Attractions in Amarillo
Explore Amarillo’s wide-open spaces in the heart of the Texas Panhandle. Start outside and discover epic views at Palo Duro Canyon, the second largest canyon in the United States. Whether you want to go horseback riding, zip lining, hiking, camping, biking, or just enjoy the beauty of Texas, Palo Duro Canyon is about a half-hour drive from Amarillo and gives you plenty of things to do under a big West Texas sky.
If you’re looking for authentic cowboy culture, stop by the American Quarter Horse Association Museum to discover the horse that tamed the American West. For an iconic Amarillo experience, come hungry to The Big Texan Steak Ranch for the legendary 72-ounce steak challenge. After eating your fill, check out Historic Route 66, along with the one and only Cadillac Ranch.
See our creative side with local art all over town. For performing arts, go deep in the “art” of Texas and check out the Globe-News Center for Performing Arts or the Amarillo Civic Center, where you can catch the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, the Lone Star Ballet, the Amarillo Little Theater and other local and traveling shows.
If spending an afternoon savoring the bright colors and sweet smells of acres of flowers sounds like your cup of tea, then the Amarillo Botanical Gardens is a must see. Browse your way through the Mary E. Bivins Conservatory, an indoor garden full of exotic tropical plants, and an outdoor four-acre garden that features seasonal plantings.
1400 Streit Drive
Amarillo, TX 79106
Amarillo’s art museum displays permanent and temporary exhibits in its three-story facility. These collections include American photography, paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures, as well as works from Asia and Europe. Admission is free but donations are welcome.
2200 S. Van Buren
Amarillo, TX 79109
The information center, run by the Amarillo CVC, has all the information you need to know about the town, as well as official Amarillo boot logo souvenirs. Open seven days a week.
401 S. Buchanan
The Amarillo Zoo is a sprawling 15-acre facility located just north of downtown Amarillo. More than 60 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians call the zoo home, including such animals as the African lion and the green-winged macaw.
NE 24th Avenue and Dumas Highway
Amarillo, TX 79105
Enjoy an in-depth look at the history of the American Quarter Horse, the world’s most popular breed, and the people who helped shape it. A grand hall featuring bronze statues of important horses and humans, a theater, and a kid-friendly education gallery are among the exhibits at this museum.
2601 Interstate 40 East
Amarillo, TX 79104
More than 100 classic cars are on display at this museum, which opened in the spring of 2015. Admission is free but donations to support local charities are welcome.
5309 S. Washington St.
This more than 8,000-square-foot children’s museum offers interactive exhibits focused on various scientific topics at its beautiful building next to the Amarillo Botanical Gardens.
1200 Streit Drive
The Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum is a collection of unusual vintage RVs from the 1930’s to the 1970’s, including a completely original 1936 Alma and a 1953 Fleetwood, the oldest of its kind in existence.
4341 Canyon Drive
Amarillo, TX 79110
This museum features a robust collection of Native American artifacts and regular performances by the Kwahadi Dance Theater.
9151 I-40 East
Palo Duro Adventure Park & Zipline is located right at the entrance to Palo Duro Canyon State Park. The zip line over the canyon is an experience unlike anything else.
11100 State Highway 217 East
Canyon, TX 79015
The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum is Texas’ largest history museum. More than 14,000 years of history, from dinosaurs to the petroleum boom, are covered within the museum, which also features one of the Southwest’s finest art collections.
2503 4th Avenue
Canyon, TX 79015
Some of the best wet and wild rides are available at Amarillo’s SpashKingdom Waterpark, a fun place for kids and adults alike.
1415 Sunrise Dr.
Aviation enthusiasts will find much to enjoy about the Texas Air & Space Museum.Aircraft such as the P-51D Mustang, a DC-3 from the 1930s that is on the National Register of Historic Places, and a NASA Shuttle Training Aircraft are on display, along with various other exhibits that cover important aircraft used throughout the 20th century. No admission charge but donations are welcome.
10001 American at Tiltrotor Drive
Amarillo, TX 79111
Wildcat Bluff is a more than 600-acre natural environment just a few minutes from downtown Amarillo. The nature center is known for the den of bobcats that call the area home.
2301 N. Soncy Rd.
Wonderland Amusement Park has been family owned for more than 60 years and one of the region’s best amusement parks. More than 60 rides, including the top-rated Texas Tornado, and a miniature golf course comprise the parks attractions.
2601 Dumas Dr.
Amarillo, TX 79101