Short commute times, warm temperatures, sporting events under beautiful sunsets — what’s not to love about Abilene? Find community in west central Texas, one that offers a unique blend of recreation and lifelong learning through a bevy of cultural centers and museums. Abilene was even named the “Storybook Capital of America” in 2018 for the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature and the annual Children’s Art & Literacy Festival.
Not only are there endless activities to fill the day like visiting the Abilene Zoo, but living in Abilene is easy on the wallet, also. The low cost of living in Abilene ranks a whopping 16% below than the national average, leaving more to spend on sites and experiences in the area. Texas is also one of only nine states without a state income tax.
Abilene boasts scenic parks, yoga centers, wellness and day spas, a lively downtown with a designated cultural district for the arts for feel-good relaxation. With friendly faces to reduce everyday stressors, time away from work will feel like an oasis. The quality can be felt in all reaches of west central Texas, from Abilene State Park to the downtown greenspaces.
Abilene is cultural excellence on full display. For those seeking a historic and contemporary look into America’s fine arts, the Grace Museum provides permanent and revolving collections, exhibitions and events. The Center for Contemporary Arts provides free educational experiences to more than 26,000 Abilenians each year, including regional art, international photography and award-winning short films.
Finding ways to stay entertained in Abilene doesn’t take long. The historic Paramount Theatre hosts events in its state-of-the-art auditorium, including ballet, opera, musical concerts and film screenings. The Abilene Civic Center also hosts several Broadway shows throughout the year.
Unwavering beauty besets Abilene, from strolling through the Storybook Sculpture Garden (which depicts some of Garth Williams’ most iconic characters such as Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little) to whiling the hours away at one of the city’s several world-class golf courses.
While Abilene is a fast-paced and vibrant professional environment, there is always value in finding time to slow down, relax, and reflect. For a deeply therapeutic experience, visit Serenity Massage Therapy where massage therapists and estheticians have been performing tried and tested relaxation techniques for the past 19 years. For a more active recovery, get in tune with the breath at Sage Yoga Center, where a holistic approach to internal and external healing shows in the form of deep stretching and meditation. For longer-term reflection and coaching, try Rest Wellness Center and Day Spa to identify pain points and weaknesses and work towards happiness with a trained professional.
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