Things to Do in Texas Panhandle Plains
- Things to Do in Texas Panhandle Plains
Enjoy the endless horizon while learning about the art, history, and natural beauty of the plains. There’s nowhere quite like the Texas Panhandle Plains, with its breathtaking canyons and wide-open plains, as well as its trademark cowboy heritage. When you visit this part of Texas, you’ll see some of the most iconic symbols of the American West, such as rugged desert landscapes, historic roads, and one-of-a-kind roadside attractions. Hike the rugged trails of America’s second-largest canyon, drive Historic Route 66, or pay a visit to the birthplace of a rock and roll legend. These are just a few of the activities available in the Texas Panhandle Plains region.
Texas’ Greatest Amusement Park. In operation since 1951, Wonderland is one of the most progressive parks in the country.
The Grace Museum
The Grace Museum houses three museums in the historic Grace Hotel — The Art Museum, The History Museum, and The Children’s Museum. The first floor of The Grace Museum includes an elegant, historic marble ballroom, a glass loggia, a large enclosed brick courtyard, a restored lobby, and a beautiful gift shop. The rooftop has a large, open-air terrace.
Don Harrington Discovery Center
You get hands-on experience at the Don Harrington Discovery Center. Participate in static and visiting exhibits, planetarium shows, special events, educational/outreach programs, and children’s science workshops.
Buddy Holly Center
The Center collects, preserves, and interprets artifacts relevant to Lubbock’s most famous native son, Buddy Holly, as well as to other performing artists and musicians of West Texas. Changing exhibitions in the visual arts provide an arena for celebrating the creative talents of fine artists at work in a region distinguished by vast distances and a rich tradition of creative resources.
Figure 3 Ranch
Ride through the pasture of the Figure 3 Ranch to the rim of Palo Duro Canyon for an authentic chuck wagon breakfast and ranch activities.
Carson County Square House Museum
The historic Square House is just one of 21 buildings, galleries, outdoor diorama, and large outdoor artifacts that make up the Square House Museum complex. Case exhibits and full-sized diorama tell the story of the Texas Panhandle and its people.
Mackenzie Park/Joyland Amusement Park
Joyland features over 30 great rides and attractions ranging from water caster and roller coasters to junior rides and family classics, like the colorful carousel, food favorites, exciting fun games and group outing facilities. Mackenzie Park also boasts a golf course, disc golf, and Prairie Dog Town.
Amarillo Museum of Art
Six galleries are programmed with 16 exhibitions per year focused on changing loan exhibitions and art from the Museum’s permanent collections. Educational and children’s programs available.
National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature
A gallery exhibition of the works of award-winning illustrators of children’s literature.
The American Quarter Horse Association
The Heritage Center features many hands-on exhibits, fascinating artifacts, dramatic video presentations, horse demonstrations, and breathtaking works of art. There is even a research library and archives for serious owners and enthusiasts.