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The Ultimate List of Things to Do in Lubbock, Texas

“You’re going to Lubbock! Why?” Those were the first words I heard when I announced my upcoming West Texas trip. I chuckled a little, knowing I was about to embark on a journey to uncover all the fantastic things to do in Lubbock, Texas.

Lubbock is famously known for Texas Tech, but often people don’t know what’s there other than the school!

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Road Trip to Lubbock

The drive to Lubbock was surprisingly quick. I always imagined it to be further from Dallas, but it’s the same distance from Houston and San Antonio, and it’s certainly closer than Big Bend!

Whenever I’m on a road trip, I make sure to use the Pilot Flying J app! Being able to plan out stops along the way and not find myself at some sketchy gas station bathroom is so convenient.

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I can stock up on coffee to have the energy to drive. When you download the app and use the code ROADTRIP, you get a $5 credit. There are always new daily offers to try new snacks at a discount, from 2 for 1 Mountain Dews, Bai waters, candy, and more!

a person holding a drink in front of a refrigerator

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Things to Do in Lubbock: Explore the Wine Country

I had always thought Fredericksburg was the wine country of Texas, but I stand corrected. The Lubbock region produces 85% of the grapes for wine grown in Texas!

You can visit some of the wineries that have tasting rooms! Here are some wineries you can visit in Lubbock for a wine tour!

English Newsome Cellars is a gorgeous venue with regular special events and some incredible wine that you can only get here in Lubbock! If you go during the right season, you can catch their vines in bloom!

English Newsome Cellars

McPherson Cellars has a location in downtown Lubbock and has Thursday night festivals with live music and food trucks in addition to wine tasting and a sweet dog that hangs around!

McPherson Cellars in Lubbock Texas

Llano Estacado Winery is a popular winery, with its wines available in grocery stores all throughout Texas. However, they reserve some of their best and smaller batch wines for right here in Lubbock!

Caprock Winery offers not only a stunning vineyard backdrop but also a wide selection of delicious wines. Their tasting room provides the perfect opportunity to sample their exquisite creations and learn about the winemaking process.

One thing that I loved was just how much personal experience we got. If you’ve ever been to Fredericksburg on a weekend, you know it can be hectic. However, here we had the chance to speak to the people who would share the flavor profiles with us, giving us a more in-depth experience!

If you’re looking for a peaceful wine experience, this is the place to go!

Fun Activities in Lubbock, Texas: Hang Out With Prairie Dogs

This is my look of pure joy at getting to hang out with prairie dogs! They are all over Lubbock! We’d see them while driving along the road, but there’s a place called Prairie Dog Town where they hang out in one area, and you can sit by and watch them poke their heads out and run around!

a person in a red dress sitting on the ground with a small animal

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Get Caught Up in the Thriving Arts Scene

Another thing I was surprised about was the incredible arts center! Art fans will love visiting the galleries and seeing all the unique artwork. Lubbock has one of the most thorough First Friday art trails, with buses taking you to each gallery, which often puts on a new theme each month!

And I’m not talking about the stuffy artwork! There are so many local artists playing with different mediums, relating to our times, and producing genuinely exciting pieces of art.

The Charles Adams Gallery is a mixture of artists, so you’ll be sure to find something you like!

Charles Adams Gallery  Things to do in Lubbock Texas

Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, or LHUCA, has a regularly rotating list of artists and features anything from the whimsical to the powerful. They have regular events, including pottery and even things like Tai Chi in the gallery.

Check out what’s going on during your trip here.

Outside, there are murals all around to check out!

Discover Fun History

Lubbock has some fun and quirky museums! Visit the Buddy Holly Center Museum; it is a great way to learn about the Lubbock Star and its rich history.

The museum itself is beautifully done, although you can’t take pictures inside, so you’ll have to see what I’m talking about for yourself.

Buddy Holly Center Museum Top Things to do in Lubbock Texas

I can’t say the American Windmill Museum was ever on my list of things I planned on doing in my life! However, this museum, with over two warehouse-sized rooms of windmills and a whole outdoor section, was entertaining. It’s fun to see all the different colors and designs throughout the years!

The American Windmill Museum is the largest windmill museum in the world.

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a person standing in front of windmills

Another museum worth checking out is the Silent Wings Museum, which commemorates the history of the U.S. glider program during World War II with a variety of permanent exhibits.

The Silent Wings Museum is a unique and important museum that tells a story that is often overlooked. It is a must-see for anyone interested in World War II history or aviation, especially the role of glider pilots.

Museum of Texas Tech University: This museum offers an incredible journey through Texas history and showcases a wide range of exhibits that span various disciplines. Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in the diverse interactive exhibits of this captivating museum.

Become an Axe-Throwing Expert

At Bad Axe Raider, you can go from an axe-throwing newbie to a pro. For me, the idea of something that honestly quite frightened me was a great experience to build confidence and learn a unique skill.

The staff walks you through how to properly throw an axe and provides a safe environment. I went from letting out a small scream when the axe left my hand to regularly hitting the target in less than 2 hours!

It’s one of the unique attractions Lubbock has to offer that you won’t want to miss during your visit.

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Catch Live Music

One of my favorite things to do when exploring a new town was to catch live music. At the Cactus Theater you can catch performances of all kinds from famous tribute bands to comedians, and more.

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Take a Hike with Buffalo

Caprock Canyon State Park is a beautiful place for incredible hikes through the canyon, but it is also famous for the bison that roam free through the park! Read more about Caprock Canyon State Park!

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buffalo on a state park

In addition to the stunning hikes at Caprock Canyon State Park, Lubbock offers another outdoor gem for nature enthusiasts. Buffalo Springs Lake is a picturesque destination that offers a myriad of recreational activities.

Whether you want to take a hike along the scenic trails, go fishing in the serene lake, or simply relax and soak up the beauty of nature, Buffalo Springs Lake has got you covered

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Stay in Some Funky Places

When it comes to accommodations in Lubbock, there are plenty of fun things to do.

Lubbock has so much personality with these cool places to stay. At Woodrow House, you can actually sleep in a caboose! Read all about my experience here!

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