Whether you are just driving through or planning a getaway to Amarillo there are plenty of fun things to do in Amarillo, Texas.
It’s a small town on Route 66 that is home to many fun things to do. It was actually one of our favorite stops on Route 66. We only stayed a night and were able to visit Cadillac Ranch and Big Texan Steakhouse and had an absolute blast. And the people were so kind and fun!
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This post is all about fun things to do in Amarillo, Texas!
Fun Things To Do in Amarillo, Texas:
Big Texan Steak Ranch
Far and away is one of our favorite stops on our whole Route 66 road trip. This restaurant is larger than life and rings true to the phrase “everything’s bigger in Texas.” The outside is loud and brightly colored with a pink motel on the property and a giant cow and “Tex-Rex.” Once inside, the place is massive with a huge dining room, arcade games, a gift shop, and a stage. The stage is set for their competition. If someone can eat a 72 oz (2,041 g) steak and 4 sides in an hour or less, they get the whole meal for free. If not, it’s $72! Lots of people have tried but only a few dozen have completed the tall task. Even if you don’t feel up to eat 72 oz of steak, there are tons of steaks at more reasonable portions that just melt in your mouth! Plus they have a great craft beer selection and a huge flight of 10 beers for only $12!
This is a hugely popular stop on Route 66. It’s an art installation just off the highway of 10 Cadillacs stuck nose down in the dirt. They are all graffitied and you can add your own tag. There are tons of spray paint cans there that you can use for free so no need to bring your own. Also, don’t climb the cars unless you are one of the first ones there because there will be wet paint all over! It gets pretty busy during the day with road trippers stopping by and there are some vendors selling snacks and such.
Wonderland Amusement Park
This amusement park is straight out of the 1950s. There are tons of nostalgic rides and games and there are even some newer roller coasters and water slides. It’s only open seasonally so be sure to check when you’ll be visiting.
Texas Air & Space Museum
This air and space museum is located at the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport. It has indoor exhibits highlighting an Amarillo Time Capsule from 1954 and the many wars the US has been through in the last century. But the real reason to visit is to see the full-size aircraft out on the runway. You’ll find an awesome T-33A Shooting Star and the massive C-7 Caribou along with many others. It’s a fun stop to get out of the car to stretch your legs on your Route 66 Road Trip.
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Tri-State Fair & Rodeo
If you time it right, you can visit a real Texas rodeo at the Tri-State Fair & Rodeo! You can enjoy parades, fair food, games, concerts, and a multi-day rodeo event. There is tons of fun for the whole family. Even if you can’t make the annual Tri-State Fair in September, there are tons of other rodeos and events at the complex!
Amarillo Botanical Gardens
I would never have pegged Amarillo to be a place for Botanical Gardens, but they do and it is stunning. It is complete with outdoor terraces, an amphitheater, a tropical conservatory, and a Japanese Garden. You could easily spend an hour or two walking around admiring the beautiful flora and fauna.
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum
This museum is one of the top museums in the city and highlights the American Quarter Horse. The building itself is quite stunning and there are tons of statues in the parking lot if you just need a break from the car. If you are really into horses, you could go in but from what we’ve seen you have to really enjoy horses and specifically the American Quarter Horse. They do have an interactive kid section though!
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Located just 30 minutes outside of downtown Amarillo is Palo Duro Canyon State Park. This state park is home to the second-largest canyon in the US (behind the Grand Canyon). It’s about 120 miles long (193 km) and at its widest is 20 miles wide (32 km)! There are some gorgeous viewpoints and tons of hiking trails. You can also ride horses, camp, bird watch, or bike through the park. One of the main reasons to visit is for the Texas Outdoor Musical. This family-friendly musical includes singing, dancing, fireworks, and tons of humor!
Amarillo, Texas Accommodations:
Budget | Atrea Inn Amarillo – This new hotel is clean and well located. It has breakfast included and barbeque facilities for guest use!
Mid-Range | TownPlace Suites Amarillo – This modern and clean hotel is the perfect stop for a road trip. Breakfast is included making it that much easier to hop on the road in the morning.
Luxury | The Barfield, Autograph Collection – This hotel offers a central location in Amarillo with air-conditioning and a full restaurant and bar on property. The rooms are clean, modern, and spacious.
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