The 10 Best Budget-friendly Things to do in Midland, Texas (TX)

March 21, 2022 Christa Meece

Midland is a city in and the county seat of Midland County, Texas, United States, on the Southern Plains of the state's western area. A small portion of the city extends into Martin County.
Restaurants in Midland

1. Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Wright Drive at Midland International Airport, Midland, TX 79706 http://www.veteransmemorial.us/links.htm
Excellent
87%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5.0 based on 31 reviews

Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Reviewed By Studebaker1959 - Midland, United States

Excellent memorial to Veterans! Have been yo several functions there and they are always very moving. The PB Vietnam Veteran Assc does a great job. The Huey is a great reminder of the reason for the memorial!!

2. Susie's South Forty Confections Inc.

401 S Marienfeld St, Midland, TX 79701-5002 +1 432-570-4040 [email protected] http://www.susiessouthforty.com/
Excellent
79%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5.0 based on 48 reviews

Susie's South Forty Confections Inc.

Reviewed By mon26renee - Midland, United States

Love visiting both of Susie's Midland stores to sample the goodies and bring home an arrangement of chocolates and toffee.

3. George W. Bush Childhood Home

1412 W Ohio Ave, Midland, TX 79701-6073 +1 432-685-1112 [email protected] http://www.bushchildhoodhome.com/
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 92 reviews

George W. Bush Childhood Home

The George W. Bush Childhood Home is truly a unique place in American history. Home to two Presidents, two Governors and a First Lady, this remarkable 1950s restoration gives visitors a unique perspective of the Bush family and their legacy, insight into the restoration of this modest home and provides an interesting view of life in 1950s Midland.

Reviewed By jbwhitehouse - Dallas, United States

This site is currently closed, ostensibly not to Covid19, but rather to home restorations. Still worth a drive by to see the ordinary, humble beginnings that shaped our 43rd President, George W. Bush.

4. Permian Basin Petroleum Museum

1500 W Interstate 20, Midland, TX 79701-2041 +1 432-683-4403 http://www.petroleummuseum.org
Excellent
68%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 264 reviews

Permian Basin Petroleum Museum

Welcome to the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum. Founded in 1975 by over 500 community leaders under the leadership of George T. Abell, the Museum tells the story of petroleum and the rugged lives of men and women who sought a better life. What started as a community dream has, over time, become the nation's largest museum dedicated to the petroleum industry and its pioneers. The Petroleum Museum has welcomed over one million visitors worldwide. It shares the petroleum and energy story and its impact on our daily lives through educational programs, interactive exhibits, an archives center and its Petroleum Hall of Fame. A visit to the Petroleum Museum is an amazing journey through over 230 million years of history. Located in the heart of the Permian Basin, the Petroleum Museum offers over 40,000 square feet of interactive education and entertainment for adventurers of all ages. The mission of the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum is to share the petroleum and energy story and its impact on our lives.

Reviewed By ronaldsP5329QM - Midland, United States

Very interesting place to explore. Indoor scene has fascinating stuff to discover. Outside are trails that lead to oil field scenes from way back in history. Lots of old antiques from oilfield from way back in the old times and progressive to more modern stuff. Pretty cool experience.

5. Big Sky Drive-In Theatre

6200 W Highway 80, Midland, TX 79706-2910 +1 432-617-3001 [email protected] http://www.bigskytheatre.com/
Excellent
60%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 57 reviews

Big Sky Drive-In Theatre

6. I-20 Wildlife Preserve

2201 S Midland Dr Across the Street from the Midland RV Campground, Midland, TX 79703-7302 +1 432-853-9453 http://www.i20wildlifepreserve.org/
Excellent
52%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 104 reviews

I-20 Wildlife Preserve

Reviewed By 729mikel

As a lifelong Midlander. I cannot say enough about how little there is to do here and how little natural beauty exists. This area is a natural playa that basically functioned as an area to catch flood waters. I'm ranking it 5 stars for Midland. I'm sure outsiders who are from plush surroundings would think nothing of it, but I can promise you it's like the Garden of Eden compared to Midland. I've been coming out here since 2008, before it was open to the public. It's about a 1.45 mile loop with a hawk tower, boardwalk, butterfly garden, and several bird blinds. The main playa lake is heavily dependent on temps and rainfall. There were times it was almost completely dried up circa 2011. Over the past few years there has been enough rain to keep it fairly steady. The north side pond stays pretty constant and has a bird blind facing it. You're likely to see tons of rabbits out here along with the occasional roadrunner. I've been out here well over 100 times and I've never seen a snake or a bobcat. I'm bummed about the bobcat and happy about the snake. A major complain is the road noise and surrounding oilfield activity. This can be distracting, but doesn't take much away from why an outlier this is for our area. It closes on Mondays and is typically open 8 to 8 in the summer and 8 to 6 in the winter. It is free and a great way to get away for locals. Be prepared for photographers since this is one of the most heavily vegetated areas in Midland. It can get a little frustrating when they are taking up the entire boardwalk for a picture, but the photographers are always gracious and apologize and move out of your way.

7. SCHARBAUER SPORTS COMPLEX Grande Comunications Stadium

5514 Champions Dr, Midland, TX 79706-2843 +1 432-520-2255 http://www.midlandtexas.gov/departments/parks_recre/sportscomplex.html
Excellent
75%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

SCHARBAUER SPORTS COMPLEX Grande Comunications Stadium

Reviewed By TxTrvlr88

The Midland Rockhounds park is a great place with excellent seating, great free parking and a good variety of ballpark food.

8. Museum of the Southwest

1705 W Missouri Ave, Midland, TX 79701-6516 +1 432-683-2882 http://www.museumsw.org/
Excellent
47%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.0 based on 58 reviews

Museum of the Southwest

Reviewed By caphill2015 - Midland, United States

I wrote a review back in 2015 and I’ve been again and it is stunning! You must revisit if you haven’t been in awhile! It’s been renovated and right now during the holidays, it is just STUNNING!! Don’t miss the Derby room with our own 2 Derby winners from 1959 and 1987 and all the memorabilia, trophies, etc! And the art rooms are full of beautiful pieces. The planetarium has great shows, and the kids will love the children’s museum. There is the farmers market and activities year round. Check the calendars for events or just go experience the mansion built in the 30’s. It’s really beautiful.

9. Summer mummers

208 North Colorado, Midland, TX 79701 +1 432-570-4111 http://www.summermummers.com
Excellent
62%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4.0 based on 53 reviews

Summer mummers

Reviewed By Obsessed_Nana - West, United States

Summer Mummers must be experienced, it's hard to explain with mere words. Take a trip back in time to a salon in west Texas with dancing girls, villains, the good guys and of course a damsel in distress needing to be rescued. The slap-stick comedy is great. The first part is the play. The second part is the Oleo which is filled with jokes and dancing. When you arrive to the Yucca Theater, not only are you transported in time, but you become friends with everyone in the place. You'll understand why drinking beer out of a covered mug and straw is a necessity, when you find yourself in a popcorn war with everyone in the joint! I have been several years, and will continue to attend. I've brought a management team from work, friends and family. It's fun for all, but leave the kids at home!

10. Odessa Meteor Crater and Museum

Meteor Crater Rd 9 miles southwest of Odessa, Midland, TX +1 915-381-0946 http://www.odessameteorcrater.com/
Excellent
11%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
38%
Poor
15%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

3.0 based on 136 reviews

Odessa Meteor Crater and Museum

Reviewed By 1994NSX - Midland, United States

Nice collection of meteors from around the world-- a friend of my dads owns all of the meteors and this museum would not be there without he and his family efforts.

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