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ABILENE HIGHLIGHTS ATTRACTIONS & ENTERTAINMENT Travel tip: Get an Abilene Round-Up Pass and enjoy reduced admission for Abilene’s top six attractions abilenevisitors.com/Round-Up-Pass Explore The Storybook Capital of America

Your kids have probably read about the zany antics of Cat in the Hat or the epic adventure of Stuart Little. Imagine how they’ll feel when they see these larger-than-life characters standing right in front of them? Stroll through Downtown Abilene and you’ll encounter 37 statues of characters from Dr. Seuss’ timeless classics, as well as Dino Bob, Jack Frost, and the Three Little Kittens. Finding all of these sculptures is the best kind of scavenger hunt, but that’s not all you can do here.

National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature

The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature features exhibits showcasing the works of celebrated children’s book artists, as well as hands-on art activities every Saturday. With so much to see and do, it’s no wonder Abilene is the Storybook Capital of America! 102 Cedar St. Abilene, Tx 79605; Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; 325-673-4586

12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

1289 North 2nd, 325-677-6515, hours: Tues.-Sat, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., admission $5 adults, $4 senior citizens and military and $2 children ages 7-12, free ages 6 and younger. Closed Sun., Mon., and major holidays. In the short space of five months the 12th Armored Division became one of the most feared fighting machines of WWII. The Memorial Museum houses the Division’s Historical Collection and serves as a teaching museum for the study of WWII and its impact on the American people. It also offers innovative educational programs for children and academic access to historical materials. 12tharmoreddivisionmuseum.com

Abilene Zoo

2070 Zoo Lane, 325-676-6085. Hours 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Last admission 4 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission: $10 ages 13-59, $9 ages 60 and over, $7 children 3-12. Children younger than 2 are free. The zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals of 250 species, including lions, a black rhino, giraffes, monkeys, reptiles, birds, anteaters, lemurs and amphibians. Exhibits include Giraffe Safari, Caribbean Cove, Reptile House, Elm Creek Backyard, Wetlands Boardwalk and Butterfly Gardens. Amenities include Safari Express Train ride, Giraffe Safari feeding deck, Watering Hole concession stand, Wildlife Carousel, Swan Paddle Boat rentals (seasonal) and gift shop. abilenezoo.org

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