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American Quarter Horse Hall Hollywood 16
of Fame & Museum 9100 Canyon Dr
(806)376-5181 Amarillo, TX 79119
2601 E Interstate 40 (806)352-5200
Amarillo, TX 79104
United Artist Amarillo
Ross Rogers Golf Course 8275 W Amarillo Blvd
(806)378-3086 Amarillo, TX 79124
722 NW 24th Ave (806)468-6500
Amarillo, TX 79107
Amarillo Botanical Gardens
(806)352-6513 Amarillo Go-Kart Raceway
1400 Streit Dr 12001 Interstate 27
Amarillo, TX 79106 Amarillo, TX 79119
Amarillo Railroad Museum Inc the
(806)335-3333 Bowling
13000 E Highway 60 Eastridge Lanes
Amarillo, TX 79101 5405 E Amarillo Blvd
Amarillo, TX 79107
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (806)383-9531
2501 SW 4th Ave Western Bowl
Amarillo, TX 79106 5120 Canyon Dr
Amarillo, TX 79109
Panhandle Art Center (806)352-2737
3701 Plains Blvd Unit 135 Gold Star II Bingo Hall the
Amarillo, TX 79102 3506 Spade Dr
Amarillo, TX 79104
Airlines serving Amarillo: (806)376-9603
American Eagle (tel. 800/433-7300),
Continental Express (tel. 800/525-0280), Main Post Office
Southwest (tel. 800/435-9792), and 2301 S. Ross St.
Great Lakes Aviation (tel. 800/554-5111). Monday through Friday
from 7:30am to 6pm
Car rentals: Saturday from 9am to 2pm
Avis (tel. 806/335-2313),
Hertz (tel. 806/335-2331),
Enterprise (tel. 806/335-9443),
Budget (tel. 806/335-1696), and
National (tel. 806/335-2311).

The Lake Meredith National Recreation Area (tel. 806/857-3151;, located 38 miles northeast of Amarillo via Tex. 136, is another outdoor hot spot, featuring opportunities for boating, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, camping, hiking, swimming, scuba diving, wildlife and bird viewing, and four-wheeling. The site is also home to Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument (, the point of origin for a significant percentage of arrowhead points and flint tools found throughout the Great Plains. While the monument is closed to most recreational activity, guided tours are offered at 10am and 2pm during the summer and at other times of the year by reservation. Aside from boat-launching fees, access to Lake Meredith is free to the public.


Wildcat Bluff Nature Center, 2301 N. Soncy Rd. (tel. 806/352-6007;, is the best spot for hiking and wildlife viewing in the city itself, offering over 2 miles of moderate trails on its 600 acres of cottonwood-shaded hills. The center's wildlife population includes mule deer, horned toads, coyotes, and turkey vultures. Admission is $3 adults and $2 for kids and seniors.


The major city parks in Amarillo include:

Thompson Memorial Park, at Dumas Drive and 24th Avenue, home to Wonderland Amusement Park and the Amarillo Zoo, as well as a 36-hole golf course, 1 mile of jogging/walking trails, a heated outdoor pool (open seasonally), ball fields, picnic sites with grills, and fishing ponds; John S. Stiff


Memorial Park, at SW 48th Avenue and Bell Street, with ball fields, three indoor and eight outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor heated pool, and picnic sites;


Southeast Regional Park, at SE 46th Avenue and Osage Street, with an outdoor heated pool, ball fields, fishing ponds, and picnic areas.


For more information on Amarillo's city parks, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at tel. 806/378-3036 or visit


Boating -- Lake Meredith National Recreation Area is the Panhandle's top watersports destination. When full, the main lake occupies 12,000 of the area's 46,000 acres and draws in boaters, windsurfers, water-skiers, and even scuba divers. Boat rentals (from personal watercraft to houseboats) are available from Forever Resorts (tel. 806/865-3391; at the marina at Lake Meredith National Recreation Area. To launch a boat of any size into Lake Meredith, a $4 day-use fee is required.


Fishing -- Catfish and bass are the fish of choice for anglers in the Texas Panhandle and several spots in and around Amarillo are quite popular. For no fee outside of the cost of a Texas state fishing license, visitors can fish in several ponds in Amarillo's city park system, including Thompson Memorial Park at Dumas Drive and 24th Avenue, Martin Road Park at NE 15th Avenue and Mirror Street, Southeast Regional Park at SE 46th Avenue and Osage Street, and Harrington Regional Medical Center Park at SW 9th Avenue and Wallace Street. Lake Meredith National Recreation Area is another popular fishing spot for the Panhandle. At the lake's marina (tel. 806/865-3391), patrons find basic fishing supplies, concessions, and a heated and cooled fishing house ($4 for 12 hr.). Fishing licenses can be obtained at local Wal-Marts and sporting good stores, including Big 5 Sporting Goods, 8004 I-40 W. (tel. 806/356-8115).


Golf -- The City of Amarillo Parks and Recreation Department manages two golf courses: Comanche Trail, 4200 S. Grand St. (tel. 806/378-4281), with greens fees for 18 holes of $14 to $18; and Ross Rogers Golf Course, 722 NE 24th Ave. in Thompson Memorial Park (tel. 806/378-3086), with greens fees of $15 to $22.


Hiking -- Aside from the hiking opportunities at Wildcat Bluff Nature Center, there are two hiking trails at Lake Meredith National Recreation Area. The Devil's Canyon Trail is a moderate one-way trail that leaves from Plum Creek on the north side of the lake and continues into the canyon for 1.5 miles. In city limits, the Rock Island Rail Trail runs from Coulter Street on the west side to 7th and Crockett streets near downtown, 4 miles of jogging/biking/walking terrain in all. Numerous foot trails also traverse Palo Duro Canyon State Park.


Horseback Riding -- There are several horse-friendly trails in Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, in McBride Canyon and alongside Plum Creek on the lake's north side. The National Park Service provides corrals at the Plum Creek and Mullinaw campgrounds, but riders need to bring their own horses. Palo Duro Canyon State Park also has horse trails and stables.


Mountain Biking -- The closest mountain-biking trails to Amarillo are 27 miles away in Palo Duro Canyon State Park. The 3-mile Devil's Canyon Trail at Lake Meredith National Recreation Area is also accessible to mountain bikers.


Baseball -- The Amarillo 'Dillas play in the United League at the Amarillo National Bank Dilla Villa, 3300 3rd St. on the north side of the Tri-State Fairgrounds (tel. 806/242-7825 for ticket information; The schedule runs from mid-October to late March with single-game ticket prices ranging from $4 to $6.


Hockey -- The Amarillo Gorillas play in the Central Hockey League at the Amarillo Civic Center (the "Jungle"), 801 S. Polk St. in downtown Amarillo (tel. 806/342-7825 for ticket information; The schedule runs from mid-October to late March with single-game ticket prices ranging from $11 to $21.


Racing -- Motor-sports enthusiasts can get a fix of racing action at Route 66 Motor Speedway, located about 10 miles east of downtown Amarillo at 3601 E. Amarillo Blvd. (tel. 806/383-7223). The oval dirt track is a half-mile long. Races are held on Saturday nights from April to September; admission is $6 to $20.


Rodeo -- The Working Ranch Cowboys Association (WRCA) holds its annual World Championship Ranch Rodeo in Amarillo during the second week of November. Real working cowboys compete in such events as wild-cow milking, bronco riding, and team penning at the Amarillo Civic Center, 401 S. Buchanan St. (tel. 806/378-3096 for tickets; In early June, there's Cowboy Roundup USA (tel. 806/372-4777), with a ranch rodeo and a chuck wagon cook-off. Several other major equestrian events are held in town during the fall and winter; contact the Amarillo CVC (tel. 800/692-1338) for details.


Don Harrington Discovery Center                                                                       

The Texas Panhandle's preeminent children's science museum, the Discovery Center is home to more than 60 permanent displays, including an eye-popping exhibit on turbulent weather patterns and Tiny Town, a play area for kids 4 and younger. The center is also home to the innovative Space Theater, an all-digital system that shows a variety of productions. Out front is the space age Helium Monument, comprised of four helium-filled steel columns.                                     

Tues-Sat 9:30am-4:30pm; Sun noon 4:30pm,1200 St Dr, Amarillo, TX 355-9547


English Field Air & Space Museum

A must-see for aviation buffs (and a ho-hum for others), this museum features an impressive array of historical aircraft and missiles; a tour takes a bit less than an hour. Of special interest is a Mars Lander: It is one of three in existence and the only one on Earth. (The other two reside on Mars's red surface.) An extensive collection of nuclear ordnance from the Cold War era, several airplanes and helicopters, and the third-longest concrete runway in the world, which, at 13,600 feet, is an alternate landing site for the space shuttle are also of interest.  Cost: Free admission (donations accepted), Wed and Fri-Sun noon-5pm, 2014 English Rd, 806/335-1812

Kwahadi Kiva Indian Museum

At once a museum and a dance theater, this attractive new facility presents the story of the people native to the Panhandle through art and culture. Inside a Pueblo-inspired building, author and artist Thomas Mails' collection of paintings and artifacts is presented; out front, Kwahadi Dancers take to the stage for regular performances. Most performances are on summer weekend nights at 7:30 with ticket prices of $5 to $7, or $12 to $15 if you partake in the barbecue that precedes the show.                                                                                                      

Cost: Admission $3 adults, $1.50 children                                                            

Opening Hours: Summer Tues-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 1-5pm; winter Tues-Sat noon-5pm, Sun 1-5pm.

Call for the current schedule of the Kwahadi Dancers               

9151 I-40 E, Amarillo, TX  


Admission $3 adults, $1.50 children


Wonderland Amusement Park

An Amarillo landmark since the glory days of Route 66, Wonderland is the Panhandle's top amusement park, featuring more than 25 different nostalgic rides on a 15-acre chunk of Thompson Park. The amusements include three roller coasters, six water rides, a carousel, and several kiddie rides. My favorites: the double-loop "Texas Tornado" coaster and the "Shoot the Chutes" water ride. There is also a minigolf course and an arcade.

Opening Hours: Apr to Labor Day Sat-Sun 1-10pm; May Tues and Thurs-Fri 6:30-9:30pm; June to mid-Aug Mon-Fri 7-10:30pm;

Closed Labor Day to Mar          

2601 Dumas Dr, Amarillo, TX    



Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport

(tel. 806/335-1671), off I-40 Exit 76

(Lakeside Dr.), 7 miles east of downtown.