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While on the Lubbock Walk of Fame, make time to see this bronze statue depicting music legend Buddy Holly strumming his guitar and marvel at the effect his short career had on the history of music. Around the base of the statue is the Walk of Fame which has plaques to remember all the great musicians from western Texas - there are a lot ! The statue was made by the sculptor Grant Speed and weighs over a ton, which helps to show the true impact this man had on American music.
Creating a haven for the arts in Lubbock, the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA) aims to create a community art center for western Texas. Classes as well as spaces in the center are affordable and many non-profits make their home in the LHUCA. Each month, a different artist's work is featured at the site, and programs and events are ongoing.
The Museum of Texas Tech University is made up of several learning museums around the Lubbock area, like the Lubbock Lake Landmark and Moody Planetarium. It also constitutes the main museum building on the campus of Texas Tech University, featuring a diverse and impressive collection spanning various fields and topics such as paleontology, clothing, anthropology and history. Furthermore, the complex is home to distinct galleries that host annual exhibitions.
The green oasis of Lubbock, the Mackenzie Park is an inextricable part of the city's charm. Defined by carefully manicured grass, this verdant escape is accentuated with baseball fields hosting friendly games, while the lush picnic areas are perfect for a family outing under the ombre Texan sun. Replete with equestrian trails, the park is also home to the picturesque Mackenzie Park Lake and the babbling Brazos River which feed the spirit of outdoor enthusiasts. Additionally, the Joyland Amusement Park satiates one's hunger for adrenaline and the Meadowbrook Golf comes recommended for those who wish to polish their putting skills. The sculptures garden is where one can indulge in their artistic side before befriending little Prairie Dogs at their very own town.
One of the most prolific natural history and archaeological sites in the United States, Lubbock Lake Landmark or Lubbock Lake Site as it is also known, traces back 12000 years with evidence to back as proof. It is probably the only place on the continent to have a full record of human history based in one area covering such a vast period of time. Set near the meandering Yellow House Draw where once ancient springs used to thrive, this protected reserve spans across 336 acres (135.97 hectares) of prairie land. Seasonal flowers and wildflowers are crisscrossed by hiking and walking trails while magnificent sculptures of extinct animals adorn its landscape. Dioramas and murals along with archaeological relics depict various scenes from the prehistoric era. Digs are still conducted in this preserved land and can be viewed by the public.