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While most parks are built solely for recreation and relaxation, Richard Daniel Baker Peace Park sends a strong message across. Designed and built by local artist Richard Daniel Baker, this park promotes peace and tolerance, through a number of interesting artistic displays. Through metal signs, posters and laser-cut plaques, the park conveys anti-war and peace messages that leaves each visitor with something to ponder about.
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.
The Amarillo Botanical Gardens is a great place to visit for families or individuals who want to have a fun, educational experience involving the outdoors and native plant life. New exhibits are regularly being added, such as the Palo Duro Canyon Garden. Guided tours are available by request if made a week in advance. Be sure to find the tropical conservatory for a chance to investigate rare and exotic indoor plants.
The Wildcat Bluff Nature Center is a protected, natural piece of the Amarillo landscape. Trails wind through 600 acres (242.8 hectares) of land where Amarillo's unique wildlife can be experienced. Horned-lizards, porcupines and hawks inhabit the area. Taking a hike is the perfect experience for curious youngsters and families. Summer camps, guided tours and other activities are organized regularly by the Wildcat Bluff Nature Center.