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Open year-round and featuring more than 100 miles of hiking and biking trails, Franklin Mountains State Park's claim to fame is that it's the largest urban state park in the nation that lies entirely within a city's limits.
Franklin Mountains State Park Headquarters
Open year-round and featuring more than 100 miles of hiking and biking trails, Franklin Mountains State Park's claim to fame is that it's the largest urban state park in the nation that lies entirely within a city's limits.
Just over 30 miles northeast of the city, Hueco Tanks is another recreational hot spot near El Paso catering to hikers, climbers, bird watchers, and those interested in the region's history. The park is named after the immense rock formations and natural basins that collect rainwater, and people have gathered at this unique area for thousands of years, evidence of which remains today through ancient pictographs on the rock wall. Due to the fragile resources of the park, there is a cap on the number of people who can visit in a day. Reservations can be secured by calling ahead of time. Guided tours of the pictographs can also be scheduled during your visit.
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Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site
6900 Hueco Tanks Road No. 1
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Just over 30 miles northeast of the city, Hueco Tanks is another recreational hot spot near El Paso catering to hikers, climbers, bird watchers, and those interested in the region's history. The park is named after the immense rock formations and natural basins that collect rainwater, and people have gathered at this unique area for thousands of years, evidence of which remains today through ancient pictographs on the rock wall. Due to the fragile resources of the park, there is a cap on the number of people who can visit in a day. Reservations can be secured by calling ahead of time. Guided tours of the pictographs can also be scheduled during your visit.
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The park is opened seasonally, usually March to October. It opens only during the weekends for most of the season, except for summer, its peak season, when they also open during the week.
Western Playland
1249 Futurity Dr
The park is opened seasonally, usually March to October. It opens only during the weekends for most of the season, except for summer, its peak season, when they also open during the week.
The El Paso Zoo is situated on 35 acres of dense greenery and is home to several exotic animals from around the world. This zoo has been accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and it gives visitors a chance to connect with these animals that are accommodated in a natural habitat. If you are wondering what to do in El Paso with kids, this is a great place to visit. The El Paso Zoo also has unique family attractions such as the African Star Train, the Foster Tree House Playground, the Hunt Family Desert Spring feature, and the Giraffe Encounter.
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El Paso Zoo
4001 East Paisano Drive
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The El Paso Zoo is situated on 35 acres of dense greenery and is home to several exotic animals from around the world. This zoo has been accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and it gives visitors a chance to connect with these animals that are accommodated in a natural habitat. If you are wondering what to do in El Paso with kids, this is a great place to visit. The El Paso Zoo also has unique family attractions such as the African Star Train, the Foster Tree House Playground, the Hunt Family Desert Spring feature, and the Giraffe Encounter.
Sightseeing
The Plaza Theatre is one of the most famous landmarks in El Paso, situated in a historic building that was constructed in 1929 in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. It was built as a film house with the option of presenting stage shows. After years of neglect, it was restored to its original appearance in 2002. If you are looking for romantic date ideas in El Paso, watch a show at the Plaza Theatre.
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The Plaza Theatre
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The Plaza Theatre is one of the most famous landmarks in El Paso, situated in a historic building that was constructed in 1929 in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. It was built as a film house with the option of presenting stage shows. After years of neglect, it was restored to its original appearance in 2002. If you are looking for romantic date ideas in El Paso, watch a show at the Plaza Theatre.
The El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center was founded by Holocaust survivor Henry Kellen. It was established with the main intention of creating an awareness of the concentration camps and resistance movements during WWII. Videos and exhibits help the visitor understand the gravity of the situation.
El Paso Holocaust Museum & Study Center
715 N Oregon St
The El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center was founded by Holocaust survivor Henry Kellen. It was established with the main intention of creating an awareness of the concentration camps and resistance movements during WWII. Videos and exhibits help the visitor understand the gravity of the situation.
Encompassing the most important surviving Spanish mission stations in Texas, the Mission Trail starts in El Paso and is one of the best ways for tourists to explore the state's rich multicultural heritage. A highlight is the Ysleta Mission, consecrated in 1682 and now the oldest such structure in Texas. Others you'll see along the way are the Socorro Mission, first built in 1691, and San Elizario with its Spanish garrison church from 1789. Many other authentic cultural highlights surround the missions, including local eateries, art galleries, and institutions like the Tigua Indian Cultural Center.
El Paso Mission Trail
Encompassing the most important surviving Spanish mission stations in Texas, the Mission Trail starts in El Paso and is one of the best ways for tourists to explore the state's rich multicultural heritage. A highlight is the Ysleta Mission, consecrated in 1682 and now the oldest such structure in Texas. Others you'll see along the way are the Socorro Mission, first built in 1691, and San Elizario with its Spanish garrison church from 1789. Many other authentic cultural highlights surround the missions, including local eateries, art galleries, and institutions like the Tigua Indian Cultural Center.
Don't be fooled by appearances; this unassuming museum outside El Paso offers a fascinating look at the history of the US Border Patrol. Highlights include a large collection of patrol vehicles, from rudimentary boats, motorcycles, and jeeps to sophisticated helicopters and other aircraft (static displays include an OH-6 helicopter, a Piper Super Cub airplane, and a Conquistador speedboat). Also of interest are exhibits of weapons, uniforms, badges, photos, and artwork. Another attraction worth visiting is Chamizal National Memorial, a 55-acre site celebrating the settlement of disputes between Mexico and the US.
National Border Patrol Museum
4315 Woodrow Bean Transmountain Rd
Don't be fooled by appearances; this unassuming museum outside El Paso offers a fascinating look at the history of the US Border Patrol. Highlights include a large collection of patrol vehicles, from rudimentary boats, motorcycles, and jeeps to sophisticated helicopters and other aircraft (static displays include an OH-6 helicopter, a Piper Super Cub airplane, and a Conquistador speedboat). Also of interest are exhibits of weapons, uniforms, badges, photos, and artwork. Another attraction worth visiting is Chamizal National Memorial, a 55-acre site celebrating the settlement of disputes between Mexico and the US.
San Jacinto Plaza is a historic park located on the corner of Oregon and Mills in the heart of Downtown El Paso, Texas.
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San Jacinto Plaza
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San Jacinto Plaza is a historic park located on the corner of Oregon and Mills in the heart of Downtown El Paso, Texas.
Known as the best view of the city accessible by car, Scenic Drive wows visitors every time. The winding road skirts around the east side of the mountain offering up some of the most stunning views of the city. A pic on Scenic Drive by day or night will certainly garner some attention along with a slew of likes!
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Scenic Drive - Overlook
Scenic Drive
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Known as the best view of the city accessible by car, Scenic Drive wows visitors every time. The winding road skirts around the east side of the mountain offering up some of the most stunning views of the city. A pic on Scenic Drive by day or night will certainly garner some attention along with a slew of likes!
Food scene
Locals believe that El Paso is the "Tex-Mex Capital of the World," and the L&J Cafe has set the standard for home-cooked comfort food since the 1920s. With a menu combining creative new twists on regional flavors and savory traditional plates, the L&J Cafe always satisfies popular demand for delicious borderlands food.
L&J Cafe
1115 Main Street Northwest
Locals believe that El Paso is the "Tex-Mex Capital of the World," and the L&J Cafe has set the standard for home-cooked comfort food since the 1920s. With a menu combining creative new twists on regional flavors and savory traditional plates, the L&J Cafe always satisfies popular demand for delicious borderlands food.
A local favorite that is small on space but big on atmosphere. The breakfast is good, but it is served with a smile and plenty of friendliness. Outside, you are likely to find the owner Maynard, keeping a watchful eye on the car wash portion of the establishment. Ask him a question and you'll get a straight forward answer with a side of humor. H & H Car Wash is a great place to find a piece of El Paso is all about.... the great people.
H&H Car Wash
701 East Yandell Drive
A local favorite that is small on space but big on atmosphere. The breakfast is good, but it is served with a smile and plenty of friendliness. Outside, you are likely to find the owner Maynard, keeping a watchful eye on the car wash portion of the establishment. Ask him a question and you'll get a straight forward answer with a side of humor. H & H Car Wash is a great place to find a piece of El Paso is all about.... the great people.