Plaza Theatre#3 in Best Things To Do in El Paso
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Details like murals, metal railings, carpets with intricate designs and mosaic tiles adorn the interior of this Spanish colonial-style theater. Located in the heart of downtown, the Plaza Theatre has been welcoming guests since 1930. Here, you can attend dance performances, live concerts and musicals fresh from a Broadway run.
If you can't catch a show, there's another way to see this beloved site. The Plaza Theatre offers weekly guided tours that are free to the public.
Former patrons were blown away by the theater, citing its incredible acoustics and local film festivals as highlights. Previous travelers do note one drawback, though: the small, uncomfortable seats.
Performances at the Plaza Theatre change regularly, and you must purchase tickets for each event. While the theater offers some concessions, past patrons recommended eating a pre-show meal at one of several nearby restaurants. The property's complimentary tours run on Tuesdays at noon. Space may be limited, so previous visitors suggested calling to confirm a reservation in advance. However, because of the coronavirus, the theater has temporarily stopped running tours and hosting events. You'll find the theater next door to the El Paso Museum of Art. Visit the theater's website for performance information and to purchase tickets.
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#1 Franklin Mountains State Park
Sweeping mountain vistas await travelers who decide to hike through Franklin Mountains State Park. The park lies less than 18 miles north of the city center and provides visitors with a feeling of being worlds away from civilization. There are more than 100 miles of hiking trails across roughly 27,000 acres, plus rock climbing opportunities and multiple campsites. You can also partake in ranger programs, such as guided hikes, bike tours and art activities. Astute hikers may also see several species of birds or – if they're lucky – mountain lions, among other animals.
Past tourists raved about the park. Many enjoyed their hikes and loved the views, adding that future travelers should try to time their hikes around sunset. Others warned that it can get particularly hot here in summer, so be sure to pack plenty of provisions.
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