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3001 East Business Loop 20
Odessa, TX 79761
Phone: (432) 333-3931
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Whether you are an alumni, current, or prospective student, the University of Texas of the Permian Basin is a campus worth visiting. The campus features a replica of Stonehenge, the Nancy Fyfe Cardozier Gallery, and a nationally accredited business school. Home of the falcons, UTPB is also proud of its reputation and involvement in research to better the economy of the Permian Basin.
Dedicated to those men (and one day women) who have taken the oath of office for presidency of the United States, the Presidential Museum and Leadership Library is the only one of its kind. Created after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, citizens of Odessa aimed to bring extra dignity back to the office. The library and museum contain information on each of the presidents and many documents and paraphernalia relating to their lives and time in office.
This ranching headquarters was originally built in 1917. Jim Parker bought the house in 1934, and it has since been a historical gem of Odessa. The Cotswold style house opened to the public in 1996, featuring exhibitions that reflect the ranching and county history. The museum annually showcases the legacy of local ranching families with interviews, photos, and artifacts. Admission is free of charge, though donations are greatly appreciated.
The official location for the annual Juneteenth parade, Woodson Park is one of the best recreational facilities in Odessa. It also houses the Woodson Family Aquatic Facility, which has pools, playgrounds and water slides for the entire family to enjoy. A Community Center is also part of the premises, which can be hired as a venue for private events. Epitomizing the alpha and omega of recreation in the city, Woodson Park is 13 acres of complete fun.
On the National Register of Historic Places, the White-Pool House Museum is one of the older structures in the area. Built to resemble the home Charles and Lucy White had used in Indiana, the house now contains exhibits to illustrate what life was like in Odessa many years ago. A replica of a barn also teaches visitors about agriculture, and the barn can be rented as a venue to host special events. Admission is free.
One of the simple pleasures of summer life is being able to spend it in a verdant spot like Noel Heritage Plaza. In the summer the park hosts free evening concerts, and adjacent is the Ector County Library.
Standing eight feet high, Jack Ben Rabbit is the world's largest jack rabbit statue and has become a historical landmark in Odessa. The statue is also named after Attorney General John Ben Sheppard, the former Odessa Chamber of Commerce President of 1962. The statue has also sparked the interest of the arts community, as other themed jack-rabbit statues have been popping up around town, such as the "Fiesta Hare" and the "Big Sky Bunny."
The old rail depot that was originally built in Pecos, Texas in 1892 was moved to Odessa in 1950. The depot has become a landmark of the old railroad past, as it served as a railway terminal in Pecos until 1950. Pecos Depot is now located next to a local favorite, the Barn Door Restaurant. Stop in to view the remnants of the past while you eat.
Known as the "world's largest jackrabbit," standing at eight feet tall, the Jack Ben Rabbit statue is an Odessa landmark and a tourist favorite.
The brainchild of a high school teacher, the Globe of the Great Southwest is a replica of the theater in London at which Shakespeare's masterpieces were performed. An octagonal building with 418 seats, the intimate theater helps one to appreciate plays just like they were seen so many hundreds of years ago. On the same ground is a writer's garden including a labyrinth and a replica of Anne Hathaway's cottage which may be rented out for various purposes. Each month, the Brand New Opree presents a live country show at the Globe and a yearly Shakespeare Festival is held as well.
McKinney Park is not only Odessa's first community park, but it is also the center for holiday events. In December watch out for "Starbright Village," as McKinney Park lights up the sky. Also available at this pioneer park is a community pool, a great place to cool off on an Odessa scorcher.
Floyd Gwinn Park opened in 1945 as the first aquatic park in Odessa. Today this 40-acre park features two playgrounds, plus all the facilities to support your favorite sport. Floyd Gwinn has it all, from baseball and soccer, to basketball, tennis, and volleyball. You can also enjoy a swim in the community pool on a hot day. The park is also home to the Floyd Gwinn Gymnasium, which gives the community a facility to practice and participate in activities.