Founded as the midway point between Fort Worth and El Paso along the Texas and Pacific Railroad, Midland is a lively city that’s flourished with the discovery of oil. It’s home to museums celebrating the city’s industrial heritage and the life of George W. Bush, as well as the world’s largest collection of airplane nose art.
Things to do in Midland
Learn about Midland’s oil industry at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, where interactive exhibits explore 230 million years of history. Wander through the replica 1930s settlement of Boom Town and test your luck drilling for oil in the Risk and Reward exhibit.
See where the 43rd President of the United States grew up at the George W. Bush Childhood Home, which has been beautifully restored to its 1950s appearance. Hear anecdotes about the Bush family on a guided tour while perusing original belongings and vintage artefacts in the period-furnished rooms.
Aviation enthusiasts should visit the American Airpower Heritage Museum, which boasts the world’s large airplane nose art collection. It’s also home to B-25s and the only flying B-29 left in the world, as well as World War II aviation artefacts and oral histories collected from almost 5,000 veterans.
Golfers can tee off on the fairways of Hogan Park’s two 18-hole courses, with a nearby children’s playground and walking trails for non-golfing family members. Enjoy the traditional Quail course that’s lined with Bermuda grass trees or experience the links-style layout of the Roadrunner, then grab an after-game drink at the on-site restaurant.
Getting around Midland
Midland International Airport is a 15-minute drive from the city centre and long-distance buses make the five-hour drive east to Dallas. Buses also travel throughout Midland and access most of the city’s attractions.