Local Area Attractions
This multimillion dollar attraction brings you as close as you can come to the frontier, and includes a visual thrill ride that allows you to experience varied aspects of the frontier, from a prairie world attack to a saloon shootout!
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Buffalo Gap Historic Village
Visit the past in this village of 18 historic structures that offer a visible link to early West Texas, ranging from an 1875 log cabin, a 1926 service station, the original Taylor County Courthouse and jail, along with a rich collection of Indian artifacts and frontier forearms. Enjoy living history programs on the weekend, guided tours on weekdays.
The Grace Museum
Originally the grandest hotel in West Texas, this historic Mission-revival style building now houses The Grace Museum featuring 3 separate museums included in one admission.
- History Museum: Life in West Texas from 1910-1945 including authentically recreated period parlors, living rooms and kitchens from times past.
- The Children's Museum: Hands-on art, science and technology.
- Art Museum: Exhibits of some of the world's finest art.
An Abilene Historic Landmark, the Paramount Theater is on the National Register of Historic Places. Inside the beautiful art deco building visitors will find slow, drifting clouds and twinkling stars on a blue sky. Neon and incandescent cove lighting alter the brightness and coloring of the sky beyond the archways and bell tower with twin domed turrets. Weekend classic films, art film series, plays and concerts presented throughout the year, with free weekday self-guided tours.
Dyess Air Force Base
Dyess Air Force Base is the sole training center for B-1 bomber crews. It houses an Air Combat Command wing with three B-1B and two C-130 Squadrons. Visit the Dyess Visitor Center for an overview of the base and its history. To tour the outdoor Linear Air Park with its 31 planes from WWII, the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts, and Operation Desert Storm, contact Dyess Public Affairs at 325-696-5609 or 325-696-2863.
Fort Phantom Hill
Visit the ghostly ruins of this 1851 Army post. As you walk among the dozen chimneys and three buildings you almost hear the soldiers going about their daily routine. Today Fort Phantom Hill is part of the Texas Forts Trail, a 650-mile highway tour of historic Texas forts in West Central Texas.