Awesome Activities for Amarillo Visitors
Amarillo embodies the spirit of the Lone Star State, and visitors won't have trouble finding plenty to see and do for proof. Here are a few of our tips on how to enjoy a vacation of truly Texas proportions.
Fill up on steak.
It’s never a bad time to enjoy a Texas-sized cut at the Big Texan Steak Ranch. An Amarillo staple, the Big Texan Steak Ranch opened in 1960 and has been serving up delectable delights ever since. Patrons travel in from nearby cities like Clarendon, and Dumas just for a taste.
Try some Tex-Mex.
It's a competition between savory country cookin' and spicy Southwest traditions – and to the diner go the spoils. Every local will argue over their favorite place to get "true" Tex-Mex, but longstanding fixtures ilke Jorge’s Tacos Garcia Mexican Cafe, Abuelo's, and Torchy’s Tacos are great places to start.
Check out art like none other.
The arts are alive in Amarillo and one need not look further than Cadillac Ranch for proof. An iconic example of both Texas and Route 66 culture, Cadillac Ranch is a group of of 10 Cadillacs dating from 1948 to 1963, each uniquely decorated and buried in a row halfway into the ground like some sort of strange steel Stonehenge. Bring a spray can of your own – visitors are encouraged to add their own touch.
Sneak in a round.
In Amarillo, golfers of all skill levels hit the links at Comanche Trail Golf Course. The facility's 18-hole Tomahawk Course offers players a full-length driving range and championship-style play. There are even two large practice greens for your putting game.
Learn a thing or two.
There's much to discover for minds young and old at the Don Harrington Discovery Center. Named after its principal benefactor, the facility boasts a planetarium and countless hands-on, educational exhibits. The grounds are also home to the Helium Centennial Time Columns Monument & Time Capsule, with packages intended to be opened 25, 50, 100, and 1,000 years from its construction date in 1968.
Get some thrills.
Spring and summer visitors to Amarillo are in for excitement when they dare enter Wonderland Park. Located within Thompson Memorial Park, the destination features gut checking coasters like Texas Tornado and Shoot the Chute, as well as a mini-golf course, arcade games, and a ton of other attractions.
Splash Amarillo Waterpark
If the Panhandle's temperamental weather takes a turn for high temperatures, hop into Splash Amarillo Waterpark, a wet and wild wonderland just a half-mile from the Big Texan Steak Ranch. There's a 14,000-square-foot wave pool, a lazy river spanning the better part of 900 feet, and all sorts of other rides, not to mention the gift shop, volleyball courts, and the arcade.
Take a peek into the past.
The Panhandle–Plains Historical Museum is a comprehensive look at the history of the Texas Panhandle region, complete with traveling and permanent exhibits like "Pioneer Town", which depicts life in a small, early-1900s settlement. Set just south of Amarillo in Canyon, the museum is part of the West Texas A&M University campus.