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Lubbock, Texas

Lubbock is the seat of Lubbock County and a major city of the South Plains. The abundant grass and the expansion of the cattle industry in the 1880s led to the cattle empires on the Texas Plains and the settling of two towns, Old Lubbock and Monterey. In 1890, the two cities came together and mutually accepted a new site, which they called Lubbock, and it became the center of ranching and cattle operations in the area.

Today, Lubbock is a city of industry, technology, oil, agriculture, warehousing, medicine and culture, and the site of Lubbock Christian University, Texas Tech University, School of Law, and Health Science Center. Lubbock's citizens support the city's live music, ballet, and community theater productions, as well as the activities of its colleges and universities.

A major annual event is the Panhandle-South Plains Fair, the last week in September, one of largest regional fairs in the state that draws a quarter-million visitors to pageants, contests, and entertainment as well as traditional fair exhibits.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Lubbock Memorial Arboretum

On 93 acres with trees, shrubs and many other plants. A central lake is home to swimming ducks and many birds frequent the area. The grounds and Hodges Rose Garden open daily. On the second Sat. of the month, gardening programs are held at the Interpretive Center at 9:30 a.m. on 4111

Lubbock, TX Aboretums

Buddy Holly Center

No visit to Lubbock is complete without a stop to view the most comprehensive permanent exhibition dedicated to the life and music of Buddy Holly, Lubbock'

Lubbock, TX Exhibits

Llano Estancado Winery

Born from a casual experiment with grapevines shading a Lubbock patio, this winery now is one of Texas' largest. Tasting room samples Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, and others. Gift shop and tasting open Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun. noon - 4 p.m. Tours available. Take U.S. 87

Lubbock, TX Wineries

OMNIMAX Theatre

Feel like a part of the action. Featuring a panoramic image on a 58-foot dome screen, as well as a 12,500-watt sound system, this film experience can take you to the most amazing places on Earth (and beyond)-all without leaving your seat!

Lubbock, TX Theatres


Things to do near Lubbock, TX

Midwestern State Univ. Fine Art Gallery

Features works of regional artists throughout academic year. Emphasis on students' art. West Campus Dr. at Nocona Trail on ca...

Possum Kingdom Lake

Dotted with lakeside resorts and camps, the 14,440-acre reservoir is among Texas' most popular outdoor recreation destination...

Scenic Drive

F.M. 293 west to Texas 136 north provides views of modern High Plains agriculture contrasted with traditional ranch lands unc...

Palo Pinto Museum

Old jail and log cabin, area history and artifacts. Open weekend afternoons in summer. One block south of courthouse in Palo ...

Mackenzie Park

248-acre day-use park operated by the city. Prairie Dog Town in park is one of few remaining colonies of its type in the nati...