Founded by a Texas Ranger in 1876, the area known today as Lubbock, Texas, is home to more than 229,000 residents and is the center of the South Plains region. Although Lubbock still maintains an atmosphere of small-town hospitality and West Texas charm, it also offers big-city delights. From award-winning wineries to an archaeological preserve and the largest cowboy symposium in the world to its rich musical heritage (Buddy Holly is the city’s most famous native son), an array of unexpected adventures await travelers in Lubbock.
Lubbock is the home of Texas Tech, Buddy Holly, unique shopping, dining and a legendary ranching and music heritage.
Lubbock is located in West Texas. Our great city is surrounded by five major Texas highways giving the appearance of a hub on a wagon wheel, hence the nickname “Hub City.”
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Three major airlines service the Lubbock area:
The city can also be accessed by State Highway and Interstate Highway systems:
US Highway 87
US Highway 84
State Road 114
Interstate Highway 27
US Highway 62/82
Lubbock offers lodging accommodations to meet every budget and need. With over 4,800 hotel rooms available in the city, travelers are sure to find the perfect place to stay.
The county of Lubbock was founded in 1876. It was named after Thomas S. Lubbock, a former Texas Ranger and the brother of Francis R. Lubbock, the governor of Texas during the Civil War. The settlement that is the present-day city of Lubbock was not formed until late 1890. Two settlements within the county, Old Lubbock and Monterey, were combined to form the settlement of Lubbock. During the following year, the settlement of Lubbock was named the county seat for Lubbock County. The city was incorporated on March 16, 1909. Shortly after incorporation, rail service was established in Lubbock. As agriculture continued to grow within the region and as the railroads continued to expand, Lubbock became the marketing center of the region and earned the name “Hub of the Plains.” In 1925, Texas Technological College (today, Texas Tech University) opened its doors. During the 1940s, Lubbock’s growth rate was second nationally only to Albuquerque. (Source: City of Lubbock)
For more information about Lubbock's history, check out the Lubbock History Section of our website.
Enjoy wine tastings and tours at one of Lubbock's five wineries. From award-winning wine to stunning architecture, indulge all of your senses as you learn the wine-making process.
•Cap*Rock Winery – The beautiful architecture makes Cap*Rock a favorite place for special events and gatherings.
•La Diosa Cellars – The eclectic atmosphere has a wonderful flow with the cultural decorations and bistro menu.
•Llano Estacado Winery – Known as Texas' most award-winning winery. Most of the world-class grapes used by the winery are grown within a 100-mile radius of Lubbock.
•McPherson Cellars Winery – Experience the welcoming beauty of the winery's tasting room, outdoor courtyard and spacious event center.
•Pheasant Ridge Winery – A family-owned, self-contained winery and vineyard that has a long and dedicated tradition of producing fine, state-grown wines.
For more information about Lubbock's wineries, check out the Attractions Section of our website.
Depot Entertainment District
The Depot Entertainment District is the heartbeat of nightlife in downtown Lubbock. A collection of historical buildings along and near Buddy Holly Avenue, the Depot Entertainment District features live music, stage shows, sports and cigar bars, and upbeat restaurants and shops.
Check out a complete list of entertainment options in the Attractions Section of our website.
Ranching and cowboy culture roots run deep in Lubbock – the city itself was named after Thomas S. Lubbock, a former Texas Ranger. A few ways for travelers to immerse themselves in this culture include:
•Annual National Cowboy Symposium – Cowboy poets, musicians, storytellers, artists, chuck wagon cooks, cowboys and more celebrate the largest presentation in the U.S. of ranching and the western way of life every September.
•National Ranching Heritage Center – Authentically recreates ranch life from the late 1700s through the 1950s.
•The Cowboy and Horse Picture featured on the Visitor Guide Cover – At first glance, you may think the picture is not real, but in fact, the cowboy and horse picture is indeed authentic. The cowboy you see in the picture is Brice Chapman who performs all over doing rodeo shows. To learn more about Brice, please visit his website at bricechapman.net.
See more of Lubbock's Cowboy Culture in the Attractions Section of our website.
Lubbock does not disappoint in this category. Most notable are:
•American Wind Power Center – The most comprehensive collection of historic windmills in the world.
•Buddy Holly Center – Pays homage to Lubbock’s most famous native son, as well as other performing artists and musicians of West Texas.
•The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts – Home to many art and cultural organizations in the South Plains region.
•Lubbock Area Veteran’s War Memorial – Majestically honors the sacrifices made by members of the U.S. armed forces.
•Museum of Texas Tech University – Internationally recognized museum with collections in the arts, humanities, and the sciences featuring nearly 5 million objects.
•Silent Wings Museum – A project of the National World War II Glider Pilots Association.
Check out a complete list of museums in the Attractions Section of our website.
Texas Tech University
Founded in 1925, Texas Tech today boasts a student population of more than 30,000 and is one of the largest universities in Texas. As such, it offers a plethora of opportunities for visitors. Here is a sampling of what’s available:
•Lubbock Lake Landmark – An archaeological and natural history preserve.
•Moody Planetarium – An 82-seat, 30-foot diameter domed auditorium equipped with an A4 Spitz Starball projector.
•Public Art Collection Walking Tour – Designated as one of the Ten Best in the U.S.
•Vietnam Archive – Encourages research and education regarding all aspects of the American Vietnam experience.
Check out more of Texas Tech's attractions in the Attractions Section of our website.
Performing arts are thriving in Lubbock. Visitors will find numerous entertainment options to choose from:
•Allen Theatre at Texas Tech University –The theatre operates year-round and offers a charming space to present performances such as concerts, dance performances, movies, and plays.
•Charles Maedgen, Jr. Theatre at Texas Tech University – This 400-seat proscenium theatre opened in 1964 and has hosted over 170 University Theatre productions and many theatrical competitions.
•C.A.T.S. Playhouse (Children and Adults Theatrical Studios) – C.A.T.S. Playhouse was founded in 1994 to provide education, production, presentation, and development of the performing arts for the state of Texas. C.A.T.S. has produced a number of quality shows, including original plays written by local playwrights.
•Cactus Theater – Once a popular downtown movie theater, the Cactus Theater now produces one-of-a-kind performances.
•Celebrity Attractions Broadway Series – With performances throughout the year, enjoy shows such as "The Wizard of Oz" and "Mamma Mia!"
•Lubbock Community Theatre – The Lubbock Community Theatre is the oldest, continuous, live community theatre in the Lubbock area.
•Lubbock Moonlight Musicals – Each summer, the Wells Fargo Amphitheater comes alive for the productions from Moonlight Musicals. Picnic meals encouraged.
Check out a complete list of theatres in the Attractions Section of our website.
Options abound for families traveling to Lubbock:
•Apple Country at Hi-Plains Orchards – Offers 6,250 apple and peach trees. The Orchards host the Apple Butter Festival each September and Apple Blossom Festival each April.
•Joyland Amusement Park – Offers great rides and attractions – over 30 in all – ranging from a log ride, water coaster, and roller coasters to junior rides and family classics such as the colorful carousel.
•Legacy Play Village – A unique facility where children can play while learning about the long legacy of the South Plains.
•Lubbock Water Rampage – Make a splash at Lubbock's premiere water park. Enjoy tidal waves, giant water slides, a kiddie pool and a lazy river.
•The Maize – Each fall, James and Patti Simpson of At'l Do Farms transform their 12-acre corn field into an "Amaizing Maize." Challenge your wits and find your way through this life-size labyrinth!
•Prairie Dog Town – Visit Prairie Dog Town and watch these pint-sized critters put on a show. Bring carrots or cookies to share.
•Science Spectrum® and OMNI Theatre – A non-profit museum for science education that makes it easy for children of all ages to experience the science of fun.
Check out a complete list of family fun activities in the Attractions Section of our website.
Sports & Recreation
•Buffalo Springs Lake – The entire family can enjoy fishing, water-skiing, hiking, picnic and camping areas, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, a marina and a beach area.
•Lake Alan Henry – Built by the City of Lubbock, Lake Alan Henry provides an outstanding recreational area for people to enjoy fishing, skiing, hunting and other outdoor activities.
•Lubbock Christian University – Throughout the year, a selection of theater and music performances, in addition to many athletic events featuring nationally ranked NAIA teams, are offered.
•Mackenzie Park – At 248 acres, Mackenzie Park is Lubbock's largest recreation area and features a wide variety of fun for all ages including Meadowbrook Golf Course, disc golf course, Joyland Amusement Park, Prairie Dog Town, equestrian trails and more.
•Texas Tech University – The biggest sport ticket in town; the Red Raiders are members of the Big XII Conference.
Check out a complete list of outdoor adventures in the Recreation Section of our website.
This is Texas after all, and Lubbock can hang with the best when it comes to shopping. Some local favorites include:
•Antique Mall of Lubbock – Offers 150 showcases and 50 booths.
•Canyon West – Lubbock's newest, largest shopping/entertainment venue featuring premium retailers including Target, Cost Plus World Market, Ross, Petsmart, Kirklands, Main Event, Cracker Barrel, Ulta and more.
•KK’s Craft, Gift and Collectable Mall – Where locals come to sell their wares, and customers from near and far come to get the best merchandise for the fairest prices.
•South Plains Mall – The largest mall located between Dallas/Ft. Worth and Albuquerque.
Check out a complete list of shops and boutiques in the Shopping Section of our website.
Visit Lubbock, the Convention and Visitors Bureau
Wells Fargo Center
1500 Broadway, 6th Floor
Lubbock, Texas 79401