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Things to Do in Nebraska

Explore Nebraska’s historic routes – Pony Express, Lewis & Clark, and the Mormon and Oregon trails. Discover things to do - fossil beds and the Niobrara River – canoe, kayak, fish, tube and waterfalls. At Lincoln, the capital, take in the Great Plains Art Museum and Historic Haymarket. Omaha is home to attractions – a zoo, General Crook House. Gerald R. Ford Birth Site, Hot Shops Art Center, gardens, Union Pacific trains and Boys and Girls Town, plus nearby Chimney Rock and the Strategic Air and Space Museum. Other historic sites include: Scott’s Bluff, Willa Cather, Neligh Mill, Senator George Norris, John Neihardt and forts Atkinson and Robinson. Stay in hotels, inns and B&Bs. Restaurants showcase Omaha’s famous steaks.
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Fort Robinson Museum

3200 US Highway 20
Crawford, Nebraska
308-665-2919
Located at Fort Robinson State Park, the museum is housed in the 1905 headquarters building and covers the time period from the 1870s, when it guarded the Red Cloud Agency, a precursor to an Indian reservation, and an active site during the Sioux Indian War and with Crazy Horse, to the time Buffalo soldiers were based here to a prison for Germans captured during World War II.

Other historic structures from the early 1900s remain including a blacksmith shop, guardhouse, officer’s quarters...
Hours & Admission
Late May to early September, Monday to Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. early September to late May, Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Open summer holidays; closed major holidays.
Photo Courtesy: Nebraska State Historical Society

Eugene Leahy Pedestrian Mall

1302 Farnam on the Mall
Omaha, Nebraska
402-444-6362
During the 1970s, two anchors in downtown revitalization effort where the mall, to the north, and the Old Market District to the south.

Looking to further connect this area to the convention center, the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters and Visitor Center on the Missouri River, both to the north, and the Holland Performing Arts Center in between, efforts were made to further increase access via tree-lined sidewalks and bridges, to add more amenities, such as a...
Hours & Admission
Daily 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Free.

Heartland of America Park and Fountain

Eighth Street and Douglas Street
Omaha, Nebraska
402-444-6362
Overlooking the Missouri River, the 30-acre Heartland of America Park contains a 15-acre lake with seasonal boat rides, paths and trails, historic monuments related to Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery, and picnic areas.

The focal point of the park is a fountain that shoots 300-feet into the air. After dark a light show dances with the water. Its northern edge connects to the Eugene Leahy Pedestrian Mall to its west side.
Hours & Admission
Park: November to mid-April, daily dawn to dusk, mid-April to October, daily dawn to 12:00 midnight.

Fountain: mid-April to October, Monday to Friday 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight. Free.

Kenefick Park

100 Bancroft Street
Omaha, Nebraska
402-346-4002
The last spike of the coast-to-coast railroad tracks was driven into the ground in 1869. With that, a difficult months-long wagon trek was reduced to a few days of modestly comfortable travel. Across Nebraska, passengers on the Union Pacific railroad could gaze from their windows at the ruts and relics of the wagon trails. The rails linked the populous East to the lightly settled West. Thousands rode the trains to homesteads on the plains, pushing the frontier toward the western horizon....
Hours & Admission
Mid-September to mid-May, daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., mid-May to mid-September, Monday and Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.

Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha's Botanical Center

100 Bancroft Street
Omaha, Nebraska
402-346-4002
Lauritzen Gardens is an urban oasis of beauty and tranquility where rare foliage and works or art are woven amid the landscape.

This 100-acre botanical garden, comprised of more than a dozen outdoor garden areas, is a living museum of unique four-season plant displays. The garden strives to demonstrate the highest standards of environmental stewardship.

A model...
Hours & Admission
Mid-September to mid-May, daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., mid-May to mid-September, Monday and Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.
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