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The Amarillo Museum of Art has one of the largest collections of early American Modernist paintings, photography by Russell Lee, and textiles from the Middle East. Six galleries go along with 16 exhibitions per year in the intricate building designed by hailed architect Edward Durell Stone. For visitors looking for an educational experience, the museum offers tours, gallery lectures, films and publications. The museum has started a summer school for kids focused on developing creative abilities through painting, drawing, sculpting, mixed media and other mediums.
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum is dedicated to the quarter horse, a breed smaller than average that can run short distances faster than any other horse. The AQHA offers memberships for those interested in owning their own quarter horse or entering it in competitions. Equestrian classes, seminars and training courses are available at the AQHA. Popular events such as racing and horse sales are held regularly.
The Amarillo Little Theatre (ALT) has been a staple of the city's cultural scene since 1927, making it one of the oldest community theaters in the country. The venue can seat 453 and also houses two dance studios. This non-profit theater company puts on great shows throughout the year showcasing local talent in the form of writers, actors and producers. If you're in town, don't pass up the opportunity to see what ALT has to offer!
Perfect for those balmy Texas evenings, the Tascosa Drive-In is a quintessential Amarillo experience. A blast from the past, this drive-in movie theater offers double feature newly released films on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. A cash only establishment, the concession stand features the standard movie theater fare, from popcorn, soda, hot dogs, and ice cream, to candy, hamburgers and nachos. So pile the kids, significant other, or friends into the car and head out for a truly unique evening out.
Open since 1985, Janey's has been a staple on the Amarillo shopping scene for decades. Carrying the latest for fashion and accessories women, children and babies, this chic boutique has everything from designer jeans to high-tech strollers. This fun and hip store has been carefully curated and merchandised so browsing the store is a breeze. The staggering selection of designer denim ranges from brands like 7 For All Mankind, to Rock & Republic and Joie. Find darling children's clothes that are reasonably priced as well as fun accessories for them.
Amarillo's Thompson park covers and area of over 600 acres which makes it a perfect destination for families with kids. A day can be devoted to exploring the park and discovering it's features. A small zoo can be found on Thompson Park. For adults, a 36-hole golf course is available. But don't get too sidetracked and miss the lake, baseball park or child amusement area.
Residing on a 15-acre (6 hectare) plot of forest land, the Amarillo Zoo allows guests to experience over 45 different species of animals, along with rare plant breeds. The zoo is constantly adding new animals, some of the most popular being the Bengal Tigers and Wallabies. The Amarillo Zoo is the perfect place for a fun family outing while on vacation.
Featuring three roller-coasters, five water-slides and a number of rides for children, the Wonder Land Amusement Park has been entertaining visitors in Amarillo for close to 50 years. The family-friendly park also has bumper cars and a miniature golf course. For an affordable price, guests can purchase a ride pass for a full day of experiencing almost any attraction in the park (discounts are available for children with a height under 42".) The Wonderland Amusement Park is the perfect place to have fun on a summer's day. Check website for seasonal hours.
The fully equipped suites at Staybridge Suites Amarillo-Western Crossing are designed with guests in mind. Whether you stay for a few weeks or just a night or two, this spacious hotel has the comfort of home with its assortment of amenities. Cook a full meal in your spacious suite equipped with full kitchens, spread out your work in the work area and surf the net with the complimentary WiFi. When its time to lay your head down at night, you'll be glad to crawl into the Staybridge's comfortable beds with luxurious linens and windows with blackout curtains, allowing you to sleep in. The fitness center will help you keep on top of your workout regimen, while the nightly reception will introduce you to new people.
Eastridge Lanes is an excellent place for a fun family outing. The alley has been operational since 1959; making it one of the oldest bowling alleys in Amarillo. The bowling lanes, 32 in all, are very well maintained and clean and the rates are extremely reasonable. Snacks and beer are also served and the in-house DJ makes the bowling experience all the more enjoyable. The alley is uncrowded and the staff is very friendly and welcoming.
The Don Harrington Discover Center is all about inspiring children to take an active interest in science and learning. The center has a number of permanent, hands-on exhibits on subjects from shapes to planets. There's an activity room for the super-young ones as well. Learn about everything from ice age mammals to the planets in our solar system. Hands-on activities let kids explore and discover for themselves.
A sizable mass of lush green grass and trees, Medical Center Park provides a serene getaway from the otherwise buzzing city. Designed to be a therapeutic escape from the city's commotions, the park features jogging trails, kid's playgrounds and a number of designated picnic spots, there's plenty to indulge in for the whole family. The park is also one of the few that contains a playground for children of all ages.