4706 North Garfield
Midland, TX 79705
Phone: (432) 620-9191
Fax: (432) 620-9292
Spread over 224 acres (90.65 hectares), Midland College is located on Garfield Street, in North Midland. Founded in 1972, the community college promotes spread of knowledge and thereby the social and economic progress of its students. Apart from more than a hundred certificate courses and graduate degrees, the college encourages an all-round development of its students and offers several cultural and athletic opportunities in sports such as golf, baseball, basketball, and volleyball among many more.
This house was home to the Bush family during the formative years of George W. Bush's life. Although altered since the Bush family moved out, the home has been restored to its original 1950s style. Many artifacts from the era have been placed around the home to show visitors exactly what a home from the 1950s was like. Visitor information is located in houses adjacent to the site so the entire home can be historically restored. Two presidents and two governors lived in the house, and one has to wonder whether there was something in the water.
Housed within Museum of the Southwest, on Missouri Avenue, Marian Blakemore Planetarium is often called one of the best attractions of its kind in the Midland/Odessa region. The planetarium incorporates permanent exhibits, a state-of-the-art multi-media station, called Frances & Jack Brown Science Center, and most popularly, the Helen Greathouse Educational Discovery Dome. The magnificent Spitz SciDome towers over 40 feet (12.19 meters) and features high definition programs that are, arguably, the very highlight of a visit to the planetarium. Open all week, except Mondays and Sundays, Marian Blakemore Planetarium makes for an interesting visit.
The kids will love Dennis the Menace Park, as there is plenty to keep them busy in this three-acre park full of colorful playhouses and slides. This park was inspired in part by the Dennis the Menace Park in Monterey, California.
Unlike any other library, the Haley Memorial Library and History Center is truly a destination for historians and writers interested in the West. This research facility contains volumes found nowhere else detailing life in the West for early settlers. A number of different authors and historians have used the research center to add detailed and accurate information to stories or accounts. So even if you aren't planning on writing a novel anytime soon, you should still stop in to learn a little something about the history of the west that helped to shape the psyche of the United States.
Located in near the Midland Center, the Centennial Plaza is a great place in the heart of Midland. This little spot is a great place to sit and enjoy the city. The courtyard contains numerous trees, a waterwall and a fountain. Also home to performances, Centennial Plaza contains a amphitheater with seating for 300.
The Midland County Public Library is the city library of Midland. It has a vast selection of books covering various topics like art, history, geography, business and commerce.
The oldest home in Midland is the claim to fame of the Brown-Dorsey Medallion home, just beating out the Scarborough-Linebery House which is the second-oldest. Get a glimpse into the life of a west Texan before the turn of 20th century. Period furnishings and artifacts are on display - take particular note of the art glass window. Tours are available by appointment only.
Accessible via South Midland Drive, the I-20 Wildlife Preserve was established in January of 2013. Located just off the I-20 (thus the name), the preserve incorporates of more than 30 acres (12.14 hectares) of Texan playa. Just about 7 miles (11.26 kilometers) from Midland International Airport, I-20 Wildlife Preserve boasts of a rich biodiversity native to Texan wetland, that includes several birds, butterflies, badgers, bobcats, foxes, and rabbits, to name a few. About 20,000 square feet (1858.06 square meters) of the preserve is dedicated to Jenna Welch Nature Study Center. Open all year, I-20 Wildlife Preserve offers a range of educational programs, UG research programs and activities such as hiking, bird-watching and such.
Celebrating and remembering the men and women who were connected to the aircrafts of World War II is what the American Airpower Heritage Museum does best. The museum is a great way to learn about the history of the war that changed the course of human history forever. Permanent exhibits include nose art panels with pin-up like images, a Veterans Wall of Honor, and an American Combat Airman Hall of Fame. The museum also has a large collection of oral histories and encourages all aviation veterans of World War II to tell their story before it is too late. A library completes the grounds and summer camps are held for the children of the area.
Pliska Airplane is a historical aeroplane which is located in the city of Midland in Texas. Built in the year 1911, this airplane was designed and constructed by a blacksmith and a mechanic known as John Pliska and Gray Coggin respectively. The aeroplane which now rests at eh Midland International Airport attracts the attention of many aviators and tourists.
Among the things to see at Midland International Airport is a war memorial that commemorates the Permian Basin's veterans who served during the Vietnam War. The Vietnam Memorial is a five-sided pentagon that holds plaques of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guards who lost their lives during the era.