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As a popular music city and home to Texas Tech University, Lubbock boasts a wide variety of cloud-pleasing venues and entertainment but continues to maintain its small-town charm. Whether it’s the fireworks and parade at MacKenzie Park or a live band in the courtyard at the Cotton Court Hotel, there’s always a way to live it up in Lubbock, Texas. And the best part: most of the best places are only minutes from Portofino! This list is long but some of our favorites include:

Walk Over to Elm Park / Dog Park

This beautiful, sprawling park is literally Portofino’s neighbor! It is a short walk across the street for Portofino residents and features a large, paved walking trail, open green space, and two gated dog parks. As what we consider a bonus amenity, Elm Park gives residents a nearby resource for recreation for the whole family! Visitors can get in some extra exercise, take in the fresh air and green space, and spend some extra time outdoors with furry friends. Needless to say, Elm Park is a wonderful place to have “next door”!

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Explore Adventure Park

If you have little ones in Lubbock, Adventure Park is a must! From arcade games and wall climbing to bumper boats and go-carts, this is THE spot for family fun. Friday and Saturday nights also offer adults a little something with “Party on the Patio”, featuring live music from local artists, chips and salsa, and spirits in the courtyard. Adventure Park is only 7 minutes and a straight shot down 34th street from Portofino.

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Hit Balls at 4ORE! Golf

Offering fun and entertainment for all ages, 4ORE! Golf is one of Lubbock’s busiest spots! This two-story driving range facility offers big fun and an even bigger menu of drinks, bar foods, and snacks—try the mini donuts! With a relaxing fire-pit courtyard and numerous private hitting bays, it’s a great place for family fun or date nights. As a Portofino resident, you’ve scored a real hole-in-one with 4ORE! Golf is just a 6-minute drive down Milwaukee.

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Discover MacKenzie Park

Lubbock is known for its parks but MacKenzie Park is something special! As one of Lubbock’s largest parks, MacKenzie Park hosts many activities including a disk golf course, dog park, Prairie Dog Town, Meadowbrook Golf Course, an outdoor amphitheater, and numerous public picnic areas. It’s also home to Joyland Park, a local favorite for carnival rides, coasters, and games that are enjoyable all year round. MacKenzie Park is well worth the 15-minute drive from Portofino!

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Unwind at the Cotton Court Hotel

If you want a unique Lubbock experience, relaxation, and good eats or a night away, the Cotton Court Hotel is your place! A 15-minute drive from Portofino, this locally-inspired, boutique hotel sits in the heart of downtown Lubbock minutes away from Lubbock’s Depot District with its shops, restaurants, bars, and nightlife. The nostalgic design and atmosphere are influenced by Lubbock’s history in the cotton industry making it a refuge for modern travelers looking for a unique stay. However, the expansive enclosed courtyard, pool, and on-site eatery, Midnight Shift Restaurant & Bar, offer local visitors a unique place to unwind as well. If you live at Portofino apartments, you’ll definitely want to check out this gem!

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Splash Around at Buffalo Springs Lake

When you’re wanting water or camping fun, Lubbock’s Buffalo Springs Lake will not disappoint! A 20-minute drive will take you to Lubbock’s own little canyon oasis for swimming, boating, jet skiing, paddle boarding, and more. Daily lake passes or camp-ground rentals are available and local events add to the festivities.

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Join the Neighborhood to Live It Up!

Now you know just how fun life can be at Portofino! The beautiful floor plans, modern amenities and convenient location in Lubbock, Texas will give you a lot to love. But don’t take our word for it, schedule a tour with us today!

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