Books. Boots. Buffalo Stampedes. Cowboys. Culture. Cuisine.
At Frontier Texas! visitors can immerse themselves in the Wild West life and even get caught in a buffalo stampede.
They often say destinations can’t be everything to everyone…but Abilene, Texas offers quite a variety of activities, attractions and events for travelers of every age. All over the world men, women and children are driven by a fascination of the “real Wild West” seen in movies. Today in Abilene, Texas the “real Wild West” story is told by lifesized holograms at the fascinating Frontier Texas!
Frontier Texas! is one of the few storytelling museums in the world that features life-sized holograms who tell the real stories of the Texas frontier. The “Blood & Treasure on the Frontier” experience begins in the Welcome Theater where visitors are greeted by trail guide, Buck Taylor. A fully outfitted authentic tepee is on display. Artifacts related to the buffalo trade are on display, including Mooar’s own buffalo gun, a Sharps Big Fifty rifle believed to have shot “more than 14,000 buffalo” and an imposing pile of impressively lit buffalo skulls provide a “startling and dramatic” visual. Every Texan — or want-to-be Texas — needs a cowboy hat and boots. See your cowboy finery being made the old fashioned way thanks to Abilene craftspeople. Custom hats and leather goods are the specialty at 5D Custom Hats and Leather, where owner Damon Albus, who has outfitted “Larry Hagman, Wilford Brimley, and Roy Clark to name a few,” welcomes visitors to tour the workshop. James Leddy Boots have a celebrity following that includes George Jones, Mel Tillis, Larry Gatlin, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buck Owens. You may have to wait six months to a year for their own made-to-order pair, but in the meantime, they can visit the Abilene artisans where the magic happens.
Speaking of magic, Abilene possesses something special — a culture and love for art that is fully integrated into the city. From outstanding exhibits of local artists, to world-class museums, culture and art is a part of people’s daily lives. With its latest designation, the “Official Storybook Capital of Texas” Abilene boasts of the largest public collection of sculptures inspired by children’s literature. Head west, ya’ll and scout out the sights and sounds of this legendary area — a place where western heritage is both a birthright and a pastime.
In Abilene, the “Official Storybook Capital of Texas” you’ll meet characters of every kind! Let us introduce you to George, y’all. He’s one of the many storytellers at Frontier Texas! our award-winning interactive museum that shares the history of the Wild West and real stories from the men and women who lived and died on the frontier through holograms. Over 3.67 visitors stay, play and visit here and George wants to meet them all. Attend our legendary events like Western Heritage Classic each May, the acclaimed West Texas Fair and Rodeo each September or the Outlaws and Legends Music Fest every March. Spend a few days scouting this legendary area where western heritage is both a birthright & a pastime. Your adventure begins at abilenevisitors.com.