El Paso, Boring? Not According to 2019 Recreation Study
For those who think El Paso is oh so boring, boy, do I have news for you. It turns out, if doing fun stuff is what you live for, El Paso ain’t a bad place to be.
A list of the best and worst cities for recreation ranks El Paso #21 in the country (up from 28 last year), and #1 in Texas. The just-released study by the financial website Wallethub looked at the 100 biggest cities in America and ranked them according to how accessible having some good old-fashioned fun is.
They looked at data pertaining to things like the number of leisure-time activities available, how many public parks and theme parks there are, how affordable going out is, and weather.
Their analysis determined that while the number and quality of our 'Entertainment & Recreational Facilities' was weaksauce (#87), our mostly great year-round weather (#25), quality of parks (#28), and how mostly inexpensive doing things around here is (#1) more than made up for our city's short comings.
I'm sure there will be plenty of El Pasoans who will read this and scoff at the results since El Paso bashing is a favorite past-time around here. I get it, we ain't for everyone. But don't say there's never anything to do here, because there is.
We have hiking and biking trails people from all over travel to use, and fairly new spray parks all over the city open through October. There are free outdoor movies and concerts on many weekends, especially in the summer. We have family-friendly festivals and entertainment venues like Top Golf, Alamo Drafthouse, and a Urban Air Adventure Indoor Trampoline Park opening soon.
No, we don't have a Six Flags, and, yes, some events and 'fests cost to get in and then you have to pay for stuff once inside, but not everything worth doing is going to be free. Sometimes you have to spend a little.
So, yes, there's stuff to do. You just have to want to get up off the couch and do it.