1. It’s a College Town
If you’re thinking about moving to Lubbock and you’re not going to Texas Tech, people might look at you strange.
2. It’s also a High School Town
Aside from Tech, there is another notable school in Lubbock—and strangely, it’s the high school. Newsweek has ranked Lubbock High as one of the top schools in the U.S. three years in a row for its unique International Baccalaureate program.
3. Steak for Lunch, Steak for Dinner
Source: Las Brisas Southwest Steakhouse
With two excellent options for steak, Double Nickel and Las Brisas, you can eat red meat to your heart’s content… So, according to cardiologists, minimally.
4. Football is Kind of a Big Deal
Source: Flickr user Schlüsselbein2007
If you’re in Lubbock and you’re not a fan of the Texas Tech Raiders, you best be just passing through, because in this college town, football is king. Wreck ‘em, Tech!
5. Raise The Roof
Source: The Roof
The Roof is the best spot for a drink with a view in Lubbock—okay, maybe it’s the only spot for a drink with a view in Lubbock. Either way, this bar has views of the TTU stadium, so even when there’s not a game going on, you can still look out over it and imagine that there is.
6. There’s a History of Rock and Roll
Believe it or not, Lubbock, Texas is actually the home of one Mr. Buddy Holly. In fact, the town displays a Buddy Holly Statue, a Buddy Holly Museum, and has a festival every fall called “Bud Fest,” where I imagine folks dress up in thick, black glasses, skinny jeans, and sport bouffants.
7. Original Home of Stubbs BBQ
Source: Flickr user WordRidden
Before the famous Stubb’s Barbecue moved to Austin, it was actually located in Lubbock, where folks like Joe Ely and Tom T. Hall would come to literally sing for their supper.
8. It Smells…a Little
Source: Flickr user by foxypar4
Seriously. With all of the livestock in the area, it can’t help but smell a bit manure-like. But the good news is, contrary to the rumors, it doesn’t actually always smell bad. Just… some of the time. But you’ll get used to it.
9. Get Cycling with the Tour de Tech Terrace
Source: Tour de Tech Terrace
Or just stand there and drink a beer while cheering your friends on. That’s okay too. This self-proclaimed greatest event Lubbock has ever seen involves cyclists, at varying degrees of drunkenness, riding from house to house in the Tech Terrace neighborhood, drinking a beer. It’s drinking meets exercise—hooray!
10. Take a Step Back in Time
For any World War II buffs out there, the Silent Wings Museum should be your first stop in Lubbock. This specialty museum tells the stories of a little known group of WW II pilots. Plus, admission is free with your Buddy Holly Museum tickets!
11. Take a Bigger Step Back in Time
Lubbock is home to the only working time machine in the United States! No, I’m just messing with you. But it is home to the National Ranching Heritage Center, which is pretty close to stepping back in time.
12. You Might Want to Take Up Golfing
Source: The Rawls Course
Even if you’re not a golfer, the beautiful green hills (yes, hills in Lubbock) of Rawls, the Texas Tech golf course, might just make you change your mind. If nothing else, walk the course and check out Jerry’s Grill. Go for the Stubb’s Burger.
13. But for the Best Burger…
…You’ll want to head to Spanky’s. Yes, that’s right, Spanky’s. They also have heart-stoppingly good fried cheese. Most likely, literally.
14. There Is Nightlife
Source: Chimy’s Lubbock
The Depot and Broadway areas in Lubbock are the “it” spots for bar and nightlife. Seriously, these are the only two spots. Be prepared to be surrounded by college students in either of these areas on a Friday or Saturday night. Or really, Monday through Sunday in either of these areas—or anywhere else in Lubbock, for that matter.
15. Chimy’s Cerveceria
Source: Chimy’s Lubbock
One bar in the heart of the Broadway area is Chimy’s Cerveceria—a favorite of students and… well, other students alike. Go for the drinks and atmosphere, end up getting an order of Gut Rockets for the table. Yes, Gut Rockets.
16. Living is Easy—and Cheap
Source: Flickr user Wesley Fryer
In Lubbock, the overall Cost of Living is an 85—fifteen points lower than the national average.
17. Living is… Dusty
Source: Flickr user Wesley Fryer
Okay, maybe the cost of living has something to do with the fact that there are dust storms in Lubbock. But local Lubbockites are tough—they live in the Panhandle, after all. If a dust storm should hit, don’t drive, get inside if you can, and wait it out. Or just put some dubstep on your headphones and pretend you’re at Burning Man.
18. You Wanna Try Manna
Source: Manna Bread and Wine
So maybe the elements of Lubbock aren’t exactly selling points, but Manna Bread and Wine is. This very cute local favorite is the best place in Lubbock to grab brunch.
19. Where Drive-in Theaters Are Still Cool
Well, one drive-in theater is still cool: The Stars and Stripes Drive-In in Lubbock. Watch a movie and grab some a burger and milkshake from the theater’s ‘50s Café.
20. Students Gather at the Library
Source: The Library Bar-Lubbock
The Library Bar, that is. It’s located in the heart of the Depot District, and while you won’t get much studying done here, you’ll at least get to tell your parents you’re spending a lot of time at the Library.
21. For the Best BBQ, Head to Tom and Bingo’s
Source: Tom and Bingo’s BBQ
Did you see the picture? Need I say more?
22. You’ll Learn to Love the Cowboy Culture…
Source: Wild West Lubbock
…Or you’ll just leave. Because, while not everyone is a cowboy in Lubbock, country livin’ is a big part of the culture here. So learn to love it—jump in with your boots first. Head to Wild West to two-step to Jay-Z or participate in the Mr. Wild West Contest—only requirements: cowboy boots, jeans, and a cowboy hat.
23. The Joyland Amusement Park Is Worth the Trip
Source: Joyland Amusement Park
Joyland is a quaint little family-owned amusement park with all of the usual suspects: you’ve got your roller coasters, spinning rides, bumper cars, a train– you know. Amusement park stuff. What sets Joyland apart, aside from its family-owned friendliness, is the old antique Carousel, built in the early 1900s. Creepy? Maybe a little. But also very cool.
24. There is a Giant Wave Pool on Campus
Source: TTU Rec Sports
Yes, really. In 2009, Texas Tech opened a huge outdoor aquatics complex, including an outdoor pool, a fifteen-foot slide, a diving board, lazy river, 20-person hot tub, a “bubble couch” aquatic bench with massage jets, and water volleyball and basketball areas. Like your own little water park.
25. There Is Music
Source: Lubbock Music Fest
Aside from two-stepping to Jay-Z at Wild West, music fans can check out live music at venues around town, and particularly, at the annual Lubbock Music Festival.
26. You Can Start Your Business Here
CNNMoney.com recently selected Lubbock as the 12th best place to start a small business, because of its traditional business atmosphere, its low rent for commercial space, central location, and cooperative city government. Way to go, Lubbock.
27. Lubbock Has Learnin’
Source: First Friday Art Trail
Well, it has a Center for the Arts—the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts. The LHUCA is the hub for Lubbock’s First Friday Art Trail, which stretches across the city, showcasing galleries, restaurants, and businesses.
28. It Also Has a Theater
Source: Cactus Theater
The Cactus Theater is a historic venue in Lubbock, known Texas-wide for its live concerts, performances, and its kids’ theater program. You’ll love it.
29. Hiking in Palo Duro Canyon
Source: Flickr user CameliaTWU
So this isn’t technically in Lubbock, but it’s a great escape from Lubbock. This natural beauty of the Texas Panhandle is about an hour and a half outside of the city. It’s a good place for a hike, or just to get away from city life and take some photos for the afternoon.