El Paso Texas, United States
Attractions in El Paso Texas, USA: What to Do and Where to Go
El Paso is an interesting and unique border city that offers the best of two countries: the colorful and friendly Mexican culture as well as the modernness and prosperity of Anglo-Saxon culture. The "Sun City" (as El Paso is also known, due to the 300 sunny days out of the year that it has) is ideal for visiting during any season of the year so enjoy everything that this city has to offer, for both the leisure traveler and the business person.
Discover the dozens of cultural and artistic events that are continually offered throughout the entire city, as well as a large number of galleries and museums. Enjoy outdoor activities like fishing, golf or a day in one of the many parks in and around El Paso. There are historic and cultural landmarks, as well as a varied lifestyle and extensive nighttime entertainment options. Don't forget that there are also shopping malls in the region, which definitely require a visit or two.
The city has an excellent variety of theme parks for the whole family. Whether you come to visit El Paso in the summer or the winter, there will always be a park open for you to enjoy.
Adventure Zone and Bob O's Family Fun
There are two amusement parks where you are sure to find fun for every member of the family. Discover the entertainment area games like miniature golf, video games, go-karts, an artificial lake with small boats, a kid's play area and a food court. Have a great day in either of these two theme parks.
Western Playland Amusement Park
This is the most entertaining amusement park in the west of Texas. There are rides that are great for the whole family, especially if you are looking for an exciting, adrenaline-packed ride on a roller coaster.
Wet 'N' Wild Waterworld
This is a water park that will refresh and keep you active during the hottest months of the summer. A true oasis in the desert!
This is an area of El Paso that offers a number of battlefields where you can take part in this exciting sport while both kids and adults have fun.
Franklin Mountains State Park
This regional national reserve is highly prized for its ecological and aesthetic value. The Franklin Mountains are an integral part of El Paso since it is the core part of the landscape of the city. Go hiking, running, biking, climbing, camping or just admire the local flora and fauna. Ride the Wyler Aerial Tramway, from where you can admire an excellent view of the mountainous skyline.
Fort Bliss is one of the largest military bases in the United States. It houses various museums related to warfare, hosts several fairs and has several old buildings.
El Paso and its surrounding areas offer an amazing variety of lakes and streams where you can go sport fishing. The most common species in the region is the trout, catfish and European seabass, among other species. Enjoy the scenic backdrop that this activity can offer you, while fish in this attractive area.
With more than a dozen golf courses, the El Paso area is great for enthusiasts of the sport. There are 9 and 18-hole courses, with mountain or desert backdrops. Some were designed by big name golf personalities. One thing is certain: when you visit El Paso, you can definitely find a course that can adapt to your golfing needs.
Cultural and Historical Sites
In various parts of the city and in the surrounding areas, you can find buildings, structures and remnants of the 400-year history of the "Sun City." Some of the sites that you definitely can't miss out on when you visit El Paso are the missions that have been built and established over the span of three centuries: Ysleta, Socorro and San Elizario. The Concordia Cemetery was built in 1853 and it is the final resting place of over 70,000 pioneers as well as distinguished people of the region. The Magoffin Home is the only museum in the region that used to be a house. It has 19 rooms and original furniture. It was built in 1875 for Joseph Magoffin, who was a pioneer, a politician and a civic leader.
El Paso has approximately 30 museums that offer themes that run from saving water to an exhibit of war artifacts. The following list is a mention of some of the most interesting museums in the city:
Carlos M. Ramirez TecH2O Water Resources Learning Center
This is a modern place that is focused on educating, disseminating and creating awareness for water management in the Chihuahuan Desert. Learn through fun, interactive exhibits.
El Paso Museum of Archaeology
This museum sits on 15 acres of land and has outdoor exhibits, a desert garden and footpaths, as well as exhibition rooms. The main objective of this place is to preserve the archeological and anthropological pieces of the culture relevant to El Paso and the American Southwest (Texas and the north of Mexico) and to educate the general public on these topics.
El Paso Museum of Art
This is a modern edifice that houses a museum in the center of the city. It has a permanent collection of more than 5,000 works of art, as well as constantly changing exhibitions, and educational programs.
The Natural History Museum of El Paso
This exhibition hall is a part of the Museum of History and has over 300 exhibits and the largest fossil collection of the region.
Visiting El Paso without going to the rodeo is not a true Wild West experience. The city has several ranches with special areas where rodeos can be held, exhibiting a true Texan pastime.
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