Amarillo is the business and cultural center of the Texas Panhandle. The city got its start during the 1880s as a railroad town, and grew into a thriving city thanks to the oil industry, cattle ranching and wheat farming. Historic Route 66 ran right through the heart of Amarillo, which over the years has definitely helped to shape it. The following are some of the places to visit in Amarillo, TX.
Amarillo Botanical Gardens
There are over 4 acres of seasonal and outdoor gardens at the Amarillo Botanical Gardens. It feature plants that are native to the state of Texas. There is also an indoor conservatory where exotic and tropical plants from all over the world are highlighted. There are various educational programs that relate to gardening and plants.
This 15-acre zoological park features a wide range of exotic and interesting animals. There are 150 animals at the zoo with 88 species from all over the world represented. Some of the species at the zoo are native to Texas, including grey foxes, tarantulas and bison. There are also a number of exotic animals such as exotic birds, tigers and lions. There are also animal encounters, keeper chats and live animal shows at the zoo.
Wonderland Amusement Park
This old-fashioned amusement park opened in 1951. The park has water rides,
a miniature golf course and also traditional amusement park rides such as bumper cars. There are several different roller coasters at the park, including the Hornet, Cyclone and Texas Tornado. There is a small child-friendly area that includes a train, a merry-go-around and boats. Concession stands sell cotton candy, drinks and food.
Amarillo Railroad Museum
The mission of this railroad museum is to preserve the railroad heritage and history of the Texas Panhandle. There are model trains and preserved railroad equipment at the museum. Outdoors there is a historical train cars and engine as well as a railroad garden.