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Around Town in Amarillo, Texas

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Amarillo

Amarillo is known as the yellow rose of Texas and the city takes its name from the Spanish word for yellow. The city is located on the edge of the Great Plains in the center of the Texas Panhandle. It offers genuine Western heritage in a unique geographical area with wide, open spaces and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. Amarillo also is the gateway to the dramatic Palo Duro Canyon, America’s second largest canyon. With its relatively mild climate, the city is rated as having some of the cleanest air in the country.

Amarillo to Lubbock

At the Figure 3 Ranch located near Amarillo, you can ride a wagon to the rim of the extraordinary Palo Duro Canyon for a Cowboy Morning Breakfast, where cowboys will cook your grub over a campfire and show you some roping tricks. Plenty of horseback riding and hiking await, too, in the stunning Palo Duro Canyon State Park, carved into the heart of the Texas Panhandle by a fork of the Red River. Also in the Panhandle Plains, you can learn about the history of ranching at the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock.

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Amarillo Zoo

The zoo features a herd of bison grazing on a 20-acre range, plus other animals of the High Plains, and a special “Texotic” exhibit. A new Herpetarium houses 26 exhibits featuring lizards, frogs and salamanders from around the world. The zoo is located on N.E. 24th St. at U.S. 287. (806) 381-7911. www.amarillozoo.org.

Splash Amarillo

This 14-acre water park is a great place to cool off in the summer. The park includes a wave pool, speed slide, flume slides, a lazy river, arcade, kiddy pool area and concessions. There are also sand and grass volleyball courts. The park is located at I-40 and Whitaker Road. (806) 376-4477. www.splashamarillo.com.

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Amarillo Museum of Art

Located on the grounds of Amarillo College, this museum is a delight for art lovers. The museum displays a variety of art through the centuries.

Amarillo Botanical Gardens

The botanical gardens are a great place to immerse yourself in the spirit of the season. You can enjoy Christmas lights in the winter, Spring flowers in the Monet Garden, Summer musical events, and participate in Fall classes. Check out the calendar of seasonal activities or join a group of volunteers.

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Lake(s) near Amarillo:

Several lakes and reservoirs are located within a short distance of the city’s metropolitan area. Within 30 miles, you can reach either Lake Meredith National Recreation Area or Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge. McGee Lake is a smaller lake, only 5 miles northeast of the city. The Greenbelt Reservoir and McClellan Reservoir are within 60 miles. Texas fishing licenses are required.