Lubbock Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Lubbock; our list of the best things to see, including Museum of Texas Tech University, Clapp Park/Lubbock Garden and Arts Center and Ballet Lubbock.
  • Museum of Texas Tech University

    4th St
    & Indiana Ave., 806 742-2442 [21]. Founded in 1929, the Museum is a major center of scientific research and houses the Diamond M Fine Arts Collection, portions of the Southwest Collection and a newly construction research center.
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  • Clapp Park/Lubbock Garden and Arts Center

    42nd St
    & University Ave., 806 767-3724, [9]. Mon-Sat 9AM-5PM (Varies). The Lubbock Garden is situated in small complex including the Memorial Rose Garden and St. Paul's on the Plain in Clapp Park. Safety City is a playground which sits along the south end of the park near 48th St. The small city is used to teach elementary school children about traffic safety.
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  • Ballet Lubbock

    5702 Genoa Ave
    Founded in 1969, Lubbock Ballet is the only ballet company with a pre-professional school in the region. The company's annual staging of The Nutcracker with the help of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra smashes attendance records each year. Lubbock Ballet hosts several events and competitions throughout the year.
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  • Lubbock Lake Landmark

    2401 Landmark Ln
    , 806 742-1116 [19], Tu-Sat 9AM-5PM, Mon 1PM-5PM. The landmark is a natural history and archaeological preserve on the northwest corner of the city. Visitors can take a three-mile walking tour of the grounds. The landmark documents and preserves evidence of over 12,000 years of continuous human occupation in the region. The facility is designated a National Historic and State Archaeological Landmark.
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  • Joyland Amusement Park

    Mackenzie Park
    A small park with plenty of carnival-style rides, and a tram line. The park also features three rollercoasters, the most recent addition being the shuttle-loop style coaster Greezed Lightning, which was purchased from the former Six Flags Astroworld in Houston. Schedule varies, but open most weekends from spring to fall.
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  • Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts

    511 Ave
    FACILITY IS UNDER RENOVATION. Home to several performing arts ensembles and theater troupes. The Underwood's galleries feature local artists. The facility includes a performance hall, meeting spaces and a sculpture garden. The Underwood pioneers hands-on workshops and an innovative class series.
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  • National Ranching Heritage Center

    4th St
    & Indiana Ave., 806 742-0498, [22]. A historical park adjacent to the Museum containing several dozen authentic ranch buildings and exhibits on ranching heritage and the livestock industry. The center is often populated by players depicting life in a late 19th Century ranching town. UNDER MAJOR RENOVATION.
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  • American Museum of Agriculture

    1501 Canyon Lake Dr
    Founded in 2001 as a cooperative by local agricultural leaders to preserve the area's history. Also the permanent home of the Lubbock County Historical Collection. The collection ranges from household trinkets to farm equipment and implements.
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  • University Library

    15th St
    Main library on campus and the largest research library in the region. The building was designed to resemble a bookshelf, but the red brickwork and tall white arches give the library a distinctive radiator appeal. The Institute for Studies in Pragmaticism [18] is on the 3rd floor.
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  • American Wind Power Center

    1501 Canyon Lake Dr
    Offers a unique experience into the history of wind power from the Old West to today. The center has restored 120 windmills which survived the scrap drives during WWII. Most are scattered along the 28-acre (11 ha) grounds shared by the American Museum of Agriculture. The center operates the city's first wind-turbine which powers the center, the neighboring museum, and 40 homes adjacent to the grounds.
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  • Maxey Park/The Kenetic Wind Sculpture

    24th St
    , Maxey Park is a popular park adjacent to Covenant Lakeside Hospital. There are several public use buildings, a large playground, and a seating area with open grills for outdoor cooking. The Kenetic Wind Sculpture sits in the northwest corner of Maxey Lake. Most locals call them the Totem Poles. Bruce Taylor, designed the sculpture in 1992, and claimed during their induction they are supposed to be cotton fiber molecules.
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  • Huneke Park/Lubbock War Memorial

    84th St
    & Nashville Ave., 806 794-9006, [10]. The memorial opened in 2004 after years of lobby by local veterans. The monument consists of thousands of memorial bricks donated by survivors, veteran's families and friends. The memorial is popular at night because Huneke Lake has three illuminated fountains colored red, white and blue.
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  • Buddy Holly Center

    1801 Ave
    Tu-Fr 10AM-6PM, Sat 11AM-6PM, $5. The Buddy Holly Center occupies the renovated Ft. Worth & Denver South Plains Railroad Depot. Houses touring and permanent exhibits focusing on music history, local artists and special programs. A giant-size replica of Buddy Holly's trademark glasses rest on the grounds. The center is the anchor for the Depot District.
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  • Moody Planetarium

    4th St
    & Indiana Ave., 806 742-2442, [20]. The 78-seat planetarium features a talk radio-style show called WSKY, hosted by Dr. Cosmos. Seating is limited. There is an observatory available to the public at dusk most nights. UNDER MAJOR RENOVATION.
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  • Silent Wings Museum

    6202 N I-27
    Tues - Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 1PM-5PM, $5. The Silent Wings is dedicated to the glider pilots who trained in Lubbock and nearby Plainview during the second World War. The museum occupies the old Lubbock Regional Airport terminal which was abandoned after the 1970 tornado.
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  • Lubbock Symphony Orchestra

    1313 Broadway
    The LSO was first established in 1945 when the city's superintendent of schools demanded each school have an orchestra teacher as well as a band teacher. The men and women recruited to teach were the first members of the LSO. In 1967 the LSO was reorganized as a professional organization. The orchestra maintains an extensive music score library.
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  • Cactus Theater

    1812 Buddy Holly Ave
    The 400-seat Cactus originally opened in 1938 as a second-run theater. The unique venue closed after television and the drive-in fad in the late '50s cut audiences to a bare minimum. Local notable, Don Caldwell, re-opened the Cactus in the early '90s as a center for live music in the Depot District.
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  • Southwest Collection

    15th St
    & Detroit Ave., 806 742-3749, [12]. The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library houses the Archive of Turkish Oral Narrative [13], Vietnam Archive [14], Sowell Collection [15] and the West Texas Historical Association [16]. The building is behind the gazebo-sculptures at 15th & Boston Ave. and north of the Agriculture Pavilion. The building is marked but tucked away from the intersection. The collection will host an exhibit, “Medieval Southwest: Manifestations of the Old World in the New” from Aug. 13, 2008 through through April 4, 2009. The multidisciplinary collaboration will draw on the expertise of historians, musicians, architects and anthropologists; utilize the resources of Texas Tech campuses on two continents; and tap dozens of collections of rare and precious items to give visitors a glimpse of the Southwest as it was during the days of Coronado and Mission San Sabá.
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  • La Diosa Cellars

    in the Depot District is a unique
  • International Cultural Center

    601 Indiana Ave
    An extension of the Libraries of Texas Tech which focuses on audio/visual studies and education. The center's libraries contains a far-reaching collection of foreign language film and music.
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  • Giorgios Pizza

    1018 Broadway St
    This place has some of the best pizza and calzones in town. The food is terrific, and the service is great, as you will be greeted as "my friend" even though George has never met you. Please note that this restaurant is only open from 10AM-6PM on weekdays. It is home to the Texas-sized pizza which is the largest pizza in the city.
  • La Malinche

    1105 2nd pl
    Open for breakfast and lunch on Wednesday-Monday. This Mexican Restaurant is the definition of "hole in the wall," but the food is delicious, cheap, and the locals love it (especially the homemade tortilla chips).
  • Bash Riprocks

    2419 Main St
    Live music is also featured on the weekends.
  • Cotton Patch Cafe

    6810 Slide Rd
    This joint has the best battered chicken fried steak to be found.
  • Orlando's

    6951 Indiana Ave
    and 2402 Avenue Q . Everything at Orlando's is unique and exciting. Their minestrone soup is out of this world, as well as so many more of their fantastic dishes.
  • Chimy's

    2417 Broadway
    A local favorite for margaritas located on Broadway close to Tech.
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Lubbock uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.