Amarillo and the surrounding area have no shortage of interesting attractions, and as part of our program, we offer supervised group outings to some of the nearby points of interest. Below are a few of our favorite places to visit around the area.


Amarillo Botanical Gardens

Not far from ARAD is one of the gems of Amarillo, the Amarillo Botanical Gardens. Featuring a wide variety of flowers and plants as well as events throughout the year, the Amarillo Botanical Gardens gives visitors the opportunity to experience the beauty of nature.

Amarillo Museum of Art

Amarillo’s art museum showcases many different collections, and much of the art has roots in the Texas Panhandle or American West, though the museum features art from various time periods and areas of the world. Visitors experience the breathtaking beauty of Georgia O’Keeffe watercolors, the photography of Dorothea Lange and the sculptures of Southeast Asia.

American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum

Dedicated to the horse that helped settle the West, the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum shows visitors the beauty and power of the quarter horse. Visitors can check out art featuring quarter horses, as well as interact with exhibits sharing the history of this breed.

Big Texan

One of the best known restaurants in Texas, the Big Texan boasts the world-famous 72 oz. Steak Challenge. The adjacent Starlight Ranch features live music and kid-friendly activities, such as The Big Texan Maze and treasure hunting in The Big Dig.

Cadillac Ranch

a public art installation west of the city, Cadillac Ranch features 10 Cadillacs buried nose-first at the same angle as the Great Pyramid of Giza. Visitors are encouraged to make their mark on the cars with spray paint, which gives the cars a different look each time you visit.

Don Harrington Discovery Center

Within walking distance of our residential treatment center, the Don Harrington Discovery Center is an interactive science museum where kids and adults can explore and learn about scientific phenomenon. All exhibits are hands-on for a fun and engaging learning experience.

Palo Duro Canyon

The fifth largest canyon in the United States, Palo Duro Canyon is a breathtaking sight and a great opportunity to hike, climb and bike. The canyon’s dramatic features make it one of the most beautiful locations in the area, with multicolored layers of rock and interesting geologic formations.

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Located in nearby Canyon, Texas, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum hosts exhibitions on the Texas Panhandle story, from dinosaurs who roamed here millions of years ago to people who live here today.

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