Kids get to have all the fun at science camp, basketball camp, film camp, art camp, etc… Don’t worry, our fellow adult friends, we have some great summer ideas for you while the kids are away at camp!
Click the L4K logo for a listing of all the kids summer camps! Or, see below for Day Trips and Stay-Cations.
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. 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 experience 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!
20-30 minutes from Lubbock
Mosaic Self-Guided Tour: Levelland is known as the City of Mosaics and has 12 different mosaics located throughout the city.
Quannah Parker Trail Arrow: There are arrows throughout the 52 counties of the panhandle. These arrows mark where Quannah Parker traveled with the Comanche Indians.
During the month of May: The Downtown Historic Walking Tour – this tour is part of our Main Street Program Preservation Month activities. Posters are in the windows of buildings downtown with a QR code in the bottom right hand corner of each poster. The QR code takes you to a webpage that has historical information about the building you are standing in front of. Everything from pictures to videos. (Download brochure here.)
There are FABULOUS stores in downtown Levelland. Also, the Wallace Theater is currently undergoing reconstruction, and you can tour the work that has been done so far. We have some great locally owned Mexican food restaurants and if you like burgers you don’t want to miss Hamburger Construction Company, also locally owned. Restaurant listings here.
Events this Summer:
The 54th Annual Early Settlers Day Celebration | July 11 9:30am-3:30pm
Food, shopping, and a parade!
Movie on the Square | August 13th
There will be a back to school preshow and the movie, Big Hero 6, starts at dusk on the courthouse lawn. Bring chairs and blankets!
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.
**Air show on June 6th, 2015 at 9am**
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 (famous for their wafer and thumbprint cookies), Klemke’s Sausage Haus and Town Square Antique Mall, Multiplicity Art Gallery.
5th Friday Slaton on the Square- May 29th, 2015 and July 31st, 2015.
Art, music, street vendors with food, art, crafts and more. Merchants around the square will be open late. Special photo exhibit, art by TTU students and demonstration at In-Between Gallery. Multiplicity Gallery and Jennifer Greer Gallery feature pottery, ceramic jewelry, paintings, photography, sculpture, fused glass. Feature artists include Donna Rose, Christena Stephens, Willa Finley, Jerry Thompson, Cecily Maples, Roger Holmes, Wayne Green, Tom Hicks, Jennifer Greer, Carol Koenig, Judy Robertson, Marsh Davis, Yvonne Greene, Little Eagle, Susan Sheets, Kelly Garry, Danny Watson, Sally Roberts.
July 4th Festival
The Slaton Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual July 4th Festival at the Slaton Park located on 15th and Garza Avenue. The event begins at 10am and runs until 3pm. Slatonites celebrate in style with music performed by area musicians, games, raffles and of course lots of food. This event is supported by our local businesses and our local youth, church, civic and school organizations provide the food and fun.
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. Blanco Canyon also great for hiking and watching the sunset. Check out our full write up here.
Silver Falls Park is the largest and one of the finest roadside parks in Texas. Since the 1800s travelers have found Silver Falls a scenic, pleasant place to stop. In 1935 the National Youth Association, part of President Roosevelt’s Work Project Administration, build the park’s stone facilities.Park visitors now enjoy hiking, backpacking, and picnicking by the beautiful waterfall. The park also provides wireless Internet services for its visitors.
US Route 62/82 Yard Sales | June 13 9am-6pm
62 miles of Junkin Good Fun from East of Lubbock to Dickens, TX. Maps available in each town: Idalou, Lorenzo, Ralls, Crosbyton, Dickens. Free! More info here.
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, poetically dubbed the “Grape Capital of Texas,” is home to the Terry County Heritage Museum along with a great aquatic center (featuring a lazy river, lap lanes, diving board, and slides) that is open daily 1pm-6pm. Check out the great events coming up:
Brownfield Rodeo | July 18 & 19
Terry County Rodeo Arena
Terry County Vineyard Festival | August 1 2pm-10:30pm
American Legion Hall 1021 S. 8th
Vendors 9am-5:30 pm; Free admission
Vineyard tours 9am-3pm; $15/adults, $5/children
1.5 hrs from Lubbock
The Palo Duro Canyon State 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.
Lubbock has more than enough for you to enjoy. Take a day off and enjoy all that Lubbock has to offer.
Take a day off, grab a limo from Purple Tie Limos, and go for a wine tour. LITL Suggestions: Caprock Winery, Llano Estacado Winery, McPherson Winery, and Host & Toast. Each of these will have tastings, cheese, patios, and you can also buy bottles and other wine accessories. Host & Toast also offers unique craft beers. End the night at Funky Door for fondue and the wine dispensers.
Tee Time: Lubbock is home to many golf courses (The Rawls, Lakeridge, Stonegate, Shadow Hills, Reese, Meadowbrook)
On the Lake: Take the boat or jet ski out to Buffalo Springs Lake and do some “Motor-boatin” (Little Big Town Song). You can hike, go ATVing, and have a picnic.
Recreational: Take up a game of disc golf at MacKenzie Park. Fish at the Llano Estacado Lake/Buddy Holly Area. Go for a walk or run. The Lubbock Arboretum is also a great place to walk among flowers and nature. Prairie Dog Town is also a popular spot that’s free to the public and open dawn to dusk daily.
Adventure: Go to a shooting range, go paint balling at Elite Paintball, go to Joyland and ride the slides and the galaxy.
Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts and CASP- Wonderful area to view and buy art from local artists
Peach Tree Art Gallery, Tornado Gallery, and more.
National Ranching Heritage Center: View homes throughout the history. Very cool to see how homes have changed over the years with the invention of new technology and industry.
Texas Tech Museum: New exhibits often with great areas on West Texas. There is also a planetarium.
Lubbock Lake Landmark: Learn the history of Lubbock and walk where the Native Americans walked. Wonderful walking trails.
Bayer Agriculture Museum: Agriculture is a huge part of West Texas. Learn farming techniques and technologies through history.
American Wind Power Center: Wind energy is also big in Lubbock. Check out a variety of windmills from our area and around the United States. Learn how they work and their history.
Are you a music buff? Check out some great record stores in town- Hastings and Ralph’s Records. Every day of the week offers up original, talented artists from our area. Check out our friends at Lubbock Music “Live” for the complete listings.
A trip to Lubbock wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Buddy Holly Center. Fans from across the globe come to see this awesome tribute to the most famous man from Lubbock. Original artifacts and the Allison House where Buddy Holly co-wrote “That’ll Be the Day” with the Crickets.
Looking to beat the heat and get a total movie experience? Go to Alamo Drafthouse. Arrive hungry- you’ll want to check out the delicious items on their menu. Be on the lookout for fun monthly specials based on movies and special events.