How to Spend 24 hours in Lubbock

Written By Visit Lubbock Interns

March 14, 2024

#Attractions #Bars #Cocktails and Lounges #Culture #Eats #Family #Live Music #Museums #Must Sees #Restaurants #Wineries

By: Jessica Merrill

If you find yourself passing through, having an extended layover or wanting a 24 hour adventure, get ready for a memorable day showcasing a range of attractions. Whether you’re a history junkie, art lover, or simply looking for a taste of authentic Texas charm, Lubbock has it all. 

Let’s dive into an itinerary that ensures you get the most out of your day in The Hub City.

8 a.m.

Grab a coffee to fuel your day

The Lubbock coffee scene is rapidly expanding and the diverse flavors are growing right along with it! With so many options, you are sure to find a shop that meets your caffeine needs. Below you will find two Lubbock favorites. For a longer list, click here!

2024 Broadway St, Lubbock, TX 79401

6303 82nd St, Lubbock, TX 79424

9 a.m.

Rise & Dine: Grab breakfast at a Lubbock favorite!

Now that you’ve gotten your caffeine fix, let’s head to breakfast! With a wide array of options including hearty Tex-Mex burritos and classic Southern biscuits and gravy, these restaurants put a modern spin on morning staples. You are sure to leave your breakfast satisfied with the following picks!

413 University Ave #200, Lubbock, TX 79401

6015 82nd St STE 5, Lubbock, TX 79424

11 a.m.

Explore The Hub City

Grab a bag of carrots and make your way to Mackenzie Park to get a glimpse of the playful life of a prairie dog. This lively grassland is a great spot for families and nature lovers to go.

Explore one of Lubbock’s museums

Explore the museums in Lubbock for a captivating journey of the region’s rich cultural and historical background. Enjoy engaging exhibits that provide both an entertaining and educational experience. Below you will find museums showcasing art, music and history.

The Museum of Texas Tech University is always a hit with their rotating exhibits sure to keep you and your little ones engaged. Click here to see their current and upcoming exhibits!

3301 4th St, Lubbock, TX 79415

The Silent Wings Museum is a former terminal of Lubbock’s airport from the 1960s dedicated to the legacy of World War II glider pilots.

6202 N. I-27, Lubbock, TX 79403

The National Ranching Heritage Center highlights the history of ranching in the United States with beautifully preserved buildings and artifacts.

3121 4th St, Lubbock, TX 79409

The Buddy Holly Center is a historical site celebrating the rock ‘n’ roll legend through preserved memorabilia and the famous Buddy Holly statue. 

1801 Crickets Ave, Lubbock, TX 79401

1 p.m.

Try a local lunch hotspot

Lunch in Lubbock will be an exploration of the city’s culinary scene, not just a delightful meal. These local spots ensure an inviting environment with options for all palates.

811 University Ave, Lubbock, TX 79401

Right across from Texas Tech lies Spanky’s a Lubbock favorite known for their burgers, sandwiches, and famous fried cheese.

1636 13th St, Lubbock, TX 79401

Calling all chicken lovers! Whether you prefer traditional favorites or adventurous chicken creations, Dirk’s Signature Chicken & Bar will have your mouth watering the minute you walk in.

2705 26th St, Lubbock, TX 79410

Nestled into the Tech Terrace neighborhood is Capital Pizza, a restaurant combining artisan pizzas, sandwiches, salads and over 100 craft beers into Lubbock’s favorite pizza stop.

3 p.m.

Visit a winery

Explore the amazing vino Lubbock has to offer while visiting the wine capital of West Texas! Embark on a winery tour as you sip through Lubbock’s wine scene. The advanced tastes are sure to impress as 85% of wine grapes in Texas come from the High Plains AVA. 

Brush up on your golfing skills

Take advantage of Lubbock’s sunny days and advanced golf scene on your visit. For a laid back, non-traditional day of golfing, make your way to Golf Suites or The Range for drinks, food and family fun. For a more traditional experience, here you will find a list of Lubbock’s best courses. 

Go axe throwing

Let the axes fly at Grab Axxes, Lubbock’s premier axe-throwing hall. Rent a lane, grab a drink at the on-site bar, and unleash your competitive side. This space is for all those 14 years and older. 

Tour the TTU public art collection

Texas Tech is home to an advanced art scene that does an amazing job representing the diversity found in its student body. Explore Lubbock fine arts while on a tour of the sculptures on campus. For all tour options, click here

6 p.m.

Dinner Time! 

Lubbock’s culinary landscape is experiencing a growing reputation for upscale dining. The restaurants listed below have specialty curated menus showcasing the refined flavors the Hub City has to offer.

1109 Broadway St, Lubbock, TX 79401

511 Broadway St, Lubbock, TX 79401

3715 114th St, Lubbock, TX 79423

9806 Quaker Ave, Lubbock, TX 79424

8 p.m.

Grab a drink along the Chilton Trail

Sign up for the interactive mobile pass designed to highlight the best Chiltons Lubbock has to offer. The Chilton Trail highlights 16 local restaurants with the Lubbock native drink. If you find yourself downtown, pop in for a chilton at Bodines or Shotgun Sue’s!

9 p.m.

Enjoy live music or a show

Lubbock’s live music and show scene is vibrant and diverse, reflecting the city’s rich musical heritage. Known as the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll legend Buddy Holly, Lubbock continues to celebrate its musical roots with a thriving live music scene. The city offers a range of venues, from intimate bars to larger concert halls, providing space for both local and touring talents. Be sure to check the schedules of the following venues when you are in town!

1806 Buddy Holly Ave, Lubbock, TX 79401

1801 Buddy Holly Ave #5136, Lubbock, TX 79401

1300 Mac Davis Ln, Lubbock, TX 79401

Whether you explore Lubbock’s musical heritage, indulge in local cuisine or meet some new furry friends, there’s a lot you can do in 24 hours that will leave you with lasting memories and a desire to come back for more. Until next time, Lubbock’s warm hospitality awaits your return. Safe travels!


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