5 Things to Do in Abilene on Memorial Day Weekend

By Abilene CVB on May 24, 2021

Spend Memorial Day Weekend in Abilene, Kansas! Here are 5 things to do in Abilene on Memorial Day Weekend.


1. Attend the Grand Opening of the New Trail Center at Old Abilene Town

The Center is an interactive experience to see, hear, and touch the stories of the Chisholm and Smoky Hill Trails. The Center will be open Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. 

Guests are invited to join in the fun at a cowboy supper and concert at the Bull’s Head Pavilion in Old Abilene Town at 6 pm featuring music from Geff and Dawn Dawson.

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2. Ride the Rails with the Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad


Abilene’s 102-year-old Baldwin 4-6-2 will be running Saturday at 10 am and 2 pm, Sunday at 2 pm, and Monday at 10 am and 2 pm.

All trips are narrated and last approximately 2 hours. Advance tickets encouraged.

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3. See Godspell at Great Plains Theatre

This classic musical turned movie is revived again in Kansas to share the teaching of Jesus as told by his followers.

Showtimes are Friday, May 28 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, May 29 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, and Sunday, May 30 at 2 pm.

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4. Tour the Historic Seelye Mansion

Named an “8 Wonders of Kansas – Architecture,” the Seelye Mansion is like a time capsule. Most of the home’s furnishings were purchased at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. In fact, the furnishings cost more than the $55,000 that was spent building the 11,000 square foot home. The mansion features the original Edison light fixtures and Tiffany-style mantel. Frank Lloyd Wright suggested remodeling the interior in the 1920s. The home was featured on the History Channel’s Mysteries at the Mansion. Visitors even get to bowl on the 1905 Box Ball alley, which was purchased at the Chicago World’s Fair.

Open Monday-Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday from 1-4 pm.

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5. Shop, eat, and stay in Abilene!


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Bonus #6

The Eisenhower Museum is now open for limited hours. Visit Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. Advance tickets are required for entry.

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