Top 10 Things to do in Lubbock, United States

March 28, 2018 Almeta Stockton

The legacy of Buddy Holly lives on in his birthplace of Lubbock, where a museum, a walk of fame and an annual music festival honor musicians hailing from the area. Its museums shed light on the agricultural and military history of the region. Lubbock's many parks, golf courses and wineries provide a relaxing break from it all. Add to all of this a hopping nightlife and Lubbock truly is the "Hub City" of activity in the South Plains area.
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1. National Ranching Heritage Center

3121 4th St, Lubbock, TX 79409-4103 +1 806-742-0498
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5 based on 382 reviews

National Ranching Heritage Center

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Although the museum closes at 5 p.m., the 19-acre historical park closes at 4 p.m. It takes 45 to 90 minutes to see the ranch structures and walk the 1.5 mile pathway. Visitors should plan to visit the outdoor park early enough to complete their tour by 4 p.m.

Reviewed By Dustytexas - Lubbock, Texas

For anyone who enjoys history, this is a must-see. The center has a number of historical buildings from around Texas, including a dugout, bunkhouse, ranch office, Victorian home, one room school house and more. Most of the building interiors are furnished with appropriate antique beds, chairs etc. it is a great snapshot of time. The site is well designed with a handicapped access trail and descriptive signage. There are places to sit in the shade (important on hot Texas summer days) and water fountains. The main museum building has displays of barbed wire and rifles and has a store that sells items like prairie bonnets and old time candy. A great way to spend a couple of hours.

2. Silent Wings Museum

6202 N I-27, Lubbock, TX 79403-7523 +1 806-775-3049
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5 based on 179 reviews

Silent Wings Museum

This museum tells the story of gliders that were used during World War II.

Reviewed By COGuest - Colorado

First time here. Free parking in lot. Located near the LBB airport. This museum tells the little-told story of WW2 Glider Pilots. Yes, planes with no engines. There is a good movie and many exhibits with lots to read and learn. Note: Would not be of any use, and would be a waste of time, to take a child here who cannot read and comprehend. Preschoolers there were inappropriately touching and climbing on exhibits, despite signs to the contrary. Otherwise....Lots to see and learn here. Many well-displayed artifacts. Small fee to enter.

3. American Wind Power Center

1701 Canyon Lake Dr, Lubbock, TX 79403-4908 +1 806-747-8734
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4.5 based on 160 reviews

American Wind Power Center

Largest windmill museum in the United States.

Reviewed By Robert C - Lubbock, Texas

A unique exhibit of how water was made available to ranchers and farmers.There are also exhibits of how wind power used for mechanical productivity.Far more interesting than one would think and well worth the time to go and check it out.

4. Science Spectrum Museum

2579 S Loop 289 Ste 250, Lubbock, TX 79423-1400 745-6299
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4.5 based on 233 reviews

Science Spectrum Museum

Reviewed By CTAWilson - Roswell, New Mexico

Great place for kids and adults alike. You can touch so many exhibits and experience first-hand. If you take your time you can easily spend 3+ hours in exploration and sometimes memories. Coming from the early times of of the US space program, I loved the pieces exhibited and enjoyed sharing with my children. Go and enjoy this wonderful museum.

5. The Buddy Holly Center

1801 Crickets Ave, Lubbock, TX 79401-5128 +1 806-775-3560
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4.5 based on 451 reviews

The Buddy Holly Center

Hours of operation:Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 1pm - 5pm, closed on Mondays.

Reviewed By trn81 - Montana

I think this museum is a must-see. It's not expensive to go there. They have a movie about his very short life. The displays are done very Tastefully and are very interesting. One quick note if you go to the air gliders Museum and buy tickets you get a half off coupon for the Buddy Holly Museum.

6. Buddy Holly Statue and West Texas Walk of Fame

Corner of 19th St. and Crickets Ave., across from The Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock, TX
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4.5 based on 125 reviews

Buddy Holly Statue and West Texas Walk of Fame

Reviewed By charles s - London, United Kingdom

An impressive statue of Buddy Holly, suited, booted and playing his Fender guitar, was sculptured by Ulysses Grant Speed in 1980. The statue followed the musician’s induction in 1979 and forms the centrepiece of the West Texas Walk of Fame, honouring people who have made a significant contribution to Lubbock’s musical history. In addition to the statue there is also an Avenue and Center museum gallery named after the famous singer songwriter. Worth a visit for a photo opportunity.

7. Prairie Dog Town

Mackenzie Park, 4th Street and Interstate 27, Lubbock, TX
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4 based on 258 reviews

Prairie Dog Town

Reviewed By Cherie G

Up close and personal with the history of saving an important animal in the ecosystem. Be sure to bring along celery, carrots or Cheetos to feed them. They wag their tails, bark, and scurry around eating the food if they're hungry. Easy learning board showing their lifestyle and how they fit into the wild.

8. Museum of Texas Tech University

4th St. and Indiana Ave, Lubbock, TX +1 806-834-1227
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4.5 based on 88 reviews

Museum of Texas Tech University

Reviewed By CTAWilson - Roswell, New Mexico

Love the history portrayed as well as the special exhibits. I visited while the Holocaust exhibit was there which included statements from Texan military men who helped liberate concentration camps.

I also liked their permanent exhibits and displays of jade and more. I recommend for families and for students of history. Check out the gift shop for some unique, western items.

9. Jones AT&T Stadium @ Texas Tech University

6 Boston Ave, Lubbock, TX 79409 +1 806-742-4412
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4.5 based on 87 reviews

Jones AT&T Stadium @ Texas Tech University

Reviewed By missboop6 - North Bergen, New Jersey

It was an awesome experience. We had 60 people for dinner and had access to the field for pictures. We also had the use of the Jumbo Tron and the TV's in the club for all our videos. If was such fun and the staff was excellent to work with

10. Cactus Theater

1812 Buddy Holly Ave, Lubbock, TX 79401-5137 +1 806-762-3233
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4.5 based on 51 reviews

Cactus Theater

Reviewed By FacePainter2014 - Lubbock, Texas

For those who say, Oh woe there's nothing to do in Lubbock! I saw Oh Wow, your so wrong!
Music events are especially diversified, affordable and easily accessible. With much more to look forward to. Cactus Theater is a perfect example. A nostalgic trip to days gone by, and with renovations it's comfy and cool on a hot summer night. Last nights tribute to The Dobbie Brothers, Chicago and Steely Dan was engaging, hand clapping in the air , talented musicians that kept us dancing in our seats. Kudos for a wonderful walk down memory lane. There's lots more on the upcoming calendar on The Cactus website.
I'm going to book my fall work schedule around their events. Going back for more.
Oh yes, the popcorn and cokes were just as good as they were in the old days.

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