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Lubbock is best known for one thing – Texas Tech University. For decades the one thing this isolated city in the panhandle of West Texas had going for it was Texas Tech. That being said, in the last decade the city has experienced an unparalleled amount of growth in both size and population. With this influx of people has also come a massive influx of things to do. In many lists of Lubbock attractions, old school museums dominate the rankings. While we have nothing against museums we know that many people are looking for something a bit more exciting. So while many students and residents alike constantly complain that there is nothing to do in the hub city, we have to disagree. Below we have compiled a list of the top 10 things to do in Lubbock.
1. Top 10 Things To Do In Lubbock – LHUCA and First Friday Art Trail
On the first Friday of every month, the Lubbock Arts District opens up its door to show the city of Lubbock a great time. The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts and surrounding galleries all host the largest free art exhibition in town. Trailgoers have 15 venues they can view between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. The collection of art rivals those of other major Texas metropolitan areas. And this is no stuffy museum! There will be food trucks, drinks, and live performers, so think of it more as an art party. Everyone in Lubbock will be there, regular Joe’s, total hipsters, Lubbock locals and Red Raiders are all welcome.
2. Top 10 Things To Do In Lubbock – Lubbock Adventure Park
This attraction is coming soon and will hopefully be open in time for the beginning of summer 2018! – Spend a family fun day at Lubbock Adventure Park. Once you’re there, the potential opportunities for adventure are endless. The ropes course, mini-golf course, go-karts, adventure towers, bumper boats, bike trail and zip line are perfect outdoor activities. Then when you want to cool off, or if a Lubbock wind blows through, head inside for lazer mazes, bumper cars, rock walls and an arcade. Follow their Facebook page for special deals, or consider becoming a member of the Lubbock Adventure Park for special rates.
3. Top 10 Things To Do In Lubbock – Altitude Trampoline Park
Trampolines are not just for kids. We all just need to admit that jumping around on a trampoline is a hoot. While Altitude Trampoline Park does have all the standard kid amenities, like birthday party packages, they have a lot more to offer. With “SPIKE’S TAILGATE PARTY” children ages 5-14 have a supervised place to hang out while Mom and Dad watch some Red Raider football, no matter how late the fourth quarter goes. Busy moms can squeeze in a workout every day at 9 a.m. without having to call a babysitter, thanks to Altitude Trampoline Park’s fitness classes. For teens, there’s Friday Night Friendzy where they can jump to whatever the DJ is spinnin’. Lastly, college kids can take a break from adulthood every Thursday on College Night, just jump it out!
4. Top 10 Things To Do In Lubbock – Trapped! Escape The Room
Nothing bonds friends, families, co-workers, or roommates together quite like the need to escape! Test your squad’s problem-solving skills in one of the four escape rooms at Trapped! The rooms range from moderate difficulty to extreme difficulty, so choose wisely. All the room fit two to seven people and all bookings are private, so you will never be paired with strangers, making Trapped! Escape the Room the perfect thing to do in Lubbock for friends groups or family outings. Also, it’s great for company team-building as multiple rooms can be rented out at once for large groups!
5. Top 10 Things To Do In Lubbock – Disc Golf and Paddle Boards At Mackenzie Park
SUP, dude? At Mackenzie Park, test your ability to stand up paddle board, or SUP, as the college kids say. Freshwater sports are a new trend in Lubbock, but its quickly catching on. Sometimes, we have to wonder if Lubbock is the new Austin. If boats aren’t your jam, Mackenzie Park has a disc golf course as well BYOF: Bring Your Own Frisbee, but also go ahead and BYOB. Don’t forget to check out the new sculpture garden.
6. Top 10 Things To Do In Lubbock – Joyland Amusement Park
Right next to Mackenzie Park is Lubbock’s Joyland Amusement Park. With over 30 rides, Joyland is the thing to do in Lubbock when you’re needing a thrill. They have major thrill rides including the X-TREME. For hot summer days, Joyland has a large collection of water attractions. Log ride anyone? They have general admission tickets for cheap but they also have passes that allow unlimited rides.
7. Top 10 Things To Do In Lubbock – Lubbock Water Rampage
Take your summer pool day to the next level at Lubbock Water Rampage. In the summer, it’s one of the top things to do in Lubbock. Grab a tube and some sunblock, and get ready to zoom down some slides, and float the lazy river. The summer heat can be beaten by all who chose to rampage!
8. Top 10 Things To Do In Lubbock – Buffalo Springs Lake and Ransom Canyon
Buffalo Springs Lake in Ransom Canyon is a gem just a half hour outside of Lubbock. They have all kinds of water rentals for the adventurous. If you’re looking for something more low-key, lay out on the beach or hike the nature trail. Whatever you do, don’t leave before you see the sunset against the sharp edges of Ransom Canyon, it’s a view you’ll never forget.
9. Top 10 Things To Do In Lubbock – Stars and Stripes Drive In
Do you need some old-fashioned romance in your life? Take your love to the Stars and Stripes Drive-In for a date night straight out of the 1950s. Stars and Stripes has all the latest flicks and some retro showings too. After you get your ticket, grab a movie snack from the ’50s Cafe.
10. Top 10 Things To Do In Lubbock – Memorial Arboretum
Located in K.N. Clapp Park, the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum is a 93-acre historical landmark. Take a guided tour, or go for a leisurely stroll on the 2-mile trail. There are always special classes and events to learn about Lubbock wildlife at the Arboretum. A day at the arboretum is the perfect thing to do in Lubbock on a spring Saturday.