Looking for an outside-the-box idea for a romantic date or a unique evening out with the kids? Nothing beats watching a Hollywood blockbuster under the stars. Drive-in theaters are rare these days, but the one in Lubbock (the Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre) is still showing the latest and greatest films. Plus, two movies for the price of one is hard to beat!
I recommend arriving an hour early so you can get the perfect spot for your viewing pleasure. They do allow you to bring your own food and drinks, but they also have a concession area complete with options like an ICEE or a funnel cake if you want to grab something there.
The Science Spectrum & Omni Theater brings science to life in a fun and interactive way; not to mention, it’s air conditioned, which is always a good thing in the middle of those summer days. Everything here is over the top and larger than life. Check out an animatronic Tyrannosaurus-Rex, blow Texas-sized bubbles and see a real rocket engine. Journey through the public aquarium, watch daily live science demonstrations and encounter reptiles and amphibians.
Along with ongoing exhibits, the Science Spectrum & Omni Theater hosts rotating exhibits throughout the year. During the summer, Critterfest brings unique creatures like bears, crocodiles and many others.
Meanwhile, the Omni Theater is the place to see immersive shows like no other during the summer. Its 58-foot domed screen and surround sound system provides a truly engaging experience. Check the Science Spectrum’s website for upcoming show times and current films.
Attending a Lubbock Moonlight Musical performance in the stunning outdoor amphitheater overlooking the Mackenzie Park Lake is one of the must-do summer activities in Lubbock. Each elaborate production brings amazing talent, costumes and entertainment to the stage. Bring your own picnic and lawn chairs and enjoy the evening! This summer the lineup includes: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Sister Act and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
Go fishing, boating, hiking, camping and swimming at Buffalo Springs Lake. Spend the weekend enjoying the two beaches on the lake, which also features a public volleyball court, plenty of tent and RV camping spots and miles of hiking trails. Grab some catfish or burgers and enjoy live music on the waterfront at Buffalo Bay Marina, or rent a pontoon boat or kayaks at Lakeside Rentals.
The “Hub City” is known for its music scene and for good reason, having spawned legends like Buddy Holly, Natalie Maines and Josh Abbott. Nearly every night of the week you can find live music in this city. Check out this full list of live music venues and plan an evening with friends to enjoy the musical tunes of the city. Make sure to check out summer patio nights at McPherson Cellars and the Buddy Holly Center.
Jump around at the Altitude Trampoline Park, one of the newest family-friendly attractions in Lubbock. Their wall-to-wall trampolines, foam pit, gymnastics tumble tracks, basketball dunking lanes, dodgeball and kid zone will keep you active and laughing for hours. This is a perfect place to burn some calories and have a great time!
Adrenaline City is another place to play if you’re looking for a break from the summer heat. Show off your skills in the two-story laser tag arena, conquer the indoor ropes course, climb the rock wall and “flip out” in the trampoline park. Feeling competitive? Take on the competition in the dodgeball arena to really get your adrenaline pumping.
With warm summers, Lubbock Water Rampage is a great way to cool off in the “Hub City!” Relax in the lazy river, ride the tide in the wave pool, become an explorer in Pirates Cove and visit Captain Morgan’s Rum Point. Also, Lubbock Water Rampage is hosting three movie nights this summer, which you can find out more about here.
Since 1948, Joyland Amusement Park has been a popular theme park out here in West Texas. Joyland has a host of rides for thrill-seekers, as well as a range of other entertainment. Grab your comfy shoes and enjoy some family-friendly fun in Lubbock!
You can’t visit Lubbock without a stop at the National Ranching Heritage Center. With 49 authentically restored structures dating back 177 years, you truly get a feel for what it was like to be a frontier settler as you walk through Proctor Historic Park. We recommend downloading the free app that includes an audio tour, a “Critter Count” for kids to track the animals they see, the Ranch Boss Quiz and a scavenger hunt. Be sure to check out their summer events calendar while you’re planning your Lubbock getaway.
For more places to see and experiences to have in the “Hub City” this summer, check out our event calendar. Be sure to tag us in your photos this summer using #LiveLoveLubbock for a chance to be featured on our home page.
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