Places to Visit/Things to Do
If you’re looking for an entertaining amusement park, look no further. Head over to Western Playground, a family amusement park located in nearby Sunland Park of New Mexico. The 30-acre amusement park was originally built in 1960 in El Paso but was moved to its new location after 2006. The park features plenty of rides that entertains all ages, from the little ones to the more mature. Western Playland has interesting hours, with different hours on different days and seasons. For pricing, there are two options: One price bracelets, or admission plus the price of each ride ticket. For one price bracelets for those 42 inches and taller, it costs $21.21. For those 34 go 41 inches, the admission costs $16.60. If you choose the second pricing option, admission will cost you $5 plus each ride ticket of $2.50.
El Paso has a multitude of outdoor activities. One of the more popular ones is the Franklin Mountains State Park. Franklin Mountains State Park is an almost 25,000-acre park, with its highest peak reaching over 7,100 feet. The state park is the largest state park in the country that lies completely within city borders. The park headquarters is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. The Tom Mays Unit is open every day, with the gate open from 8 am to 5 pm. Extended hours are in use on weekends of April to September. Admission into the state park is very minimal, at only $5 for adults. For kids under 13, it’s free. If you want to book an adult group, contact the park for special pricing.
Who doesn’t admire beautiful art? The El Paso Museum of Art a popular art venue located in downtown El Paso. It was founded almost60 years ago, back in 1959. When it became accredited in ‘72, it was and remains to be the only accredited art museum within a span of over 200 miles. Each year, the museum attracts near 100,000 visitors each year, making it one of the most popular art museums in Texas. The El Paso Museum of Art is open from 9 am to 5 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. On Thursday, they are open from 9 am to 9 pm and from 12 pm to 5 pm on Sundays. They are closed on Mondays and major holidays. Hours for certain exhibits and collections vary. Admission into the El Paso Museum of Art is free, so you can admire the beautiful art without a price.
Another popular historical site of El Paso is the Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site. Basically an oasis within a desert, the rock basins (aka Huecos), has been providing the areas with water. The park is popular for offering ancient rock imagery, spots for picnics, and 20 campsites. The 860-acre park is a popular attraction among both locals and tourists. To behold this site, it costs $7 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. The park is open from 8 am to 6 pm throughout the months of October to April. During the months of May to September, the park is open from 8 am to 6 pm Monday through Thursday and from 7 am to 7 pm Friday to Sunday.
The El Paso Zoo is a popular attraction within the city. The 35-acre zoo is home to more than 200 species of animals, including endangered species such as the Amur leopard and Aruba rattlesnake. Other popular animal exhibits include elephants, lions, orangutans, and more. Since its opening in 1930, it has been serving as one of the best things to do while in El Paso. The El Paso Zoo is open every day from 9:30 to 5 pm. They are closed on major holidays. Tickets will cost $12 for adults, $9 for teens, seniors, and active military personnel. For children aged 3 to 12, the zoo tickets cost $7.50. You can’t leave El Paso without visiting this zoo first.
Best Way to Tour El Paso, TX
- The best way to tour the city of El Paso (as well as many other cities) is by chartered buses and vans. Explore at your own pace within the safety of your private vehicle. Don’t worry about ordering an Uber or Lyft when you have your own exploration vehicle. Through Prompt Charters, you can order the buses you need. Prompt Charters is an amazing, affordable chartered vehicle company that caters to your every needs. Whether you need a bus for school trips, marriages, parties, campaigns, or whatever else, Prompt Charters can help you. Prompt Charters offers buses, mini buses, school buses, party buses, and more. Most activities and destinations listed above and below are accessible by chartered buses.
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Best Place to Eat/Shop
- Cielo Vista –The Cielo Vista is the largest mall in El Paso. They feature over 140 stores, including 5 anchor stores. Some stores include American Eagle, Apple, Banana Republic, Dillard’s, GAP, H&M, Hollister, Michael Kors JCPenney, Macy’s, and much more. They also feature easy eating options such as Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s, Olive Garden, and more.
- Bassett Place – Another amazing place to shop in El Paso is the Bassett Place. Like Cielo Vista, Bassett Place is a large shopping mall, but not as large. They features 80 stores, featuring 4 anchor tenants. Some stores include Marshalls, Target, Ross, Victoria’s Secret, and much more. They also feature great dining options within their food court.
- Sunland Park Mall – The Sunland Park is another large mall in El Paso. The Sunland Park features one of the largest store amount in El Paso, coming in at 130. At the mall, there is so much to visit and do. From stores to entertainment to dining options, Sunland has it all.
- Café Central –Café Central is one of the most popular sit-down restaurants in El Paso, Texas. The American-International restaurant is both vegetarian and vegan friendly, as well as items that meat-loves will love. Café Central is rated the #1 fine-dining restaurant in El Paso by tripadvisor in 2018.
- Kiki’s Restaurant & Bar – “Kiki do you love me?” We’re sure they will, but we guarantee that you will love them. The local restaurant is a perfect place to eat Mexican and Hispanic foods. Kiki’s Restaurant & Bar is rated the #1 local cuisine restaurant in El Paso by tripadvisor in 2018.
Enjoy your Vacay!