Fun Travels Across the United States
Note: Nebraska is full of fun things to do and places to visit. For details, contact the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 94666, Lincoln, NE 68509-4666
Golf in Nebraska.
Nebraska’s diverse landscape is an ideal canvas for golf course designers to create their materpieces, and golfers will find challenging courses scattered across the state. From east to west, well-manicured greens and rolling fairways welcome you. With nearly 200 courses available for public play, you’re never too far from a memorable round.
Take some time to veer just a bit off the main thoroughfare and travel along one of Nebraska’s nine scenic byways. Plenty of unique attractions, outdoor activities, and breathtaking views are waiting to be discovered. As you go, be sure to stop for coffee and homemade pie at one of several local cafés.
Lewis & Clark Scenic Byway
Stretching 82 miles along U.S. Highway 75 from north Omaha to South Sioux City, this byway is a history lover’s paradise. Retrace the path of Lewis and Clark’s 1804 expedition and journey through the Winnebago and Omaha reservations. www.visitnebraska.org is now available! Request yours today and discover more than 175 pages brimming with striking photography, top attractions, outdoor activities, helpful maps, and splendidly useful information. In this year’s issue, you'll find new feature stories on arts and culture, scenic byways, nature-based excursions, frontier history, family-friendly adventures, plus more. It’s everything you need to plan the perfect Nebraska getaway. Go to web site www.visitnebraska.org to order
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State parks, scenic byways and hiking trails are all awesome ways to get back to the Great Outdoors.
Fishing tubing horseback riding and more. Here in Nebraska, fun activities are endless.
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Eugene T. Mahoney State Park
Nestled on nearly 700 acres along the picturesque Platte River, the popular winter retreat offers a restaurant, a lodge, sledding hills, and an ice-skating rink.
Homestead National Monument of America
A tribute to the Homestead Act of 1862, the historical hot spot features a state-of-the-art Heritage Center, a one-room schoolhouse, and a hiking trail through the tallgrass prairie.
DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge
In addition to spectacular wildlife viewing, discover fishing, hiking, and a remarkable display of century-old artifacts from the sunken steamboat Bertrand.
Bridgeport State Recreation Area
A welcome water retreat near historic Chimney Rock; experience picnicking, swimming, camping, and fishing.
John G. Neihardt State Historic Site
The Neihardt site is a museum, research library and education center dedicated to the life and work of John G. Neihardt, Poet Laureate of Nebraska. Visitors can even explore the study where Neihardt wrote the first volumes of A Cycle of the West and many of his earlier work.
Andrew Jackson Higgins National Memorial
View this unique war memorial and its full-size replica of a WWII Higgins boat. Columbus native Andrew Jackson Higgins created the vessel often described as “the little boat that won the war.”
Discovery Island Water Playland
Experience year-round fun at this recently opened indoor water playground. Climb aboard historic ships, plunge down two slides, shoot water canons, and laze about the lagoon.
Trailside Museum of Natural History
View the Clash of the Titans exhibit featuring two huge mammoth fossils fatally and forever joined in battle.
Fort Robinson State Park
Toadstool Geologic Park
Large sandstone slabs perch atop eroding clay pedestals, resembling mushroomlike toadstools. An interpretive walking trail puts you in the midst of the wonder.
Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Discover your wilder side amongst 45,000 acres of refuge and lakes. Hunting, fishing, and bird-watching opportunities are plentiful.
Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area
Twenty sandpit lakes beckon you to apply sunscreen and hit the water. The area is a favorite for boating, swimming, water and jet skiing, camping, and picnicking.
Scotts Bluff National Monument
The imposing landmark blocked the pathway of American Indians, fur traders, and Oregon Trail travelers. Today visitors can drive to the top, take a shuttle, or hike a variety of trails.
Holy Family Shrine
Situated atop a grassy hill overlooking the scenic Platte River Valley, the captivating glass chapel welcomes people of all faiths to relax and reflect.
Aksarben Aquarium Outdoor Education Center
Experience this aquarium with native Nebraska fish, a fish management museum and nearby geologic display, along with a picnic area and hiking trails. Open Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day, daily, 10am-4:30pm. Labor Day-Memorial Day weekend, closed Tue and holidays. Admission: $1 adults, $.50 ages 6-15, children age 5 and under free. Group tours are available and the museum is handicapped accessible.
Located at 21502 W. Highway 31 in Gretna in the Metro Region. For more information call 402-332-3901 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
Eroding tablelands of agate provide a natural stage for fossil displays and American Indian artifacts. www.visitnebraska.org Harrison
Hastings Museum of Natural and Cultural History
From prehistoric inhabitants to the early pioneers, experience life on the Plains. View several species of animals, including the world’s largest display of whooping cranes. www.visitnebraska.org
Museum of Nebraska Art
The museumhoused in an elegant old post officepresents a dozen exhibition galleries featuring paintings, photographs, and sculptures.
What to See & Do
Experience architectural splendor as a wonderland of mosaics, murals, and symbolic works recount the story of Nebraska. Daily tours are offered.
Historic Haymarket District
Check out the capital city’s downtown area and discover a popular hub of unique restaurants, brewpubs, antique malls, booksellers, nightspots, galleries, and gift shops.
International Quilt Study Center & Museum
Discover a kaleidoscope of color, craftsmanship, and history! The facility features exhibits and a virtual gallery of quilts from around
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden
Enjoy 20th-century American art. One of the most comprehensive collections on a university campus. Tue-Thu, 10am-5pm; Fri, 10am-8pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, noon-5pm. Closed major holidays. Group tours by appt. Free, donations encouraged. Open for group tours and handicapped accessible.
Located in the Metro Region at 12th & R Streets. For more information call 402-472-2461 or e-mail email@example.com.
Red Willow State Recreation Area
A top spot for water fun, the 1,600-acre lake is also popular with fishing fanatics. So grab your towel and tackle box and bring your tent or camper too.
Harold Warp Pioneer Village
Considered the largest private collection of Americana anywhere, this museum offers more than 50,000 historical itemsincluding automobiles, airplanes, toys, and more.
Minden Opera House
The Minden Opera House is known for bringing the arts to south central Nebraska. Constructed in 1891, this historical tribute to arts and culture was renovated to serve as a community center for theatrical productions, conferences, weddings and more.
What to See & Do
Arbor Day Celebration
Celebrate Arbor Day where it all beganin Nebraska City, home of founder J. Sterling Morton. Tour the family mansion and experience the Nature Explore Classroom and 50-foot Canopy Tree House on Arbor Day Farm. Enjoy live entertainment, great food, games, crafts, and plenty of family-friendly activities. Festivities take place each April on a different date..
Celebrate the area’s apple harvest by taking part in this annual weekend event ranked one of the Top Ten Fall Festivals in North America by the Society of American Travel Writers. Enjoy a parade, car show, fun run/walk, craft show, and great food! It’s fun for the entire family Held during September.
Providing nostalgic family entertainment since 1952. Only a few hundred drive-in theaters remain in the entire United States, 3 of which still operate in Nebraska. Open Apr-Labor Day. Shows begin at dusk, 7 days a week. 402-887-5584 or 402-887-5021. Located in the Lewis and Clark Region 1 mi. E. on US Hwy 275, Neligh, NE, 68756
For more information call (402) 887-5584
What to See & Do
North Platte is your destination for making family vacation memories. The year-round and summer attractions are wonderful to visit, and the special events organizers work hard to put on will help you create family memories that last a lifetime.
There's a reason Buffalo Bill decided to call North Platte home for much of his life. Come along as the new Buffalo Bill share some of his favorite North Platte destinations with you, starting with his very own ranch - the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park.
The Lincoln County Historical Museum
A man with as generous a spirit as Buffalo Bill Cody can't help but get choked up over the story of the North Platte Canteen as told at the Lincoln County Historical Museum, but give him some dynamite and let him blow up an anvil, and he really gets excited!
You can see all of the excitement for yourself at the Lincoln County Historical Museum.
Tanking? Yes, you heard that right. Tanking. Nothing beats a leisurely float down a river with your friends and family in a stock tank. As Buffalo Bill says, "pure genius!". To experience this adventure for yourselves, contact Dusty Trails Outdoor Specialists. Dusty would also be happy to arrange a trail ride for your group at the Buffalo Bill state Recreation Area.
Buffalo Bill Mountain Biking? You didn't think the fearless army scout would be afraid of the steep trails and rugged terrain to be found at Potter's Pasture just south of Maxwell, did you? Of course not! Though the chaps and boots may have been inadvisable (thank goodness he didn't wear spurs!), he attacked the tracks with enthusiasm!
Grain Bin Antique Town
As a man of taste and refinement, Buffalo Bill does a fair bit of his shopping at Grain Bin Antique Town. Shopping might not be the right word. It's really closer to exploring... or treasure hunting. After all, while there is no promise of finding the exact thing you are looking for, we guarantee you'll find something you never knew you needed.
Of course, no visit to North Platte is complete without experiencing the world's largest railyard, Union Pacific Railroad's Bailey Yard. And there's no better way to take in all of the sights and sounds than traveling to the top of the Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center. It's majestic, all right, and you will be just as awed as Buffalo Bill was!
June in North Platte
For non-stop fun, make your way to North Platte during the month of June! The activities kick off with the Miss Nebraska Pageant, Nebraska's official preliminary to Miss America, June 8 - 11.
The Lincoln County Historical Museum is also the site of the Heritage Festival June 10-11, with events and entertainment celebrating our heritage and culture.
More royalty calls North Platte home as contestants compete in the areas of horsemanship, rodeo knowledge and public speaking to win the title of Miss Rodeo Nebraska during the 62nd annual pageant June 11 - 14.
Finally, the annual NEBRASKAland DAYS celebration runs June 14-24. Miss Rodeo Nebraska is crowned during the first performance of the PRCA Buffalo Bill Rodeo on June 14, which continues its run through June 17. Cornerstone events include the Junior Rodeo (June 18), Family night (June 19), and close with the US Cellular Summer Jam Concert Series Featuring Alan Jackson and Dwight Yoakam on June 23 and Chris Stapleton on June 24. You can buy tickets online!
As you might imagine, Master Showman that he was, NEBRASKAland DAYS holds a special place in Buffalo Bill's heart. After all, he invented the sport of rodeo right here in North Platte, and the Buffalo Bill Rodeo bears his name!
Other events that fill the 10 day festival include NEBRASKAland DAYS on Parade, food events galore, art shows, MicroBrew Festival, Kids Festival, Carnival and plenty of live music and entertainment.
While you're here, you'll want to experience the water fun that Nebraska is known for. Whether it's fishing in one of the outstanding Interstate Lakes, kayaking, tubing or tanking on the Platte River or the canal system, or water sports on one of the four Lincoln County lakes - Sutherland Reservoir, Lake Maloney, Jeffrey Lake or Wellfleet Lake - you'll be able to keep your cool curing a visit to the Great Plains of Nebraska.
You'll find information about all this fun and much more by visiting website www.VisitNorthPlatte.com, or by calling 800-955-4528.
21 August, 2017 total solar eclipse
The Nebraska Sandhills were recently named the #4 spot in the nation for experiencing the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse by The website Great American Eclipse!
The skies of the great Nebraska Sandhills will be the perfect location to experience the 21 August, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. Festival viewing sites are being planned in the communities of Tryon and Stapleton, where the umbral shadow will make almost a direct hit, experiencing two minutes and 34 seconds of totality. North Platte itself is in a good position to see a lot of the eclipse (a minute and forty seconds at 12:54pm CDT). Starting at about mile marker 152 (between Paxton and Village of Sutherland), the Interstate 80 will be in the path of totality all the way to Lincoln - a distance of 251 miles.
With a 74% probability of favorable viewing conditions, combined with big, dark skies, great western culture and hospitality to experience, and easily accessible highways, the Nebraska Sandhills should be your choice in 2017.
Find out more about experience the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse in the North Platte area by visiting website 2017 Nebraska Eclipse.
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Sights Around Town
Wakeboarding at Sutherland Reservoir
Sandhill Cranes soaring past the Golden Spike Tower
North Platte Farmer's Market, June-October
Fishing in Lake Maloney
Family memories at the Golden Spike Tower
Feather River Vineyard
Splash Pad in Memorial Park
Lincoln County Historical Museum
For more information call 308-532-4729, 800-955-4528 or write to Nebraska Tourism at 101 Halligan Drive, North Platte, Nebraska 69101 or go to web site www.VisitNorthPlatte.com
20th Century Veterans’ Memorial www.visitnebraska.org
Make a stop at this one-of-a-kind U.S. military display and pay homage to the men and women who have bravely served their country.
North Platte Area Children’s Museum
Head inside for hands-on entertainment and educational fun. Explore the wonders of science, technology, art, and culture.
Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park
The home of Buffalo Bill Cody, this ranch features a three-story Victorian house, barn, and outbuildings replete with Wild West memorabilia and artifacts.
What to See & Do
Coco Key Water Resort
Take the plunge at this indoor water haven featuring waterslides, a dip-in theatre, cabanas, whirlpools and tons of activities.
Joslyn Art Museum
A world of beauty and inspiration in a magnificent art deco buildingthe awe-inspiring museum displays exquisite artwork from antiquity to the present.
River City Star Riverboat
Sit back and enjoy the sunshine as you ply the waters of the Missouri River near Omaha. Tours, meals, and charter cruises are available.
Constructed during winter in the mid-1800s as Mormon pioneers made their way west, the mill today is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Discover your wild side at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, home to some of the biggest and best exhibits, including the world’s largest indoor rain forest, the world’s largest indoor desert, and Hubbard Orangutan Forest and Gorilla Valley. Named the best zoo in America by Reader’s Digest, the zoo also features a must-see aquarium and walk-through shark tank, a butterfly pavilion, and an overhead tram.
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
3701 S. 10th St, Omaha, NE 68107
Travel the world at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo.
Visit the renovated Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium featuring the largest aquarium inside of a zoo. Walk on the bottom of the ocean and come nose to nose with sea turtles as sharks circle above. Discover rare and endangered animals as you journey through Expedition Madagascar. See Hubbard Orangutan Forest and Gorilla Valley where gorillas roam and visitors are on display. Discover the mysteries of the night in Kingdoms of the Night, the world's largest nocturnal exhibit. Immerse yourself in wildlife in America's largest indoor rainforest, the Lied Jungle and the world's largest indoor desert, the Desert Dome. Plus enjoy tigers, lions, bears, rhinos, giraffe and so much more. Rides available include a live steam train, tram, carousel and aerial tram. Please visit OmahaZoo.com for hours and admission details.
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Coco Key Water Resort
A great place to take the plunge, this indoor water haven features waterslides, a dip-in theatre, cabanas, whirlpools, and tons of activities.
Durham Western Heritage Museum
Uncover the history of Omaha via high-tech and hands-on exhibits that retell the city’s story as it grew from cow town to boomtown. Omaha www.visitnebraska.org
Strategic Air & Space Museum
Check out 3,000 square feet of planes, missiles, and artifacts from
the Cold War and WWII eras. A great stop for hands-on fun.
What to See & Do
SchillingBridge Winery & Microbrewery
This unique winery/microbrewery combination offers 14 wines (including one international award winner) and five microbrews.
Pawnee County Old McDonald Roads Tour
Take a weekend and lose yourself in the unique history and natural wonders of Pawnee County. This two-day getaway is a great opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in the small-town charm and wide-open spaces of southeastern Nebraska.
This package includes:
• One night’s stay and full breakfast at My Blue Heaven Bed & Breakfast or Convent House Bed & Breakfast
• Vouchers for 2 farm tours
• Vouchers for 3 museums
• $50 in Pawnee City Bucks for meals
Start the day out with a guided tour of sustainable farms in the area. The tours are your chance to learn more about crop production and the art of raising chickens, cattle, and even bison. If you’re looking for an afternoon snack, try some locally produced bison jerky. And you’ll want to bring the camera for this outdoor adventure because the wildlife is abundant.
After enjoying a delicious meal at one of our local restaurants, you can settle in for the night at My Blue Heaven Bed & Breakfast. This 1920s home is a cozy retreat complete with antique furnishings and handmade quilts.
In the morning, a complete breakfast awaits as you prepare for a day of historic buildings, pedal cars, and silent cinema. Tour the Pawnee City Historical Society Museum, home to 19 buildings filled with pioneer memorabilia, an experimental tailwind airplane, an extensive salt and pepper shaker collection, and 800 different types of barbwire. More than 400 pedal toys will take you back to yesteryear at The Pedal Clinic. And take some time to learn more about Harold Lloyd, 1920s silent movie star, at his childhood home.
In addition to the historical places and outdoor spaces, Pawnee City also offers excellent shopping including Heavenly Treasures quilt shop, Memory Magic Scrapbook Store, Home Comforts, Creative Thoughts gift shop, and so much more.
The cost for this two-day package is $150 for two adults. For one child under 12, the cost is an additional $88. For two children under 12, the cost is an additional $119. For reservations and more information, please contact Yvonne Dalluge at 402-852-3131 or at firstname.lastname@example.org . One week advanced notice is necessary.
Junto Vineyard & Winery
Inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s club in 1700’s Philadelphia, the Junto is a vineyard and winery located between Seward and Lincoln. The rolling Garland Hills offer great views and provide the opportunity to craft excellent wine.
Thedford Art Gallery
Experience the history and culture behind the town of Thedford through featured original bronzes, pottery, paintings and photography from local artists at the Thedford Art Gallery.
Smith Falls State Park
Reconnect with nature at Nebraska’s newest state park. The area offers spectacular views of the state’s highest waterfall and the Niobrara National Scenic River.
Enjoy a colorful display of American Indian crafts and artwork. Three large studios house pottery, painting and drawing, and quilting and beading workshops and exhibits.