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Cowgirls and Cowboys in the West
Experience a Western adventure, either as a group or an individual, or enjoy a chuck wagon meal for groups from 8-200 people. Chuck wagon breakfast is offered every Saturday in the summer with horseback rides available. Call for more information and to make reservations at 806.672.9256 or 806.676.6709
Lake Meredith, for some, was a place once filled with memories but now it's filled with not much water as the drought in our area continues. The area's largest lake is located 50 miles northeast of Amarillo.The water levels at Lake Meredith, according to the National Weather Service in Amarillo, hit record low depth readings. As the depth of the water continues to decline so does the level of activity on the lake, hurting the economy of the lake's community.
For more information call 806.677.1706
Don Harrington Discovery Center
Explore, create, invent, tinker, learn and play at the area's science and technology center. The museum has interactive exhibits, educational programs, special events and the only planetarium in the Texas Panhandle. The Digital Space Theater, a $1.2 million digital entertainment system in the planetarium, takes shows to new heights. It is just one of a handful digital theater installations in the nation. Exhibits explore sound, structures, helium, puzzles, weather and optical illusions.
The Discovery Center is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m. It is closed on Monday.
Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children ages 3-12, and $7 for seniors ages 60 and up. Members and children age 2 and under are free.
Admission to the Space Theatre is included with the Discovery Center admission.
The Discovery Center is located in the Harrington Regional Medical Center.
For further information call (806) 355-9547
Wonderland Amusement Park
Wonderland Amusement Park is a great place for a family to relax and have fun for a reasonable price.Voted the 2009 Park of the Year by Amusement Today, Wonderland is home to the Texas Tornado, one of the top-rated, double-loop steel roller coasters in the nation, and to over 60 rides, attractions and miniature golf. Wonderland Amusement Park offers fun, food and fabulous entertainment for the entire family.Open weekends April through Labor Day and open weeknights from June 1 through the start of school in August.For more information call (800) 383-4712 or (806) 383-4712
Heated Swimming Pool
Relax alongside our sparkling clean, heated pool after a long day on the road or after an exciting day of seeing the local sights such as Palo Duro Canyon, the Cadillac Ranch and the famous, outdoor musical drama "Texas", just to name a few.
Route 66 Historic District
Over one mile of antiques and collectibles await the visitor to Historic Route 66, one of the city's first residential and business districts.
Located along an original stretch of historic Route 66, the street features historic buildings that once housed theaters, cafes and drug stores and are now antique, craft and specialty shops. Some of Amarillo's most unique dining experiences are along Historic Route 66
Route 66 spans 178 miles across Texas from Oklahoma to New Mexico. Three hours on Interstate 40 - a leisurely drive of any length you desire on Route 66. Amarillo is the largest city on this length of Route 66, but there are things to see and do in both directions on the Mother Road. And there are all sorts of special events, regardless of the direction. So take your time to surf the information and make your Route 66 visit to the Texas Panhandle a memorable one.
Route 66 is not a destination, it's a journey!!
Located along 6th Ave. between Georgia and Western Streets
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Where else can you cover 26,000 square miles on foot? At the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, the largest history museum in Texas. Its so big, it's called The Smithsonian with a Texas accent!From dinosaurs to conquistadors, you'll discover it all in this, Texas' largest historical museum. View one of the Southwest's finest art collections, walk along the boardwalks of a life-size 1880's frontier town, or experience the exciting history of the petroleum industry. Relive the stories of courage and hardship, victory and defeat over the past 14,000 years. Step in and step back to the Old West in a life-size Pioneer Town, view one of the Southwest's finest art collections, experience the exciting history of the petroleum industry, and more.
For more information call (806) 651-2244.
Amarillo's own "bumper crop" - ten Cadillac's buried nose down in a field at the same angle as the Cheops Pyramid. This is a must see while in Amarillo.
Amarillo KOA will fill your propane tanks or RV tanks every day of the year during normal business hours.
For more information, call 806.335.1792.
Texas Panhandle War Memorial
This memorial, located at I-27 and Georgia Street next to the Randall County Annex is a tribute to all the men and women of the Texas Panhandle who answered the call to duty.
Located at 4101 S. Georgia Street Amarillo, TX
Big Texan Steak Ranch & Brewery
Enjoy a restaurant known around the world. Eat the Big Texan's famous 72 oz. steak dinner with all the trimmings (appetizer, salad and potato) in one hour and it's FREE! Almost 95,000 people have tried and more than 8,500 have succeeded. The menu is packed with other taste-tempting grub, from prime Texas beef to buffalo stake, rattlesnake, calf fries and popular chicken-fried steak.The Big Texan Brewery is the Texas Panhandle's only hand-crafted brewery.
Ask the staff at Amarillo KOA to set up your free shuttle service to and from The Big Texan. The shuttle will pick you up at your site and deliver you back to your site. Now that is what we call Texan Hospitality!!
For more information call 806.372.7000
Palo Duro Canyon
One of the nation's most magnificent scenic attractions can be enjoyed from the comfort of your vehicle. Travel the same trails used by the Apache, Comanche, buffalo hunters, and early Spanish explorers. The canyon offers riding stables, picnic area, and miles of beautiful hiking and biking trails. Be sure to pack your camera to capture the extraordinary vistas of color and beauty.
Activities subject to seasonal schedules.
Banana Peel Bike Rental
Kids and adults alike enjoy riding our unique "Fun" Banana Bikes for hours of pleasurable entertainment. The Webb Family has been coming to Amarillo KOA for years where they always take a spin on the bikes.
Route 66 Motor Speedway
A 3/8 mile, high-bank clay oval featuring IMCA Modified, Super Stock and Street Car racing every Saturday night from April through September.
Located in east Amarillo, along Lakeside Rd. (Loop 335) just south of Interstate 40.
Gates open at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.
Grandstand admission is $9 for adults and $6 for seniors.
Children younger than 6 are admitted free.
Pit admission costs $25 for drivers and $20 for spectators.
- Amarillo Civic Center - Concerts & Broadway Shows (806) 378.3096
- Golden Light Cafe - Live Musicians Tuesday - Saturday (806) 374.9237
- Doc Holiday's - Top 40, Country and Dancing (806) 331.6474
- Starlight Theater - (806) 378.3036
- Midnight Rodeo - (806) 358.7083
- Polk Street Entertainment District - Nightlife returns to downtown Amarillo in restaurants and club along Polk Street. From honky-tonk to a wine bar. (806) 322.6200
Amarillo Sox Professional Baseball, Amarillo Bulls Professional Ice Hockey, and Amarillo Venom Football
May through August the Amarillo Sox attract almost 100,000 fans at the Amarillo National Stadium. The Amarillo Sox are a professional baseball team who is part of the American Association of Independent Baseball league. For tickets and group information call (806) 242-4653.
Mid-September to April the Amarillo Bulls take to the ice bringing excitement to the Texas Panhandle.The Amarillo Bulls are part of the NAHL, a league featuring top young players aspiring to play collegiate or professional hockey. This league is the backbone for top-flight U. S. Junior Hockey talent. Games take place at the Civic Center Coliseum. For ticket information call (806) 242-1122.
The Amarillo Venom are champions of the new Lone Star Football League (LSFL). The Venom play their home games in the Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum from April through July. Call (806) 350-7277.
American Quarter Horse Heritage Center & Museum
The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum showcases the colorful history and modern activities of the world's most popular breed of horse and the people who have played a major role in its history. Changing, one-of-a-kind exhibits are on display year-round. Don't miss the Quarter Horse Outfitters inside the Hall of Fame & Museum for all sorts of items for the horse lover.
Call for more information (806) 376-5181
Wildcat Bluff Nature Center
Rolling grasslands, threaded with a nature trail on over 600 acres features wildflowers, knee-high grasses and huge cottonwoods. Watch horned toads, birds, and hawk circling overhead - all part of the ecosystem of the Texas Panhandle. This nature center is located 3 miles north of I-40 on Loop 335, just west of Soncy Road. (806) 352-6007
Amarillo Civic Center
This multi-purpose facility features everything from rodeos to ice shows, concerts to basketball, or Broadway shows to ballet. Check their schedule for special events. (806) 378-4297
Musical Epic "TEXAS Legacies"
TEXAS Musical Drama Internationally-acclaimed musical extravaganza performed in a natural amphitheater in majestic Palo Duro Canyon. Now in its 48th season, this delightful musical has been viewed by over 3 million visitors. A 600-foot cliff serves as the backdrop as singer and dancers take you back to the settling of the Texas Panhandle in the 1800's. This musical is performed Tuesday through Sunday from June 1, 2013 to August 17th, 2013. For reservations or more information call (806) 655-2181.
FYI - You do not want seats down in front!!! Choose seats from mid-section on up. These seats will give you the best view of the show. Far-right and Far-left seating will have obstructed views.
Cal Farley's Boys Ranch
Located 35 miles northwest of Amarillo on Hwy. 385, this 10,700-acre working ranch for boys include Old Tascosa, Boothill Cemetery, and a museum. Mr. Cal Farley started Boys Ranch in 1939, as a safe haven for runaways and unwanted children. It was always a place just for boys, until finally in 1992 they decided to finally open the doors to girls.
Each Labor Day weekend a thrilling rodeo takes place.
Guided tours available 8 am - 5 pm daily.
For further information call (806) 372-2341.
Llamo Cemetery - Officially started in 1890 has always been Amarillo's principal burying ground. Most of the prominent pioneer families were laid to rest here.
The Sante Fe Train Depot - Located in downtown Amarillo, "Madam Queen" is the only (prototype) 2-10-2 "Texas type" locomotive 5000 especially built for the Plains Division of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1930. The locomotive's name was derived from an imaginary character on the Amos and Andy show.
Polk Street Historic District - Between 15th and 17th streets, in downtown Amarillo, two blocks of Polk Street were developed between 1905 and 1915 and are considered the finest stretch of residential neighborhood. Considered once the most elegant street in the city, this district includes the historic Harrington House, Lee Bivins House, J.D. Shuford House, Dehoney-Masterson House, Shelton-Houghton House, Galbraith House, Eakle House, and Early House.
Texas Panhandle War Memorial - Located at I-27 and Georgia, next to the Randall County Annex, this memorial is a tribute to all the men and women of the Texas Panhandle who answered the call to duty. The War Memorial is unique in that it encompasses all the wars from the Spanish-American War to the present. A history monolith can be found on each, as well as the name tablets of those individuals that were killed or missing in action from the Texas Panhandle.
Opened Sat. June 8th - Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2013
Welcome to Splash Amarillo. Join us for a day (or half day) of family fun entertainment. We are a waterpark based out of Amarillo, TX that is designed for all ages ranging from children all the way to senior citizens. This is a stress free environment that will bring laughs, thrills, and good ole fun.
Our park has everything from thrilling high speed slides to a giant wave pool. All rides with pools are monitored closely by skilled and certified lifeguards. While you're at the park, you can relax in several shaded areas to take a break from the sun. This is very important since you will be outdoors all day. We also have a large food and drink menu at our concession area. Be sure to take a look at our pricing page to look at our selection. Our concession area has a covered area to enjoy your food in. Our cleaning crew will make sure you enjoy food and beverages in a clean environment.
Other popular areas of the park include our basketball and sand volleyball courts. This is a great area to interact with those who may or may not be participating in our intense water rides.
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Saturday 12:00 P.M - 7:00 P.M. / Sunday: 12:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
(If participating in water activity, you must wear a lined swimsuit. No exceptions.)
806.376.4477 for more information
Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument
Alibates Flint Quarries is the only national monument located in Texas. The quarries are approximately 40 miles northeast of Amarillo near Fritch, Tx.
Experience a unique 1 1/2 mile walking tour led by a park ranger, offering a captivating glimpse into the lives of the High Plains Indians, who used the flint from these quarries for tools and weapons. The contact station boasts clean restrooms, cold drinking water, a film, an exhibit room, comfortable couches and is where all tours originate. The park offers two tours per day, at 10 and at 2, by reservation only. The tours are one mile, have an elevation gain of 170 feet and take two hours.Lake Meredith National Recreation Area is located adjacent to the Flint Quarries.Due to drought conditions, lake levels have dropped very low. Check with office for details.Call (806) 857-3151 to make arrangements for this wonderful experience.
NOTE: This hiking tour is not recommended to visitors with health conditions including heart problems, artificial knees/hips, and breathing problems.
Pet Friendly K-9 Park
Our very popular Pet Playground is an off leash area which allows your pet room to play and exercise while you relax in our shady seating area.
Kwahadi Kiva Indian Museum
One of Amarillo's newest attractions, this facility features an extensive museum and a dance performance theater. The building mimics the design of an Indian Pueblo, and the exterior glows a beautiful pink in the sunset. Included is the Thomas Mails collection of Native American culture. Also on display are the fine bronze castings of Tom Knapp, the Cunningham Navajo Rug Collection, the Perry Null Game Animal Exhibit, and the Bob and Sally Jones Indigenous Birds of the Plains display. Summer hours, (June, July and August) are Thursday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 pm. Winter hours (Sept. through May) are Saturday & Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Those attending a weekend dance performance will pay $6 for adults and $4 for students. Admission for dance performances also includes the museum.
"Song of the Eagle," the summer dance performance, is scheduled for most Friday and Saturdays night from mid June through early August. The performances continue in the Fall with the annual Indian Summer Ceremonials which begin on the last weekend in September and continue into October. The Winter Night Ceremonials, a collection of the beautif ul dances which can be seen in the Pueblo villages of New Mexico and Arizona, begins each year after Christmas. All dance performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
An optional dinner is available before most performances for $7.50 per dinner and reservations are required.
For more information call (806) 335-3175
Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts
In 2006 the highlight in Amarillo was the grand opening of the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. The world-class facility features a 1,200-seat auditorium with near perfect acoustics, and a soaring, multi-tiered lobby. It will be home to the opera, symphony, ballet, a variety of special events and concerts. (806) 342-5600
Amarillo National Center
This 5,000 permanent seat facility is home to rodeos and equestrian events, concerts, agriculture shows, and tractor pulls. For information on scheduled events call (806) 376-7767 or view our "Events" listing located on our home page.
Elkins Ranch Jeep Tours
Take a fun-filled Jeep Tour of Palo Duro - the nation's second largest canyon. Elkins Ranch is a third generation, working cattle ranch located in one of the nation's most spectacular scenic attractions - Texas' magnificent Palo Duro Canyon.
Come along and discover the natural wonders, geologic diversity, incredible beauty and rich history of this marvel of nature that has attracted people for hundreds of years.
Choose from five exciting tours to fit your budget. Enjoy a slow, gentle exploration in comfortable, customized vehicles equipped for canyon terrain. Your guide will take you on a journey through history and ecology of the area. Hear fascinating folklore, legends and tales of famous lawmen. Venture into a natural habitat where wildlife thrive as you travel exciting and remote terrain.
Reservations Recommended ~ Open Daily (weather permitting) ~ Pets Welcome (on selected tours) ~ Wheelchairs Accommodated ~ Sorry, No Credit Cards ~ Group Rates Available
For more information or reservations, call 806.488.2100 or 800.865.2613
River Breaks Ranch
Come visit the River Breaks Ranch and get a taste of the real cowboy lifestyle. With just a 10-minute drive from Amarillo, you will ride through our canyon on covered wagons while watching a stampede storm past you. Then join the working cowboys for a real ranch breakfast or dinner.The fun does not end there, at the campsite you will be entertained by horse races and authentic cowboys roping steers. For those of you who are up for just relaxing ya'll are welcome to come on over and warm by the fire, if that Panhandle breeze gets to you.
- Breakfast & Dinner is available for groups of 1 to 200
- We will be happy to accommodate your corporate
outing or family reunion
- Don't forget about us for your rehearsals and wedding receptions
Reservations required. 806.374.0357
Amarillo Livestock Auction
On of the largest independent livestock auctions in Texas, selling over 100,000 head of cattle annually. Rub elbows with Texas cattlemen and experience the excitement of sale day, just don't raise your hand! Next to the auction arena is the Stockyard Cafe, where visitors as well as hard-working cowboys and business people enjoy a great breakfast or lunch. Visitors are welcome to walk through the auction daily.Hours are 9-5. Sales held every Monday all year.
For more information call 806.373.7464
Palo Duro Riding Stables
Palo Duro Stables at the Palo Duro Canyon is open all year!One of the Canyon's best kept secrets, Palo Duro Stables has been in operation since 1962. Come and ride under old cottonwoods trees; see the spring waters right out of the side of the canyon wall; look at the edge of the canyon where 1,000 year-old Indian remains were found. There are miles of trails for beginner or experienced rider. Visitors can receive riding lessons, enjoy camping & hiking.Located on Texas Highway 217 just 1/2 mile from the state park entrance, this popular attraction has been used in several movies. The stables are open 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday and from 1:00 pm on Sunday, $35 per hour.Please call for more information. 806.488.2799
Old West Stables
Horses and horse back riding have been a part of Palo Duro Canyon's history since the days of the Apaches, Kiowas, Comanches, and Cheyennes. Tho' you shouldn't expect your ride to be as daring as some of theirs undoubtedly were, we expect that you'll want to make your own horse back riding history when you visit Palo Duro Canyon and the Old West Stables.
The rental horses are tame and well kept and our horse back riding guides are not just experienced, they're real honest to goodness COWBOYS! You'll never find a more beautiful setting as you ride the canyon floor through the same hills and ravines as such famous individuals as Colonel Ranald MacKenzie of the U.S. Cavalry and Colonel Charles Goodnight, Palo Duro Canyon's first permanent white settler.
The season begins each year on the first Saturday in March and ends on the first Sunday after Thanksgiving. We are closed through the winter months.For more information call 806.488.2180
Amarillo Zoo is a place to share the wonders of the animal world with kids of all ages. The beautiful 15-acre site is located in Thompson Park and features over 60 species of animals. The zoo is designed for fun and discovery and will provide a lifetime of memories. Here, you'll do more than just look...you'll experience the animal world.
The Amarillo Zoo is open every day of the week except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day, and Martin Luther King Holiday.
Hours of Operation:
9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Admission Price:
Adults $4.00 (ages 13 to 61)
Senior $3.00 (ages 62 and over)
Children $2.00 (ages 3-12)
Children under 2 Free
Free admission on MondaysFor more information call 806.381.7911
Texas Air And Space Museum
Not just for aviation fans! The museum honors Amarillo's and the Texas Panhandle's history of flight. Featured are extensive documents, newspaper articles, exhibits and photos dating back to the beginning of English Field Airport.
Visitors can get close to a Grumman Gulfstream II NASA Shuttle Training Aircraft (flown by astronaut and Amarillo native Rick Husband), a North American P-51 Mustang (on loan), a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver (on loan), a de Havilland C-7A Caribou and the Beercat-- a locally built biplane-class aircraft flown by Texas Panhandle pilot Bobby Speed at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, NV.
The museum is open 10 am to 4 pm, M-F. Free admission, donations accepted. The museum is located on the grounds of the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport.
10001 American Drive
Amarillo, TX 79111
Amarillo Musuem of Art - AMoA
Permanent and temporary exhibits housed in an Edward Durrell Stone designed three-story museum. Collections includes American Photography, Paintings, Prints, Drawings, and Sculptures; Price Collection of Asian Art; Tibetan Tsakli and Manuscript, and European paintings. Temporary exhibits have included grace Hartigan, Dante Maroni, Jasper Johns, and George Rouault.
Open Tuesday-Friday from 10 am - 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm - 5 pm.
For more information call 806.371.5050
The RV Museum
The Sisemores began restoring and collecting unusual vintage RVs over 25 years ago. They have built a museum that houses many of the RVs in their collection. These include the Flexible Bus from the Movie RV, the 1st Itasca motor home ever built. The oldest Fleetwood in existence and many other RVs from the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.
The museum is free to the public and is open Monday Saturday 9-5. Step back in time, reminisce and enjoy the progression of the RV industry from its inception till now.
For more information call 806.358.4891
Amarillo Botanical Gardens
Experience the sights, sounds and floral fragrances of the Mary E. Bivins Conservatory; an indoor tropical garden bursting with a collection of unique and exotic plants. Explore four acres of seasonal outdoor themed plantings such as fragrance, butterfly, Japanese and xeric gardens. Dont miss this truly one-of-a-kind oasis of lush landscaped gardens in the middle of the Texas Panhandle. Special events, classes, exhibits and rental facility also available.
Open Tues-Fri 9am-5pm year round.
Weekend hours April-October: Saturday 9am-5pm. November-March: Saturday, 1pm-5pm, weather permitting.
Adults $5, Seniors $4, 12 years and younger-free. Guided tours available by appointment.
Located in the Harrington Regional Medical Center.
Call 806.352.6513 for more information.
Amarillo Railroad Museum
See static display of unique railroad cars, including an actual White Train from the US Dept. of Energy. Also, a large HO display of the Santa Fe Railroad as it passed through the Texas Panhandle from Canadian, TX to Clovis, NM is under construction. Also under development is the Phillip Pratt Memorial Garden Railway.
Located on grounds of the former Amarillo Air Base in northeast Amarillo. From I-40 take Lakeside (Loop 335) north approximately 2 miles and exit onto US Hwy. 60 eastbound. Travel approximately 4 miles and turn south onto I Avenue. The Museum is to the left.
Open Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:30 and the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 10 am to 3 pm.
Admission is free and donations are appreciated.
For more information kindly call 806.335.3333
Rock Island Rail Trail
Nearly four miles of improved hike and bike trail from 7th & Crocket near downtown Amarillo to Coulter Dr. near the medical center. It is ideal for walking, running, biking or exercising a pet. The trail is named for the Rock Island Line, the famed railroad that operated along this trail in the early 1900s.
Lone Star Ballet
This community ballet company, located at 3218 Hobbs, presents a season of performances each year, including shows that feature guest companies as well as the local troupe. December sees the annual performance of The Nutcracker.
The Lone Star Ballet also hosts a ballet academy.
Call for schedule and ticket price at 806.372.2463
Polk Street Historic District
Two blocks of Polk St, between 15th and 17th, were developed between 1905 and 1915 and are considered the finest collection of historic residential buildings in the city.
Once the most elegant street in Amarillo, the district includes the Harrington House, Lee Bivins House, JD Shuford House, Doherty-Masterson House, Shelton-Houghton House, Galbraith House, Eakle House and Early House.
The only (prototype) 2-10-2 "Texas Type" locomotive 5000, built especially for the Plains Division of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1930. The locomotive's name was derived from an imaginary character on the Amos & Andy show.
Now located at 2nd & Lincoln Sts. in downtown Amarillo, this locomotive was especially built for the Plains Division of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1930 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, PA. Designed to haul heavy freight at a fast pace, she retired from service in November 1953 after running over 1.75 million miles.
Santa Fe donated the Queen to the City of Amarillo in 1957 and placed her in front of the Santa Fe Depot, where she remained for over 48 years. She was relocated to her current location in 2005 and the move was featured in the Mega Movers series of The History Channel.
No admission charge!