The "Must See" for Lubbock has to be the campus of Texas Tech University. And the "Must Do" has to be the annual "Carol of Lights." Hailed as the second largest university campus in the United States (2nd only to the Air Force Acadamy which sports a landing strip down the middle), the campus is a beautiful display of mostly homogenous Mission style architechture with large open areas. The Carol of Lights, usualy the first Friday in December, draws thousands of people for a ceremony in which all fill a space bounded by three buildings. The center building has outside stairs coming up either side to a balcony in the middle which serves as the stage. Gatherers sing Christmas carrols by their candlelight led by a Texas Tech Choir, join together in prayer (although in recent years liberal PC has crept in to "generalize" the prayer), and then, at a flip of the switch, hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights that were hung since September light up most of the Texas Tech campus.
And of course, Lubbock is the home of Buddy Holly. Buddy is burried here, but you'll have a hard time finding his modest gravesite without a local, as its marked by a small plaque on the ground.
Finally, don't forget to visit Llano Estacado, or one of the other award wining wineries in Lubbock.
Fondest memory: As other writers have written, Lubbock is one of the most friendly places on earth. Spend any amount of time in the town and you'll likely be on the verge of feeling uncomfortable, because people are so friendly, nice, and kind to you. Lubbock is also a Godly town. Tommy Nelson, Senior Pastor of Denton Bible Church (near Dallas, TX) said once that when he entered Lubbock and Nashville he could just feel God there. Now, that's not to say that all Lubbockites are Christians, but their strong influence there, which does not impend too much on College partying, makes Lubbock a friendly family town that is big enough to be the shopping "Hub" of west Texas and East NM, and small enough that locals run into each other all the time.
Sports fans would be wise to check the Texas Tech schedule at http://www.texastech.com . Texas Tech has a top rated (top 25 in 2005) football team, an up and coming mens basketball team in a new areana led by the well known legend of basketball, Bobby Knight, and a rated womens basketball team that led the nation in the 90's.
Go out !!!!! Texas Tech University in lubbock, was rated by the princeton review as the #2 party school in the nation in 2001
Fondest memory: Go to the Blue light, its in the depot district and has live music from wed - sun.
Not being an area of scenic beauty, Lubbock's greatest asset is it's people. You will not find any friendlier, nor helpful people, than you will find in and around Lubbock. The pioneer spirit still abounds and people are eager to assist you in any way they can. If you should have the misfortune of having car trouble or get lost, you couldn't find a better place for those things to happen. It won't be long before someone will stop to offer any assistance necessary.
Fondest memory: When I am away from Lubbock, I do miss the friendliness. It is not the same in any part of the world that I have traveled to. When you are in Lubbock, you feel 'at home'. Whether or not it really is your home or not or not! Strangers are generally willing to speak to you and treat you as if they know you. You always feel safe and welcome when you are here.
The Texas Tech campus
Heather and me on-campus
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Although Lubbock isn't the grandest place to live/visit in Texas, it does have its perks.
It's not to big and not to small. The single most important activity I would take someone to see is the Heritage Ranch Tour at the museum on 4th St. It's a walking tour of various Texas homes through out the century. Great for the history buff.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Lubbock is the annual 'Pancake Festival' held by the local Lions Club at the Civc Center.