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Things To Do In Lubbock

Lubbock is a quaint Texas city that is best known as the birthplace of rock singer, Buddy Holly. The city is also nicknamed “Hub City” for its role as the education, healthcare, and economic growth. But more than that, West Texas hospitality is something Lubbockites hold near. Whether you’re a longtime neighbor or a visitor coming in for the weekend, it’s likely that everyone you meet will lend a helping hand. Keep reading to find the best things to do in Lubbock.

Visitors going to Lubbock can learn about its history, explore one of its 75 parks, and tour the Texas Tech University campus. The Buddy Holly Center is a popular stop in the city’s Depot District. The museum displays artifacts dedicated to the singer, but also has exhibits dedicated to local artists and other milestones in music history.

Some of the best attractions near Lubbock include:

  • Going golfing at Mackenzie Park
  • Visiting the National Ranching Heritage Center
  • Touring the Caviel Museum of African American History
  • Seeing the windmills at the American Wind Power Center
  • Touring Texas Tech University’s Spanish-style architecture

For people looking to save a buck or two, there are many affordable activities offered in Lubbock. Entry for most of the museums in the city costs less than $10. This includes the Buddy Holly Center, the American Museum of Agriculture, and the Silent Wings Museum. Mackenzie Park has the Crossroads in Time Sculpture Garden, which contains artwork that commemorates the heritage of Lubbock and the South Plains Region.

Cheap things to do near Lubbock include:

  • Visiting the Lubbock Lake Landmark
  • Touring the National Ranching Heritage Center
  • Eating a Southern-style lunch or breakfast at Cast Iron Grill
  • Happy hour deals at Mesquites Bar & Grill
  • Visiting Prairie Dog Town in Mackenzie Park

Many of the best tourist attractions in Lubbock are tied in with the history of the city. Texas Tech University has many unique buildings to photograph with Spanish-style architecture, as well as symbols from the state on its red granite fountain. Many people in the city refer to the sculpture as the “Totem Poles,” but the artist stated that the structure is meant to represent cotton fiber molecules.

Popular activities near Lubbock include:

  • Joyland Amusement Park
  • Legacy Play Village
  • Maxey Park’s Kinetic Wind Sculpture
  • The West Texas Walk of Fame
  • The American Wind Power Center

Visitors looking for fun attractions in Lubbock will have at 75 parks to choose from to start with. There’s Clapp Park, which has the Lubbock Garden and Arts Center. Hunke Park is also popular for its Lubbock War Memorial, which has fountains that glow red, white and blue at night.

Exciting activities near Lubbock include:

  • Going to the museum at Texas Tech University
  • Visiting the Science Spectrum museum
  • Cheering on Texas Tech Raiders
  • Riding carnival rides at Joyland Amusement Park
  • Hiking through the Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge

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Lubbock may be a small town, but there are still many exciting attractions to experience at night. This includes trying new restaurants, stopping by nightclubs, and winding down at patio bars. The city also has a symphony orchestra, which has an extensive repertoire.

Nighttime activities near Lubbock include:

  • Grabbing a drink on the indoor/outdoor patio at The Roof
  • Dancing at Chances R Nightclub
  • Catching a concert at the Cactus Theater
  • Wine tasting at McPherson or La Diosa Cellars
  • Attending a performance at Ballet Lubbock

Friday finally rolls around and that means looking for a weekend activity. One fun idea is catching a screening at the OMNI Theater. This theater has a massive 160-degree panoramic screen and it does a light and sound show before each screening. Lubbock also has options for doing a wine weekend. Head just south of the city for the award-winning CapRock Winery. There are plenty of festivals going on during the year.

Weekend attractions near Lubbock include:

  • Celebrating Hispanic culture at the Fiestas del Llano
  • Camping at Buffalo Springs Lake
  • Taking a tour of the First Friday Art Trail
  • Attending the annual Arts Festival
  • Shopping at the downtown Farmers’ Market

Families with little ones will be happy to know there are many things to do with kids in Lubbock. First, there’s Legacy Play Village, which is a 30,000 square feet of wooden playground. There’s also the Joyland Amusement Park, which has more than 30 rides including ones for small children. Science Spectrum is the city’s science museum, and it has more than 250 interactive exhibits.

Family-friendly attractions near Lubbock include:

  • Lubbock Water Rampage water park
  • The Lubbock Memorial Arboretum
  • Exploring more than 250 interactive exhibits at Science Spectrum
  • Grabbing a cone at Holly Hop Ice Cream Shoppe
  • Laser tag, mini golf and more at Main Event Entertainment

Love is in the air, and Lubbock visitors may be in need of a romantic night out. What’s better than snuggling next to your sweetheart at the drive-in? The Stars and Stripes theater shows two movies for the price of one, and it has a 1950’s-themed snack bar.

A few date night ideas near Lubbock include:

  • Dining on the steak at Las Brisas
  • Setting up a lawn chair for a Moonlight Musical
  • Booking a couple’s massage at Woodhouse Day Spas
  • Catching up with your date at one of the patio nights at McPherson Cellars
  • Go on a night hike at Lubbock Lake Landmark

Looking for a great group outing? Well Lubbock has a few choices out there. Sports fans will enjoy cheering on the Texas Tech Red Raiders for one of their games during the school year.

The best things to do with your friends near Lubbock include:

  • Dining on the large slices at Giorgio's Pizza
  • Bar hopping in the Depot District
  • Seeing a concert at the Cactus Theater
  • Hiking Buffalo Springs Lake
  • Supporting the sleuths of the friend group enjoy Trapped! Escape the Room

People who want to take a break from tours and parks will find several indoor activities to keep them busy. Enjoy the city’s many sights with a few indoor activities below.

Things to do indoors near Lubbock include:

  • Listening to live music at Sugar Brown’s Coffee
  • Visiting the caviel Museum of African American History
  • Getting dinner and a show at Alamo Drafthouse
  • Stopping by Silent Wings Museum, dedicated to WWII glider pilots
  • Catching local acts on Monday’s at The Blue Light

Lubbock is great for sightseeing outdoors. One option is doing a tour of the Lubbock Lake Landmark, which is a three-mile natural and archaeological preserve. The Depot District is popular for inner city exploration, but people can also do a tour of the city’s five wineries.

A few outdoor activities near Lubbock include:

  • Venturing through the maze at At’l Do Farms
  • Going apple picking at Hi-Plains Orchards
  • Camping at Buffalo Springs Lake
  • Teeing off at Rawls Course at Texas Tech
  • Going on a bar crawl in Depot District

Some of the best attractions in Lubbock are what the locals call hidden gems. One secret spot to visit is the Holly Hop Ice Cream Shoppe, which hasn’t aged a day past 1955.

For more must-see places near Lubbock, try:

  • Montelongo’s Mexican Restaurant
  • A 13-ton boulder carved into John Wayne’s likeness at Lubbock Christian University
  • Lone Star Oyster Bar
  • The Lubbock Memorial Arboretum
  • Visiting the many animals at Prairie Dog Town