In the heart of West Texas, nestled between the vast desert landscapes and oil fields, lie twin cities – Midland and Odessa. Rich in history, culture, and brimming with unique attractions, these cities offer a blend of activities that cater to all kinds of adventurers. From exploring the cosmos at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum to immersing yourself in the artsy vibe of Ellen Noel Art Museum, there’s no shortage of fun things to do in Midland/Odessa. Whether you’re a local or just passing through, get ready to discover the hidden gems that make this part of Texas a place worth exploring.
Ratliff Ranch Golf Links, Odessa’s municipal course, is a links style and Sunset Country Club is a semi-public course in Odessa with an 18-hole and a 9-hole par 3. In Midland you will find Hogan Park Golf Course and Richland Hills public courses which has earned a well-deserved reputation for excellence and success.
Go To The Park
Floyd Gwin Park has a swimming pool, playground areas, tennis courts, baseball and basketball courts, lighted volleyball courts, soccer fields, and a gymnasium. There is a 3.5 mile paved trail system with a unique concentration of wildlife, birds and foliage at the Commanche Trail Park. Memorial Gardens features sculptures, waterfall, beautiful landscape, lighted landscape and walking trail, lake and fountain.
Go To The Track
If you think life is more fun on two wheels, you can get some track time in at the West Texas Motorcross Park. It has a challenging red dirt track for all ages and skill levels. You can go to ride, or go to watch.
Check Out The Museums
You are never too young or too old to learn something new and you will definitely learn something at the Petroleum Museum. Inspect the extensive collection of antique oil field equipment; touch authentic machinery used in the oil fields; and examine ancient artifacts of Native Americans and explorers. In 2004 they added the Transportation Wing which houses the Chaparral Gallery which tells the pioneering story of the Chapparral Road Racers.
Also in Midland is the Blakemore Planetarium where visitors will encounter a dynamic space full of backlit graphics, fun interactive activities, and brilliant images from the Hubble telescope. The Stonehenge Replica is located on the campus of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin campus. The former Bush Home is also on the campus as well as the Ellen Noel Art Museum.
Speaking of the heavens, West Texas is a great place for stargazing. You have to get out of town on a clear night to have a good time of it, and it helps if the wind isn’t kicking up the usual dust. If it’s a clear, still night, then get lost on a dirt road and pull over for the ultimate art museum: The Milky Way.