Growing up I remember hearing so much about Amarillo, Texas. Mostly about Route 66 (which I became obsessed with! One day I WILL drive it from beginning to end.). I always thought Amarillo was such a huge Texas City. But as of 2016, it had less than 200,000 people in it, compared to Houston, San Antonio and Dallas that have over a million people. Color me shocked. That is why this list of free things to do in Amarillo is on the small side.
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While in Texas make sure to take in the top attractions along with my best tips on saving the most money on your Texas vacation. I share the best things to do, where to stay and place you HAVE to eat at. YUM!!
Depending on what you are planning to do it could be very beneficial for you to purchase a pass that bundles attraction for one low price. Here are the best ones for Texas:
- Dallas City Pass
- GoCity San Antonio Pass
- Texas Guided Tours and Day Trips
- South Central Texas Pogo Pass
Each one has its own perks and rates for attractions so be sure to check each one for the best possible bundle for your vacation.
11 Amazing Free Things to do in Amarillo TX
While traveling be sure you bring change so you can take advantage of any pressed penny machines you come across. These make great souvenirs.
Wildcat Bluff Nature Center – The visitor center is free and there is tons of info on plants and animals, and the trails in the area.
Helium Monument – A monument to the discovery and helium. A great picture opportunity!
Amarillo Zoo – You can get into the zoo on Mondays for free. Take in the animals and have some fun without all the weekend crowds!
Cadillac Ranch – The 10 famous Cadillacs buried nose down in the dirt. Bring your own spray paint and leave your mark on this roadside attraction. The art on them changes daily and it's worth a stop just to see what is new each day you are near!
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area – This is an NPS site and perfect area for nature lovers. Here the Canadian River has cut dramatic 200-foot canyons or breaks. Lake Meredith now occupies these hidden coves where early humans once roamed.
Route 66 Historic District – This is a mile-long stretch of the famous Route 66 that you can walk, take in the cafes, antique shops, and more.
Swimming Pool Shaped Like Texas – This is one of those crazy Route 66 attractions that are just plain cool to check out!
Groom Cross – Located in Groom Texas this is a huge Cross you can see for around 20 miles. Around the cross are life-size recreations of the stations of the cross and an empty tomb to symbolize Jesus has risen again.
Madame Queen – Perfect for any train lovers!
Medical Center Park (Medi Park) – One of the few green spaces in the city of Amarillo.
Know of any more free things to do in Amarillo TX that should be on the list? Let me know in the comments below!