Spring is just around the corner, and if you’re in the Lubbock, Texas area, you’re in luck — there’s never a shortage of great things to see and do around here. Whether you’re a lifelong resident or just passing through this spring, here are some of our favorite family activities in Lubbock.
Science Spectrum Museum
The Science Spectrum Museum is packed with interactive exhibits that kids and parents will both love. Kids will learn a ton at this awesome museum while adults will enjoy a huge number of educational displays and the awesome Omni theater.
National Ranching Heritage Center
The National Ranching Heritage Museum spans 19 acres, giving families a perfect opportunity to spend some time together outdoors this spring. The center features winding trails, an indoor museum, and a chance to experience the local history like never before.
Joyland Amusement Park
Joyland Park will be open once again for spring and summer, so it’s time to plan your family’s trip. This great little amusement park is packed with great rides and attractions that make for a wonderful day out with the whole family.
Prairie Dog Town
Located in beautiful Mackenzie Park, Prairie Dog Town is a classic Lubbock attraction that is a must-see for everyone coming through this spring. The park offers a unique chance to see the famously social prairie dogs interact. Bring binoculars and a camera and get ready to make plenty of lasting memories.
Lubbock is home to over 250,000 people and Pollard Used Cars is proud to do business in this thriving city. Its nickname “Hub City” comes from its reputation as a center for the economic, educational, and healthcare needs of the surrounding counties. If you and your family are in Northwest Texas for the holidays and you’re looking for something memorable to do in Lubbock, these activities will provide cheer for all.
Santa Land runs every year from December 10-23 from 6-10 p.m. This 62-year-old Lubbock tradition is free for everyone and offers hot cocoa, as well as other holiday treats available for sale. The evening begins with a reindeer sleigh bringing Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus to the brightly and beautifully lit scene to hear the Christmas wishes of the local children.
Taking a picture of Bo, the Santa Land Elf on the Shelf, and sending it to the Lubbock Parks and Recreation Facebook page can even enter you to win a $500 gift card to United Supermarkets.
The Maggie Trejo Supercenter and the American GI Forum run this holiday program every year in Lubbock. Pancho Clos is a Hispanic Santa Claus who visits the event to listen to the dreams of the children attending. Families in need are provided with goodies and holiday cheer.
Lubbock offers no shortage of delightful ways to make holiday memories with your family. At Pollard Used Cars, you can find the perfect vehicle to enable your next holiday road trip.
Amarillo is a thriving, growing city in the Texas Panhandle. Home to nearly 300,000 Texans, the “Helium Capital of the World” is under two hours north from Pollard Used Cars. If you just bought a used car from Pollard and you want to road-trip to celebrate, check out this list of what to do in Amarillo:
This free attraction is on the western side of Amarillo, right off Interstate 40. Old, graffiti-covered Cadillac vehicles are stuck nose-first into the ground of a field, artistically arranged. The old cars aren’t just for looking; you’re welcome to take one of the many spray paint cans and make your mark on the attraction.
US Route 66
US Route 66 pays homage to the road-trippers of the past by maintaining the old buildings and signs. Fun, quirky restaurants such as Bracero’s, which is in a converted Route 66 garage, or the Golden Light Cafe, which dates back to the 1940s.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
The second-largest canyon in America, after the Grand Canyon, can be found 30 minutes south of Amarillo. Palo Duro Canyon descends 800 feet, stretches for 120 miles, and reaches a width of 20 miles. Be sure to hike on the Lighthouse Trail and partake in some horseback riding.
There’s plenty of fun to be had around Amarillo. Before you hit the road, you can find the perfect road trip vehicle at Pollard Used Cars in Lubbock, TX!
It’s not too late to get in a last-minute summer road trip — or too early to start planning a journey for fall. If you’re eager to hit the open road, we at Pollard Used Cars have a unique suggestion for you. The Cadillac Ranch, located on Route 66, is a vibrant art display that immortalizes a legendary design feature of Cadillac — the tail fin.
In 1974, entrusted to the creative hands and artistic vision of artists from San Francisco, 10 Cadillac vehicles found new purpose as a public work of art on the land of Stanley Marsh 3, a billionaire determined to get his neighbors talking. The group of artists, collectively known as The Ant Farm, arranged the classic automobiles in a west-facing line. The artists then buried half of each vehicle, nose-first in the ground.
Although the display of Cadillac vehicles has weathered the elements, the artistic expression of tourists who couldn’t resist tagging it and the outright thievery of onlookers who couldn’t leave without a part of the sculpture as well as lost most of its signature tail fins, Cadillac Ranch continues to attract people from all over the world.
At Pollard Used Cars, we want to help you find the perfect car for all of your adventures. If you love barbeque, you should take your new car on a road trip to these amazing Texas BBQ spots.
4-T’s Bar-B-Q & Catering – Forney
Head about five hours east and you’ll find this tasty, husband-and-wife-owned BBQ place known for its hickory-smoked brisket and unique sides like pork belly burnt ends. To round out the meal, order a homemade pecan pie for dessert.
Smolik’s Smokehouse – Mathis
Start heading south and you’ll bump into this smokehouse in Mathis. This family-owned establishment has been around for decades. You can grab BBQ classics here, as well as burgers and Czech sausage. If you want to bring home some of those irresistible flavors, you can visit the attached bakery and meat market.
The Smoking Oak – Mercedes
To get here, venture as south as you can go — right along the border to Mercedes. This spot is only open Thursday through Sunday and its hours are until 4 p.m. or whenever the meat is sold out. The limited hours are worth it — the BBQ here has the perfect blend of sweet and spicy. Plus, you can get a delicious pound cake for dessert.
Payne’s Bar-B-Q Shak – Burnet
On your way back up to Lubbock, be sure to make a pit stop at Payne’s, which offers a true small-town experience. Serving food out of a modest trailer, this place has an authentic family-owned feel and serves top-notch brisket.
If you’re in town for a test drive or simply
driving your new-to-you vehicle around town, we have some destination
suggestions. Here are some of the top attractions in Lubbock, Texas.
Ranching Heritage Center
Get the lowdown on Lubbock’s history at the National Ranching Heritage Center. You will learn about the city’s roots in ranching and cattle-breeding, to cultivate a deeper appreciation for the region’s past.
Located at the Lubbock International Airport,
Silent Wings Museum is a rewarding experience for flight enthusiasts. Witness
old glider planes while learning about the history of local glider-infantries
and the glider-training that took place in Lubbock over the years.
Bring the whole family to browse exhibits with
themes ranging from space to dinosaurs. There’s also a movie theatre that
provides a 360-degree view of science-themed films.
If you’re a Buddy Holly fan, then you probably
already know that he hails from Lubbock. Head to the Buddy Holly center to
watch a documentary, see memorabilia, and learn more about this musician’s
This venue provides dynamic fun for a variety
of ages, but it’s compact enough that you don’t get easily lost in it. It’s the
perfect setting for young families to explore and picnic at, if you visit
sometime during spring through fall.
Contact us at Pollard Used Cars for more attractions worth seeing in and near Lubbock.
If you have a big sweet tooth with a craving for chocolate, then you have to take this sweet Texas road trip that takes you past seven of the best chocolate shops in the state. The total trip is long (11.5 hours of driving), so you can always just pick and choose your favorite stops.
The trip begins in Galveston and ends in Denton. Here are the seven sweet stops along the way.
La King’s Confectionery. Located in Galveston, tourists and locals alike come here for the ice cream, salt water taffy, and gourmet chocolate.
The Chocolate Bar. The next stop is in Houston. Here the chocolate delights include items like giant peanut butter cups, chocolate covered Twinkies, and homemade ice cream.
Big Top Candy Shop. As we move along to Austin, this old-fashioned candy shop will make you feel like a kid as you browse the floor-to-ceiling display of sweets.
Lone Star Candy Bar. Head west to Fredericksburg and enjoy more than 40 different kinds of fudge, chocolate-dipped bacon, saltwater taffy, and you can even make your own Pixy Stix.
Hey Sugar Candy Store. Next, venture north to Waco to explore even more sugary goodness in this quality candy shop.
Blooms Candy & Soda Pop Shop. This vintage candy shop in Carrollton can help you find all your old-time favorites.
Atomic Candy. Our final stop in Denton has a palpable feeling of nostalgia with all of your favorite candies and chocolates.
If you need a new-to-you vehicle to accompany you on this chocolate-themed road trip, stop by Pollard Used Cars. We’ll help match you with a ride that matches your lifestyle and needs.
Looking for a beautiful way to enjoy this fall season? How about this: hop into your reliable used vehicle from Pollard Used Cars and drive to one of these gorgeous Texas fall foliage locations. Bring a picnic blanket and some lunch, because you’re going to want to stay a while!
Lost Maples State Natural Area
Texas fall foliage doesn’t get more magical than right here at the Lost Maples State Natural Area. Strolling through these colorful paths is truly like walking in a fairy wonderland.
The vistas you will witness here at McKittrick Canyon are guaranteed to take your breath away. Dramatic cliffs and picturesque foliage blaze with vivid hues. Texas doesn’t get more beautiful than this.
Daingerfield State Park
This lovely park is the perfect blend of deep green evergreen pines and the luminous reds, yellows, and oranges of classic autumn in Texas. Daingerfield State Park is also home to a stunningly blue lake, the perfect spot for capturing a family photo for your holiday greeting card.
Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
Here is our top suggestion for a peaceful afternoon. The still waters of Lake Bob Sandlin come to life with all the fall colors reflected on the surface. Bring a blanket and stay a while!
Stop by Pollard Used Cars if you’re in need of a new-to-you vehicle to transport you to these autumnal locations.
The Dallas Auto Show spotlights some of the toughest trucks to grace the industry. This year, Ram blew the competition away with the return of a Texas truck buyer favorite: the 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star edition. Even though it’s only available in Texas, this model incarnates reliability and luxury in an assertive profile.
The Ram 1500 Lone Star edition made waves with an upscale appearance marked by bright front and rear bumpers, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and a standard bright grille surround with billet inserts. Inside, the Texan pickup showed off a leather-wrapped steering wheel and split rear bench seat.
Available in two- and four-wheel drive powertrains, the Ram 1500 Lone Star boasts a signature interior badging and tailgate. The upscale pickup will feature a 3.6-liter V6 engine with eTorque or a 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 engine.
“The hard-working appeal of the Ram Lone Star has made it a favorite among Texas truck buyers,” said Mike Manley, head of the Ram Brand. “Trucks are an important part of Texas life, and Ram trucks are proven to last. Ram’s long-lasting reliability has helped the Ram 1500 cement the highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup.”
The 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star edition is available in Black and Sport appearance packages. Drivers have the option of adding other luxury features, such as 20-inch aluminum wheels and Blind-Spot Monitoring.
To celebrate the Ram 1500 Lone Star revival, test drive one of our Ram models when you stop by Pollard Used Cars.
St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect opportunity for a night out on the town with your friends, coworkers, or significant other. If you are looking for a good time, consider heading out to a local pub. Below are the best bars to visit on St. Patrick’s Day in Lubbock.
But remember — even though we at Pollard Used Cars are big fans of driving, it is NEVER okay to drink and drive. On this special holiday, please have a designated driver (and buy them a delicious Irish dinner) or take a taxi, Uber, or Lyft.
Best Bars in Lubbock
Louie Louie’s Piano Bar: Looking for great music on your night out on the town? There is no better place than Louie Louie’s Piano Bar.
Flippers Tavern: For great food and good beer, Flippers Tavern provides an amazing atmosphere and is the top rated bar in Lubbock on Yelp. Be sure to try the Crawdaddy Queso and Chips and get your signature dog Flipper Style.
O’Reilly’s Irish Pub: Don’t forget — St. Patrick’s Day is all about Irish culture. Enjoy a pint of Guinness at this authentic Irish pub in Lubbock.
Lantern Tavern: If you love craft beer, then you’ll want to check out the Lantern Tavern. Even better? It’s dog-friendly!