Top Group Outings in Lubbock
Located in West Texas, Lubbock is a popular destination for meetings and conventions. When groups are in town, there’s plenty to do and see during your off time. Luckily, Lubbock is bustling with a busy nightlife, world-class museums and live music, a perfect break for business travelers. Here are some of the top things to do when you’re out with a group in Lubbock, Texas.
VISIT LOCAL MUSEUMS
American Wind Power Center
Don’t leave West Texas without seeing some of its famous windmills. Swing by the American Wind Power Center to see displays of American-style water pumping windmills that are used to generate electricity and grind grains. The museum is both indoors and outdoors and features the largest collection of windmills in the world showcasing the evolutionary changes and improvements made in the machines throughout the years.
Bayer Museum of Agriculture
West Texas is the leading region for the cotton industry, and you can learn all about the business at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture. The massive museum (37,000 square feet) features exhibits of vintage tractors, household items and other farming goods. Guests will get a behind-the-scenes look of what started up the city of Lubbock financially and further understand the processing of cotton.
Buddy Holly Center
Meet up with your friends at the Buddy Holly Center, where a pair of over-sized spectacles welcomes visitors to the museum. The center houses unique memorabilia donated by the family, friends and fans of Lubbock’s favorite son, as well as the the Lubbock Fine Arts Gallery. Visitors in town on the first Friday of the month will want to swing by the center to participate in the First Friday Art Trail, which features art, food, music and lasting memories.
National Ranching Heritage Center
Explore the National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University, where groups can browse through authentic ranching structures, rifles, horseshoes, saddles and other pioneer/cowboy memorabilia dating back to the 1700s. The center features 48 structures including a bunkhouse, barn, dugouts, windmills, blacksmith shops and more to explore and get a genuine feel of what life was like for the early pioneers. Before leaving the premises, swing by Cogdell’s General Store to purchase Western souvenirs.
Silent Wings Museum
For a one-of-a-kind experience, head over to Silent Wings Museum with your co-workers to see the impressive collection of vintage aircrafts, artifacts, photos and more. This museum tells the story of the U.S. Glider Program through three exhibit galleries, a C-47 airplane, a research library, multimedia theater and more. The exhibits allow groups to get up close and see authentic items like a soldier’s uniform, footlocker and a full-sized glider plane, one of the few fully restored gliders in existence.
CATCH A LIVE SHOW
After a full day of meetings, head over to the Cactus Theater, located in the Depot Entertainment District. On weekends, the theater comes alive with local musical talent playing bluegrass, country and rock ‘n’ roll. Even famous acts from across the country choose the theater for their Lubbock concert venue due to the intimate setting. The theater is a great chance to catch tribute shows to bands like KISS, AC/DC, Gun N’ Roses, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and many more. This is an ideal spot for you and your co-workers to dance and sing the night away to popular tunes.
Lubbock Moonlight Musicals
Lubbock Moonlight Musicals productions are held at the Moonlight Musicals Amphitheatre in Mackenzie Park, where an outdoor stage allows guests to enjoy the good weather and sing along to musicals under the stars. You’ll see famous shows like “Shrek,” “CATS” and many more. Tickets can be purchased online in advance.
HEAD OUT FOR A NIGHT ON THE TOWN
Lubbock’s newest hot spot, Charley B’s, is the largest dancehall in West Texas (27,000 square feet). The venue features 12 bars, and live music is performed weekly by talented musicians from across the nation like Roger Creager, Mark McKinney and Kevin Fowler.
For a place to unwind after a long day, La Diosa, in downtown Lubbock, might do the trick. This bistro/winery is known for its authentic Spanish tapas like gazpacho, tortas and queso. However, most late night visitors come to take advantage of its fabulous bar and cellar packed with local wines, sherries, ports, champagnes and imported drinks. Co-workers will enjoy the bohemian vibe of Spanish artwork and eclectic furniture throughout the venue.
Check out more great ideas on where to eat, drink and hang out with friends while in Lubbock on our Visit Lubbock blog.