Amarillo Tourist Attractions
Texas too has its "pan handle", the state boundary projects northwards towards Oklahoma, incorporating the area around Amarillo. Its history and culture are documented in the outstanding Panhandle Plains Historical Museum in Canyon near Amarillo. In Amarillo itself is the Quarterhouse Museum celebrating the cowboys' legendary steed.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Palo Duro Canyon is to Texas what the Grand Canyon is to Arizona. Up to 1313 ft deep and aglow with red and yellow colouring, the gorge is reached from Canyon, south-east of Amarillo. The effortless way to see it is on the 16 mi. long Scenic Drive.
Window on the Plains Museum (formerly Moore County Historical Museum), Dumas, Texas
Dumas was originally an agricultural area that grew into a larger community with the discovery of oil in the 1920's. The Window on the Plains Museumm features extensive displays centered around farming and ranching, industry, business, family life and wildlife. The museum also houses a research and archives center.
American Quarter Horse Heritage Center & Museum
American Quarter Horse Heritage Center & Museum showcases the history and modern activities of the American Quarter Horse. Artifacts, artwork, audio visual and hands-on exhibits are available for visitors.
Don Harrington Discovery Center
The Discovery Center features over 100 hands on science exhibits, a planetarium, and a special children's area called Kidscovery. The center also offers programs, workshops, and special events.
Address: 1200 Streit Drive, Amarillo, TX 79106, United States
Opening hours: 9:30am-4:30pm; Sun: 12pm-4:30pm; Fri: 9:30am-8pm; Sat: 9:30am-8pm; Closed: Mon
Always opened on: New Year's Day (Jan 1)
Always closed on: Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $10.00, Child 12 & under $7.00, Senior over 60 $7.00, Child 2 & under FREE
Useful tips: Planetarium included with admission.
Helium Centennial Time Columns Monument
The Helium Centennial Time Columns Monument was built in 1968 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the discover of helium. The Time Columns Monument is made of four time capsules, three of which form the legs of the monument and one which stands erect. The capsules are intended to be opened in 25, 50, 100, and 1000 years from the date it was erected in 1968. The contents of the first capsule opened are on display at the Discovery Center.
Amarillo Botanical Garden
This 2 acres garden, which is actually part of the Medical Center Park, features a green house and a fragrance garden.
Amarillo Museum of Art
The Amarillo Museum of Art features changing exhibits and offers a variety of educational programs and workshops for children and adults.
The 20-acre Amarillo Zoo features animals of the High Plains and other animals native to Texas.
Address: 2400 South Polk Street, Amarillo, TX 79109-2856, United States
Opening hours: 9:30am-5pm
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Martin Luther King's Birthday - USA (3rd Monday, Jan), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $3.00, Senior over 62 $2.00, Child 12 & under $1.00, Child 2 & under FREE
Useful tips: Free Admission on Mondays.
Splash Amarillo is a water park with water slides, lazy river, an interactive kiddie pool beach volleyballs and a bucket dump tower.
The 610 acre Thompson Park is home to a small zoo, a 36-hole golf course, a lake, ball park, children's amusement area, and picnic area.