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Around Town in Amarillo, Texas



The word “Amarillo” which means “yellow” in Spanish. The city, located at the edge of the Great Plains, is the center of the Texas Panhandle. It offers a true Western heritage and a unique geographical area with wide, open spaces and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. Amarillo also is the gateway to 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 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 High Plains by the Red River. Also in the Panhandle Plains, you can examine the history of ranching at the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock.


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. New Herpetarium houses 26 exhibits featuring lizards, frogs and salamanders from around the world. N.E. 24th St. at U.S. 287. (806) 381-7911.

Splash Amarillo

This 14-acre water park offers cooling rides for summer visitors, including a wave pool, speed slide, flume slides, a lazy river, arcade, kiddy pool area and concessions. There are sand and grass volleyball courts. I-40 and Whitaker Road. (806) 376-4477.


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 get away from busy city life and take a stroll through nature. The gardens feature events, camps for children, volunteer opportunities, photo contests and more!


Lake(s) near Amarillo:

The many lakes in the area are a major attraction, especially during the hot and humid summer months. Lake Travis, Lake Austin, and Lady Bird Lake are the 3 largest lakes within the Austin Area, Lady Bird Lake runs right through the downtown area and includes several parks where you can enjoy the water while listening to live music.