902 Interstate 20 West
Midland, TX 79701
Phone: (432) 683-1111
Fax: (432) 683-1122
The second-oldest home in Midland, the Scarborough-Linebery House is a perfect example of Ranch style architecture. This home belonged to the same family for 90 years before it was donated to the City of Midland. It is available for guided tours and private functions by appointment only.
A full-service public library, the Midland County Public Library carries an extensive collection of books and research materials including topographic maps and regional petroleum history. 21 adult public access computers and four juvenile computers are on hand. The Centennial Branch can be found in the Imperial Shopping Center at 3211 West Wadley.
Unlike any other library, the Haley Memorial Library and History Center is truly a destination for historians and writers interested in the West. This research facility contains volumes found nowhere else detailing life in the West for early settlers. A number of different authors and historians have used the research center to add detailed and accurate information to stories or accounts. So even if you aren't planning on writing a novel anytime soon, you should still stop in to learn a little something about the history of the west that helped to shape the psyche of the United States.
Housed within Museum of the Southwest, on Missouri Avenue, Marian Blakemore Planetarium is often called one of the best attractions of its kind in the Midland/Odessa region. The planetarium incorporates permanent exhibits, a state-of-the-art multi-media station, called Frances & Jack Brown Science Center, and most popularly, the Helen Greathouse Educational Discovery Dome. The magnificent Spitz SciDome towers over 40 feet (12.19 meters) and features high definition programs that are, arguably, the very highlight of a visit to the planetarium. Open all week, except Mondays and Sundays, Marian Blakemore Planetarium makes for an interesting visit.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Turner Mansion includes such features as hand-painted tiles, Italian marble fireplaces, and carved wooden friezes.
A "people oriented" park that features a tree-lined courtyard, cascading water fountain, a sculptured brick wall that depicts the history of Midland, and a 300 seat amphitheater.
Located in near the Midland Center, the Centennial Plaza is a great place in the heart of Midland. This little spot is a great place to sit and enjoy the city. The courtyard contains numerous trees, a waterwall and a fountain. Also home to performances, Centennial Plaza contains a amphitheater with seating for 300.
The kids will love Dennis the Menace Park, as there is plenty to keep them busy in this three-acre park full of colorful playhouses and slides. This park was inspired in part by the Dennis the Menace Park in Monterey, California.
This 12-story office building, designed by Wyall Hedrick, is a dedicated Texas historical landmark.
The oldest home in Midland is the claim to fame of the Brown-Dorsey Medallion home, just beating out the Scarborough-Linebery House which is the second-oldest. Get a glimpse into the life of a west Texan before the turn of 20th century. Period furnishings and artifacts are on display - take particular note of the art glass window. Tours are available by appointment only.
This house was home to the Bush family during the formative years of George W. Bush's life. Although altered since the Bush family moved out, the home has been restored to its original 1950s style. Many artifacts from the era have been placed around the home to show visitors exactly what a home from the 1950s was like. Visitor information is located in houses adjacent to the site so the entire home can be historically restored. Two presidents and two governors lived in the house, and one has to wonder whether there was something in the water.
Accessible via South Midland Drive, the I-20 Wildlife Preserve was established in January of 2013. Located just off the I-20 (thus the name), the preserve incorporates of more than 30 acres (12.14 hectares) of Texan playa. Just about 7 miles (11.26 kilometers) from Midland International Airport, I-20 Wildlife Preserve boasts of a rich biodiversity native to Texan wetland, that includes several birds, butterflies, badgers, bobcats, foxes, and rabbits, to name a few. About 20,000 square feet (1858.06 square meters) of the preserve is dedicated to Jenna Welch Nature Study Center. Open all year, I-20 Wildlife Preserve offers a range of educational programs, UG research programs and activities such as hiking, bird-watching and such.