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Top 8 things to do in El Paso, Texas – Explore the Sun city

By Shamanthika - July 28, 2020
El Paso in the night time

El Paso in Texas is the largest American city on the Mexican frontier. Lining the Rio Grande on its left side, it is also called the Sun City. El Paso forms a part of the Chihuahuan desert. Being on the Mexican Frontier, you can see the cultural impact on this Texas city as well. El Paso’s rich culture, historical attractions, desert landscapes will lure you inside the city. In addition, there are museums, world-famous theatres and other top things to do in El Paso, Texas. The city is also known for its culinary treats which is a fusion of Mexican and American cuisines. So, here are the top 8 things to do in El Paso, Texas.

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El Paso city in the night
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Top 8 things to do in El Paso, Texas

  1. Wyler Aerial Tramway
  2. Hueco Tanks State Historic Site
  3. El Paso Museum of Art
  4. Plaza Theatre
  5. Franklin Mountains State Park
  6. Municipal Rose Garden
  7. Western Playland Amusement Park
  8. El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center

1. Wyler Aerial Tramway

Wyler Aerial Tramway is the most exciting way to explore the city. The Tramway is located up above a paved road. You can drive up to the Tramway station and enjoy the stunning scenery from your car window. After buying the tickets at the station, wait for your Gondola to arrive. The Gondola takes you to the Rangers peak. The Gondola ride lasts only for 4 minutes but every single second will be worth it. A cabin attendant accompanies you in this journey and guides you throughout. You can observe varied kinds of flora and fauna species. At 5632 feet above the sea level, you can enjoy the grand aerial view and etch this memory for a lifetime.

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2. Hueco Tanks State Historic Site

There are multiple advantages of visiting the Hueco Tanks State Historic Site in El Paso, Texas. You can hike, bird watch, learn history, take amazing photographs and enjoy camping. Also called the Sacred Desert Sanctuary, this attraction is one of the must-visit places in the city. With many rock formations and natural pits that collect water, this site was once used to store rainwater. To know more history about this unique site, you can hire a tour guide and listen to them while touring around. If you wish you can also check out a campsite here and have fun by camping overnight!

 

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3. El Paso Museum of Art

Walk around the amazing exhibits in the one and only El Paso Museum of Art. The Museum was built in the year 1959. It houses different works from many artists around the country. It features several top artists from the country like Frederic Remington, Thomas Sully, Charles M. Russell and others. The El Paso Museum of Art is also brightly lit everywhere inside and hence looks appealing for everyone who visits it. It is also a kid-friendly museum, it hosts Kite building workshop, which is aimed to entertain Kids who visit the museum.

4. Plaza Theatre

In the heart of the El Pasa city in Texas, you can find the Plaza theatre. Being built in the 1930s, the theatre hosts some of the world-class entertainment shows. Head to the Plaza Theatre if you want to enjoy a theatre show when you are in Texas. Grab your favourite snack and a seat, you are good to go in! But, even as you enter the Plaza Theatre, you will be amazed by its architecture style. With intricate design on the ceilings, beautiful floorings and decorated metal railings with antique furniture, the theatre will make you fall in love. Visit the theatre with your family and enjoy the show!

entrance of the Plaza theatre
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5. Franklin Mountains State Park

From the Wyler Aerial Tramway, one of the most visible attraction is the Franklin Mountains. The serene Franklin Mountains is one of the must-visit places in the state. There are several entertainment options in the mountains exclusively for adventure lovers. You can do mountain-climbing, hiking and rock climbing and feel the adrenaline rush.

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6. Municipal Rose Garden

When you are at the Sun City, reserve some time for the roses. Yes, the beautiful Municipal Rose Garden is a must-visit in the city. With about 320 types of aromatic roses, the garden is very impressive. The Municipal Rose Garden is maintained by the locals day in and day out. They also add new rose species every year. Stroll around the garden and enjoy the fragrance of these roses. You can rest in the garden, admire the roses and relax for a while. If you are planning a visit between March and October, there is a bonus for you. The roses are in full bloom as it’s the season of roses in Texas!

roses in the garden
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7. Western Playland Amusement Park

The Western Playland Amusement Park is one of the must-visits when you are in El Paso, Texas. The park has several entertainment options. In addition to this, the park is also kids-friendly. The Western Playland Amusement Park is known for its roller coasters. The most famous El Bandido roller coaster and Tsunami, are not to miss when you are here. The Western Playland Amusement Park is a complete amusement park for kids to teens to adults. So, do not miss to have fun when you are here in the city. You can plan a one day trip to the Western Playland Amusement Park. In addition to entertainment, the park also has several eateries selling the best food.

a roller coaster
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8. El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center

El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center was built in the memory of the Holocaust victims. The museum houses several exhibits which are open for public. These exhibits will help you understand the history of holocaust and its relation to El Paso. The El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center is one of the must-visit when you are here in the city. In addition to this, the museum also hosts several educational workshops. This museum is very famous amongst researchers as well.

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