West Texas is full of great cities and towns that have a rich history. We often drive through these towns without stopping, without even knowing what we are missing out on a lot of cool places. Fossil museums, an outdoor Texas play, a Vineyard Festival, historic bed and breakfasts, a zoo, and Cowboy Days are just a few of the fun events and attractions you can see within a couple hours of Lubbock. Try out some true local dining and support the shops and boutiques that give these towns so much character. Grab some friends or family and take a day trip!
30ish minutes from Lubbock
Levelland is home to 7 public mosaics that are scattered across town. Most of the mosaics depict regional and historic themes. There are also some great boutique type shops around the downtown square. Our favorite time to go is at Christmas whenever everything is decorated and the shops have all of their Christmas products out. Beginning on July 24th, Levelland will host Farmer’s Markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7:30am to sell-out! Be on the lookout for trunk-or-treats, Christmas on the Square, and ladies night out which are all a part of the Main Street program. The Mallet Event Center also hosts several great events throughout the year. Stay up to date here.
20 minutes from Lubbock
The Slaton Museum | 15 W. Lubbock (on the Square)
Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 5pm
Texas Air Museum | FM 400 2 miles north of Slaton (Slaton Airport)
Saturday 9am to 5pm and by appt.
Steam Engine | 1809 on the Square
Slaton Heritage Mural | 9th Street adjacent to Square
Slaton Harvey House | 400 Railway Ave.
Historic 1912 Bed and Breakfast
Wednesdays 11am to 1pm, open for lunch and tours and by appt.
Other businesses include the Slaton Bakery, Klemke’s Sausage Haus and Town Square Antique Mall, Multiplicity Art Gallery.
Art galleries include V2 (pronounced “V-squared”), Sara Water’s WaterSpace Gallery, Jennifer Greer Gallery, In-Between Gallery. You must try the thumbprint cookies at the bakery!
2.5 hours from Lubbock
Frontier Texas! | 625 N 1st St.
Monday – Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 1pm to 5pm
Adults $10, children 3-12 $5, under 3 free
Abilene Zoo | 2070 Zoo Ln
9am to 5pm daily
Adults $6, children 3-12 $3.50, under 3 free
The Grace Museum | 102 Cypress St.
Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 5pm
Adults $6, $3 students, under 3 free
Historic Paramount Theatre | 352 Cypress St.
Weekdays noon to 5pm for tours
Buffalo Gap Historic Village | 133 N. William St.
Summer Hours: Monday-Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday noon to 5pm
Adults $7, K-12 grades and college $4, under 5 free
The Center for Contemporary Arts | 220 Cypress St.
Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 5pm
National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature | 102 Cedar
Tuesday-Saturday 10am to 4pm
12th Armored Division Memorial Museum | 1289 N. 2nd St.
Tuesday-Saturday 10am to 5pm
Adults $5, Student $4, children 7-12 $3, under 6 free, WWII veterans free
Check out their listing of upcoming events here.
38 minutes from Lubbock
Rich in history and located with canyon land on three sides. Day trips include a visit to Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum – Mt Blanco Fossil Museum and Silver Falls Park. They also have a variety of quaint shops that include vintage and eclectic items. Have lunch or dinner at Charley’s Place, which is featured as one of the best burgers around. Check out our full write up here. Be on the look out for the US Route 62/82 Yard Sales that take place throughout the year.
45 minutes from Lubbock
With an abundance of antique shops and boutiques, Plainview is a fun and diverse place to visit. The downtown area is still busy and can easily be walked from shop to shop with options of eating, great coffee and some unique art. The restoration of a downtown theater that is open to the public and a wonderful museum on the WBU campus that depicts the history of our area is an added benefit for a day in Plainview. The choices of restaurants is unbelievable for a community this size, from major chains to individually owned you can get almost anything your taste buds desire. Make sure check out Just 4 Fun and try out one of the amazing hamburgers! Check out the full write-up here.
41 minutes from Lubbock
Brownfield is home to the Terry County Heritage Museum along with a great aquatic center that is open daily 1pm-6. Check out the great events coming up:
1.5 hrs from Lubbock
The Palo Duro Canyon Sate Park is great place to camp, hike, and enjoy the outdoors. We hiked the Lighthouse Trail and it was challenging, but rewarding. There was even a random sno cone truck at the end of the trail. You can take a bike or walk the trails. You must check out the TEXAS play at the Pioneer Outdoor Amphitheater. It is a classic and must be seen by all Texans. We also visited the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum and it was wonderful. Everything was very well done. Our favorite part of the museum was Pioneer Town. It is a mini city with a hotel, a church, funeral home, post office, and some other great walk in replicas.
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