At Circus Gatti, exotic animals, hilarious showmen, and thrilling daredevils delight families in an outrageous three-ring spectacle. During the two-hour show, elephants Tika and Patti stomp to Bollywood choreography, and the Liberty Ponies knock their synchronized hooves under the deft direction of Miss Genevieve, who conducts with a baton made of sugar cubes. The Great Oscar soars through the heavens with nothing but an oversize rope and bones infused with helium, with The Queen Bee delivering further aerial thrills while fluttering beside her hive in an atmospheric ballet. Pipin and Poppy elicit laughs with their comedy routine, and Miss Elizabeth induces awe with a contortion and balancing act in which she fires an arrow with her legs and feet while hanging upside down. After the show, those who opted for the meet and greet will brush elbows with the circus stars, snapping photos and asking questions regarding their skill, bravery, and how to construct a Q-tip big enough to clean an elephant's ear.
Scurry County Museum offers a window into the county's past that's equally useful for locals and tourists. The permanent exhibit showcases a timeline of the county's development, highlighting everything from buffalo hunting to the oil boom. Rotating exhibits explore historical realities such as homemaking in the frontier days. Visitors can shop for unique gifts in the museum store, stocked with books, mugs, T-shirts, and other specialty items.
Abilene Christian's student theater department practices cutting-edge stagecraft, integrating artistic talent, spiritual depth, and intellectual pursuit to produce quality theatrical performances. With this deal, you'll catch the college's melody-gifted thespians perform Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera masterpiece The Pirates of Penzance, which whimsically brims with colorful characters, including a merry band of sentimental swashbucklers, a squad of blustery policemen, and a rapid-singing major general. Hear timeless operatic standards such as "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General," "Hail Poetry," "Poor Wand'ring One," and much more.
The 13-acre Abilene Zoo delights visitors with more than 600 animals from more than 200 species. Guests gaze upon bobcats, flamingos, and giraffes before visiting the new bird gardens, where road runners and burrowing owls face off in feather fluffing tournaments. The zoo participates in conservation efforts for African lions, black rhinos, and ring-tailed lemurs, as well as other threatened and endangered creatures, and the Abilene Reporter-News recently profiled their new horticulturist, who has helmed a “green renaissance” at the facility.
A day’s worth of revelry awaits patrons at the Putt-Putt Fun Center, with attractions designed to amuse fun-seekers of all ages. Settle family feuds on the 18-hole Putt-Putt golf course, which includes both mini scoring pencils and mini mulligans––if no one sees. After a rousing round of mini golf, bat-wielders can bludgeon sports spheres to their hearts' content in the Putt-Putt BatZone, where one token produces 20 pitches and 200 home runs earns "Eternal Glory" emblazoned across the onesie of the slugger's choice. Skee-ball all-stars can rack up a small fortune in winnings redeemable for prizes in the air-conditioned arcade.
The Longbranch Saloon lures revelers with a laid-back neighborhood atmosphere and anchors them in place by filling their stomachs with a cadre of comfort sandwiches and fried finger foods. The sourdough steak-burger's ($7) half-pound sirloin patty arrives charbroiled with an entourage of veggies, prepared to entertain an audience of screaming taste buds. As four big-screen TVs broadcast big-time sporting events and vizsla puppy cams, patrons chomp on beef-brisket sandwich baskets ($4) and extra-large buffalo wings ($7 large) slathered in chipotle, boneless, or inferno sauce. After dinner or in between bites, diners can transform into pool sharks by playing a friendly match of nine-ball or hustling a clone on one of Longbranch's pool tables.