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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.
Route 66 is a part of America's identity. The birth of cars, Western freewheeling, traveling, Jack Kerouac and Route 66; these histories go hand-in-hand, and Amarillo features some truly iconic sections of the road. The Big Texan Restaurant has been offering diners its 72 oz. steak challenge since the 1970s. The Cowboy Motel can easily be recognized by its giant antique cowboy road sign in front. Route 66 is the perfect place for shopping, dining, and experiencing a legendary section of American history.
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.
Feel a sense of nostalgia as you step back in time at this unique museum. Displaying various RV's from decades past, the Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum is owned and operated by the Sisemore family who've collected and restored these beloved homes on wheels for years. See how the evolution of RV's progressed as you take a tour of vehicles from the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. The museum is free to the public, making it a budget friendly activity for the whole family.
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.
Traversing through the heart of the Palo Duro Canyon, trained cowboys guide visitors on horseback along dusty old trails during the Old West Stables tours. Three different tours are available for different types of guests; from a light, child-friendly half an hour ride to a five hour ride for experienced riders through some of the canyon's most scenic regions. Call ahead to book a tour.
This larger than life museum in Amarillo is dedicated to the men and women of aviation service of Texas. Recognizing the importance of the early years of aviation and the role it played in shaping the history of the United States, the Texas Air & Space Museum features exhibits that educate visitors on aviation's role in both WW I and II, the Vietnam War, Korean War, Cold War and Desert Storm. Exhibits include photographs, detailed accounts and pilot biographies. Perhaps the best part of all is the various aircraft's on display. Get up close and personal with a DC-3, C-7A Caribou, P-51D Mustang and many more.
Built by local millionaire/philanthropist Stanley Marsh III, Cadillac Ranch is easily one of Texas' most recognizable attractions. Eleven rusted, gutted-out Cadillacs are lined up and photogenically planted hood-first in the dirt. Unlike the pyramids, Stonehenge and other cultural landmarks, visitors are encouraged to bring spray paint and let loose on this monument. Every visitor to Amarillo should experience Caddy Ranch at least once.
Spanning across 20,000 acres (8093.71 hectares), the Palo Duro Canyon State Park covers the area between Randall County to the Texas Panhandle. A rugged landscape accentuated with the conspicuous Lighthouse Rock and the dramatic Palo Duro Canyon, it's rightly dubbed as "The Grand Canyon of Texas". The name of the park means "hard wood" in Spanish, a title recognizing the abundance of juniper and mesquite trees towering over the region. Home to a network of trails, Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a must for hiking enthusiasts and equestrian activities. The Pioneer Amphitheater here puts up performances narrating stories of tribes that lived here centuries ago. The place is a captivating amalgamation of nature and culture shining brightly as the State's pride.