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Things To Do In Lubbock
So you’ve got spare time on your hands and want to do some sightseeing in Lubbock this week? Have no fear. You have plenty of options if you decide to slip away from the TCGA meeting for a few minutes.
For a first-time visitor to Lubbock, it might seem surprising that this West Texas city has so many attractions and fun things to do.
Let’s start with the beautiful Texas Tech University campus. It’s a short 10-minute drive from the Civic Center and has some of the most impressive Spanish Renaissance architecture of any college in the state. The outdoor art exhibits, including Glenna Goodacre’s bronze statues, add a special feature to an already spacious campus.
While you’re strolling around the Tech campus, you might be surprised to find a historical museum in the same area. The Museum of Texas Tech University is located at 3301 Fourth Street. Investigate the nearly 2 million pieces in the ever-changing exhibits of art, humanity and science and learn about the mysteries behind the sky at the Moody Planetarium.
If agricultural history is your interest, check out the American Wind Power Center at 1701 Canyon Lake Drive. That’s where you can see how windmills helped to tame the West in a dynamic museum located on 238 acres with more than 120 rare and fully restored windmills.
While visiting the windmills, you can go next door and find the American Museum of Agriculture. Here you’ll find machinery and artifacts dating back to the pioneering years of agriculture. Unique exhibits include 70 pedal tractors, 300 toy tractors, restored tractors and various horse-drawn equipment.
What about night life and restaurants? Look no further than the Depot Entertainment District located at 19th Street and I-27. You’ll find just about any kind of music and culinary delight at one of Lubbock’s most popular hotspots.
And while we’re on the subject of music, a visit to Lubbock wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Buddy Holly Center at 1801 Avenue G. This is where you can learn more about Lubbock’s favorite son who was an early rock and roll musical icon. Visitors can see items donated by family and friends of the famous musician, such as his guitar and famous horn-rimmed glasses.
Would you believe that Lubbock is gaining a reputation for producing top quality wines? One of the city’s award-winning wineries is Cap Rock, a favorite place for special events and gatherings. Tour the winery and sample the flavorful wines in an elegant tasting room and gift shop located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 87 South and Woodrow Road.
Every city in America has a destination that honors our military heroes, and the Lubbock Area Veterans War Memorial is no exception. Created for the purpose of honoring the sacrifices for our freedom, the center portion of the memorial commemorates South Plains veterans who were killed in action. The brick and marble monument is dedicated to the veterans of Lubbock and the South Plains area, and an adjacent area honors living and deceased members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Finally, if you enjoy the outdoors – regardless of the weather – pay a visit to Mackenzie Park, which spreads out on more than 250 acres. You’ll find all kinds of recreational fun. Located in the northeast section of the park is Meadowbrook Golf Course, which features two 18-hole championship golf courses.
But, there is another kind of golf inside Mackenzie and that is Disc Golf or “Frisbee Golf.” The park is the home of Lubbock’s own world class 21-hole Disc Golf Course. Located in beautiful Yellow House Canyon, the course weaves in and around the Brazos River, through trees, green fairways, cliffs and water hazards. No matter what your skill, you will enjoy this incredible setting, using the professional or recreational tees.
Mackenzie is also the home to Prairie Dog Town, Joyland Amusement Park, Crossroads in Time Sculpture Garden, Equestrian Trail, Outdoor Center, reserved party rooms, the Wells Fargo Amphitheater and many softball and baseball fields.
And, finally, if you’re looking for another park to visit, go to Tech Terrace Park at 23rd and Flint Ave. There is nothing fancy about this park. It is surrounded by more than a half-mile gravel track, but it’s great for enjoying on a pretty day.