Top 10 Things to do in El Paso, United States

August 8, 2017 Enriqueta Cusson

For an alternative Texas experience, consider El Paso. Located far from the bright lights of Dallas or San Antonio, in the state's western corner along the sparkling shores of the Rio Grande, El Paso boasts a different feel than its eastern counterparts. A true melting pot of American and Mexican culture, the combination is noticeable everywhere. Visit the El Paso Museum of Art and see American works from the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as Mexican colonial art and retablos from the 1700s and 1800s. Restaurants serve authentic Mexican cuisine, Texas barbecue or a little of both. While this fusion of cultures draws some, the rock climbers who descend on El Paso have only one thing in mind: scaling the massive boulders of Hueco Tanks State Park. Those who prefer the ground can wander through the park's interpretive center and see ancient Indian pictographs. Other popular El Paso pastimes include golf, mountain biking and our personal favorite, stargazing.
Restaurants in El Paso

1. The Plaza Theatre

1 Civic Center Plz, El Paso, TX 79901-1153 +1 915-534-0600
Excellent
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4.5 based on 269 reviews

The Plaza Theatre

Reviewed By ElPasoMaker - el paso

Great place to go to a musical event nice area full of restaurants the theater itself is a the blast from the past, however avoid sitting on the sides in front of the speakers it can be annoyingThank you for your comments! We hope to have you return to the Plaza Theatre for future shows!

2. Scenic Drive - Overlook

Scenic Drive, El Paso, TX 79902 +1 915-534-0600
Excellent
63%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 781 reviews

Scenic Drive - Overlook

Reviewed By cubie2017 - El Paso, Texas

If you visit El Paso you MUST go visit Scenic Point. The views from here are awesome. Where else can you see 2 counties and 3 states from one point. The panoramic views will take your breath away! You can see Texas (east, west and central), New Mexico and Mexico! words cannot describe the view, and at night it's a completely and even more breathtaking view!

3. El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center

715 N Oregon St, El Paso, TX 79902-3911 +1 915-351-0048
Excellent
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4.5 based on 144 reviews

El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center

Our Mission: to educate the public - particularly the youth of today - about the Nazi Holocaust, as a way of insuring that similar acts of terrorism will not be repeated; to memorialize and pay tribute to those who perished in the Holocaust and to honor those who survived; to fight prejudice an bigotry and to remind the world, through education, of the value and dignity of human life. Admission is Free Donations are greatly appreciated. All tours must begin 30 minutes prior to scheduled closing.

Reviewed By KoloG - Fort Drum, New York

The Good Free admission The concentration camp is well represented the train car wakes you up to conditions Not crowded Quiet museum conducive to good reflection on the hardships of the Holocaust Wide variety of dispays Free parking in El Paso downtown area Good focus...MoreThank you for visiting and reviewing the EPHM! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again!

4. Hueco Tanks State Historic Site

6900 Hueco Tanks Rd, El Paso, TX 79938-2022 +1 915-857-1135
Excellent
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4.5 based on 236 reviews

Hueco Tanks State Historic Site

Spanning more than 860 acres, this park is named for the large rock basins or "huecos" that have supplied water to this desert-like region for many centuries.

Reviewed By Shane W - Las Vegas, Nevada

This was nice little place to kill a couple hours boulder hopping. The do have some serious policies and the trails are kind poorly marked. Normally, that wouldn't bother me, but they make you watch a film about staying on the trail and such. Anyway, the scenery is amazing.

5. Franklin Mountains State Park

1331 McKelligon Canyon Rd, El Paso, TX 79930-2649 +1 915-566-6441
Excellent
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4.5 based on 337 reviews

Franklin Mountains State Park

America's largest urban park measures more than 24,247 acres, covering 37 square miles.

Reviewed By ccmccarty58 - Williamson, New York

I had no idea El Paso had such beautiful scenery. Must see for every visitor: views of the city and Mexico were amazing. This is something you can drive through quickly or stop and do a little hiking and sightseeing along the way

6. Wyler Aerial Tramway

Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, TX +1 915-566-6622
Excellent
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4.5 based on 546 reviews

Wyler Aerial Tramway

Reviewed By Ed K

The wife and I went up on the Aerial Tram on February 3rd, 2018. Plenty of parking was available and the ticket prices very reasonable. The park rangers are all very personable and the views absolutely spectacular. A few picnic tables are on the mountain top and many patrons did bring up various lunches to enjoy eating there surrounded by the magnificent views. The gift shop items were reasonably priced.

It was truly a great experience and a “must do” when visiting El Paso.

7. El Paso Museum of Art

1 Arts Festival Plaza, El Paso, TX 79901-1135 +1 915-532-1707
Excellent
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4.5 based on 174 reviews

El Paso Museum of Art

Established in 1947, this museum houses permanent exhibits with more than 5,000 pieces of art, including works by European artists Bellotto, Canaletto and Artemisia Gentileschi, as well an extensive collection of contemporary works by artists from the southwestern United States and Mexico.

Reviewed By KatrinaPa - PA

I'm amazed that this museum is free. We spent about two hours here, taking our time to see everything. I particularly enjoyed the modern sculptures. Inside the museum you will find plenty of local/Southwestern and American artists and some medieval/renaissance European artists. There is a large collection of landscapes, some modern art, portraits, still-life--something for everyone. The space is modern, clean and spacious. We also caught the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit (probably temporary) which was very interesting. Certainly worth a visit for people who like to look at art.

8. Fort Bliss and Old Ironsides Museums

1735 Marshall Rd, El Paso, TX 79906-3831 +1 915-568-5412
Excellent
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4.5 based on 143 reviews

Fort Bliss and Old Ironsides Museums

Reviewed By Michael W - Oceanside, California

Since the museum is on an active military base, you access the museum by obtaining a visitor pass at the pass building just before the gate (it is well marked). You'll need ID. The museum itself is well staffed and the displays are well laid out and well marked with pertinent information. I have visited many such museums and find this to be one of the best. It starts with Fort Bliss' development and takes you through the WWII on into current conflicts showing the motorized equipment used by the Army and its adversaries. Dont miss it.

9. National Border Patrol Museum

4315 Woodrow Bean, El Paso, TX 79924-3753 +1 915-759-6060
Excellent
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4.5 based on 176 reviews

National Border Patrol Museum

Reviewed By BaldEagle1776 - Lenoir City, Tennessee

The museum tells the story of the U.S. Border Patrol, but (sadly) the displays are quite disappointing. I understand that it's maintained by private donations, which is probably why it's pretty shabby. There's even grass growing in the boat that's on display out back. It's free, so the price is right, but go with limited expectations.

10. El Paso Zoo

4001 E Paisano Dr, El Paso, TX 79905-4223 +1 915-212-0966
Excellent
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4 based on 561 reviews

El Paso Zoo

Locally recognized as the Best Place to Take the Kiddos, the El Paso Zoo sits on 35 acres of fun and adventure. Bigger and better than ever, the El Paso Zoo is an expansive green space that is home to exotic animals from around the world and features family attractions such as the African Star train, the Hunt Family Desert Spring, and the Foster Tree House Playground. Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), the El Paso Zoo celebrates the value of animals and natural resources and creates opportunities for people to rediscover their connection to nature.

Reviewed By Candice B - New Mexico

My friend and I took her son to the zoo as none of us had been before. We went on a day when the weather was perfect, which is a plus. For people who don't like hot weather, make sure you check the forecast before you go. Please note the following:
1. The parking was great. We got a spot close to the entrance with no problem. Exiting was simple as well.
2. Cheap activity for the family. We didn't spend very much money on tickets, snacks, and a souvenir.
3. It was easy to see all the animals and get good pictures.
4. After walking for a while we wanted to sit down, but my friends son had a lot of energy left to burn. The zoo has a really nice playground that enabled him to play with tons of children for quite a while.

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