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Local Things to Do in El Paso, Texas

Things to do in El Paso
Be sure to check out some of these exciting things to do in El Paso. We can guarantee it will be fun for the whole family!

Are you bored? Are you in El Paso, Texas? Check out our recommendations for local things to do around our hometown.

Ysleta Mission: Explore over 300 years of intermingling cultures and history in this mission, which was built by the Tigua Indians in 1682. Get a glimpse of the stunning desert scenery on the way there, too.

Wyler Aerial Tramway: Looking for a view? Head to the top of Rangers Peak on this tramway and you’ll be able to see three states, two nations, and an abundance of local flora and fauna with your own eyes.

Plaza Theatre: From Broadway productions to concerts, there’s plenty of live theatrical and musical events to enjoy at this refurbished historical landmark with Spanish mission style architecture.

Municipal Rose Garden: If you want to just sit and enjoy stunning scenery, head to the rose gardens, where 1,460 rose bushes are tended to by volunteers year-round.

Western Playland Amusement Park: Roller coasters, kiddie rides, and a massive tidal wave designed to get you soaked; Western Playland is designed to be fun for the whole family!

Check out some of these local things to do around El Paso and we guarantee it’ll be fun for the whole family!

Check Out Our Favorite Things to Do in El Paso This Summer

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Visit the El Paso Zoo!

Looking for fun in the sun this summer in El Paso? Luckily for you, El Paso is one of the most vibrant, cultural cities in the state, offering a long list of activities and attractions that the whole family will enjoy during the warm, summer months.

Here are just a few of our favorite things to do in El Paso:

And of course, if you’d like to spend your summer behind the wheel of a new (or new-to-you) vehicle, contact us at Crawford Buick GMC.

Best Ice Cream Shops in El Paso

ice creamWith the weather heating up and the kids out of school, you’ll want to find the ideal ice cream shop nearby. Stop at any of these ice cream shops in El Paso for an after-dinner or midday dessert!

Bahama Buck’s

Bahama Buck’s is all about options. Not only can you get ice cream, but you’ll get to choose from tasty smoothie flavors and shaved ice too.

Marble Slab Creamery

Here, you’ll find local, unique ice cream flavors. There are seasonal flavors, too, so you’ll find the perfect flavor for the perfect (or not perfect) weather!

Menchie’s

Want a slightly healthier alternative to ice cream? Stop by Menchies for yummy, self-serve frozen yogurt.

Gufo di Milano

Come here for the classic taste of gelato. Gufo di Milano makes quality desserts, without fillers or artificial colors flavors. Plus, you’ll get plenty of fruits and nuts right in your gelato.

Sweet Corner

This place has a little bit of everything. Here, you’ll be able to get salad, sandwiches, and desert! Besides ice cream, frozen yogurt, and smoothies, you can get brownies and cupcakes!

Best Places to Get Dessert in El Paso

We at Crawford Buick GMC love dessert, and El Paso offers some of the best sweet treats in Texas. If you’re looking for the best place to get dessert in El Paso after a stressful day or big dinner, we have some suggestions.

  • V & G Ice Cream & Coffee Parlor: Nothing beats the cool, creamy treat of old-fashioned ice cream after a hot El Paso day. Their banana splits are some of the best, but if you prefer something else, you have dozens of other flavor options.
  • Hana Banana: This up-and-coming El Paso chain has three locations in the area which serve a variety of smoothies, waffles, and crepes—most drizzled in rich chocolate. Indulge by ordering a slice of cheesecake topped with ice cream and wrapped in a crisp pastry.
  • Gufo Di Milano: Known for its all-natural, old-fashioned gelato in flavors like toasted almond and ginger cream, this upscale eatery also offers hearty servings of Italian dishes like paninos and crepes paired with specialty coffee drinks.
  • DirtyMouth Cupcakes: Beautiful to look at and scrumptious to eat, these specialty cupcakes will change the way you think about baked goods. Ever had a French Toast & Bacon cupcake? If not, you don’t know what you’re missing.
  • Popcorn Extravaganza: Make your dessert salty-sweet by mixing some of these incredibly-flavored popcorn varieties together. Go with pre-mixed suggestions or make your own combination—you’ve got over 50 to choose from!

Places to Get Lost in Nature in El Paso

adventureEven this late into the year, the natural surroundings of El Paso are beautiful to visit. Amazing animals and fascinating plant life surround the city. There are plenty of places to explore this wildlife in El Paso. Be sure to visit these places to get lost in nature in El Paso.

Franklin Mountains State Park

The Franklin Mountains stand tall right outside of old El Paso. Be sure to make the trek out to these magnificent mountains for a hike through their natural beauty.

Hueco Tanks State Park

El Paso is lucky enough to have not one, but two state parks located nearby. This state park is a culturally significant location for many Native American tribes, and is home to some breathtaking rock formations and pictographs.

El Paso Zoo

For a place to explore nature that’s a little closer to home, be sure to check out the El Paso Zoo. From elephants to zebras, this zoo is home to over 220 species of animals!

Halloween Fun in El Paso

HalloweenThere is no shortage of Halloween fun in El Paso. Whether you’re looking for something family-friendly, some costumed fun, or some legitimate ghost haunts, El Paso has it all. Take a look at some of these great events you can add to your calendar.

  • UTEP Haunted Campus Tour. Learn all about the paranormal activity found across campus. The tour starts at the UTEP Student Alumni Lodge on October 22nd and 23rd at 6:30pm. Tickets cost $10 for general admission before the tour starts, or $15 at the door.
  • Ghost Stories by Moonlight. This adults-only event will be filled with spine-tingling tales, legends, and folklore all performed outdoors by local storytellers. It will be held on October 23rd from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Magoffin Home. Tickets cost $15 per person. Wear a warm costume of your favorite spooky character. Coffee, tea, and pastries will be served as well.
  • Boo at the Zoo. For a true family-friendly event, visit the El Paso Zoo on October 24th or 25th for the annual Boo at the Zoo. Kids can dress up in their costumes and trick-or-treat through the zoo. You can also watch your favorite animals have fun with some pumpkins, visit the glow in the dark bug room, head through a Halloween maze, and more.

What is your favorite Halloween event here in El Paso?

News on the Upcoming Sun City Music Festival

dancingThe Sun City Music Festival is taking place at the beginning of the month from September 5th to 6th at Ascarate Park in El Paso. This will be the fifth year in a row the festival has taken place in El Paso, and it will undoubtedly be a smash hit with residents and attract attendees from all around the state and the country.

The Sun City Music Festival will feature a number of artists including headliners Hardwell and Armin van Buuren. From big names to the music underground, the music festival continues to attract artists that span genres and exposes concert attendees to new and unknown sounds.

True to music festival form, the Sun City fest is going to offer tons of concert merchandise as well as food and drinks sold by local vendors. The Sun City Music Festival has become a big part of El Paso culture in its five years, and it supports small business in El Paso and local artists. We hope this diverse and exciting festival continues for years to come.

Go Dancing in the City This Summer!

dancing in the cityIf you were wondering what to do this month in El Paso, wonder no more! Over the summer, thousands will go Dancing in the City at the Convention Center Plaza in Downtown El Paso, including a few of us from Crawford Buick GMC!

The event takes place every Saturday through June and July. The concert is at 8pm-10pm, but if you don’t want to show up feeling like the only fool on the block who can’t dance (don’t worry, you’re not alone), you can take dance lessons an hour before, from 7pm-8pm.

Each Saturday will feature different bands and different kinds of music, ranging from swing and salsa to cumbia and funk. This June, bands like Los Chamukos, Texas Gypsies, and the Abe Mac Band will set the tone for your newly-acquired skills. There won’t be a concert on Saturday, June 27th, as that night will be dedicated to the annual Downtown Street Festival, but you can still go to learn how to dance!

El Paso Missing Dog Was Found in Baltimore–Thanks to a Microchip

dogs in a carMany dog owners know about microchips, which can be implanted safely under your pooches skin and can help those who find stray dogs to contact their owners. However–few expect to receive their dog back from a destination that’s nearly 2,000 miles away.

But that’s exactly what happened to an El Paso family whose dog, Stinger, was returned to them after being discovered in Baltimore–yes, Baltimore, Maryland. An animal rescue organization in Baltimore found the dog, and upon inspecting his microchip, realized he belonged with a family all the way out in Texas.

The biggest question of all still remains: How did Stinger get all the way to Baltimore? No one knows, and we probably never will. Stinger’s rescue is a true mystery. If he didn’t have a microchip, it’s hard to imagine how he ever would have made it home.

This miraculous El Paso missing dog story has us sold on microchips. What about you?

Fun Things to Do in El Paso, Texas

Spring is upon us, and that means it’s time to get outside and enjoy the many festivities El Paso has to offer this time of year! Here are some things to do in El Paso, Texas this April.

April 4th

Color Vibe 5KJoin the most fun (and low-pressure) run on earth! Participants are invited to move at their own pace and get doused in fun colors along the way. Kids 12 and under are free!

Poppy Fest 2015Enjoy live music, real wolf and eagle nature tours, and a variety of vendors and exhibitions at the El Paso Archeology Museum–for free!

April 12th

5th Annual Fallen Brother and Sister Foundation RideHave a motorcycle? Great! Then you have no excuse to skip the Valley Boys Motor Cycle Club’s 5th annual Fallen Brother and Sister Foundation Ride.

GECU Bark at the Park Grab your furry friend, and head to Southwest University Park for the big game.

April 18th

Mighty Mujer TriathlonFeeling competitive? Sign up for the women-only Mighty Mujer Triathlon to benefit the Center Against Family Violence.

April 19th

Mission Trail Art MarketJoin the Mission Valley’s most well-known arts and crafts sale along the Mission Trail. Bring your pets and enjoy live entertainment, concessions, and an unbelievable display of arts, crafts, and gourmet selections for sale.

April 23- 26

Las Cruces Country Music FestivalDust off your cowboy boots and head to downtown Las Cruces for three days of country music’s best artists, including RaeLynn (breakout star of The Voice), Kenny Rogers, Bri Bagwell, Swon Brothers, and Dustin Lynch.

April 25th

Children’s Day Celebration! Día de los Niños, Día de los LibrosHosted by the El Paso Public Library and Parks and Recreation, kids will enjoy live entertainment, activities, prizes, and books at this all-day event–for free!

For a complete list of events in the El Paso area, head over to visitelpaso.com. We at Crawford Buick GMC hope to see you around town.