What to do and see in Midland, United States: The Best Places and Tips

February 5, 2018 Jasper Kershner

Midland is a city in and the county seat of Midland County, Texas, United States, on the Southern Plains of the state's western area. A small portion of the city extends into Martin County.
Restaurants in Midland

1. Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center

1310 N FM 1788, Midland, TX 79707-1499 +1 432-552-4430
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5 based on 131 reviews

Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center

Reviewed By Kelley8868 - Midland, Texas

love the shows that come here. Wish the bars stayed open later.
Joe Bonamassa coming here was mind blowing. Heart was amazing. Great comedians come here. They usually comment on the terrain of Midland/Odessa and remind us that we can leave, we don't have to stay here. Lol

2. The Petroleum Museum

1500 W Interstate 20, Midland, TX 79701-2041 +1 432-683-4403
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4.5 based on 210 reviews

The Petroleum Museum

Welcome to the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum. Founded in 1975 by over 500 community leaders under the leadership of George T. Abell, the Museum tells the story of petroleum and the rugged lives of men and women who sought a better life. What started as a community dream has, over time, become the nation's largest museum dedicated to the petroleum industry and its pioneers. The Petroleum Museum has welcomed over one million visitors worldwide. It shares the petroleum and energy story and its impact on our daily lives through educational programs, interactive exhibits, an archives center and its Petroleum Hall of Fame. A visit to the Petroleum Museum is an amazing journey through over 230 million years of history. Located in the heart of the Permian Basin, the Petroleum Museum offers over 40,000 square feet of interactive education and entertainment for adventurers of all ages. The mission of the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum is to share the petroleum and energy story and its impact on our lives.

Reviewed By CrankingChick - Tucson, Arizona

The museum's location at exit 136 off Interstate 20 makes it a great place to stop for a rest to break-up a long road trip. This was our third visit to the Petroleum Museum over the last 30 years. The friendly staff at the entrance greeted us warmly and welcomed us back. The name of the museum is somewhat misleading; while they do have outstanding exhibits about geology and the history of the petroleum industry, they also have a gallery of Western artwork, a stunning display of minerals, and the new Chaparral gallery displaying the race cars of local driver and innovator Jim Hall. The Chaparral Gallery was the primary reason for our most recent visit, since it was completed since our last visit and my husband was eager to see it. The new section that houses the cars is modern, spacious and full of interesting and educational exhibits about the science of aerodynamics and downforce. We have always found this museum to be impressive, with excellent, high-quality displays both indoors and out. There are two films, multi-media displays and entertaining hands-on learning opportunities. Obviously, it's funded at least in part by the petroleum companies, but we were pleased to see that they have added exhibits about conservation and other energy sources such as wind, solar and nuclear. We noticed that the information in the petroleum exhibits is being kept up-to-date as well. I recommend at least two hours or more to absorb it all and visit the outdoor equipment displays. The museum is open Monday through Saturday 10:00-5:00 and Sunday 2:00-5:00 (closed major holidays). Admission is $8-12 (under age 5 free). Wheelchair access is excellent. A nice shop offers books, collectibles and souvenirs. The museum doesn't have a cafe', but there are several restaurants within a mile at I-20 and Rankin Highway (exit 136).

3. George W. Bush Childhood Home

1412 W Ohio Ave, Midland, TX 79701-6073 +1 432-685-1112
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4.5 based on 59 reviews

George W. Bush Childhood Home

The George W. Bush Childhood Home is truly a unique place in American history. Home to two Presidents, two Governors and a First Lady, this remarkable 1950s restoration gives visitors a unique perspective of the Bush family and their legacy, insight into the restoration of this modest home and provides an interesting view of life in 1950s Midland.

Reviewed By hellogoodbye_7 - Texas

I never knew this was in Midland! It was a great stop along our way to Big Bend. The staff were extremely nice, helpful and knowledgeable. There is not a ton to see but great for a quick stop. The guided tour takes about 30 minutes. Great little gift shop too.

4. I-20 Wildlife Preserve

2201 S Midland Dr, Across the Street from the Midland RV Campground, Midland, TX 79703-7302 +1 432-853-9453
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4.5 based on 85 reviews

I-20 Wildlife Preserve

Reviewed By Rina B - Odessa, Texas

We hung around the area for our anniversary this year and found this little gem. We went mid-day so it was pretty hot but trees cover a lot of the path. There is a "dock" that circles the pond but there are no trees around that path so we opted not to take it due to the heat. Neat stopping points along the trail. We didn't see much wildlife...lots of frogs and butterflies. Excellent just to spend a few hours hiking/walking through. Peaceful although you can hear the roar of I-20 traffic most of the time. We spend a good two hours enjoying nature in the outdoors.

5. SCHARBAUER SPORTS COMPLEX Grande Comunications Stadium

5514 Champions Dr, Midland, TX 79706-2843 +1 432-520-2255
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5 based on 47 reviews

SCHARBAUER SPORTS COMPLEX Grande Comunications Stadium

Reviewed By Vanessa A - Midland, Texas

My family and I are frequent visitors to the sports complex, it is always clean with plenty of options for food and drink, it has a picnic area, play ground, splash pad, train rides and alot of shade to get out of the Texas heat. We enjoy ball games at the park and love the fireworks after most weekend games.

6. Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Wright Drive at Midland International Airport, Midland, TX 79706
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5 based on 24 reviews

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Reviewed By LSUTraveller - Denham Springs, Louisiana

Easily reached (near the MAF airport), this memorial is an excellent visit. The statue and chopper really gave visitors a perspective of the geography. Well worth the visit.

7. Museum of the Southwest

1705 W Missouri Ave, Midland, TX 79701-6516 +1 915-683-2882
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4 based on 50 reviews

Museum of the Southwest

Reviewed By pumpkin1062 - Midland, Texas

This is a museum of many different items. It changes all the time. They have wonderful art and Christmas display during the holidays. If you have not been to the Museum of the Southwest, you need t go.

8. Haley Memorial Library and History Center

1805 W Indiana Ave, Midland, TX 79701-6949 +1 432-682-5785
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5 based on 8 reviews

Haley Memorial Library and History Center

Reviewed By Texas003 - Midland

This museum is a jewel in Midland. You can learn about the old west, surrounded by beautiful art exhibits. There is educational
history of the old cattle trail drives and original saddles and clothing of cowboys. The head of the museum, Pat McDaniel, can answer questions about Midland or the old west. It is worth a visit-not to be missed.

9. Midland County Horseshoe Arena & Pavilion

2514 Arena Trail, Midland, TX 79706
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Midland County Horseshoe Arena & Pavilion

Reviewed By 551tamerap

We experienced a concert for the first time at this venue. Great sound system, nice facilities, yet the strangest rules. Purchased 2 water bottles from the concession area and was handed 2 bottles - OPENED with NO lid. When questioned was told that the policy was no lids were to be provided. HELLO...... Purchase bottled water for a reason - sealed bottle being the number 1 reason. How do I know it is not just tap water - how long had it been opened - how do we keep from spilling it inside the concert area? Others had lids on their water bottles and was told server got in trouble for handing out bottles with lids - whoever determined this rule mid concert - THINK again - you were VERY wrong. Next time I will save my $$$$, bring my empty water bottle and fill it up at the water fountain.

10. Sibley Nature Center

1307 E Wadley Ave, Midland, TX 79705-5722 +1 432-684-6827
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4 based on 16 reviews

Sibley Nature Center

The Sibley Nature Center celebrates the nature and history of our region through a broad range of educational programs and personal experience. Through programs given at its site of 49 acres in Hogan Park in Midland, Texas, and at schools, meeting rooms, ranches, and personal homes through out the region, the Sibley Nature Center seeks to encourage community members to be knowledgeable about the flora, fauna, and history of the region

Reviewed By aggietraveler1976 - Midland, Texas

we went there to look at some plants. it is a good choice to buy plants that will grow well in our environment.

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