Whether you are looking for wide-open spaces or big cities, rodeos or musical theater, Nebraska offers a broad array of activities across the state.
You can witness the beauty and splendor of Nebraska by visiting one of the more than dozen national and state parks. Hiking, white water rafting, fishing, and other outdoor adventures await visitors, who can walk where prehistoric animals once roamed and early settlers passed on their great migration to the West. The history of the state is not only preserved in these parks, but among the 20 National Historic Landmarks, paying homage to its Native heritage, early statesmen, explorers, and Nebraska’s beloved Father Flanagan, founder of Boys Town.
For more “refined” endeavors, you’ll find a thriving cultural scene, from big-name concerts and musical theater to the symphony and ballet. Art museums dot the landscape and feature such renowned artists as Rembrandt and Albrecht Durer, as well as more contemporary talent. Historic cultural attractions provide visitors with a glimpse into the past, from ancient Mesopotamia to Ancient Rome to the state’s more humble beginnings.
Families have a wide variety of venues and activities to occupy their time. Traditional fare like zoos and aquariums are available along with four children’s museums. There are also museums dedicated to railroads, aerospace, the Pony Express, and Buffalo Bill Cody, all perfect for adults as well. A dozen water parks will keep you cool in the warmer months, as will outdoor recreational activities, which abound across the state.
The big outdoors offers plenty of opportunity in Nebraska. Hike one of the more than 80 trails, get your feet wet at one of the many rivers or lakes, or witness the largest bird migration in the world. If swinging a club is more to your liking, there are over 200 golf courses to challenge your swing (including several sand greens and two with synthetic turf!).
When you’re done golfing, there’s still plenty of daylight left to enjoy another sport. Nebraska is home to two indoor football league teams and two minor league baseball teams, as well as three semi-pro ice hockey teams. But it’s the collegiate sports that get the most attention (and attendance). With over 200 collegiate sports teams, Nebraska stands proud behind each and every one, and teams often play to a packed house.
Also packed are the more than 40 rodeos hosted in Nebraska each year. Cattle is big business in this state and its cowboys show off their skills roping cows, sitting astride bucking bulls, and wrestling steer. And should you want to experience some of that yourself, take the opportunity to visit a working ranch and vacation as a cowhand. You’ll get a real taste of Nebraska, see those wide-open spaces, and have some fun along the way.
And don’t forget to visit one of Nebraska’s 20 wineries or 39 (and counting) craft breweries. Both libations will go well with that homegrown beef at one of our fine restaurants!
So what are you waiting for?