Here are 20 fun things to do in Odessa, Texas one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

Soon my family and I will travel once again to Odessa Texas. We are from there and our parents and siblings still live there. We would probably live there too, but there are no military installations there! Growing up there I always heard people say that there is nothing to do there, but that isn’t true. Here are some things you can do in Odessa and Midland if you live there or find yourself visiting there.

20 Fun Things to do in Odessa Texas

Jurassic Jungle

img 2757The Jurassic Jungle is a new splash pad/splash park on the UTPB campus near the baseball fields and regular playground. It’s free thanks to the Odessa Junior League. Be sure to check the hours they are running, because both times we went it was closed.

Sherwood Park Pool

Odessa has a great community pool at Sherwood Park. It’s affordable too, they have a family night that is super cheap. My kids always like coming here to cool off during hotter months. There’s a playground next door that is fun for kids as well. It’s been re-done recently, but the octopus is still there!

Rimrock Raceway

Rimrock Raceway is a hidden gem off of highway 80 where you and your family can go race go-carts. You have to be at least 8 years old to use their go-karts. There’s also a bar on site, Victory Lane Bar. Located at 12412 W Hwy 80 E Odessa, TX 79765. 

Altitude Trampoline Park

Odessa finally has an indoor trampoline park and it’s a good one! It’s a little expensive, but your kids are sure to love it. They have an Olympic trampoline. Altitude Trampoline Park in Odessa Texas

The Globe of the Great Southwest

The globe theater is a replica of Shakespeare’s globe theatre. They put on many plays here and they also host a Shakespeare festival every year.

The Permian Playhouse

The Permian Playhouse put on a variety of plays and musicals throughout the year. Many years ago I saw Fiddler on the Roof here and it was very good.

The Commemorative Air Force Museum

The commemorative Air Force Museum includes planes from several foreign countries and other military conflicts since World War II. They host an air show every year.

Midland Rockhounds

They are the Permian Basin’s minor league baseball team. The games are very fun and kid-friendly. They have a very nice playground for the kids. They do a great fireworks show for the 4th of July.

Odessa Jackalopes

They are the area’s minor league hockey team and are based in Odessa. The games are kid friendly and fun.

Ratliff Ranch Golf Links

With little to no rain you can golf almost year-round in Odessa.

Eat Donuts!

You have to go to Southern Maid and try their cherry donuts. Their other donuts are good too, but we go for the cherry donuts. Donuts!

Permian Basin Stonehenge

Odessa has its very own Stonehenge replica on the UTPB campus. This version of Stonehenge is made of limestone slabs up to 19 feet tall and 20 tons apiece. The Permian Basin Stonehenge is slightly shorter than the original, but it’s exact in horizontal size and astronomically accurate. For some reason this was the best photo I have of it.2017 Kia Soul Turbo

Odessa Meteor Crater

The 62,000-year-old Odessa Meteor Crater is a meteorite crater in the southwestern part of Ector County, southwest of the city of Odessa of West Texas, United States. It is accessible approximately 3 miles south of Interstate 20 at Exit 108. It is the second largest meteor crater in the U.S., a hole 550 feet wide and 100 feet deep formed when a thousand-ton mass of space iron slammed into the earth. I have not been out here in over two decades, but I’ve heard from some that it isn’t really a crater anymore.

Doug Russell Pool

Midland has a fantastic community pool that kids will love. I think Doug Russell pool is the best community pool in the area. It has bigger slides than the other community pools, a dedicated area for younger children, a rock climbing wall, and more.

Museum of the Southwest

The Museum of the Southwest over in Midland has a fun kid’s area. The kids area is known as the Durham Children’s Museum. Here kids will find a variety of interactive spaces that create an exciting learning experience for children of all ages. Ponder marine life by visiting our living coral reef. They can experience hands-on learning and life while playing in the child-sized grocery store, kitchen and vet clinic. The museum also offers community events.

Sibley Nature Center

The Sibley Nature Center encompasses 49 acres in Hogan Park in Midland and highlights the southern Llano Estacado, Edwards Plateau, and Transpecos Regions. Inside they have taxidermy exhibits of animals found in our region, which can be highly entertaining for kids. For kids, they offer guided tours, toddler times with gardening and story time, and they have a nature club for grade schoolers. The Sibley Nature Center is open to the public Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Sibley Nature Trails are open daily from nsunrise to sunset.

I-20 Wildlife Preserve

This is an 87-acre park with a little marsh, walking trail, and butterfly garden in Midland. It’s an oasis in the middle of the desert. Wildlife tends to make an appearance later in the evening or early in the morning. They have an easy, partially shaded 1.2-mile loop trail that encircles the wetland marsh. The trail surface is asphalt, hard-packed dirt, and a wooden boardwalk. The Texas sunsets here are beautiful. Admission is free. The nature preserve is open from 8:00 A.M. -6:00 P.M. Tuesday-Saturday. The I-20 Wildlife Presrve is located at 2201 S. Midland Drive,

Mall Playground

There is a playground inside the Music City Mall aka the mall in Odessa. It’s not huge, but it’s a decent size for being inside a mall.

Ice Skating

The mall in Odessa also has an ice skating rink. (I worked there in high school.) You can bring your own skates or rent some of theirs. Sessions are for two hours. (I heard this was closing but unsure if that is true. I hope not! I used to work here.)

George W. Bush Childhood Home

For $5 you can tour the George W. Bush Childhood Home. 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. The home is located at 1412 West Ohio Avenue, Midland, Texas 79701.

Odessa MTB ParkOdessa Mountain bike trail map

If you like to mountain bike you are going to enjoy the Odessa MTB park a lot. They have over 11 miles of trail inside 95 acres of leased property. They have beginner trails, intermediate trails, and expert trails. You can pay for a daily pass or you can join the Permian Basin Bicycle Association. Helmets are required and they do not allow riding if it is muddy. Located at 7155 1/2 Eastridge Road, Odessa, TX 79765. The parking lot is located behind Odessa Fire Station #5

For more things to do in Odessa check out our list of fun finds. This is also where you will find some seriously tasty restaurant recommendations and unique bars to visit.

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