Sleep Inn & Suites West Medical Center
6915 I-40 West
Amarillo, TX 79106
Phone: (806) 242-7777
Fax: (806) 242-7778
The Amarillo Botanical Gardens is a great place to visit for families or individuals who want to have a fun, educational experience involving the outdoors and native plant life. New exhibits are regularly being added, such as the Palo Duro Canyon Garden. Guided tours are available by request if made a week in advance. Be sure to find the tropical conservatory for a chance to investigate rare and exotic indoor plants.
A maze of concrete hardly sounds exciting unless your on wheels. Amarillo's John Stiff Memorial Skate Park is for kids and adults alike who wish to cruise around on self-propelled wheels in a safe environment without a million cars whizzing by. This concrete jungle is designed for skateboarders, BMX riders, and roller skaters. Zoom down a 16 foot cradle pipe, zip around the nine foot bowl and get the lay of the land from the top of the five foot quarter pipe. The park is equipped with lights so you can skate well into the night.
The Western Bowl bowling alley is the perfect place for people visiting Amarillo to have some fun. Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday are "Galaxy Bowling" nights, where disco music is played and lasers flash throughout the alley. For young travelers, Thursdays are "College Nights" where students from Texas A&M and other schools come for a fun night of bowling. Hot dogs, sodas, beers and all of the other refreshments needed for a solid game of bowling are served.
The Wildcat Bluff Nature Center is a protected, natural piece of the Amarillo landscape. Trails wind through 600 acres of land where Amarillo's unique wildlife can be experienced. Horned-lizards, porcupines and hawks inhabit the area. Taking a hike is the perfect experience for curious youngsters and families. Summer camps, guided tours and other activities are organized regularly by the Wildcat Bluff Nature Center.
The Madame Queen is a prototype 2-10-2 locomotive that was constructed in 1930 for the Santa Fe Railroad. The locomotive has been on display to the public for over 50 years. At the time of its use, the Madame Queen was the premiere locomotive of its day. In order to continue the upkeep of the classic locomotive, The Santa Fe Locomotive Development Museum is getting its start and taking donations. It was also shown in the Mega Movers series of The History Channel.
The Sports World Family Fun Center is a great place for families traveling with kids. There are batting cages and miniature golf to keep the whole family entertained. Go Karts (along with "kiddie Karts) are also available. Group packages may be purchased by advanced request.
Lush green grass flows over the long fairways and greens at the immaculate golf course in the Texas Panhandle. Amarillo's Ross Rogers Golf Course first opened to the general public in 1940 and has been challenging players ever since. This golfing complex offers a bevvy of amenities including a driving range, with a practice area that includes tee and chipping areas. The course plays host to many tournaments and private events throughout the year and is continuously rated Amarillo's most economical course for those on a budget.
Residing on a 15-acre plot of forest land, the Amarillo Zoo allows guests to experience over 45 different species of animals, along with rare plant breeds. The zoo is constantly adding new animals, some of the most popular being the Bengal Tigers and Wallabies. The Amarillo Zoo is the perfect place for a fun family outing while on vacation. Admission to the zoo is free on Mondays.
Featuring three roller-coasters, five water-slides and a number of rides for children, the Wonder Land Amusement Park has been entertaining visitors in Amarillo for close to 50 years. The family-friendly park also has bumper cars and a miniature golf course. For an affordable price, guests can purchase a ride pass for a full day of experiencing almost any attraction in the park (discounts are available for children with a height under "42). The Wonderland Amusement Park is the perfect place to have fun on a summer's day. Check website for seasonal hours.
This city owned golf course features challenging holes and long fairways designed in the Scottish style links. The Comanche Trail Golf Course offers golf enthusiasts a chance to practice their swing at the practice green which also has chipping areas and a sand bunker. The golf course is home to many local tournaments, and puts on charity events throughout the year. Green fees are fairly priced, and offer twilight prices if you visit after 3p. Golf carts are also available for rental.
Traversing through the heart of the Palo Duro Canyon, trained cowboys guide visitors on horseback along dusty old trails during the Old West Stables tours. Three different tours are available for different types of guests; from a light, child-friendly half an hour ride to a five hour ride for experienced riders through some of the canyon's most scenic regions. Call ahead to book a tour.
This versatile ranch offers a bevvy of activities with a flourish of real Texas flair. Step into the boots of a cowboy and go for a wagon ride and watch cattle being herded, an activity fun for the whole family. Once you reach the ranch, watch as real working cowboys jump in the saddle for some team roping. You can even bet on horse racing with the ranch's 'Ranch Bucks' money and cheer as colts race by with their colored blinker masks. Take a shot at the sporting clays and make your way through the 10 stations firing a shotgun at clay targets. At the end of the day, you'll be famished and the smell of sizzling steaks over an open fire will whet your appetite. Eat with the cowboys and much on upscale cuisine, all cooked over an open fire as you listen to them tell ranching stories. The 'Barn' is a luxurious venue rental on the property that is perfect for weddings, private and corporate events. Visit the website to learn more about the cowboy lifestyle found at River Breaks Ranch.