The Plaza Theatre has been in operation since 1930 and is one of the largest venues to catch a show in the entire Southwest. It hosts stage shows and also screens movies, but most people that come are awestruck by the grandiose Spanish Colonial architecture and design. The Plaza was nearly demolished in 1986, however a benevolent community association stepped in to save it. Today, guests can see many diverse shows on stage, from popular musicals and stand-up acts to concerts.
The Tigua people are the last remaining tribe that carries on Puebloan culture in the state of Texas. Puebloan culture includes all tribes that live in similar ways and have similar cultural practices albeit they speak mutually unintelligible languages. In fact the binding nature of their name also derives from the houses they build, Pueblos. Here at the center inside the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, visitors can learn more about these native peoples with the wealth of education the tribe provides, such as bread baking, social dancing and even a museum with ancient artifacts.
Located on the southernmost tip of the state of Texas, the Franklin Mountains State Park stands at an elevation of 5,426 feet (1,653.84 meters) overlooking the semi-arid expanses of El Paso. Encompassed by the dominant Franklin Mountains, the park offers a virtually never-ending selection of mountain biking, hiking, climbing and cross country driving options. The territory covers nearly 24,247 acres (9,812.41 hectares) and is America's most expansive park within a city's limit. Wildlife includes barrel cactus, Mexican poppy, hackberry, cottonwood, golden eagles, black bears, pumas and ring-tailed cats.
The El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center was established in 1994 by Henry Kellen, a Holocaust survivor. It is an ode to the millions of people who died and to those who endured. This museum presents the atrocities committed during the end of World War II as a grim reminder of hatred and prejudice. Visitors can get a glimpse of that time with the multi-media presentations that cover life before the Third Reich, the subsequent rise of the regime, the concentration camps and more. Admission is free though donations are welcome.
In the midst of the scenic Franklin Mountains lies the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre, a venue that holds over 1,500 spectators. The theater hosts a number of events throughout the year, from plays and concerts to dance and opera, there is something for all ages. During the summer, the amphitheater presents its 'Cool Canyon Nights' series, it's free to public and always a nice entertainment option in the hot desert. See website for upcoming activities and a complete calendar of events.
This museum located on the eponymous military base pays homage to the United States 1st Armored Division, more affectionately known as 'Old Ironsides'. The first division in WWII to encounter enemy fire. Today, the museum exhibits artifacts about this unit which include weaponry, historical accounts, patches, etc. Additionally, if you have the time, visit the replica Old Fort Bliss located on the same property. Admission is free, however you must have identification to enter the base.
A prominent square in the city, the Arts Festival Plaza is located in the center of the city, surrounded by prominent buildings. A community gathering space, the plaza plays host to important city events, including concerts, festivals, the Downtown Street Festival and Chalk the Block. Call to know more.
Canutillo Stadium is the home ground of Canutillo Eagles a football team of Canutillo High School. It is a multipurpose stadium and hosts soccer, football and other athletic tournaments for the home team. Prior to becoming the home ground for Canutillo Eagles, the stadium was home to America's soccer team, known as Indios USA. The stadium has artificial grass known as field turf and in 2008, a new blue turf was also surfaced on the stadium.
Paso del Norte Cultural Center is the place to go to enjoy the culture and heritage of Ciudad Juárez and Mexico in general. From plays, operas, concerts and more, you can enjoy it all in this expansive arena with great acoustics. Moreover, the center also hosts community events and exhibitions from time to time.
The Tumbleweed Interactive Space also called La Rodadora in Chihuahua, Mexico is an interactive science museum for kids. The museum has many interactive displays and kids can explore various aspects of light and sound technology and learn about things from the past. The museum believes in the ideology of learning through fun and games and it is a perfect place to visit with kids.