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    Helium Monument

    by Basaic Written Sep 22, 2014

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    There is a monument to the element helium in front of the Don Harrington Discovery Center. Helium is found in the largest quantities on earth, here around Amarillo. The monument was built in 1968 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of helium. The four tubes contain books and other materials to tell future generations about life in 1968.

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    Don Harrington Discovery Center

    by Basaic Updated Sep 22, 2014

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    This is a terrific place to bring kids of all ages. Lots of stimulating displays (many hands-on) to teach them about art and science. Don't miss the Space Theater (I loved it!) or the 3000 gallon aquarium. They have a lot of special programs (especially in the summer) if you will be in town for a while. Located just across a park from the Amarillo Botanical Gardens. The park has a playground to let the younger kids blow off some energy. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday and 1 PM to 5 PM Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, military and kid 3 to 12.

    Don Harrington Discovery Center Displays Solar System Cool! Find a Treasure
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    Amarillo Botanical Gardens

    by Basaic Updated Sep 22, 2014

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    The Amarillo Botanical Gardens is a bit smaller than some I have been through but is still very nice. What it lacks in size it makes up for with the surrounding park and the fact that the Dave Harrington Discovery Center is a short walk away. Make sure you see the tropical flora and fauna in the Mary Bivins Tropical Conservatory. They even give free concerts on Thursday Night June through August! It is easy to hit both quickly in the same morning or afternoon. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday and 1 PM to 5 PM on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors (60 and up). Free for kids 12 and under.

    Amarillo Botanical Gradens Inside the Gardens Park Around the Gardens (free to walk through) Pretty Flower Pretty Flower
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    Amarillo Visitors Center

    by Basaic Written Sep 22, 2014

    The visitors center in Amarillo had an abundant amount of information about the city and the Panhandle Plains Section of Texas. The lady I talked to was very helpful, too. A great place to plan your visit and maximize your enjoyment Amarillo and the surrounding area. Hours are 8 AM to 5 PM daily. 7:50 AM when I visited because the lady saw me waiting and let me in early :-)

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    Amarillo and Potter County

    by Basaic Written Sep 11, 2014

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    Amarillo is a large city of almost 200,000 (up 13% since 2000) located at the intersection of Interstate 40 and 27, and US Highways 60 and 287 in Potter County in the Panhandle Plains Section of Northern Texas. Amarillo is the county seat of Potter County. Although Indians, Spanish Explorers, and French Traders traversed the area for many years, Amarillo (Spanish for yellow) was first established as a railroad construction camp in 1887 and was named for the yellow sands along the Amarillo Creek. The area was traversed by the Great Spanish Road between Santa Fe and San Antonio and the Santa Fe Trail. The town grew rapidly and incorporated in 1892. Today Amarillo is one of the dominant cities in the Panhandle Plains and is home to a variety of industries along with a number of places to interest tourists. Potter County was established in 1876 (although there were no permanent residents in the county) and was named for Robert Potter, Secretary of the Navy and Senator for the Republic of Texas. The current Potter County Courthouse is the 5th for the county and was completed in 1932 by Amarillo architect W. C. Townes using the Art Deco style of architecture. The Potter County Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Potter County Courthouse Amarillo City Hall Potter County Library
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    Visit the Big Texan

    by Basaic Written Jun 27, 2013

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    I mentioned the "Big Texan" in a restaurant tip but there is more to see here than just food. It is worth a quick stop to see the restaurant, hotel, and murals even if you do not intend to eat here. Considered a landmark in Amarillo and the panhandle of Texas.

    A Lotta Bull! Big Texan Restaurant Motel Complimentary Limo Nice Mural
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    Kwahadi Kiva Museum of the American Indian

    by Basaic Written Jun 27, 2013

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    The Kwahadi Kiva Museum of the American Indian is a combination museum and showplace. Their mission is to preserve the history of the native peoples of the plains area and to educate the public. This is accomplished through art, educational displays and most interestingly native ceremonial music and dance performed by members of the different tribes. Hours are 1 PM to 5 PM Saturday and Sunday (September through May); and 1 PM to 5 PM Wednesday through Sunday (June through August). They are open until 10 PM on show nights. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for “youth”.

    Kwahadi Kiva Museum of the American Indian
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    Stop at the Texas Welcome Center

    by Basaic Written Jun 27, 2013

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    There is a very nice, large Texas Welcome Center in Amarillo, which is one of 12 operated by the Texas Department of Transportation throughout the state. Here you will find friendly knowledgeable people to help you plan your visit, along with information filled maps and brochures and coupon books to help you save money. This is also a nice place to take a rest and stretch your legs after some driving. Picnic areas are available along with restrooms. Hours are 8 AM to 5 PM daily (6 PM Memorial Day to Labor Day).

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    Downtown

    by BruceDunning Written May 23, 2013

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    The downtown is dead for the most part. It has the Santa Fe building and one other high tower structure, but the rest are vacant, or barely occupied buildings. Historic Polk district is just south of town, and is not much to speak about; but do drive by

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    Kwahadi Indian Museum

    by BruceDunning Written May 23, 2013

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    It is located to the far eastern section of town, and on the frontage road; across from the visitor center. it was not open when I was there, and is said to be open Wed-Sunday form 1-5PM. Charge is $5. It states it has some art works and artifacts.

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    Botanical Garden

    by BruceDunning Written May 23, 2013

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    This is a nice, but a bit small facility; yet again good for the city to view. Fee to enter may be $3, but sometimes it is free. There is a main building that is administrative, and the hot house holding the tropical vegetation.

    The encapsiated humidity building Bird of Paradise plant
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    The other Big Texan~

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 25, 2012

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    Even if you don't stop to eat at the Country Barn Steakhouse restaurant, stop and see the very big Texan. It reminds me and still is part of good old Route 66. Now, there is another place called the "The Big Texan Steakhouse", which looks really neat. I didn't want someone to get it confused with the other.

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    Try a jeep tour of the Canyon

    by Bunsch Written May 23, 2011

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    Elkins Ranch offers you a chance to see quite a bit more of Palo Duro Canyon than you can do in your own vehicle -- or even with a mountain bike or horse unless you are very fit. Numerous jeep tours explore the rim, walls, and floor of the canyon. You can choose what works best for you and your family. The one hour tour includes a waterfall and various lookout points. Hidden Spring Canyon tour lasts over two hours and takes you to a hidden finger of the canyon. The big kahuna is a 3 hour circuit combining the shorter tours and adding some features. Rates range from $25 (1 hour) to $65 (3 hours) per person; children's rates are less.

    The ranch also has both a chuckwagon breakfast and a ranch supper, depending on your time of tour, which although expensive looked pretty appetizing.

    Your ride awaits (not my pic)
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    Earn a free 72oz. Steak

    by ATXtraveler Written Apr 18, 2009

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    Normally, I wouldn't think that eating challenges are note-worthy as "earned", but then again, I had never witnessed someone try to put down a 72 oz. piece of beef, while also being required to consume a salad, piece of bread, baked potato, and also a shrimp cocktail.

    I thought I would face this challenge myself when I walked into the Big Texan in Amarillo, and until I sat down at the table, I was mentally preparing. Luckily, my wife talked me out of it, as it was $72 USD, and my commitment to eating was wavering. Almost minutes after I gave up, a brave soul did enter the arena to do battle with this bull. Here are a couple pictures of the challenge.

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  • Amarillo Updates Feb 2006

    by Jensentravels Written Mar 23, 2006

    Just a quick update. We were just in Amarillo in Feb and the American Quarter Horse Association is closed for at least a couple of months for remodeling. You can look at the statues outside but everything else is currently closed. Was really looking forward to seeing this when we were out there.

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