My husband, Jason, has family in Midland Texas; we head there for a visit every few years, this year was one of them. We made the choice to drive from Denver to Midland on Black Friday to spend the weekend. I had talked to the visitors bureau in Midland, and the had given us a ton of ideas of things to do while we were there.
The drive to Midland was great, until we hit an ice storm in the panhandle, which is (as I’ve heard) really rare, lucky us! We ended up having to make a stop in Amarillo for the night, but the next morning, we were easily on our way to The Tall City!
What to do in Midland Texas
There was one place that we knew we needed to go first thing, Rosa’s Tortilla Factory. This is the one thing that Jason talks about missing the most after moving from Midland to Denver. Generally, when we visit we buy a whole tub of Queso, a couple of pounds of the mesquite grilled chicken, and a ton of the homemade tortillas that they are famous for. We headed here for some #14’s with chicken, the only thing on our minds. I am pretty sure I could eat 1,000 of these, if you haven’t ever tried it, it’s a must!
We checked into our hotel, and headed over to the Midland Community Theater to enjoy
a performance of Peter Pan. Apparently, Midland is the home of some award winning community theater! The performance was really good, the costumes were great, and the acting was also on point. It was a really nice, affordable option for a night out as a family. They had a silent wreath auction going on while we were there, the wreaths were hung on the walls, with bidding sheets next to them; I loved the small town feel that it offered! I was wishing we could bid on some of them! It seemed like they have stuff like that happening often, to benefit the community, it was wonderful to see.
Midland is full of adorable little shops, and boutiques, so we took a few hours and walked/drove around to see some of them (and do plenty of shopping!) One of the coolest places we stopped was Susie’s South Fourth Confections; a Guinness World Record holder, for the world’s largest piece of toffee, which was shaped like Texas! The mold that the toffee was made in is on display in the main location, it was giant! The candies were great, though, the service at the smaller location was much better! The ladies in there were talkative, and super, duper friendly… in the main store, no one even greeted us, and we were the for almost half an hour. So, if you aren’t on a mission to see a giant metal mold shaped like Texas, go to the smaller location.
For dinner the Midland visitor’s bureau had suggested that we eat at a restaurant called Cancun Bar and Grill, we were pretty reluctant to eat anywhere that wasn’t Rosa’s Tortilla Factory, but we decided to take our chances. We pulled up and found parking on the street right outside of the restaurant, which is right along the side of a street in downtown. The atmosphere was great, it wasn’t packed at all, and the staff was very helpful and quick to get us anything that we needed. The food was actually fantastic! We really enjoyed our meal here, and we have already recommended this place to several people that we know who visit Midland… which isn’t something we do lightly! I really recommend this place.
We spent most of our time visiting with the family, we didn’t get to do everything that we had planned, but that was ok. There really is a lot to do in this place, and next time we’ll try to do even more. The childhood home of President George W. Bush, Permian Basin Petroleum Museum & Chaparral Racecar Gallery, the planetarium, golf, galleries, and so much more! You could easily make your visit a week long vacation, and still have things to do!
Some of the upcoming and ongoing events in Midland include:
If you are out to find a fun, affordable, family vacation destination, The Tall City of Midland Texas might be the place for you! I would like to give a huge shout out to the City of Midland for their hospitality before/during/after our visit. The visitor’s bureau had a lot of information for us, and it helped us navigate the city all weekend long. If you have questions about our experience, leave them below 🙂
Disclosure: The City of Midland Visitor Bureau sponsored a portion of our trip, and we were given tickets to several events/places in order to review them and share our true thoughts and opinions with you. All of the opinions above are 100% my own and were not influenced in any way.