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Moving to Abilene? Welcome to West Texas!

So, you’re new to town? Welcome! We’re glad you decided to call West Texas home. Abilene is a great place to live, work, study, and raise a family! There’s something for everyone here.

For the outdoorsmen, there are water sports, golf courses, tennis courts, and hunting leases! For families, we have zoos, parks, splash pads, and museums. There’s great shopping with plenty of places to pick through antiques, awesome food, and a strong academic tradition.

We love it here and know that you’ll feel the same! Scroll through the links below to find your new favorite restaurant or afternoon pursuit.

Welcome to Abilene!

Abilene is located on Interstate 20, 150 miles west of Fort Worth in beautiful West Texas. The town was initially founded as a stock shipping point on the Texas Pacific Railway and became home to Dyess Air Force Base in 1942.

Two public school districts serve local families! Abilene Independent School District and Wylie Independent School District support student excellence across over 30 campuses.

Abilene is also home to seven colleges! Students seeking postsecondary studies can choose from Abilene Commercial College, Cisco College, TSTC West Texas, TTU Health Sciences Center. Abilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University, McMurry University.

Abilene’s Best Places to Eat

You can find most of your favorite chain restaurants like Arby’s, McDonalds, Chick-Fil-A, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chili’s, Cotton Patch Café, and Firehouse Subs. These are great if you’re looking for a quick, convenient bite, but don’t just limit yourself to the basics! Abilene has great local restaurants as well.

Local offerings include the Milk and Honey Bakery, Perini Ranch Steakhouse, Black Box Pizza, Copper Creek, Skeet’s Texas Grill, Ball Ranch, Blue Sky Texas, and Don Luis Café.

If you’re looking for barbecue, choose from Betty Rose’s Little Brisket, Joe Allen’s Pit Barbecue, Sharon’s Barbecue and Catering, Stillwater Barbecue, or Texas Cowboy Barbecue!

The Food Park in Downtown Abilene is home to the popular food truck movement. Visit the website and Facebook page for a list of food options.

Entertainment in Abilene

Abilene offers lots of opportunities for outdoor pursuits like hunting and watersports. Unwind with a walk in the park, take your pets to the dog park, or enjoy a game of golf, disc golf, or tennis. Explore the heritage of Abilene through our many history and art museums. Enjoy great food, entertainment, and shopping – there really is something for everyone!

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  • Frontier Texas – A 14,000 square foot museum in the downtown Historic District that brings the Old West to life using modern technology.
  • Abilene Zoo – Check out over 1,000 different species of animals, grab a bite to eat at the Watering Hole, and don’t forget to catch a ride on the train and carousel before you head home.
  • Storybook Capital of Texas – Abilene was crowned the “Storybook Capital of Texas” and has dedicated itself to furthering children’s literature. Visit the National Center of Illustrated Children’s Literature and see how many statues you recognize from stories you know and love among our Storybook Sculptures.
  • The Grace Museum – This institution weaves together art, science and history to tell the continually evolving story of Texas.
  • 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum – This exhibition is dedicated to the rich, complex history and noble efforts of the servicemen who helped bring victory in World War II.
  • The Center for Contemporary Arts – Supports local artists and the thriving artistic tradition by offering patronage and free exhibits, making art accessible to everyone.
  • The Paramount Theatre – This venue was fully restored in 1986 and shows films, concerts, musical productions, operas, dance recitals and hosts private parties.
  • Fort Phantom Hill – Tour one of the best preserved historic sites in Texas to understand daily life and typical hardships for early Texans.
  • Adventure Cove Aquatic Center – Enjoy a fun-filled day swimming, riding waterslides, and relaxing in the lazy river!
  • Dyess Air Force Base – Visit the base website for events and other useful information!
  • Philharmonic Orchestra – This organization has been supporting music exposure and education in Abilene since 1950. The orchestra invites guest performers and draws audiences from all over the state.
  • Swenson House Tours – Originally built in 1910, this gorgeous home has been expertly restored and is available for rental as an event venue.

It’s great to meet you and we hope you found this introduction helpful! Welcome to West Texas.

The Grounds Guys of Abilene

The Grounds Guys of Abilene are a locally owned and operated franchise serving Abilene and the surrounding areas with comprehensive, state of the art lawn care and landscaping services.

We offer everything from basic lawn maintenance to landscaping, hardscaping, water features, sprinkler systems, gutters, and outdoor lighting! Our highly-trained team is committed to excellence, service, and customer satisfaction. We pride ourselves on prompt, professional service.

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