Commercial, cultural, and recreational center for vast plains
of Texas Panhandle. World's leading helium producer; superb climate
with air rated the cleanest in the nation for a city of its size.
Fifty-six parks cover 2,300 acres and includes tennis courts,
swimming pools, fishing lakes, playgrounds, and a 36 hold municipal
First settlement in 1887 was buffalo-hide tent camp of railroad
construction workers. Today, excellent accommodations, spacious
convention/civic center, symphony, ballet, little theater, opera,
and home of Amarillo College and Texas State Technical College.
Inquire locally about Big Texan Steak Ranch and Emporium. Known
nationwide for 72 ounce steak dinner offered free to anyone who
can eat the entire meal in one hour. 7700 I-40 East; open daily
AMARILLO LIVESTOCK AUCTION
AMARILLO MUSEUM OF ART
AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE HERITAGE CENTER AND MUSEUM
CREEKWOOD RANCH OLD WEST SHOW AND CHUCK WAGON SUPPER
DON HARRINGTON DISCOVERY CENTER
- AMARILLO LIVESTOCK AUCTION
- Amarillo is headquarters for an immense ranch and cattle feedlot
area and Texas'' largest livestock auction. By scientific feed
formulas, livestock are brought to precise weight and grade requirements
of meat packers. More than 600,000 cattle move through the auction
ring at stockyards each year, bringing over $130 million. Auctions
are held Tues. at 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Located at 100 South manhattan.
- AMARILLO MUSEUM OF ART - Magnificent
complex of three buildings designed by Edward Stone (Kennedy Center,
Washington, D.C.) devoted to the fine arts, music and drama, combining
both exhibition space and teaching areas. Excellent permanent
collection of paintings and sculpture, plus regular performing
arts. 2200 Van Buren Street on the campus of Amarillo College.
Open Tues. to Fri. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. from
1 to 5 p.m.; and Thurs. from 7 to 9 p.m. 806-371-5050.
- AMARILLO ZOO - Playground and zoo
with theme from children's stories. Zoo's animals are those that
appeal to youngsters. Open daily in Thompson PARK, N.E. 24th Street
at U.S. 287. 806-383-6141.
- AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE HERITAGE
CENTER AND MUSEUM - Headquarters for the world's largest
equine registry, more than 2.6 million horses registered in 53
countries. Quarter Horse was the first American horse breed; still
is a favorite mount of cowboys. Showcases history and activities
of breed with exhibits, videos, hands-on displays, and gift store.
Open daily May - Aug. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sept. April. Mon. to Sat.
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun noon to 5 p.m. Located at I-40 at Nelson
Street exit. 806-376-5181.
- CADILLAC RANCH - "Bumper
crop" of ten Cadillacs buried nose down in a field at the
same angle as Cheops' pyramids. Represent the gold Age from 1949
through 1963. Located just west of city on I-40 Historic Route
- COWBOY MORNING/EVENING - From
April 15 to October 15 join groups for Old West-style chuck wagon
breakfast on the open range at the rim of Palo Duro Canyon - scrambled
eggs, ranch sausage, sourdough biscuits, brown gravy, and campfire
coffee. Dinner features steak with all the trimmings; enjoy a
wagon ride, watch real cowboys roping, and receive a souvenir
brand. Breakfast at 8:30 a.m.; dinner usually at 6:30 p.m. For
reservations call 806-944-5562 or 1-800-658-2613.
- CREEKWOOD RANCH OLD WEST SHOW AND CHUCK
WAGON SUPPER - Wagons take visitors to "campsite"
where entertainment features cowboys, Indians, singing, and rope
tricks. Authentic chuck wagon supper served. Dinner and performances
Thurs. - Sun. at 6 p.m. Reservations required. Creekwood Ranch,
8 miles south on Washington St. F.M. 1541. 1-800-658-6673, or
- DON HARRINGTON DISCOVERY CENTER
- In the center of a 51 acre park with lake and picnic area, this
museum offers a variety of attractions. All exhibits encourage
hands-on activities. "Aquariums of the World" features
fish from exotic waters. There's the Black Hole, giant kaleidoscope
and more. The planetarium has star shows, a night sky program,
and specially produced 360 degree films with spectacular visual
effects. Center open Memorial Day - Labor Day, Tues., - sat. 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun 1 to 5 p.m. Planetarium shows Sept. May, Sat.,
1, 2, and 3 p.m. Sun 2 and 3 p.m. ; 1200 Streit Drive Planetarium
- GARDEN CENTER - Lavish floral
displays edge immaculate lawns, walkways and picnic areas in 51
acre park adjacent to the Amarillo Medical Center on west side
of the city. Includes touch and smell garden for the blind. 1400
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