The 6 Best Free Things to do in Odessa, Texas (TX)

May 17, 2022 Hector Krause

Odessa /ˌoʊˈdɛsə/ is a city in and the county seat of Ector County, Texas, United States. It is located primarily in Ector County, although a small portion of the city extends into Midland County. Odessa's population was 118,918 at the 2010 census making it the 29th-most populous city in Texas; estimates as of July 2015 indicate a population of 159,436 in the city. It is the principal city of the Odessa Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Ector County. The metropolitan area is also a component of the larger Midland–Odessa combined statistical area, which had a 2010 census population of 278,801; a recent report from the United States Census Bureau estimates that the combined population as of July 2015 is 320,513. In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked Odessa as the third fastest-growing small city in the United States.
Restaurants in Odessa

1. Chris Kyle "American Sniper" Memorial

8050 E Highway 191, Odessa, TX 79765-8613 http://odessachamber.com/chris-kyle-memorial
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5.0 based on 73 reviews

Chris Kyle "American Sniper" Memorial

Reviewed By bjanavice - Brevard, United States

If you are in Odessa or are just drving through you really need to take the time to stop by and look at this memorial. Be sure to read the sign that tells you the meaning of everything at the memorial.

2. Ellen Noel Art Museum

4909 E University Blvd, Odessa, TX 79762-8144 +1 432-550-9696 http://www.noelartmuseum.org/
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Ellen Noel Art Museum

Reviewed By carendaniel50 - Odessa, United States

It was nice and interesting visiting this museum and seeing the various exhibits from photos from famous photographers and various generational displays. It was definitely worth seeing.

3. Presidential Archives and Leadership Library

4919 E University Blvd, Odessa, TX 79762-8144 +1 432-363-7737 http://shepperdinstitute.com/presidential-archives/
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4.5 based on 29 reviews

Presidential Archives and Leadership Library

The Presidential Archives and Leadership Library is located on the campus of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and is administered by the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute. The archival collection was begun by local Odessa citizens as a memorial to the memory of President John F. Kennedy shortly after his assassination in 1963. There was such an overwhelming response with information about other presidents that a decision was made to create a unique collection that would be dedicated to the office of the presidency and an understanding of the electoral process. It is an outstanding collection of exhibits, campaign memorabilia, books, photos, magazines, and other historic collectibles that tell the history of the office of the president and of events that have shaped the American people. This dynamic collection continues to grow and expand as each new president takes office and is available to both the casual visitor and the serious scholar. Few experiences have greater impact than an encounter with history. The mission of the Archives is to have that impact.

Reviewed By RobertSuzanne - Tucson, United States

Unexpected to see this museum and library outside of DC. The exhibits in the galleries include a storyboard for each president and the important aspects of their terms, dolls dressed in exact replicas of the First Ladies gowns, and portraits of presidents and First Ladies and campaign memorabilia.The rug at the entrance is a copy of the one in the Oval Office during the Truman administration. There are 8 columns supporting the dome which represent the 8 presidents that died in office, 4 assassinated and 4 for health reasons. Extremely well done and docents are very knowledgeable to answer all of our questions.

4. Mckinney Park

625 W Pool Rd, Odessa, TX
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4.0 based on 9 reviews

Mckinney Park

5. Stonehenge Replica

Preston Smith Rd University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Odessa, TX
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4.0 based on 138 reviews

Stonehenge Replica

Reviewed By drwatson32 - Shawnee, United States

This was a fun, quick stop in Odessa. The place is a good opportunity for kids to climb and run around. Pro tip: Stay off the grass. There are stickers and thorns that will go through the soles of your shoes.

6. Music City Mall

4101 E 42nd St, Odessa, TX 79762-7239 +1 432-550-2483 http://www.music-city-mall.com/
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3.0 based on 34 reviews

Music City Mall

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