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Fun Stuff for Couples
 

 

Fun Stuff for Couples

Just like Noah's Ark – come in pairs and uncover a great, energizing getaway weekend.

 

Friday Night

Dinner at restaurants that offer local flavor, to name a few:

Sharon Riley’s Lytle Land & Cattle Co.
1150 ES 11th, 325-677-1925
www.lytlelandandcattle.com

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Copper Creek
4401 Loop 322, 325-692-4424
www.coppercreekrestaurant.com

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The Beehive Restaurant & Saloon
442 Cedar, 325-675-0600

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Joe Allen’s Pit Barbecue
301 S. 11th, 325-672-6082
www.joeallens.com

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The Warehouse Depot
(Cocktails only)
357 Walnut, 325-675-9644
www.tandpeventcenter.com

Grab cocktails at this fabulous and fun martini lounge offers live music and specialty drinks (plus the regular stuff) every Thursday and Friday evening, 7 p.m. to midnight.
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Saturday

Tackle the day with enthusiasm! Abilene’s historic downtown offers many entertaining activities – all within walking distance of each other. Also, a trolley makes regular loops throughout the downtown area, and it’s free.
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Frontier Texas!
Texas Forts Trail Visitors Center
625 N. 1st. St.
325-437-2800
www.frontiertexas.com

Mon.-Sat.; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

$8—Adults
$6—Ages 60+ & Military
$5—Students & Teachers with ID
$4—Ages 3 to 12
Free—Under Age 3

Frontier Texas! is the perfect first stop when visiting Abilene. The forts-style complex houses the Texas Forts Trail Visitors Center, chock full of information about Abilene and a 70-county area. Pick up an Abilene brochure, Outdoor Sculpture Tour brochure, Historical Downtown Walking Tour guide or a guide for Downtown Entertainment, Shopping, & Dining. While there, be sure to check out bronze sculptures, a buffalo named “Testing the Texas Wind” and “Crossing Catclaw Creek” by Montana artist T.D. Kelsey, well-known for his Western sculptures.

Frontier Texas! is an educational and entertaining stop that uses the latest technology to tell the historic settling of this region from 1780 to 1880. Holographic spirit guides tell their tales first-hand in an interactive audio-visual “Century of Adventure” theatre. The grand finale of any visit to Frontier Texas! is to feel the thrills and hardships of frontier life in the multimedia Frontier Experience Theater. This theatre-in-the-round puts visitors in the middle of attacks by Indians and wolves, stampeding buffalo, a card game shootout and a prairie thunderstorm, even a lovely spring evening filled with fireflies. All scripts and exhibits were created with a strong commitment to historical accuracy, making Frontier Texas! a truly enriching and inspirational encounter with the past.
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The New York Times:
"Go to Frontier Texas! to learn about the region's history, exclamation point and all. It's kind of like a little Disney World, only with cowboys and Indians"

Texas Monthly Magazine:
"At this innovative museum in Abilene, technology and history come together to give visitors a one-of-a-kind experience."

Texas Highways Magazine:
"Buffalo hunters, Comanche warriors, explorers, and pioneer women are reborn in an interactive, multimedia theater experience called the Century of Adventure. Unlike a regular museum, Frontier Texas! uses first-person narratives rather than collections of artifacts to tell the story of the western Texas frontier, along with lights, cameras, action, and big-screen special effects....It's a heart-pounding even emotional experience."

 

 

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St.
Tues.-Sat.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.
325-673-4587
www.thegracemuseum.org

This beautifully restored 1909 hotel houses three museums: a History Museum, Children’s Museum and Art Museum. Check Abilene calendars to see which outstanding exhibits will be showing in the Grace’s fine art galleries.

In the History Museum, the Mallouf Boot Shop highlights the unique craft of custom cowboy boots, while the musical sculpture “Grace Notes” is a delight for all ages.
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Ideas for Lunch

Cypress Street Station
158 Cypress St., 325-676-3463
for elegant dining

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Sandwiches at Bogie’s Downtown Deli
241 Cypress St., 325-672-3296

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The Beehive Restaurant & Saloon
442 Cedar St., 325-675-0600

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The Loft
upstairs at 244 Pine St., 325-672-3663

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Texas Star Trading Co.
174 Cypress St.
Mon. –Sat. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
325-672-9696
www.texasstartrading.com

Browse through Texana at its best – regionally created art, books from Texas authors, and lots of stuff that ‘s just plain fun. Ever tried Dr. Pepper cured beef jerky? They’ve got it.
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Candies by Vletas
1201 North 1st St.
Open Mon-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
325-673-2005
www.candiesbyvletas.com

Stop by one of Abilene’s oldest family-owned businesses. Founded in 1912, Vletas’ candies now in one of Abilene’s beautifully restored T&P Railroad District buildings in the heart of the Downtown Cultural District. Treat yourself to a truffle, hand dipped chocolates, fruits, brittles and fudges.
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Relics
1292 N. 1st. St.
Open Mon-Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
325-670-9282
www.relicsimports.com

Imported home furnishings, gift items and accessories add an “old world” charm to this tasteful shop.
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National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature
102 Cedar St.
Tues. – Saturday, 10 .m. to 4 p.m.
325-673-4586
www.nccil.org

Free entrance and arts activities for kids

Gift Shop with signed books from well-known authors and illustrators.

This beautiful gallery and activity center is one of only three of its kind in the nation. It features art exhibits and original illustrations from children’s books. Check the website for current exhibits.
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12th Armored Division Memorial Museum
1289 N. 2nd St.
Tues. – Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
325-677-6515
www.12tharmoreddivision.com

This educational museum houses the 12th Armored Division’s WWII Division’s historical collection and serves as a teaching museum. The 12th Armored proudly freed many concentration camp victims, and accomplished other proud victories during the war. WWII figures prominently in Abilene history, as the area was home to Camp Barkeley, a training camp that brought thousands of soldiers to this area to prepare for the war. At its height, the camp housed a population of 50,000. Some of those soldiers were the proud members of the 12th Armored Division – the Hellcats.
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The Center for Contemporary Arts
220 Cypress St.
Tuesday –Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
325-677-8389
www.center-arts.com

"The Center" is home to more than 75 artist members and 10 working studios. Galleries feature local, regional and national artists. Admission is always is free, but the art is for sale.
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Paramount Theatre
352 Cypress St.
325-676-9620
www.paramount-abilene.org

This beautifully 1930’s theatre is a jewel of the Downtown District. Visitors are always welcome to come in and look around. Also, check out the theatre’s website for a full schedule of live performances or art and classic movies.
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Jordan Taylor & Co.
201 Walnut
Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
325-672-9792
www.jordantaylorandco.com

This beautiful store in an historic downtown building is a must-see. It offers fine furnishings, accessories for home and garden and gift ideas galore.

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Sunday

Visit lush Buffalo Gap, a small tree-filled community, where many artists have decided to call home, just 11 miles south of Abilene. Buffalo Gap Road through town turns into TX Hwy 89 and brings drivers straight into town.
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Perini Ranch Steakhouse
Hwy 89, Buffalo Gap, Texas
325-572-3339
www.periniranch.com

Great for a weekend dinner, as well, Perini’s offers a Sunday buffet full of Texas favorites. A favorite for Sunday brunch is the restaurant’s zippy Bloody Marys, coupled with the hardy fare.
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Buffalo Gap Historic Village
133 William St., Buffalo Gap
Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays noon to 5 p.m.
325-572-3365
www.buffalogap.com

Walk off your brunch as you stroll the grounds and learn the story of a budding civilization on the frontier. The Village is a collection of 21 vintage buildings with a premier collection of artifacts, weapons and historic maps. It also houses the Texas History Store, which includes Texana and a large selection of historical books, including publications from the Texas State House Press.
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Buffalo Gap Pottery
534 Vine St., Buffalo Gap
Open daily
325-572-5056

After making their mark on the art world, artists and sweethearts George and Wanda Holland have settled back in their hometown. Watch George throw pots and browse through his selection of pottery, ranging from everyday stoneware to elaborate decorative pieces. George also is renowned for his paintings, which also grace the walls of the shop.
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Other Places

Other places open for visitors on Sunday afternoons include: Frontier Texas! (in case you missed it); The Abilene Zoo; Abilene State Park (Buffalo Gap), which has wooded hiking trails, picnic areas and a spring-fed swimming pool.
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