What to do in Lubbock, TX?
By: Katy Anderson, a Reddy Vineyards Contributor
Heading to Lubbock, Texas and looking for the perfect weekend itinerary? I have you covered on the best activities, restaurants, and more to check out in this legendary West Texas town.
Day 1. Arrive and Grab a Bite, Thursday
Check in to your hotel or lodging to get settled in for a weekend of fun. We stayed with Lubbock Overnight which has a bunch of great short-term rentals, most of which are on their website or Airbnb. I recommend staying in the city limits to be close to most of the suggestions.
Head to dinner at Papa V Pizza is a casual and authentic Italian restaurant specializing in pizza from an Italian family that has been serving Lubbock for decades. You can BYOB and we suggest a Reddy Vineyards, another family-owned business that you’ll check out tomorrow!
Day 2: Texas Tech and Vineyards, Friday
Get an early start with coffee and a bite from the daily breakfast menu at Monomyth Coffee. This adorable café offers great caffeine options, just down the street from Texas Tech University. Grab it to go and walk over to campus to check out interesting sites including the National Ranching Heritage Center and the Texas Tech University Museum.
Next up is a family-owned winery, just south of the city limits. Hop in the car or call an Uber to check out the award-winning Reddy Vineyards. Enjoy a unique wine tasting any weekday from 11-4 PM, with an appointment. As this winery is a little out of the way, you can pretty much count on a private tasting with the Reddy family or the lead winemaker! Make sure you try the Bordeaux inspired 2019 TX BDX, scored at 94 points!
On your way back to Lubbock, stop for a bite and continue the wine fun at The Funky Door Bistro & Wine Bar. Another option across the road is 4ORE Golf for a fun golf range experience, complete with food and drinks. Plus, if you’re in town visiting a Texas Tech student, they get 50% off on Friday nights!
Day 3: Cultural Experiences and Nightlife, Saturday
Lubbock is surrounded by natural scenery where you can spend the day hiking, fishing, or even learning about how human life first came to Lubbock at the Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark. There is a 3-mile trail to check out the archeological and historical evidence of human life from 12,000 years ago.
Head back into town for lunch at Triple J Chophouse. Enjoy well-crafted beer and a menu made from scratch at this local brew pub and steakhouse. After a great meal, walk across the street to the Buddy Holly Center, dedicated to the life and music of the famous musician who grew up in Lubbock.
Next, stroll over to the historic Cactus Theatre, which hosts live music and theatre performances. In the evening, continue to walk around the Depot District, known for its nightlife and entertainment. From bars and clubs to restaurants and live music venues, there is a little bit of something for everyone to explore.
Day 4: Brunch, Shopping, and Goodbyes, Sunday
On your last day, head to the town favorite, The Pancake House. Expect a line out the door, especially after Sunday church lets out. This no frill diner may be named for pancakes, but our group found their omelets to be the star of the show!
If you have time, check out some shopping at the Antique Mall of Lubbock. On the way to the airport, you’ll find Mackenzie Park with the world-famous Prairie Dog Town, that is free and open to the public to watch these curious animals.
Hope you enjoy your visit to Lubbock, Texas! Be sure to tag @ReddyVineyards on social media in case you see one of our wine bottles around town or during a tasting at the vineyard!
Thursday- Arrive, Dinner at Papa V Pizza
Friday- Texas Tech, Reservation at Reddy Vineyards for an exclusive wine tasting, The Funky Door, and 4ORE Golf
Saturday- Outdoor Activities, Lunch at Triple J Chophouse, Buddy Holly Center and the Depot District
Sunday- Breakfast at the Pancake House, Shopping, and Prairie Dog Town
Tip: The First Friday Art Trail is held downtown every first Friday of the month. Enjoy a free, self-guided art scene with exhibits and shopping opportunities. There is a free trolly to get you to the various galleries and museums, along with live music and food trucks.
Tip: Did you know Tech offers photography classes as a major or as an elective? We opted to hire a local photographer, Carleigh, for a fun photoshoot on the vineyard. There are tons of places around town to caption some family images, memories with friends, or just because!
Tip: Lubbock can be windy and dry! I would recommend packing extra lotion, sunblock, eye drops, and allergy meds, especially if you normally need them.