3615 Grandview Drive
Plainview, TX 79072
Phone: (806) 293-7700
Fax: (806) 293-7708
Red and white wine are made with care at the Pheasant Ridge Winery located just outside Lubbock. The vineyard was planted in 1979 and is one of the oldest and most respected in the Texas High Plains area. Each year the winery produces around 10,000 cases for people all over the world to enjoy. The types of wines produced are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, and Semillon. The quality is apparent by the awards won which are listed on their website and the grapes are all harvested by hand. Tours of the winery are free.
During the Second World War, little known but very important operations were performed by the pilots of gliders. Because of their "silent wings," they were able to get behind enemy lines undetected and provide important information to the Allied Forces. This museum in Lubbock, housed in a former airport terminal, is dedicated to showing the importance and fascinating history of this operation. A fully restored CG-4A glider is the centerpiece of museum. There is a film to help all those visiting learn more about gliders and a library and reading room also helps to educate on the same subject.
A non-profit organization based in Lubbock, Breedlove is dedicated to relieving hunger around the world. A large part of what makes Breedlove unique is that they create and process healthy and nutritious meals themselves. With stark facts such as the rate of death from hunger (one person every 2.9 seconds) and that more than half of all children's death worldwide is caused by malnutrition, it is impossible not to admire the good works Breedlove does. A list of all their products can be found online along with how long each meal stays fresh and nutritious. A great company doing worthwhile work to change the world, that is Breedlove.
Located within the city of Lubbock, Mackenzie Park has plenty to do and provides a nice green space for the residents of the city. The park has all the usual amenities like baseball fields and picnic areas, but it also has some more unusual features such as a sculpture garden, amphitheater, disc golf course, and equestrian trails. The Joyland Amusement Park and Prairie Dog Town are also located within the park. Santa Land, a Christmas celebration, is open seasonally.
Black-tailed prairie dogs are a keystone species crucial to ecosystems throughout the western United States, from Texas in the South to Wyoming up north. But nowhere do these herbivorous little critters rule the roost more supremely than down at Prairie Dog Town, a prairie dog sanctuary in the heart of Lubbock's venerable Mackenzie Park. Begun as a modest endeavor in the 1930s, Prairie Dog Town has seen its share of excitement over the years, what with the naming of Mayor Emeritus Kennedy Clapp, the installation of prairie dog Prairie Dog Pete as official Goodwill Ambassador.
The roots of this operation go all the way back to the 1940s with the opening of the Mackenzie Park Playground. It later became the Joyland Amusement Park and has been entertaining people in the area ever since. There are rides for the whole family here, as well as rides for those who are not faint of heart. The Tower Drop raises you to a height of 140 feet (63 meters) before you are pushed towards the ground at 50 mph (80 kph). There is a roller coaster as well as the more traditional rides like the Scrambler and the Tilt-A-Whirl.
Creating a haven for the arts in Lubbock, the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA) aims to create a community art center for western Texas. Classes as well as spaces in the center are affordable and many non-profits make their home in the LHUCA. Each month, a different artist's work is featured at the site, and programs and events are ongoing.
Pull out the pom pons and jerseys and head straight for Jones AT&T Stadium on the campus of Texas Tech University. With a capacity of over 50,000 people, this stadium is the home field of the Red Raiders as they play their Big 12 college football schedule every season. And talk about re-constructive surgery, this stadium was recently renovated to the tune of $90 million. A luxurious West Stadium Building has been added, which includes private suites as well as viewing boxes for the media.
The Museum of Texas Tech University is made up of several learning museums around the Lubbock area, like as the Lubbock Lake Landmark and Moody Planetarium. But it is also the name for a museum on the campus of Texas Tech University which through displays of thousands of objects educate visitors on various subjects. There is a museum store on site to help you remember your visit by picking up an item or two.
The city of Lubbock has four public libraries, and the Mahon Library located in the downtown area is the main library for all the branches. With the longest and most convenient hours of all the libraries, it is a good bet for a place to go if you need information, a newspaper, or a book to read. With programs and classes going on year round, or just looking for a place to surf the web, the public library is a handy and convenient resource for residents and locals alike.
The International Cultural Center reflects its status as a member of the international community with the artwork and displays at the building itself. The Hall of Nations includes flags from almost 200 of the member states of the United Nations. The floor is an visual representation of the world, and murals are located throughout the building to showcase different areas and cultures in the global community.
Interested in the growing field of wind power? It is not as new of a concept as you might think. The museum itself aims to explore the relationship between people, the environment, and technology through the lens of history and windmills. The grounds themselves have many windmills from all different time periods for visitors to peruse. Although the museum is free, there is a suggested donation. A truly one-of-a-kind experience!