Discover Lubbock with your student

3121 4th Street
3 minute drive
Free (trolley tour is $5)

Experience authentic Texas at the National Ranching Heritage Center — both a museum of western life and an outdoor historic park with 49 buildings (and 42 life-size bronze steer sculptures). Special events and exhibits commemorate the region’s Native American heritage as well as ranch culture. The center is open daily. For a self-guided tour, grab a map or use the app — better yet, visit on a Thursday when you can take a trolley ride with a tour guide.

1801 Crickets Avenue
6 minute drive
$8 (the Art Trail is free)

Pay homage to Lubbock’s most famous native son, and to the music and musicians of West Texas, at this arts center in a vintage railway depot. Memorabilia from Holly’s life and music are displayed in a guitar-shaped gallery; other galleries exhibit fine art. Attend a gallery talk, visit the gift shop, listen to live music — you can even channel a little of Buddy’s talent while taking a guitar lesson. The center is a stop on Lubbock’s First Friday Art Trail.

1812 Buddy Holly Avenue
6 minute drive
Prices vary

As long as you’re still humming (or strumming) “That’ll Be the Day,” head to the Cactus Theater. Built in 1937 and still rocking the original neon marquee, the Cactus showcases local and national music acts, classic and independent films, and live comedy and theater. Cap off a day in Lubbock with a night on the town and a show at the Cactus!

3301 4th Street
On campus
Free (Planetarium is $3 and up)

A premier teaching and research facility, the Museum of Texas Tech houses an uncommon and engaging combination of natural history, fine art and cultural treasures. Marvel at Ice Age mammoth fossils as well as southwestern native American pottery. View a show at the planetarium, then relax in the sculpture court. If you’re in town on a Thursday or Saturday, you might attend a “Come and See” program, where the curator of the museum’s capacious clothing and textile collection selects 20-30 objects to tell a story about the people who once wore them (RSVP in advance to be sure of a seat).

6202 N. I-27
11 minute drive
$5 and up (free for active duty military)

Did you know that gliders were involved in every major invasion of WWII? Don’t miss this inspiring glimpse into the world of gliders and their heroic pilots, housed in the atmospheric building that served as the Lubbock airport terminal until the 1970s. See film footage of the gliders in action, and view one of the only fully restored and authentic WACO CG-4A gliders in the world. Want to learn even more? Listen to the Wings of War podcast (details at the museum and on their website).