• No matter where you're coming from, you'll find a little bit of everything in Abilene, and much of it with a special West Texas twist.

    The City of Abilene, Texas, is located approximately 180 miles due west of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. We’re situated in west central Texas near the geographic center of the state. Situated adjacent to Interstate 20, Abilene is the center of a 22-county area commonly referred to as the Texas Midwest or the Big Country. Abilene serves as the county seat for Taylor County, one of 254 counties in Texas. Taylor County has a current population of about 136,000, 120,373 of which live within the Abilene city limits.

    Described as "the Future Great City of West Texas," Abilene was established in March 1881 upon the completion of the Texas & Pacific Railroad. Abilene's civic progressiveness and its logistic function as a regional center for distribution, commerce, industry, transportation, and education provide an assortment of lodging, dining, cultural, and shopping opportunities typically found only in much larger cities.

  • Calendar

    There's always something happening in the City of Abilene! Check out our City calendars, as well as the event centers around town.

    City Calendars

    Community Calendars

  • ArtsAbilene is host to arts and museum venues, both contemporary and historic. Event centers can also be found throughout town that bring in a variety entertainment. Here is a short list of the arts and entertainment centers, galleries, museums, and organizations you can find here in Abilene.

    Abilene Civic Center

    Abilene Opera Association

    Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra

    Downtown Abilene Walking Tour

    Fort Phantom Hill

    Frontier Texas!

    Grace Museum & Cultural Center

    Paramount Theater

    The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

    Taylor County Expo Center
    Home of the West Texas Fair and Rodeo

  • PeopleThe City prides itself on the good relationship it maintains with Dyess Air Force Base and its more than 4,000 civilian and military personnel. Dyess is home to the Air Force Global Strike Command B-1 Lancer and the Air Mobility Command C-130 J. The base is open for prearranged tours and has a Linear Air Park exhibit featuring 36 aircraft from World War II to the modern era.


    There are many ways to be a part of the Abilene community. Check out our Activity Guide or see the links below for more information about our community.

    Athletic Leagues



    Public Health

    Recycle Center

    Safety City

    Senior Citizens


  • ParksFor recreational pursuits, the city also offers 27 spacious parks and 5 pocket parks. Grover Nelson Park, located across from the West Texas Fair Grounds features a lake, playgrounds, a duck pond, a festival garden, a splash pad, and is home to the Abilene Zoo.

    Discover the wonderful world of wildlife at the Abilene Zoo! Home to over 1,000 animals from around the globe, a visit to the Abilene Zoo is filled with fun and excitement for the entire family. Check out the King Cobra at the Creepy Crawler Center, visit the giraffes, and stroll through Elm Creek Backyard, home to dozens of Texas species. Hop aboard the Safari Express zoo train, treat yourself to a hot dog basket and beverage at the Watering Hole and select a souvenir of your visit at the Zoo Store. Become a member and enjoy a year of free zoo admission. Take part in one of our many educational classes or programs. There’s always something new to see and do at the Abilene Zoo!


    Abilene also boasts four public golf courses, six softball fields, and a very active tennis community. The city also offers two disc golf courses at Cal Young and Will Hair Parks and the first municipally-owned concrete skate park.

    Two city-owned lakes also offer public parks with recreational facilities.

    Lake Fort Phantom Hill features:

    • Johnson Park, located at the northwest end of the lake adjacent to the dam, has restrooms and picnic tables with grills. The park is close to the Texas Parks and Wildlife boat ramp and dock, with a half-mile of shoreline. 
    • Seabee Park, located at the very southwest end of the lake, offers a model airplane field with a concrete runway, restrooms and a small boat ramp.
    • (Bait stores are located at FM600 and Ambler, and on FM 600 at FM 1082).


    Lake Kirby features:

    • Eight lighted ball fields
    • Large picnic shelter
    • Restroom facility
    • Floating fishing dock
    • Boat ramp
  • TransportationThe City maintains a full-service regional airport with commuter flights to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport available from American Eagle Airlines. Facilities to support charter flights are also available.

    Abilene has been recognized as having one of the best small transit systems in the country. CityLink offers service on 19 fixed routes (12 weekday and 7 Saturday routes) throughout the city, including the popular downtown trolley. Paratransit, curb-to-curb service for the disabled, and extended hours service are also available.

    Van Service

  • Education
    There are two main school districts in the City of Abilene, as well as a number of private schools. 

    Abilene Independent School District
    Wylie Independent School District

    The City is home to three church-related institutions of higher learning. US News and World Report has recognized all three as top private liberal arts colleges.

    Abilene Christian University
    Hardin-Simmons University
    McMurry University

    The city's 10,000+ student population is supplemented by three centers of learning.

    Cisco College

    Texas State Technical College
    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
    School of Nursing
    School of Pharmacy

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