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The Best Things To See & Do In Midland, Texas
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The Best Things To See & Do In Midland, Texas

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Updated: 9 February 2017
If you head to the Southern Plains of West Texas, you’ll find Midland. Originally founded in 1881 as the midway point between Fort Worth and El Paso on the Texas and Pacific Railroad, Midland has thrived during numerous decades, boasting a history rich with western heritage, a lively arts and culture scene, and a center for sports. For the best five things to do in Midland, Texas, read on.
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See a Production at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center

The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, the newest addition to Midland’s cultural scene, is a stunning architectural marvel, with 108,000 square feet of space that plays host to a myriad of events, from Broadway productions, ballet, and opera to comedy shows and musical concerts. At this state-of-the-art facility, visitors can experience some of the nation’s top acts without leaving the city. The main hall includes 1,800 seats and two balconies, while the Rea-Greathouse Recital Hall can host up to 200 people, and the Rea Music and Academic Center – at a whopping 10,000 square feet – now includes The University of Texas of the Permian Basin’s music program.

Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, 1310 N FM 1788, Midland, TX, USA, +1 432 552 4430

Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center, Midland, Texas | © Nicolas Henderson/Flickr

Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center, Midland, Texas | © Nicolas Henderson/Flickr

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Catch a RockHounds Game at the Scharbauer Sports Complex

The Scharbauer Sports Complex, also referred to as the Security Bank Ballpark, is home to the town’s minor-league baseball team, the RockHounds. Whether you’re a sports fanatic or a visitor eager to experience Midland culture, this is one of the most popular pastimes for Midland locals. While it’s no major-league team, the RockHounds play a good game worth watching, competing with various other teams in the Texas League. Pro tip: hot dogs are highly encouraged, and the season lasts from April through September.

Scharbauer Sports Complex, 5514 Champions Dr, Midland, TX, USA, +1 432 520 2255

Infield flyball, Security Bank Ballpark, Midland | © LoadedAaron/Flickr

Infield flyball, Security Bank Ballpark, Midland | © LoadedAaron/Flickr

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See a Show at the Historic Midland Community Theatre

Midland Community Theatre, once known as Yucca Theatre, is a historic performance theatre in the heart of Midland, founded in 1946. Famed for its Summer Mummers, an annual fundraiser started in 1949, it’s now the go-to spot for experiencing local talent. Featuring plays with actors of all ages, the theater makes for a great evening out, especially if you’re with the kiddies. Plus, Midland Community Theatre puts on a range of shows, from contemporary and classic plays to musicals and children’s theater, so there’s something for everyone.

Midland Community Theatre, 2000 W Wadley Ave, Midland, TX, USA, +1 432 570 4111

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Discover Nature at the I-20 Wildlife Preserve

At the I-20 Wildlife Preserve and Jenna Welch Nature Study Center, you can discover nearly 100 acres of wilderness with over 30 acres of wetlands and three-and-a-half miles of trails situated just north of the highway. Visitors can take in the beauty of Midland’s surrounding nature, check out the butterflies in the gardens, walk the boardwalk, bird watch, or revel in the scenic views from the observation tower. The preserve is also crawling with wildlife, including bobcats, badgers, rabbits, and reptiles; plus, the park is open year-round.

I-20 Wildlife Preserve, 2201 S Midland Dr, Midland, TX, USA, +1 432 853 9453

Posing Butterfly | © Kathy Kimpel/Flickr

Posing Butterfly | © Kathy Kimpel/Flickr

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Visit The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum

Don’t be fooled by the premise of this museum – the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum is a fascinating venture into Midland’s historical past. Here you’ll find interactive exhibits that explain the town’s history of oil, the modern roots of the industry, and over 230 million years of geological history. There’s over 60,000 square feet of space for exploring, including a sports car exhibit, artwork on display, a research library, and a hall of fame. Be sure to head outside for a look at the large oil-field machinery exhibit, a massive man-made wonder.

Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, 1500 W Interstate 20, Midland, TX, USA, +1 432 683 4403

Early mobile drilling rig in museum collection | © Plazak/Wikicommons

Early mobile drilling rig in museum collection | © Plazak/WikiCommons