A water tower painted like a colorful hot air balloon greets visitors to York, a city of nearly 8,000 between Lincoln and Grand Island on I-80. The city of York is the largest community in York County and is home to York College.
The Clayton Museum of Ancient History is a treasure that could be at home in New York City, but instead is on the York College campus. This museum has artifacts from Mesopotamia, an exhibit on Ancient Rome including a rare helmet, tokens from the Coliseum and a replica siege machine; and a reproduction of Jerusalem’s Western Wall. The museum is kid-friendly and hands-on. Youngsters play make-believe in an ancient house and become junior archaeologists on a recreated dig. 1125 E. Eighth St. (402) 363-5748.
A big red barn and windmill welcome visitors to Wessels Living History Farm south of town, just off I-80. This 145-acre working farm showcases Nebraska’s agricultural history with a special focus on the 1920s. A tractor museum displays 20 restored machines. Open May 1-Oct. 31. Special events in December. 5520 S. Lincoln Ave. (402) 710-0682.
If you’ve ever wondered what 1 million marbles look like, and even if you haven’t, roll into Lee’s Legendary Marbles. This is one of the world’s largest collections of spherical sulphides, European swirls, onionskins and other marbles. Lee Batterton’s eclectic collection includes radioactive uranium marbles and a single sphere worth $25,000. 3120 S. Lincoln Ave. (402) 362-3320.
Yorkshire Playhouse produces five plays throughout the year. Wait Until Dark and The Musical of Musicals are among the offerings for 2018. 517 N. Lincoln Ave. (402) 362-7060.
Family Aquatic Center is a popular summertime hangout. In addition to the 50-meter, eight-lane lap pool, there are water slides, climbing walls, deck geysers and a zero-depth area with spray features. Open daily in June, July and most of August. 2222 E. 14th St. (402) 362-2613.
The York Country Club has a semi-private 18-hole golf course with a variety of public tournaments scheduled throughout the summer. 1016 W. Elm St. (402) 362-3720.
York’s Chances “R” Restaurant has a legacy of feeding travelers that predates I-80. The place began as “The Cozy Lunch” in 1932. The fried chicken is renowned, and the restaurant is open every day of the week at 124 W. Fifth St. (402) 362-7755.
Learn more about York by contacting the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau at yorkvisitors.com and (402) 362-4575.