”

  1. avatar lfk02a says:

    Don’t forget the Abilene Shakespeare Festival – ACU presents “Taming of the Shrew” in the Abilene Christian University Culp Theatre. Shows are June 27 to 29th, and July 5-6th. This amazing event is presented free of charge!

  2. avatar swm02a says:

    Not to mention the movies at the Paramount for $6, feed the ducks/fishing at Nelson park, and with a little bit of effort and some planning, you can go Paintballing on the base even without being military if you call the paintball shop ahead of time with the list of people going, their birthdates and DL numbers.

  3. avatar swm02a says:

    And the Grace Museum is FREE on Thursday nights!

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