Lubbock County, founded in 1876, was named after Thomas Saltus Lubbock, former Texas Ranger and brother of Francis R. Lubbock, governor of Texas during the Civil War.
The city is located in the northwestern part of the state, a region known historically and geographically as the Llano Estacado and ecologically is part of the southern end of the Western High Plains. Lubbock has three universities:
- Lubbock Christian University
- Texas Tech University
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Even though Lubbock is ranked as the 11th most populous city in Texas, it still maintains a small town atmosphere and West Texas charm that so many people in this area have come to enjoy.
Lubbock is also known for its award-winning wineries, top ranked universities and health care facilities. It is also the home of the Texas Tech Red Raiders, Buddy Holly, unique shopping, dining and a legendary ranching and music heritage.
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.
- Depot Entertainment District - The Depot Entertainment District is the heartbeat of nightlife in downtown Lubbock. The Depot Entertainment District features live music, stage shows, sports and cigar bars, and upbeat restaurants and shops. There is also a thriving art scene with First Friday Art Trail and a growing community of artist with studios located in the Depot and Downtown area.
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.
- 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.
Options abound for families traveling to Lubbock, which include:
- 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.
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 sports ticket in town; the Red Raiders are members of the Big XII Conference.
- 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.
All Area Schools
Lubbock Independent School District - (806) 766-1000
Cooper Independent School District - (806) 863-2282
Frenship Independent School District - (806) 866-9541
Roosevelt Independent School District - (806) 842-5362
View a complete list of local churches here:
Hospitals / Clinics
Covenant Health System - (806) 725-1011
Grace Clinic - (806) 744-7223
University Medical Center (UMC) - (806) 775-8200
Lubbock Heart Hospital - (806) 687-7777
Lubbock VA Outpatient Clinic - (806) 472-3400
Major Colleges and Universities
Public Libraries - (806) 775-2835
Lubbock Main Branch – 1-800-275-8777