A City Full of Life

Take a selfie with a jackrabbit!

One of the first public art projects to jump off in Odessa was the Jackrabbit Jamboree. In 2004, a large collaborative group of motivated civil servants set out to commission local artists to paint 37 beautiful and unique jackrabbits standing 6 feet tall that were then strategically placed around the city.  Twelve years later, the Jackrabbit Jamboree still offers a cultural immersion into the lives of Odessans at the time and offers a unique attraction for people who are visiting.

2nd Largest Jackribbit

Cinergy Entertainment Group

Enjoy indoor fun the way the locals do with a day at Odessa's Cinergy Entertainment Group. This popular film-and-fun complex has everything your family needs for a great day. Watch a first-run film, go bowling, shoot billiards, challenge the tweens to a game of laser tag and let the kids try their hand at the arcade games for fun and the chance to win prizes. Up for something a little more daring? Challengers go on an adventure over ropes and climbing nets, tricky bridges that sway, and beams that test balance on Cinergy's Sky Walker Ropes Course. If you'd rather solve riddles than scale heights, test your skill at evading zombies in Cinergy's Mini Escape Room. When your crew has worked up an appetite, order pizza, burgers, salads and family-size appetizer trays filled with delicious food such as barbecue pork sliders, fried pickles and pretzel dog bites.


Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center

The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center is an ASM Global managed facility, and a partnership between the communities of Midland, Odessa, and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Established to develop a national venue for the performing arts in West Texas, the facility was completed in 2011. The facility is located at 1310 N. FM 1788 in between Midland and Odessa. Buy your tickets today at

Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
Presidential Archives & Leadership Library

Presidential Archives

Test your family's presidential trivia knowledge as you discover fun facts about our country's leaders. (Did you know that the election runner-up used to be named Vice President?) Take a couple of hours to explore this trove of American history on the University of Texas of the Permian Basin campus. The kids can check out the 1970s-era portraits from Rainbo Bread's presidential trading card series and see a collection of antique dolls dressed in handmade replicas of our First Ladies' finest gowns. Next door, visit the relocated house where President George H. W. Bush's family lived in the late 1940s.

Chris Kyle Memorial Statue

Visit the emotional memorial of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle. Our limited understanding of Chris Kyle and the world of Navy SEALS is one of teamwork and humbleness. The plaza features low memorial walls of polished black granite that will double as seating spaces for those wanting to pause and contemplate.    The intention was to get the visitor to understand the actions of Chris, the SEAL community, and the overall military also reflect upon those of us at home.

Kris Kyle