Rollercoasters and mountain bike trails coupled with Lubbock’s historical roots are waiting across Interstate 27. Arguably one of the most beautiful areas within the “Hub City”, Lubbock’s east side showcases the city’s best outdoor attractions, like Joyland Amusement Park and Dunbar Historical Lake. Head east this weekend to immerse yourself in Lubbock’s history and culture!
Caviel Museum of African American History | 1719 Avenue A
Travel back in time to 1957 when Billie and Al Caviel made their way to the 806 after graduating pharmacy school to open Caviel’s Pharmacy, a local store and pharmacy. Today, this Lubbock treasure shares the story of east Lubbock, highlights local arts and pays tribute to key figures in Lubbock’s African American community. Learn more about Lubbock’s history by visiting Thursday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, click here.
Bayer Museum of Agriculture | 1121 Canyon Lake Drive
In the early 1900s, a group of farmers and ranchers began their trek west toward the South Plains, and the rest is history. Once settled, Lubbock’s agricultural industry was planted and has grown into one of the leading cotton growers in the nation as well as the leading producer of Texas wine grapes. At the Bayer Museum of Agriculture, visitors will experience West Texas grit through an array of interactive exhibits, including 71 pedal tractors, 700 toy tractors and a replica blacksmith shop. Click here for more information!
Joyland Amusement Park | 500 Canyon Lake Drive
This West Texas, thrill-seekers’ dream will leave your butterflies in your stomach and a smile on your face with each drop, twist and turn. With over 30 rides including the Wild River Log Ride, lasting memories are awaiting you at Joyland Amusement Park. For a little excitement to spike your heart rate, we highly recommend the Dare-devil drop (but not after devouring a bag of popcorn…). If you are more of the relaxing ride type, grab some Dippin’ Dots, strap into the skycoaster and enjoy the park from above. For information regarding Joyland’s hours and admission prices, click here.
Prairie Dog Town | 601 E Municipal Drive
As one of Lubbock’s most popular, and, let’s be honest, cutest attractions, you cannot miss Prairie Dog Town! Before you head out, don’t forget to grab a bag of carrots and a lawn chair. Believe it or not, watching prairie dogs run around their little community can be one of the most entertaining ways to spend a quick hour or two.
American Windmill Museum | 1701 Canyon Lake Drive
Visit the largest collection of windmills in the world featuring over 170 rare and fully restored windmills. The American Windmill Museum is internationally recognized as the place to be to observe windmills in their natural setting, and it serves as the premier educational facility where the heritage of windmills is taught, seen and heard. With its “Hub City” essence and rustic atmosphere, you will feel as though you have stepped back into the beginning era of windmill technology! Trust me, gazing and the grandeur of a windmill in use today will leave you speechless.
Dunbar Historical Lake | Canyon Lake Drive
When you arrive at Dunbar Historical Lake, don’t be fooled, you are still in Lubbock! This, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful parts of the city. I love spending a Saturday losing track of time with every cast of my fishing pole. Most commonly known for the large-mouth bass and catfish, anglers will find the most success with live bait.
If fishing isn’t your forte, try your feet at stand up paddleboarding with SUPlbk! Put your balance to the test or take a relaxing float across the river at this dog-friendly attraction. Nearby retailers also rent kayaks and paddleboards for hour-by-hour or day use.
If you ask me, there is no better way to spend a Saturday morning than watching the sunrise, and exploring the hiking and biking trails found just north of the lake that offers great views of the sun coming up over the horizon. Each trail is catered to beginner and expert bikers alike.
Pro tip: Lubbock boasts a year-round schedule of festivals and fairs located in east Lubbock. Plan your visit to the South Plains Fair this fall and mark your calendars for the Annual Lubbock Uncorked Festival at the American Windmill Museum on November 7!
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