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Four Ways to Enjoy Midland: Eat, Play, Shop, Stay!

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Midland Visitor Center

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Start here to get the low-down on all the great things Midland has to offer! The Midland Visitor Center is home to a host of information on things to see and do in Midland as well as the surrounding area down to the Big Bend. Visit the Director and her friendly staff for information and a dose of warm hospitality. You can also enjoy exhibits on the rise of oil, ranching and transportation while you are here.

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Sports

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Get your game on in Midland both on and off the field. Whether you enjoy baseball, soccer or football, there’s nearly always a game going on in Midland! Midland RockHounds (Baseball), FC Sockers (Soccer) and West Texas Drillers (Football) take the field at the Scharbauer Sports Complex. Take in some ballpark fare while you cheer on your team. If you prefer to be on the field, Midland is home to many parks and facilities that are right up your alley. Golf, disc golf, horseshoes, soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball are among the many choices you have.

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Permian Basin Petroleum Museum & Chaparral Gallery

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Journey through over 230 million years of history as you explore America’s largest museum devoted to the petroleum industry and its pioneers. Touting the world’s greatest collection of antique and modern oil-drilling equipment and machinery, the museum’s 40-acre outdoor exhibit area and world-class interactive exhibits will take you step-by-step through the search for black gold from early methods to the scientific and technological breakthroughs that forever altered the oil industry. The Hall of Fame honors the founders of the oil industry, and the extensive archives chronicle fascinating local history. The Transportation Wing houses the Chaparral Gallery and highlights the interdependent relationship between petroleum and transportation, including the history of the Chaparral Road Racers. The gallery is home to all seven of Jim Hall’s Chaparral race cars and even contains an impressive gem and mineral collection.

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Museum of the Southwest

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In addition to the main galleries, the Museum of the Southwest complex is also home to the Children’s Museum and the Blakemore Planetarium. Make your visit a family affair as you discover Midland’s connection to the most exciting two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby. Experience the interactive exhibits and view the memorabilia from Midland’s TWO winning horses. Then, take the kids on over to the Children’s Museum for a game of galactic golf, a miniature golf game that will keep you on your toes as you learn facts about the planets and challenge each other for a hole in one. Round out the day with an excursion through the solar system and dome show at the Marian Blakemore Planetarium.

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Take a walk on the WILDlife side at the I-20 Wildlife Preserve & Jenna Welch Nature Study Center and the Sibley Nature Center.

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Enjoy the tranquility of The I-20 Wildlife Preserve & Jenna Welch Nature Study Center, an eco-tourism attraction boasting 3.4 miles of hiking and biking trails amidst conservation wetlands. As you traverse through this amazing oasis, be sure to keep your camera handy, you never know what you will discover!
Sibley Nature Center also offers the opportunity to learn about the natural and historical environment of the Llano Estacado through a broad range of interpretive programs and personal experiences. Partake in nature trail hikes, educational habitat gardens, a wildlife garden, and bird watching.

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George W. Bush Childhood Home

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Step back in time and walk where two former Presidents, two Governors and a first lady lived their lives in Midland. This 1,492-square-foot home captures the life of George W. Bush, America’s 43rd president, and his famous parents, President George H.W. Bush and Barbara, who lived in the home from 1951 to 1955. Noted in the National Register of Historic Places and as a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark, the home has been faithfully restored to depict the lifestyle and décor of the 1950s.

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Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center

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We’ve been told that there is not a bad seat in the house – experience it for yourself and tell us what you think. This $81 million, state-of-the-art, 108,000 square foot facility features everything from Broadway productions to local plays, famous comedians and musicians, mariachis, jazz and our own local symphony orchestra. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and GrammyTM Living Legend, Rod Stewart, kicked off the inaugural Grand Gala Celebration on November 1, 2011. Since then, The Wagner-Noel has hosted an impressive line-up of celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld, Styx, Trisha Yearwood, Ron White and Tony Bennett.

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Midland County Library

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JUST TRUST US – it’s worth the visit! Thanks to the forward thinking of the leadership you’ll discover so much more than a large repository of books. You may also find dinosaur tracks that lead to an interactive exhibit about “monsters” that roamed the earth many centuries ago. Art Exhibits, play and learn exhibits and interaction with renowned authors are also among the many experiences you can have amid the books at this award winning facility.

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