Odessa is a vibrant city that played an important part in the cattle industry of the 1800s. Today, the city has much to offer visitors wishing to explore the history and culture of Texas. From unusual sights to cultural fun, Odessa is a city that will not disappoint.
Choice Hotels welcomes you to stay at one of its Odessa, TX hotels, all of which are just minutes away from some of the best attractions in the city:
The Globe Theatre of the Great Southwest offers Shakespeare's plays throughout the year, as well as concerts and musicals. You can enjoy a mix of community-theater presentations and award-winning shows.
Another must-see attraction in Odessa is Fun City, where the entire family can play a round of mini-golf or ride the go-carts. There is also a video arcade complex and plenty of snacks and souvenir options to keep you entertained for hours.
Regardless of your politics, the George W. Bush Childhood Home—the restored house of both George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush—makes for an interesting stop. The simple wood home is now located on the grounds of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, so visitors can tour it freely. You will learn about the history of the Bush family, particularly George W. Bush's childhood.
No visitor to Odessa should miss the Odessa Meteor Crater, created when a meteorite 550 feet in diameter crashed in the area. The on-site museum and visitor's center offer a glimpse into the impact and the composition of meteorites.
For another offbeat attraction, stop by Jack Ben Rabbit, the world's largest jackrabbit statue. Standing at eight feet and two inches, the statue is a hit with visitors. It is located in a small park in front of the ECISD Administration Building, in the center of town.
Odessa is also home to the Ellen Noel Art Museum, which houses an impressive collection of contemporary art, as well as an outdoor sculpture garden. The museum also offers rotating exhibits and has a permanent collection that includes many well-known artists such as Janet Fish, Victor Vasarely and Thomas Hart Benton.
If you need a place to rest after a day full of adventures, reserve with Choice Hotels in Odessa today.
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