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What to do in or around El Paso?

Have an adventure in a new park.
Have an adventure in a new park.

You’d be surprised at the amount of things to do in El Paso. Keeping an open mind and a fun spirit can transform just about any place you go into your very own family adventure. Whether you spend a day at one of the many local parks, attend one of the many seasonal fairs, or support a local team sport; with the right attitude you’re sure to make lasting memories.

There are many items in the following list that complement each other. Make a plan to do several things on a single day by figuring out what is in the same general area.

In upcoming articles look for tips to help you plan a nice family day exploring the many things El Paso has to offer.  Remember that each place has one thing in common, a learning experience or teachable moments. Take time to be aware of thepowerful teaching moments we have in and around El Paso. From new blooms, to native plants; why do they grow well here, what makes El Paso different from other locations? Take a moment to appreciate all that the culture we have here has to offer. There is a lot of history in El Paso and every place has a story.

Look through the following list to pick and choose what interests you and your family, and create an adventure!

  • El Paso Firefighter Museum: The museum offers various firefighting paraphernalia such as a 1930 American La France Fire Engine and a rare 1898 American Fire Engine Company ‘Steamer,’ one of only two in the world. 8600 Montana, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., free, for more info 771-1000.
  • Insights El Paso Science Museum includes ongoing series of science programs with activities coordinated with current traveling exhibits, the Saturday Science Club and Summer Science activities. 505 N. Santa Fe St., hours of operation 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. and noon-5 p.m. Mon., $5 adults, $4 students, active military and seniors 62+, $3 children 4-11, $3 group rates (10+), for more info 534-0000.
  • El Paso Rose Garden Open now through October 30. 1702 N. Copia, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • El Paso Zoo Features a variety of more than 240 species of animals from the Americas and Asia. 4001 E. Paisano, Ages 2 and under free, ages 3-12 $6, ages 13-59 $10, 60+ $7.50, open daily 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., for more info 521-1850.
  • El Paso Desert Botanical Garden at Keystone Heritage Park The Garden is an oasis in the desert where 4,000 years of desert heritage, archaic wetlands and thriving botanical gardens come together to create an unparalleled outdoor experience. 4200 Doniphan Dr., Sat & Sun noon-3 p.m., $2 adults, $1 children, seniors & military, under 2 free, for info 584-0563.
  • Upcoming Farmers Market will run from 8 a.m.-noon every Sunday from May 2 to July 25. The market will be located at the North end of The Outlet Shoppes. For more information about the market call Beth Parkinson at 877-3208. Remember that Farmers markets are important, they support the local farmers, they give us a chance to enjoy really delicious fruits and vegetables, we can introduce ourselves as well as our children new, healthier choices, and it gets us outside to explore!
  • Local Survivors Exhibit: The exhibition space depicts Jewish life in Europe before World War II, Hitler’s rise to power, life in concentration camps, prisoner resistance and the liberation of the camps. Museum docents give guided tours. El Paso Holocaust Museum, 715 N. Oregon, Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 1-5 p.m., and by appointment, for info 351-0048.
  • Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss Exhibit depicting the mysteries of the ocean's greatest depths - newly discovered life forms, thermal vents, close-up views of deep-sea research submersibles and shipwrecks including Titanic. Included in El Paso’s first deep-sea adventure is a dramatically recreated ocean-floor environment, a simulator ride with dolphins, multiple hands-on activity tables and an aquarium exhibit featuring unusual and rare sea life. The display will also feature a live stingray pool. underwater photos, scuba gear and more. Lynx Exhibits, 300 W. San Antonio Ave., regular hours Tues.-Thurs. & Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 12-6 p.m., $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, military and students with identification, $6 for children ages 4-11, children 3 and younger are free, for info 533.4330.
  • Giant Worlds: A Voyage to the Outer Solar System 3,500-square-foot national traveling exhibition exploring the wonders of our Solar System and its enormous giant planets. Insights El Paso Science Museum, 505 N. Santa Fe, Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 12 p.m.-5 p.m., $6 adults, $5 students, military and seniors, $4 children ages 4-11, children 3 and under are free.
  • Ice Skating The El Paso Hockey Association conducts year-round activities for all levels of ice skating and all ages. There will also be public skating. Sierra Providence Events Arena, at the El Paso County Coliseum, noon-2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. weekends and holidays, $5 admission, $2 skate rental, for info 470-7825 or
  • Desert Downs BMX Track: The Sun City BMX bicycle motocross track features dirt-jumping trails, an automatic starting gate, and lights for night riding. Track available for private parties. Riders need a bike, helmet, a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Nations Tobin Park, 8831 Railroad, Thurs. 6-8 p.m., entry fee $7, spectator admission is free, for more info 241-2206, 760-3963, 861-1106 or
  • Sand Drag Racing Live racing. 1/4 test and tune. El Paso Sand Drags & Speedway, 13101 Gateway Blvd. W., at I-10 Exit 42, Clint, 6 p.m. gates open, 7-11 p.m. racing, $15 race fee, $6 spectators, for more email them at
  • El Paso Bicycle Club events are open to the public; helmets required. Unless listed otherwise, rides begin at River Run Plaza on Country Club Road. (Mesa becomes Country Club; go west past the Rio Grande; River Run is on the right.) For more info and ride times and locations Shelly Weaver 585-8182

Check back for updates and new listings often!!!!!


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