15 Best Things to Do in Lubbock, TX

15 Best Things to Do in Lubbock, TX

Any fan of rock-and-roll knows Lubbock, Texas for being home to the Texas born, legendary American Singer-Songwriter Buddy Holly. Although if you are planning your visit to the city, there are a plethora of museums, some of them exceptionally unique, such as a gallery dedicated to display 200 different kinds of windmills.
From a museum for agriculture to gallery of gliders, A heritage site for more than 30 Ranches of different eras and buddy holly center, chronicling the life and artefacts related to the iconic singer Buddy Holly, Lubbock has a lot to offer to its travellers. These are the Top 15 things to do in Lubbock, Texas.

Feel the classic vibe at Buddy Holly Center

Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock
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This site is dedicated primarily to American Singer-Songwriter from 1950s, Charles Hardwin Holly aka Buddy Holly. The Life and times of the Iconic rock-and-roll legend is put on display for his fans.

If you’re a fan of the American classics then you can’t say no to visiting here at least once. The place is full of memorabilia items related to him such as, his iconic gender Stratocaster guitar and his unique black glasses. The center also has a real-sized statue of him. From photographs of Important events of his life to his private collection of things, the museum is full of nostalgia for music fans. One of the favourite places of tourists with deep interest in good old classic music.

Get amazed by the result of passionate hard work at American wind power center

American wind power center
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This is not just a museum. It’s a Story of passionate infatuation of a Texas  home economics teacher and windmills. Billie Wolfe dedicated 30 years of her life to researching the history behind the artefacts and collecting them. She deeply investigated the historical significance of windmills in the lives of prairie people.
The museum was opened in 1998 and soon evolved in 2001. The Museum houses more than 200 windmills of all sizes and varieties. A perfect day trip to be spent in learning the history and about the fantastic windmills.

Unite with nature at Lubbock Memorial Arboretum

Are you looking for a relaxing walk amidst the beauty of nature? Lubbock memorial arboretum, is a historical site of amazing scenic beauty, featuring 1.8 mile long walking trail, native wildlife consisting of birds and butterflies.
The Arboretum has a scenic Lake named playa and a beautiful red building where tourists and locals alike can join for nature classes. A perfect place for a romantic walk with your partner. Meditate your mind in the quiet ambience of nature.

Learn gardening at Lubbock municipal garden and arts center

One of the most happening places of Lubbock, known for hosting classes, exhibitions and various fun events. A family-friendly environment offering a range of recreational activities, From contests for arts and photography to shows about gardening and lessons for the curious by skilled gardeners. It’s a gathering place for cultural and recreational activity clubs of the city to not for profit organizations.  Some of the popular features of the garden include the tea terrace for quiet contemplation, the rose garden for the romantic company and the memorial arboretum.

Get farming at Bayer Museum of Agriculture

You might have been to many kinds of museums, but have you ever been to one solely dedicated to agriculture? Placed at Alton Brazell Exhibit hall, Bayer Museum of agriculture is a great tour to take for those curious about farming. Teach yourself and the kids about the various processes involved.

Various steps and processes related to farming are put on display, along with often-used tools and machines. You can get behind the wheels and experience being a farmer for awhile. There are legitimate farmers in the museum to sate your curiosity of question related to agriculture. There are historical and classic machines from various periods on display too.

Learn history at Caviel Museum of African-American history

Caviel Museum of African-American history
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This is a museum with beautiful background narrative. An African -American couple lived through various social bias in the 50 years of their business.
They struggled and yet Succeeded in their business, despite all the odds. Alfred and Billie Caviel decided to donate the former pharmacy. Their vision was to get the spot converted into a museum showcasing the African-American history and culture.

The dream came in 2015, making it a unique museum in Texas. Its collection comprises of photographs of Successful African-Americans such as the astronaut M.D. Bernard Harris.

Visit the Louise Hopkins Underwood center for the Arts

An exhibition center for artists both international and local. It’s sole aim is to support, preserve and promote their crafts and art.
This place is known for its diversity of collection from traditional artistic pieces to modern international artworks.
The artworks on display changes throughout the season. The gallery hosts popular pieces such as the artwork of Tina Fuentes. Some interactive activities are also held for engagement with tourists.

Read up some science at Museum of Texas Tech University

Museum of Texas Tech University
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From fine arts to biology, textiles to palaeontology and history to natural sciences, the Museum of tech university is a one stop destination for all tourists an locals interested in related topics. Specifically the natural history preservation and science research program is phenomenal. The Museum is known for collecting and preserving specimens from various eras.

There are many tours available for those interested in visiting like highlighting tour, a focused glance at specific section, specific tour to fixed gallery and fast glance around the museum.

Admire the architecture at National Ranching Heritage Center

National Ranching Heritage center
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Traditional ranching history, displayed by the well preserved historical ranching structures, categorized ok ne after another, in order of their existence. It is a heritage center rather than a museum that models themed structures, these are real life collection of ranches. There are more than 50 ranches and 30 of them are over 100 years old. Still decently preserved despite their age.

Feel good wandering at Prairie Dog Town

Prairie dogs in Prairie Dog town
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A preservation center started with only four prairie dogs. Now home to numerous animals of the same species and has become a famous tourist hub in the city.
The structural framework, irrigation and boundaries are customized, keeping in mind the burrowing nature of the inhabitants. Prairie dog town is a unique protected territory. Lot of tourists and local denizens swarm to this place in weekends and holidays. There are overview platforms constructed to provide a relaxing viewing area for visitors.

Science spectrum and Silent Wings Museum

Silent wings Museum
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Enormous dome-shaped screen to hold informative speeches, Omni theatre, around 250 science displays, live science shows played daily are some of the impressive features of Science spectrum Museum.

For those tourists, naturally prone to like scientific experiments, exhibitions and shows, this a good choice for a museum to check out. The focus of Silent wings museum is to preserve and exhibit the history and information related to gliders related to World War 2. Take a 90-minute tour through the museum, arranged into the scenes of warzone back from WWII and observe the significance of the Glider program used in the war.

Best Restaurants in the town

Cast Iron Grill
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For your breakfast cravings when touring the Buddy Holly museum. Cast Iron Grill is a scratch kitchen restaurant located nearby Buddy Holly museum. They offer southern style breakfast in their menu and a quality spread of pies.

If you prefer Mexican food then Abuelo's Mexican restaurant is the decent place to visit. It’s a chain restaurant with outdoor dining, curbside pick-up options known mostly for their dessert and tea collection. For a full dining experience in a homely lodge setting, plan a visit to Aspen creek hill during your stay. It is famously known for its dishes made from fresh produce. It’s a decent place for lunch and dinner, both family and solo dining.

Have fun at Joyland Amusement Park

Joyland Amusement Park
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Featuring more than 30-kinds of rides of different difficulties, some family-friendly to sports junkie level. Choose the best match to your taste and get lost in the thrill of the roller coasters.

From mad house to bumper cars, daring rollercoaster rides to various arcade games, it’s a great weekend getaway to have fun with your friends and family.
One of the best attraction of the park is the dare-devil drop. Famous among youngsters and adults alike. There are slow variants of rides as well for younger children.

Taste-test wine at Caprock winery

Operating since 1988, Caprock winery offers the visitors a taste of the genuinely traditional wine culture of Texas. For wine connoisseurs it’s a great opportunity to taste-test some rare and exotic wines that are hard to come by.

The tour consists not only of taste-testing their wine quality, but also, a short trip down their vineyard. Labelling the varieties while educating the visitors about different processes involved in wine crafting. The visitors are invited to relax by the fireplace or perhaps the patio while enjoying their home-crafted five of their top class of wines.

Let loose at Legacy play village

The land for this legacy play village was allotted by the town government and the funding by a bond package, but the credit for the Idea and effort behind the construction goes to the volunteers. This site was slowly put together keeping in mind the artistic representation of South plains y into a one of a kind children play ground.

If you are tourist to the city with your family or kids or are a resident, then legacy play village is an ideal place to let your kids loose and have grand fun amidst the historical wooden structures.