Memorial Weekend is a fun weekend for a lot of people.  It marks the end of the school year.  It also makes the start of Summer vacation.  So it's time to have fun.  If you are looking for somethings to do this Memorial Weekend then here are my suggestions on some fun places here or around Amarillo.

1.Top Things To Do Memorial Day Weekend -  Taste of Country BBQ Nationals

Location: West side parking lot of Westgate mall

Friday 4-10p

Saturday 10-7p


The Taste of Country BBQ Nationals is a new event in Amarillo.  It is a BBQ competition with a ton of family fun.  The gates to the event open Friday night at 4pm-10pm, for a Kick-off Concert party with The Eli Young Band, The Casey Donahew Band, and local favorite Casey Berry live on the Party Stop Stage.  Plus, the cook off teams are getting their smokers warmed up to cook up some great BBQ.  The BBQ competition takes off on Saturday.  Gates open at 10am on Saturday - 7pm.  The teams will be cooking up their best brisket, ribs, chicken, and pork all the while competing for over $12,500 in prize money.  Guests at the BBQ get to enjoy this great BBQ, and can even take part in deciding


who has the best BBQ of all during the People's Choice Awards.  Kids will have a blast in the Kids Zone.  They will enjoy bouncers, games, crafts, activities, face painting and more.  Parents can enjoy a beverage from the Budweiser Beer Garden and shopping in our vendor area.  Plus the entire family can enjoy live music from local favorites, The Flying Elbows, The Tommy Gallagher Band and more.  Comeprepared to have a great time with the entire family.  The best thing about the BBQ is you aren't going to kill your bank account, save money now and get your Friday/Saturday Combo ticket at any Pak-A-Sak locations or purchase tickets online here.  Kids under 12 in free with paid adult.  Don't forget you can get special treatment with a Taste of Country BBQ VIP ticket available for purchase now online or at the gate.

Bring the entire family and have a blast at the Taste of Country BBQ Nationals.

2. Top Things To Do This Memorial Day Weekend -  Wonderland Park

Friday 7-10p

Saturday-Monday 1-10p


If you are wanting a rip roaring good time on Memorial Weekend then take the family out to Wonderland Park.    Wonderland Park is celebrating their 60th birthday this year, so if you haven't been out to the park in awhile then this is the perfect time to go. They have rides for the entire family.  Let the little one enjoy the Frog Hopper while you enjoy the Intimidator.  See the beautiful skyline of Amarillo as you ride the Rainbow, the Wonder Wheel, or the Sky Ride.  Spin yourself silly on the Himalaya, Tilt-A-Whirl or the Scrambler.  Feeling brave take on the double loops on the Texas Tornado or take a ride on the Fantastic Journey, you'll go in but you may not come out.  A word of warning, watch out for the bus.  If it ends up being a hot day then you are going to want to Shoot the Shoot, take a ride down the Pipeline Plunge, or the log ride.  If you find you are not adventurous as the rest of the family and the rides scare you, not to worry you can play a round of miniature gold at Wonderland's at an additional cost.  The entire family will have a blast!  As an added bonus pack a picnic and have lunch in Thompson Park before heading into Wonderland Park.

Hand Stamps for Wonderland Park are

$23.95 for persons over 42 inches talk

$19.95 for persons under 42 inches tall.

3. Top Things To Do This Memorial Day Weekend - Lakes

When it comes to Memorial Weekend a lot of people head to one of the many lakes in the area to enjoy fishing, boating, skiing and swimming.


Located: 60 Miles East of Amarillo near Clarendon, Tx

Hours: 24 hours access

Fees: See Lake Marina for full details

Location: 73 mile south east of Amarillo near Silverton


Fees Per Day: $4 per person under 12 free, $2 per person for the crappie house, $4 per tent for camping, $15 per RV per hook-up.  $4 per watercraft launched in the lake.

Located: 419 E. Broadway, Fritch, Tx 35 miles south of Amarillo

Hours: Access 24 hours a day- Headquarters 8am-4:30 pm Monday-Saturday, Closed Sunday

Cost: No access or camping fees.  Boat launch fees $4 per day

All Texas Lakes require a valid fishing license.

4. Top Things To Do This Memorial Day Weekend - Splash Amarillo Waterpark

1415 Sunrise Dr.


If you want to spend your Memorial Weekend slip sliding into the water then head on over to Splash.  Spend the day floating on the lazy river.  Catch a wave in the wave pool.  Let the little ones splash around in the kiddie pool.  Feeling brave, try the Sidewinder, the giant taco shaped slide or defy speed on one of their many speed slides.  This is the perfect place to stay cool and hangout with the family.  Just make sure you put on plenty of sunscreen.

Cost:  $19 per person, or $15 for children under 48 inches tall.

5. Top Things To Do This Memorial Day Weekend - Your Own Backyard


One of our family traditions is a Memorial Weekend BBQ.  We invite all our family and friends over and we cook up some grub.  Sometimes we take it easy and cook hot dogs and hamburgers.  Other times we go all out and smoke up some brisket and ribs, then we stuff some jalapenos and throw them on the grill.  We ice down some beverages then get the ice cream maker moving.  It is the perfect plan for this long weekend.

The great thing about spending Memorial Weekend in your backyard is you don't have to drive anywhere and you have all the comforts of home.

Cost: nothing, unless you count the price of groceries.

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