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Hueco Tanks State Historic Site Hueco Tanks State Historic Site- Located near El Paso. Stop by the interpretive center to learn about the park and its history. It is mainly a day use park but there are 20 campsites. You can hike, rock climb, picnic stargaze, or bird watch. You can take a guided tour or a self-guided tour of the park where you can view pictographs and petroglyphs left here by at least 3 cultures. Some areas of the park can only be accessed with a guide. More than 200 species of birds have been seen here. There is a birding tour once a month. Visitors are limited to 70 at a time on the self-guided tours.

CAF Airpower Museum - Exhibits present an imaginative environment that allows visitors to discover the World War II experience. The Confederate Air Force preserves in flying condition the world's largest collection of combat aircraft flown by the U.S. during World War II.

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center - A natural area dedicated to promoting the Chihuahuan Desert region through research and education. Highlights include a desert botanical garden, 1400 sq. ft. cactus and succulent greenhouse, over 3 miles of hiking trails, and interpretive exhibits.

Indian Cliffs Ranch - This 26-year-old landmark east of El Paso offers great family fun. You can see Texas longhorns, buffalo, deer, Belgian team horses and may other animals. There's also an Indian maze, movie sets, the Fort Apache playground for kids and hayrides on Sunday afternoons, plus the admission is free for steakhouse guests! After the sights, stay for dinner at the world-famous Cattleman's Steakhouse.

El Paso Museum of Art - Collections include works that encompass richly diverse artistic periods, styles, and movements, including: American Painting and Sculpture, European Painting and Sculpture, Mexican Viceroyal Painting and 19th Century Mexican Folk Retablos, and many others.

Railroad & Transportation Museum of El Paso - Exhibits cover many facets of transportation: use of railroads in wartime; urban transit from 1880s mule car through electric streetcars of early 20th century; and the second transcontinental railroad built through El Paso.

El Paso Museum of History - Through exhibits and programs, the Museum involves diverse audiences in exploring varieties of human experience and encourages individuals to explore the past and reflect on their own place in history.

El Paso Speedway Park - Auto racing every Saturday night from mid-April to mid-October on half-mile, semi-banked clay oval racetrack. Racecar categories include IMCA-type modifieds, sprint cars, hot stocks, hobby stocks and mini-stocks.

Insights El Paso Science Center - Features educational, hands-on exhibits about science and technology: solar power, motion, light illumination, electricity, space science, computers, energy, and the human body. All exhibits designed to make learning about science and technology an active experience

Permian Basin Petroleum Museum - As a unique education facility, the museum serves to teach the cultural and technical stories of the oil and gas industry. Its interactive exhibits cover all aspects of the petroleum industry from the formation of oil, its exploration, geology, pipelining, marketing and refining to the economic and political impact of the industry.

Viva El Paso! - Experience four centuries of El Paso's history in the picturesque outdoor McKelligon Canyon Amphitheater. A breathtaking drama in a natural desert canyon setting, VIVA's legend relives the adventure of the earliest settlers through the Spanish conquest, Mexican revolution, the establishing of Fort Bliss and the coming of the railroads.

Presidential Museum & Leadership Library - Extraordinary collections and exceptional library and archival materials are being acquired to detail the private and public lives of our country's first families.

George W. Bush Childhood Home - Visit the place President George W. Bush refers to as his hometown and learn more about the man while touring his fully restored childhood home. Features furnishings authentic to 1952-56, when the Bush family lived in the home, photographic exhibits and special activities

Desert Thunder Raceway - Eighth-mile drag strip with complete facilities for drag racers from novice to professional, plus events and facilities for every type of racer and fan.

El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center - 4,000-square foot facility depicts life in Europe during pre-Nazi era; the ascension of the Third Reich; the deportation of prisoners to ghettos and concentration camps; life in those camps; resistance efforts; and the liberation of Nazi prisoners by Allied forces.

El Paso Museum of Archaeology - Facility tells the story of the first inhabitants of the El Paso area, the greater Southwest and northern Mexico. Dioramas and exhibits reveal American Indian lives from Paleoindian hunters of the Ice Age to their modern Indian descendants.

The El Paso Zoo - An eighteen-acre home to more than 700 animals of 175 species in a variety of natural habitat exhibits including a Reptile House, American Biome, Americas Aviary, Paraje, Birds of Prey, Forest Atrium, Asian Grasslands, Asian Endangered Walk, and an Elephant Complex.

The Globe Theatre - Bringing a bit of British flair to the West Texas landscape is this replica of the original Globe Theatre, the home of William Shakespeare's acting company in England. The Globe hosts community theater performances, monthly country-western shows called The Brand New Opree, and other community activities.

Centennial Museum & Chihuahuan Desert Gardens - Part of the University of Texas at El Paso, and also serve the bi-national community of the Chihuahuan Desert region; the Museum was established in 1936, and the Gardens were dedicated in 1999. The Museum's permanent exhibits focus on the natural and cultural history of the Chihuahuan Desert region.

Val Verde Winery - Family enterprise in its fourth generation, founded in 1883 by Italian immigrants. Grapes grown in the area since 1825, but varieties from Spain, America and Mexico were introduced. Still operated by the family. Free tours and tastings

Western Playland Amuseument Park - Offers a variety of rides and attractions including kiddie rides, thrill rides, family rides, water rides, bumper cars, roller coasters, go carts and more.

Wet 'n' Wild Water World - Water-oriented recreation park pumps a million gallons a day to provide "volcano" with water slides. Includes a lazy water tube float, barbecue restaurant and picnic area. Open daily, May-Aug.

Whitehead Memorial Museum - Dedicated to life and legends of frontier Southwest, museum includes rustic structure that was early trading post serving both Texas and Mexico. Plan at least two hours to roam the 2.5-acres and 13 exhibit sites.

West of the Pecos Museum - Museum occupies old saloon and three floors of historic hotel, once the area's finest. See restored ornate fixtures, accurate displays of life in the late 1800s and site where two outlaws were gunned down by quick-draw bartender, Barney Riggs.