Looking for great views and things to do during the Thanksgiving holiday? Odessa has plenty to offer. Whether you are looking for music, culture, or surprisingly unique things to do, Odessa welcomes you to an experience you won't forget. While you’re in town, make sure to check out the following attractions.

Chris Kyle Memorial Plaza

Chris Kyle memorial in Odessa TX cvb

Built in honor of the Navy Seal known for “American Sniper,” this memorial stands 15 feet on a 48,000-pound limestone base. The plaza also boasts trees planted from President George W. Bush’s Crawford Ranch. More information

Odessa Meteor Crater

he result of several meteors colliding with the earth thousands of years ago, the Odessa Meteor Crater is one of the largest in the country at approximately 550 feet in diameter. Don’t forget to stop by the Thomas Rodman Museum and Visitor Center to find out more about this National Natural Landmark. More information

Ellen Noël Art Museum

Ellen Noel

he Ellen Noël Art Museum is the Permian Basin’s leading fine arts attraction, complete with galleries, an Art Haus self-directed family space and a sensory garden. It’s also one of the few Smithsonian affiliate museums in Texas. You can stop by to view its current exhibition, Ground Zero 360. The exhibition Ground Zero 360, was created by Nicola McClean and contains a stunning collection of images were made public for the first time in 2011. Through harrowing visuals, heartbreaking “missing posters” and a unique panoramic installation, Ground Zero 360is astep into the past to what eight million New Yorkers were feeling in the days that followed the attacks. Also included in the exhibition are 12 paintings by Irish artist Jim Fitpatrick, fragments of steel and granite from the World Trade Center and personal artifacts lent by families of the police officers and firefighters who lost their lives that day. More information

Stonehenge Replica

Stonehenge

Located on UTPB’s campus, this masterpiece pays homage to the ancient Stonehenge in southwestern England and draws visitors from near and far to this portion of Texas. More information

 

The Presidential Museum & Leadership Library

 Presidential Archives

For a true patriotic experience, guests can visit the Bush Home, which has been restored to feature Christmas morning in 1948, when the Bush family lived in Odessa. To further pay homage to the White House, the Presidential Archives and Leadership Library was created by Odessa residents in memory of President John F. Kennedy. It features exhibits, campaign memorabilia, photos, magazines, books and more related to the history of the office of the president. More information