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Toronto, Canada
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Things to do/Shopping

Hi Y'all. First time in Lubbock, actually in Texas. There doesn't seem to be that many things to do, especially during the cold cold months. Is there an area near by for shopping/outlet malls? Any recommendations already not on trip advisor would help! Thanks!

Czech Republic
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for San Antonio, Lubbock
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reviews: 35
1. Re: Things to do/Shopping

off hand, Lubbock has only one mall, affectionately called 'The Mall'

if you are doing some general shopping for jeans, casual clothes etc, you can find them all here.(Dockers, Levi's brand etc) ..I usually just visit Dillard's and JcPenney when I am there ......... standard chain stores as well if your looking for American specifc stores...American Eagle, Hollister etc...

www.southplainsmall.com/shopping/directory

JcP usually has what I need and for decent prices

http://www.jcpenney.com/jcp/default.aspx

(f you do need cosmetics, you might head to Dillard's at the mall. This location has one of the the highest generating revenue cosmetic counters outside of the their Dallas Market....in that respect, one of the larger floor spaces for cosmetics- you can find a wide array of national brands here)

www.dillards.com/shop/Beauty/_/N-lfxg…

on one hand, the Lubbock mall is the largest single level mall in Texas....in that respect, the layout is not too user friendly...add a wing here, add another wing the next year-you sorta get the idea.

(FYI, two Dillard's buildings at the mall..the one on the north end has cosmetics)

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for ex, if you are looking for a little better type clothing stores you can drive further outside the loop on Quaker and 82nd ...for example King's Gate Shopping Center on 82nd/Slide kingsgatecenter.com/index.php/merchant-map (stores on both sides of Quaker) for ex. Ann Taylor, Bananna Republic, Chico's,Coldwater Creek, Men's/women's-Josepeh Banks, Tailbots,

if you happen to go, have lunch at Pei Wei Chinese Bistro..faster food version of PF Chang restaurant

.http://www.peiwei.com/menu/?menu=s&sid=0110

James Avery Craftsman..jewelry crafted in Texas

http://secure.jamesavery.com/index.jsp

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if you need some western attire, boots etc. at 50th and Slide is Dollar Western Wear

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across the mall is an Old Navy, a few doors down is Rudy's BBQ, Rockfish Seafood

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are you staying near the campus or on the SW side?

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Lubbock is laid out fairly easy....driving north/south the streets are numbered....driving east/west the streets are basically alphabetized..Ave. A, Ave B, Ave C etc, then again Akron, Boston, Chicago. etc, .

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in general, if you don't have Target stores in Canada there is a newer superstore on the far west of Lubbock..Marsha Sharp Freeway

www.target.com

fashionable items, home accessories etc., plus groceries, good prices

definitely a step up from Wal-Mart

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: ) one thing to do is to feed the nuremous Canadian geese that come to Lubbock for winter!!

if you would like to send me a PM, I can try to help a little more with things to do, places to eat etc...... a little more info might be helpful... visiting, on business, family, solo etc,?

enjoy

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Edited: 12:37 pm, December 04, 2011
Czech Republic
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for San Antonio, Lubbock
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2. Re: Things to do/Shopping

Lubbock residents eat out more per capita than any other Texas city..in that respect, there are some decent restaurants for a city of Lubbock's size...

it also means that Lubbock is a test market for up and coming restaurants tryiing to break into the industry, to franchise etc.

lubbockonline.com/stories/111002/loc_1110020…

that also makes it higher on the fattest cities in Texas. US

Edited: 12:44 pm, December 04, 2011
Houston, Texas
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for Midland, Austin
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3. Re: Things to do/Shopping

Lubbock was just "awarded" as the 3rd fattest city in the country.

Take a day trip over to Carlsbad Caverns. Leave early because the park closes to new arrivals by mid-afternoon. Also, a day trip to Palo Duro Canyon might interest you.

Theres the National Ranching Heritage Center and the IMAX and science center (good for kids). Mackenzie Park is good for an afternoon, but I don't know the current conditions with the drought (and it will be pretty chilly for a few days anyway - I live 100 miles south of Lubbock).

Oh, there also is the casino in Hobbs, if you are into that sort of thing. Its all slot machines, no table games. Finally, the "in" place for people in our area to go is Ruidoso, NM. Ski Apache is open now and they use snowmaking equipment.

Toronto, Canada
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4. Re: Things to do/Shopping

As I am from Canada, the last thing I want to do is see more snow! LOL! I have no kids...Those are great ideas..Ranches, desert things, I have never seen so I would love to do that. 3rd fattest!!!!!!!!! OMG! I am coming from a population of 4 million in y city, so I am trying to find things to do as the person I am visiting is going to be working most days and I am solo! But will have access to a vehicle. I will also be going to abernathy. Ranches and cowboy things are always cool! Never seen any of that! Thanks so much. I really appreciate the responses!

Texas
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A couple of hours' drive north of Lubbock is Palo Duro Canyon State Park, a place of great natural beauty and of historical significance. The US Army defeated the Comanche, Kiowa and Cheyenne tribes there in 1874 which effectively ended the Indian War in Texas. In the nearby city of Canyon is the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum which is one of the best history museums in Texas.

http://www.palodurocanyon.com/

http://panhandleplains.org

Houston, Texas
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for Midland, Austin
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6. Re: Things to do/Shopping

Or you can do what people in Midland and Odessa do for the weekend... go to Dallas.

(enjoying the snow today?)

san francisco
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7. Re: Things to do/Shopping

might be worth it to drive out to Buffalo Lake, probably the most scenic part of the lubbock area...

go to the Buddy Holly museum...

if you're really desperate you could check out Prairie Dog Town, though maybe the critters will be hibernating (do they hibernate?)...

Texas Tech is a great University - check out the campus, which has restaurants and shops around it...

Have fun!

Covington, Louisiana
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8. Re: Things to do/Shopping

As someone who has lived in Lubbock for over 30 years, let me assure you that there ARE some fun things to do in Lubbock!

First, there is the Science Spectrum (http://www.sciencespectrum.org/new/home.shtml), which is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon. They regularly rotate the IMAX films and always have great science displays.

If you have kids and are looking to let them burn off some energy (or if you just feel like a kid yourself), check out The Main Event maineventusa.com/locations/locations/lubbock. It has indoor bowling, arcade games, rock climbing, minature golf, and laser tag.

Finally, if you are feeling like you want something more sophisticated, try a vist to one of Lubbock's several award winning wineries. The Llano Estacado Winery has a great tour and wine tasting that my husband and I really enjoyed. Check it out at www.llanowine.com.

Czech Republic
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for San Antonio, Lubbock
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9. Re: Things to do/Shopping

thanks for posting the additonal info .......unfortunately, the OP has done gone and went

Edited: 5:27 am, February 05, 2012
Covington, Louisiana
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10. Re: Things to do/Shopping

If you are in Lubbock anytime around the Christmas holiday season, you MUST go see the amazing and magical indoor wonderland at Holland Gardens! Its a local tradition!

Each year, dozens and dozens of Christmas trees are decorated with different themes, and placed throughout the store. And every decoration on every tree is for sale! We went this year and saw a Texas Tech tree, a Coca-Cola tree, a Noah's Ark tree, a Victorian tree, an "I love Lucy" tree, a Hollywood Movies tree, a Texas tree, a Western (cowboy) tree, an Elvis tree, the list goes on and on!

I even saw a Christmas tree that makes its own snow!

And on the weekends, Santa is there to take pictures with the kids. It is something that must be seen to be believed- check it out!

http://www.hollandgardens.com/