First, it was Route 66 that brought travelers through Amarillo, then Interstate 40 became the main thoroughfare that brings visitors our way. Improvements are ongoing for I-40, so if you’re planning to pass through, why not exit the interstate and avoid the hassle of construction to explore our friendly West Texas city? Here are some things to do in Amarillo worth pulling over for:
The Big Texan Steak Ranch and Brewery is world-famous for its 72-ounce steak challenge and now they’ve opened the Starlight Ranch Event Center. Here, you can soar high on the zip line, wander through the 10,000-square-foot maze, take a swing on the driving range, enjoy a round of miniature golf and see how long you’ll last on the mechanical bull. Boot scoot and boogie on the outdoor dance floor of one of the best new live music venues in Amarillo.
Downtown Amarillo is energetic, with lots of new development. Pick your pour of more than 50 wines at Crush Wine Bar & Deli and pair your glass with one of their inventive sandwiches or evening entrées.
Next door, you’ll find downtown’s first craft brewery, Six Car Pub & Brewery. Named for the streetcar that once passed through this part of Amarillo, Six Car is a hip new spot in town with impressive architectural details and a rooftop patio for watching those famous West Texas sunsets.
Across the street in the restored Woolworth building, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the 1920s with a martini in hand and a saxophone on the stage at Esquire Jazz Club. Enjoy one of their cleverly named cocktails created with fine spirits as you enjoy live jazz music in Amarillo.
Cinergy Amarillo will open in 2018 with all the fun you’re looking for packed into one giant complex. Climb high on the Sky Walker ropes course and zip line, beat the clock in the Escape Room, play laser tag and video games, bowl and watch movies in luxury seating where your food’s delivered right to you.
Chef Rory Schepisi, celebrity chef on The Next Food Network Star, The Today Show and the Rachel Ray Show, has opened The Drunken Oyster in Amarillo and has plans to open five more restaurants in West Texas in the next five years.