A century ago, most travelers had no choice but to explore the world by foot, unless, of course, they were rich enough to own a Wonkavator. With that in mind, they probably would appreciate visiting the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum?a facility that, in a sense, lets guests cover 26,000 square miles on foot in one visit. But that?s not the only big number behind the museum?s operation: it also houses more than 2 million artifacts, spanning 14,000 years of the region?s history. Inside, guests can marvel at themed displays, including those that showcase the Plains? roots in paleontology, archeology, and petroleum. They can also relive the hardships and courage of living in the Old West while plodding through a life-size Pioneer Town.
"TEXAS" is the most spectacular outdoor musical drama in the world. Set in the majesty of the Palo Duro Canyon, visitors from all over the world come every summer to witness the story of those first settlers in the Texas panhandle. Bring the entire family and enjoy fantastic singing, dancing, and fireworks galore!
Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can benefit from a one-month membership at Anytime Fitness, which equips active bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them robust enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. A free fitness orientation, offered to each new member, helps determine an optimal fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying program, while schooling workout novices on proper form and equipment use. Anytime Fitness's open schedule makes sure you have no excuses to not get in shape—unlike its competitor, Nevertime Fitness, which only opens its single Barrow, Alaska, location during solar eclipses.
Head trainer Jeff Cox?a certified instructor and nutrition counselor at Zach?s Club 54?believes that fitness is about more than just the body, stating that ?fitness is a positive approach to life incorporating physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual aspects?? This rounded approach to well-being pervades throughout the 35,000-square-foot facility, which cultivates a fun and communal atmosphere to workout, socialize, compete, and play within. Cutting-edge strength-training equipment from brands such as Precor and Hammerstrength bolster muscle mass, a well-stocked cardio theater entertains while quickening heartbeats, three racquetball courts host matches between friends, and an indoor pool welcomes both lap-minded exercises and splash-happy tots. A specialized cycling room and a 2,000-square-foot fitness studio?which houses an array of instructor-led group classes such as yoga, BodyCombat, and Turbo Kick?also send sweat glands into overdrive. A trio of personal trainers, which collectively boast NGA and ISSA certification, stands by to help willing exercisers formulate and achieve individual fitness goals.
Before donning sweatbands and inflatable muscle suits in the locker room, parents can drop kids off at the toy- and media-equipped child waiting area staffed by CPR-certified attendants.
Education and safety are at the core of Panhandle Gunslingers. Resident gunsmith BJ Franklin keeps firearms operating properly, while instructors teach men and women the finer points of gun safety. In the pro shop, experts help them select handguns, long guns, and accessories. And to further promote shooting sports, the staff spends time helping to rescue and find new homes for vizsla hunting dogs, connecting people with representatives at VCA Rescue.
As an affiliate of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the Randall County Roller Dames challenge a lineup of regional rivals to fast-paced bouts of derby, eliciting cheers from an adoring flock of fans. The athletes sport helmets, skates, and tough nicknames based on obscure Cockney rhyming slang as they race around a circuit, elbowing and knocking away enemy skaters in a dizzying display of skill and teamwork. The Roller Dames exhibit a lasting loyalty to their home turf, not only through a series of six exhilarating home bouts, but also through yearly charity benefits for nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity and Make-A-Wish Foundation.