If any of the visitors to the Texas Cotton Ginners’ Association’s Annual Meeting and Trade Show are looking for interesting restaurants or places to visit while in Lubbock, the choices are numerous. In fact, you might even be surprised at how diverse and entertaining the Hub City can be during the year.
How about a trip to a museum? Lubbock doesn’t disappoint in this category. The most notable are:
• American Wind Power Center – This is the most comprehensive collection of historic windmills in the world.
• Buddy Holly Center – It pays homage to Lubbock’s most famous native son, as well as other performing artists and musicians of West Texas.
• American Museum of Agriculture – The museum tries to preserve the history and tell the story of American agriculture. Open Tuesday through Saturday.
• Lubbock Area Veteran’s War Memorial – This building majestically honors the sacrifices made by members of the U.S. armed forces.
• Museum of Texas Tech University – This is an internationally recognized museum with collections in the arts, humanities and sciences and features nearly five million objects.
• Silent Wings Museum – This is a project of the National World War II Glider Pilots Association.
For a complete list of museums, interested persons can find more information at www.visitlubbock.org.
There are plenty of popular nightspots in downtown Lubbock, and they can be found in the Depot Entertainment District. A collection of historical buildings along and near Buddy Holly Avenue, this area features live music, stage shows, sports and cigar bars as well as upbeat restaurants and shops.
How about the cowboy culture of the West? You’ll see plenty of that in Lubbock. Ranching and cowboy culture roots run deep in the city. In fact, the city was named after Thomas S. Lubbock, a former Texas Ranger. A few ways for travelers to immerse themselves in this culture include:
• National Cowboy Symposium – Cowboy poets, musicians, storytellers, artists, chuckwagon cooks, cowboys and more celebrate the largest presentation in the United States of ranching and the western way of life every September.
• National Ranching Heritage Center – Authentically recreates life from the late 1700s through the 1950s.
Perhaps the most important focal point in the city is Texas Tech University. Founded in 1925, the university boasts a student population of more than 30,000 and is one of the largest universities in Texas. As such, it offers numerous opportunities for visitors. Here is a sampling of what you’ll find on the campus:
• Lubbock Lake Landmark – This is the city’s popular archaeological and natural history preserve.
• Moody Planetarium – This is an 82-seat, 30-foot diameter domed auditorium with an A4 Spitz Starball projector.
• Public Art Collection Walking Tour – Art experts have designated this as one of the 10 best in the United States.
• Vietnam Archive – This attraction encourages research and education regarding all aspects of the American Vietnam experience.
No trip is complete without taking advantage of local shopping opportunities. In Lubbock, you won’t be disappointed. In fact, the local residents say Lubbock can hang with the best when it comes to shopping. Some of the local favorites include:
• Antique Mall of Lubbock – Offers 150 showcases and 50 booths.
• Canyon West – Lubbock’s newest, largest shopping/entertainment venue features premium retailers, including Target, Cost Plus World Market, Ross, Petsmart, Kirkland’s, Main Event, Cracker Barrel, Ulta and more.
• KK’s Craft, Gift and Collectable Mall – This is where locals come to sell their wares, and customers from near and far come to get the best merchandise for the fairest prices.
• South Plains Mall – This is the largest mall located between Dallas/Fort Worth and Albuquerque. Shoppers can find excellent bargains and top quality.