Things to Do in Texas Big Bend Country
West Texas is another name for Big Bend Country. Visitors flock to Big Bend National Park, the Rio Grande River, Guadalupe National Park, the Davis Mountains, and Big Bend Country cities and towns such as El Paso, Midland, Odessa, Alpine, Del Rio, Langtry, Marfa, Wink, Terlingua, and others.
At Monahans Sandhills State Park in Big Bend Country, you can surf down a sand dune. Swim in one of America’s largest man-made pools at Balmorhea State Park.
Natural History Museum of El Paso
Over 300 exhibits spanning the wonders of the universe, the progression of life on earth from the most ancient to the most recent, and the dawn of civilization, including state-of-the-art-mounted laboratory casts of dinosaur skeletons as well as the famous “Lucy” skeleton and museum-quality reproductions of ancient Egyptian artifacts from King Tut’s tomb.
Viva El Paso!
Experience four centuries of El Paso’s history in the picturesque outdoor McKelligon Canyon Amphitheater. A breathtaking drama in a natural desert canyon setting, VIVA’s legend relives the adventure of the earliest settlers through the Spanish conquest, Mexican revolution, the establishing of Fort Bliss, and the coming of the railroads.
El Paso Museum of Art
The El Paso Museum of Art collections include works that encompass richly diverse artistic periods, styles, and movements, including American Painting and Sculpture, European Painting and Sculpture, Mexican Viceroyal Painting and 19th Century Mexican Folk Retablos, and many others.
El Paso Zoo
The El Paso Zoo is an eighteen-acre home to more than 700 animals of 175 species in a variety of natural habitat exhibits including a Reptile House, American Biome, Americas Aviary, Paraje, Birds of Prey, Forest Atrium, Asian Grasslands, Asian Endangered Walk, and an Elephant Complex.
The Presidential Museum
Extraordinary collections and exceptional library and archival materials are being acquired to detail the private and public lives of our country’s first families.
The Globe of the Great Southwest
Bringing a bit of British flair to the West Texas landscape is this replica of the original Globe Theatre, the home of William Shakespeare’s acting company in England. The Globe hosts community theater performances, monthly country-western shows called The Brand New Opree, and other community activities.
Permian Basin Petroleum Museum
As a unique education facility, the museum serves to teach the cultural and technical stories of the oil and gas industry. Its interactive exhibits cover all aspects of the petroleum industry from the formation of oil, its exploration, geology, pipelining, marketing and refining to the economic and political impact of the industry.
American Airpower Heritage Museum
The Museum’s exhibits present an imaginative environment that allows visitors to discover the World War II experience. The Confederate Air Force preserves in the flying condition the world’s largest collection of combat aircraft flown by the U.S. during World War II. Fourteen to 20 airplanes are always on display and change quarterly, so there’s always something different to see.
Western Playland Amuseument Park offers a variety of rides and attractions including kiddie rides, thrill rides, family rides, water rides, bumper cars, roller coasters, go-carts, and more.
Indian Cliffs Ranch at Cattleman’s Steakhouse
This 26-year-old landmark east of El Paso offers great family fun. You can see Texas longhorns, buffalo, deer, Belgian team horses and many other animals. There’s also an Indian maze, movie sets, the Fort Apache playground for kids and hayrides on Sunday afternoons, plus the admission is free for steakhouse guests! After the sights, stay for dinner at the world-famous Cattleman’s Steakhouse.