Lincoln is Nebraska’s capital and the state’s second-largest city with a population of more than 270,000. With the Historic Haymarket entertainment and shopping district as the beating heart of its downtown, and manicured neighborhoods throughout the city, Lincoln retains a small-town feel. The community is nuts about its hometown University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cornhuskers football team. UNL plays a prominent role in other aspects of Lincoln life through its museums and cultural attractions. The region has captured the gaze of travelers since settlers in wagons arrived here in the 1850s. Interstate 80 flows through north Lincoln. The community remains a shining and welcoming point of pride rising up from the Nebraska prairie yet today.

To learn more about visiting Lincoln, contact the Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau at lincoln.org and (800) 423-8212.

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  • Great Plains Art Museum

    The Great Plains Art Museum is located inside the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Center for Great Plains Studies. Their permanent collection includes paintings, bronze sculptures, drawings and photographs that capture ...

  • Lied Center for Performing Arts

    The Lied Center for Performing Arts provides a 2,000-plus-seat venue for dance troupes, musicians, comedians and theatrical productions in Lincoln. Mannheim Steamroller, the Canadian Brass, violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman ...

  • Billy’s Restaurant

    Billy's Restaurant has been around for more than 30 of its building's 130 years. The longtime Lincoln restaurant is in the 1887 Noble-Dawes house. Noted chef Nader Farahbod's seafood, lamb, duck, steak ...

  • Thomas P. Kennard State Historic Site

    This former home of Nebraska's first secretary of state, Thomas P. Kennard, is considered the first major structure built after Lincoln was named the state's capital. Built in 1869, the ...

  • Lincoln Children’s Museum

    More than 23,000 square feet of interactive exhibits and educational adventures await young learners at the Lincoln Children’s Museum. Prairie Dog Tunnels are favorites for active subterranean fun. The ...

  • Pinnacle Bank Arena

    The Pinnacle Bank Arena is a spectacular piece of modern architecture that can seat more than 15,000 enthusiastic sports fans or live entertainment aficionados in Lincoln. The West Haymarket facility ...

  • International Quilt Study Center & Museum

    The International Quilt Study Center & Museum welcomes guests with a reception hall shaped like a needle’s eye in Lincoln. This facility on the East Campus of the ...

  • Sheldon Museum of Art

    The Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln houses nearly 13,000 pieces of art inside a modernist building that is itself a work of art. The collection includes 19th-century landscapes, American ...

  • Pioneers Park Nature Center

    Pioneers Park Nature Center is a wildlife sanctuary within minutes of downtown Lincoln. The Nebraska State Capitol building is clearly visible to the east. Eight miles of hiking trails ...

  • Sunken Gardens

    Lincoln’s Sunken Gardens bloom with more than 30,000 annuals planted to represent a different theme each year. Its walking trail and multiple gardens offers 1.5 acres of lush solitude that ...

  • University of Nebraska State Museum

    The Nebraska State Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is known as Morrill Hall to locals, but the thousands of school children who visit each year call it Elephant ...

  • Historic Haymarket

    The Historic Haymarket district teems with unique shops, art galleries, fine food and trendy bars in downtown Lincoln. An online walking tour is available to guide visitors through the ...

  • Lazlo’s Brewery and Grill

    Lazlo's Brewery and Grill satisfies thirsty and hungry Haymarket adventurers. The restaurant's steaks are aged for 21 days. This is also the home of the Empyrean Brewery, whose Luna Sea ...

  • Lincoln Children’s Zoo

    The Lincoln Children’s Zoo features more than 350 animals, including some endangered species seen nowhere else in Nebraska. Interactive exhibits make visits feel like an adventure. Buy tickets to ...

  • Haymarket Farmer’s Market

    From early May through mid-October, Lincoln returns to its agricultural roots with vendors selling everything from watermelons and other produce, to baked goods and jewelry. Saturday sales begin at 8 ...

  • Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film

    The Johnny Carson School of Theatre hosts theatrical productions ranging from comedies to classic Shakespeare plays on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Johnny Carson studied radio and ...

  • Nebraska History Museum

    The Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln preserves the history of our state's storied past. The museum's collections include archaeological artifacts, historical photographs, videos, books and numerous other items that ...

  • Mueller Planetarium

    The Nebraska State Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Morrill Hall is home to the Mueller Planetarium. Guests can sit back and enjoy full-motion star shows that illuminate the ...

  • Nebraska State Capitol

    The Nebraska State Capitol, built from 1922-1932, was the first statehouse to completely deviate from the prototype set by the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Designed by ...

  • National Museum of Roller Skating

    The National Museum of Roller Skating in Lincoln is home to the world’s largest collection of roller skates and related items, but not a roller rink. If you’...

  • Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center

    More than 220 bird species have been spotted at the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center south of Lincoln near the town of Denton. Hiking trails, birdsong, rippling prairie grasses and ...

  • Memorial Stadium

    Memorial Stadium, the home of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cornhusker football team, qualifies as the state’s third-largest city on Game Day. Built in 1923 and named in honor of ...

  • Star City Shores Aquatic Center

    Star City Shores Aquatic Center boasts the biggest swimming pool in Lincoln. Try your hand at water basketball, swim laps or splash around in the shallows. Water slides and ...

  • Lester F. Larsen Tractor Test & Power Museum

    The Lester F. Larsen Tractor Test & Power Museum is located on the East Campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The museum preserves and displays advances in agriculture from ...

  • Museum of American Speed

    The Museum of American Speed in Lincoln was founded in 1992 by “Speedy” Bill and Joyce Smith. The museum contains thousands of items chronicling the history of the automotive and ...

  • American Historical Society of Germans from Russia Museum

    The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia Museum in Lincoln showcases the mass migration of more than 100,000 German Russians to the United States and Canada beginning in the 1870...

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