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Nebraska Gardens – Nebraska is a midwestern U.S. state encompassing the prairies of the Great Plains, the towering dunes of the Sandhills and the panhandle’s dramatic rock formations. Lincoln, the capital, and a vibrant university town is distinguished by its soaring state capitol building.
Lauritzen Gardens/Kenefick Park: One of the nicest and most peaceful places you can go to. They have so many varieties of flowers and trees. Their greenhouse has beautiful tropical flowers and trees as well as decorations such as dragons and snakes. Also, they have events going on during holidays which are super fun with the family. This 100-acre botanical garden offers exhibits that change with the seasons, plus a cafe and gift shop. offerings of art and music, and miniature trains. The Kenefick Park is located next to the Lauritzen Gardens and features “two of the greatest locomotives ever to power Union Pacific Railroad: #6900, the first of the class, and Union Pacific Big Boy #4023. You will find these Gardens and the park in downtown Omaha.
Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Display Gardens: Over the last 39 years of work, Nebraska has come to understand that landscapes can have a dramatic impact on quality of life—they renew our environment, improve our health, increase social interactions, deepen our sense of place and provide opportunities for learning. Landscapes open possibilities for on-the-ground transformation and purposeful beauty. In working with landscapes, you’ll see repeatedly that ultimately it is peoples’ lives that are changed… neighborly connections are formed, vibrant business districts develop, and you’ll learn about broader environmental challenges and how the landscape can be a positive solution. From water to biodiversity to pollinators, there are ways to grow more beneficial places for ourselves, following generations and all the creatures we live alongside. You will find numerous Gardens in Nebraska, not just in one area. Let’s look at what Nebraska has to offer in these state-wide gardens.
Maxwell Arboretum: This is a great place to walk about. Most trees and plants are labeled so you know what you are looking at. A great seasonal show of flowers. As one of the best places in the city, dedicated as the second site of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, Maxwell Arboretum’s trees and shrubs provide the greatest diversity of plant species on the campuses. Specialized collections of trees, shrubs, vines and perennial plants, sunny open prairie, and trial sites for new cultivars all can be found in this exceptional area of the Botanical Garden and Arboretum. The Karl Loerch gazebo is an attractive entrance to the Arboretum and offers shady seating for visitors. From the gazebo, paths branch off through the Arboretum where secluded benches and picnic tables offer space for studying, lunching or quiet contemplation. The various plants make for flowering beauty from March through October. This Arboretum is found in Lincoln.
Lauritzen Gardens: With both indoor and outdoor displays, there is always something to see at Omaha’s botanical garden. The grounds hold several different garden zones, each of which features a unique collection of plants. Take a stroll in this garden while in Omaha.
Memorial Park Gardens: The gardens at Omaha’s Memorial Park include annual and perennial flower beds, but the shining star is the All-American Rose Society Garden. If you love roses, this is the garden for you to visit in Omaha.
D.A. Murphy Panhandle Arboretum: This 40-acre site is located at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center and is affiliated with the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. The arboretum is divided into distinct zones where visitors can enjoy a diverse collection of high plains plants. You will find this garden in Scottsbluff.
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Nebraska State Parks:
Nebraska State Parks – Nebraska is a midwestern U.S. state encompassing the prairies of the Great Plains, the towering dunes of the Sandhills and the panhandle’s dramatic rock formations. Lincoln, the capital and a vibrant university town, is distinguished by its soaring state capitol. Nebraska has nine State Parks and 11 State Wildlife Management Areas.
Bowring Ranch State Historical Park: A visit to this ranch is highly recommended. It is in a beautiful setting, well off the road, and nestled in the hills. It is open between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and other times for special events so make sure you check with TravelKatz for open dates. It is interesting to read about ranching in Nebraska and the history of the Sandhills. Both native Nebraskans and visitors enjoy this park. This is more of an historical tour of the life of Arthur and Eva Bowring., an interesting step back into time with an old sod house from by gone times. You will find the staff highly informative and friendly. Found in Merriman.
Sutherland Reservoir State Recreation Area: On the south shore of the lake is the Oregon Trail Golf Course and campground. There are electrical and water hookups, plus a dump station. Enjoy golfing on the beautiful 9-hole golf course. On the southeast shore of the lake, which locals call Hershey Beach is a boat dock and primitive camping with a beautiful sand beach. On the west side of the lake at the inlet, there is primitive camping and a boat dock, plus a fish cleaning station. You need a park permit for all areas. The lake itself is 3,000 acres, so it is perfect for water sports and fishing. Found in Sutherland.
Stolley Park: This is a beautiful park with a choice of activities for young and old. There are also walking paths and different flower gardens and a large playground called Kids Kingdom. There is plenty of shade, a kiddy pool, frisbee golf, soccer fields, several picnic shelters and 2 more playground areas. It is a great place for a large family reunion or just a sunny day out with the kids. Found on Grand Island.
Ponca State Park: There is a paved walkway that is a short distance from the learning center that overlooks the river below. The learning center has several hands-on displays that would be fun for kids if they are looking for indoor activities. They have a nice gift shop and clean restrooms. They also have plenty of outdoor activities available for children and adults. There is hiking, biking trails are good. This is a great park to let the kids be kids and enjoy being outside! Cabins are super nice and very affordable but be sure to bring any food you need because the town of Ponca does not have much as far as restaurants or stores. Overall, it is a wonderful time at a lovely park in Ponca.
Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park: This ranch is exceptional. Walking through the mansion of “Buffalo Bill” is a great piece of American wild west history. The mansion itself is decorated with many items from the life and times of Buffalo Bill Cody. The barn includes many nice coaches and carriages as well. The staff is very courteous and informative. The home is one you could live in today. Find this Historic Park in North Platte.
Fort Robinson State Park: This is an excellent state park with plenty of Western history, especially of the US cavalry and the native American tribes of the region. Markers note the location of the original fort and many buildings of the later installation remain, some being used as museums or cabins. There are some good trails on the edge of the park; you can hike up the ridges to the north for great views of the fort. It’s in the middle of nowhere but a great stop to seek out. Fort Robinson has just about everything to offer; lodging, a good restaurant and activities all topped off with a good helping of western hospitality. The Post Playhouse during the summer is a great summer month addition. Found in Crawford.
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Nebraska Museums: This midwestern U.S. state encompassing the prairies of the Great Plains, the towering dunes of the Sandhills and the panhandle’s dramatic rock formations. Lincoln, the capital and a vibrant university town, is distinguished by its soaring state capitol.
Museum of American Speed: As a gear head; this experience is unlike anything. You will never see such a diverse and detailed collection of hot rod heritage in one place, it has it all. Everywhere you look it is full of unique one-of-one items of automotive history from Indy to the Salt flats, the drag strip, the dirt track, the asphalt oval, SCCA, the street and the track. It is all there. Words simply cannot describe this place. There will be something here that you love and will remember. There are large displays of pedal cars, toy cars and even lunchboxes. You just have to see it to believe it when you visit Lincoln.
Museum of the Fur Trade: This museum is not impressive on the outside, but do not be fooled. Stop here for a visit. You will be entranced. The displays are excellent, well-curated, informative, engaging and vast. Entrance fee is so cheap as to be inconsequential in the big picture. You can easily spend 2 or 3 hours here. Be sure to stop and visit as it will make for a memorable day when you arrive in Chadron.
Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum: This museum is home to one of the largest collections of Cold War aircraft and artifacts in the U.S. The Museum preserves and displays historic aircraft, missiles, and space vehicles. It is a 300,000-square-foot facility that features a glass atrium, two aircraft display hangars, a traveling exhibit area, a children’s interactive gallery, a 200-seat theater, a museum store, an aircraft restoration gallery, and a cafe. The glass atrium is constructed of 525 glass panels that encase a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. The Museum’s Education Department is committed to fueling the curiosity of children across the Midwest and to educating them in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Regular STEM sessions, workshops and camp programs are available at this museum in Ashland.
Pioneer Village: One of Nebraska’s leading museum attractions, the Harold Warp Pioneer Village is a short 10-minute drive south of I-80. The Pioneer Village is often described as the “Smithsonian of the Plains”. Visitors from around the world use “Fantastic” “A wonderful American Treasure” “Amazing” and “Remarkable” to describe the 50,000 items in 26 buildings within the 20-acre museum. Exhibits are arranged in chronological order of development to vividly portray how America grew from the open hearth and grease lamps to supersonic speed and cell phones. You will find wagons, buggies, guns, trains, 350 antique automobiles, 100 tractors, 20 historic aircraft, clothing, glass and china, Historic Buildings and more. A great family destination which includes a motel and campground. Located in Minden.
The Durham Museum: Beautiful architecture blends with memories of a time gone by at the historic Durham Museum. Opened in 1931, Union Station was built by Union Pacific Railroad as the showpiece to the city of its headquarters. Considered one of Omaha’s most unique treasures, and now an official National Historic Landmark, the station is one of the best examples of art deco architecture in the country. The museum offers unique, hands-on learning for people of all ages. Enjoy an extraordinary array of permanent exhibits including restored train cars, 1940’s storefronts, HO Model trains, numerous artifacts showing the history of the region and the Byron Reed collection, which includes some of the world’s rarest coins and documents. During your stay be sure to stop by the authentic soda fountain and enjoy a phosphate or malt. Located in Omaha.
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Nebraska festivals are the typical mid-western type with all the arts and crafts, food vendors, music and children’s fun, but there are a few that you won’t want to miss. TravelKatz will happily help you plan you next visit to Nebraska.
Nebraska Asian Festival: Join others on the riverfront for a family-oriented event to celebrate, promote and educate the Asian heritage. Enjoy delicious food found here and in the orient, fun activities and cultural performances throughout the entire day; usually on the last Saturday in July. Lewis & Clark Landing, Omaha.
LES’ Sustainable Living Festival: The (Lincoln Electric System) signature summer event is back! Our annual LES Sustainable Living Festival brings us together with community partners in downtown Lincoln to deliver a hands-on, family-friendly event. From local experts, you and your family will discover easy ways to take care of our environment and live more sustainably. Step inside and see LES’ new educational, interactive tiny house. Get up close and personal with some electric vehicles, including the Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf and Tesla. Cycle through the latest and greatest in Lincoln’s bike system, including BikeLNK, the city’s bike-share program. Design and build your own wind turbines out of everyday materials. Take a test ride on some electronic, pedal-assisted e-bikes. Peek inside a honeybee hive and see what the local pollinator buzz is all about with the UNL Bee Lab. Understand the science behind composting, from organic home waste to worms. Explore the diverse ecosystem of fallen and rotting logs. Find out how LES uses renewable energy, like solar and wind, to power Lincoln. Learn about the sustainability efforts of one of the community’s biggest recyclers, Lincoln City Libraries. Jul 27, 9 AM – 12 PM
Nationals and Old West Balloon Fest: The national competition is an annual, week-long event where the nation’s top balloon competitors contend for an opportunity to represent the U.S. in the World Hot Air Balloon Championship. Over 30 hot air balloons from 12 different states from as far away as Kentucky, will fill the Western Nebraska skies on Aug 11 at the Mitchell Airfield, in Mitchell.
11 th Annual Maha Fest 2019: This Festival takes place over four days from Wednesday to Saturday in Omaha. Maha brings people together by curating and producing cultural experiences that positively impact Omaha’s economic vitality. Aug 14 – Aug 17, In the Elmwood Park, Omaha.
Riverfest Sponsorships: Bellevue’s regional RiverFest annual festival draws more than 30,000 people to Bellevue. If you love good food, good times, great music and a great setting then RiverFest is the place for you to promote your business and support Bellevue’s largest community festival. Aug 16 – Aug 17, Bellevue
Nebraska City’s 51st Annual AppleJack Festival: This historic festival annually draws between 60,000 and 80,000 people to Nebraska City to celebrate the kickoff of the apple harvest. Apple pie, apple cider, apple cider donuts, candy apples, caramel apples, apple fritters, apple salad, pretty much anything you can imagine made from apples are available at this festival. With over 6 craft fairs, a parade, a classic car show, live music, and a 3-day carnival, it’s no wonder the AppleJack Festival has been named as one of the top 10 Fall Harvest Festivals in America by the USA Today! Join us on Sep 20 – Sep 22 in Nebraska City.
Omaha Holiday Expo: Come spend this Holiday Season with your family & friends shopping local Omaha exhibitors! Featuring Holiday decor, arts & crafts, endless shopping, a beauty bar, delicious food, thousands of free prizes & of course, Santa Pictures! Doors open at 10 AM! Free Expo Tote Bags to the first 150 people in the door! Follow the Event on Facebook for NEW features and added information! General Admission is only $1 and free parking! Wishing you & your family a Happy Holiday Season! Baxter Arena Sat, Nov 16 in Omaha.
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Omaha is Large!…and Home to the world’s largest indoor desert under the world’s largest geodesic dome above the world’s largest nocturnal exhibit next to one of the world’s largest indoor rainforests.
Henry Doorly Zoo: This world-class zoo is famous for its involvement with breeding endangered species from around the world. Need a place for the young kids to burn off some steam, the new explorer area on the West-Northwest area of the zoo, is a great place. Nearby, if it’s hot, the kids can cool off in the water exhibit. Let’s not forget the recently opened Elephant outdoor area on the South side of the zoo. There is also the new outdoor Lion area up on hill in the Northeast area of the zoo. And, they are not done; a new North zoo area exhibit is currently under construction. Back in the early 80’s, the Omaha zoo had one of the best cat exhibits to be found anywhere. What has made this a great zoo is that “good” has never been good enough. They have kept the zoo new by making sure it has kept changing and growing, to keep providing something new for all who visit the zoo in an ongoing basis. If you are short on time, make a point to at least see the desert dome, the jungle area, and the aquarium.
The Durham Museum: This museum is the former Omaha Union Station. Beautiful Art Deco architecture, with a real soda fountain, and bronze life size figures of life in the 30s & 40s. There are interesting displays and rooms that depict Omaha’s history. Start with a tour of the main hall area before venturing to the lower portion. Listen to the statues tell their stories. What lies beneath is massive information of a varied study of the Omaha area. Indians, settlers, and most importantly the railroad influences. It is more than a single afternoons entertainment. Then downstairs you can walk through old Pullman cars and a trolley. One person told us: “We headed for American Adventure 1607 – it is so much fun! You get randomly assigned a one member of the Virginia settlers, and go through a maze, making decisions along the way. I was a captain and my daughter a worker. We were doing well until I drew the card that my food store was raided by raccoons, and she drank bad water…our health levels dropped, and we ‘died’. You learn so much along the way! Highly recommended”; you will also want to explore the exhibit on “Fighting for the Right to Fight.” A great way to end your visit is by going upstairs to the soda fountain where you’ll find THE best shake you’ve ever had!
Lauritzen Gardens Omaha’s Botanical Center: Some amazing tropical plants and trees to be seen nowhere else – like the Bismarck Palm and the Lobster Palm. The gardens in the summer are restful and peaceful. There are many different garden favorites are in the rose garden. After strolling through the gardens, you’ll want to go across the street to Kenefick Park.
Kenefick Park: In this park you will see the Union Pacific Railroad monument to a former CEO of the company and a view of the Missouri River between two giant locomotives – one an old “Big Boy” steam engine, the other the largest diesel ever used. It is a hike up a long staircase but the Old Market area is a perfect fit the young and old and in between. Several food choices, wine, cigars, beer, great shopping, horse-drawn carriage rides or on a nice night – for a couple to walk around after and baseball or basketball game. Safe and fun to walk the cobbled streets. You’ll love the outdoor seating which most restaurants in the Old Market offer!
Joslyn Art Museum: The building is beautiful and a work of art itself! The courtyard in the main lobby is tranquil and relaxing with a large tiled fountain. The floor plan of the building is easy to follow. The art pieces they’ve acquired are diverse and well-chosen. It has a good collection of European renaissance art, mostly Italian and Spanish artists; a section devoted to American artists which is good; and Remington sculptures in this section. There is a sculpture garden outside featuring a small collection of Greek pottery. It also has small Native American and Asian collections on the second floor. The featured highlights are two Monet’s, one Renoir, one Rembrandt, one Cassatt, and a portrait of Napoleon.
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Nebraska State Capital: Lincoln
Originally called Lancaster, the city was renamed Lincoln after Abraham Lincoln in 1867. The name Capital City was also considered, but discarded—presumably for being just a bit too on the nose.
Nebraska State Capitol: The Nebraska state capitol building is a gorgeous old building with great photo ops for any occasion or just to wander and enjoy the beauty. The panoramic views of Lincoln are nice. Just a note: they do close the outside observation area at the top in inclement weather so check before you go it that’s what you want to see. Lots of art, neat architecture, and historical information. Admission is free and they do tours. Make sure you take the elevator all the way to the top. Great views of the city.
Sunken Gardens: Lots of people recommend this place, especially early in the morning and on summer evenings. A great combination of annuals, perennials and hardscaping. It’s so cute to watch the little ones peer into the koi ponds and squeal when a big fish darts from under a lily pad. All ages and type enjoy this place, the old gentleman who strolls at a leisurely pace, with his hands clasped behind his back is often there. Parking is limited and it can get crowded at mid-day, so plan accordingly. They often have printed lists of plants if you’re interested in using some at home. Such a beautiful display of flowers and green plants it looks like fireworks on the ground. There is a beautiful Rose Garden just across the street you won’t want to miss. Both are located near the Lincoln Zoo so why not make a Day of it!
Lincoln Children’s Zoo: Located in the heart of Lincoln this is a true treasure! Perfect for small children or anyone who wants an up close and personal look at the animals. The kids can feed animals and are given the opportunity to pet some of the animals. It didn’t seem overwhelming at all ~ just perfect.
The train ride around the zoo is the great way to either start your day or end the day at the zoo. Camels, red pandas, pony rides, penguins, tamarins and marmosets… This zoo is fun to visit.
National Museum of Roller Skating: This museum is small, but very interesting. No charge. It has the largest artifacts of roller skates in the nation! Surprise!! To think about the old skates with keys, inline skates, hockey skates, etc., It is wonderful someone is being attentive to the history. Interesting fact – the US National Championships for ROLLER sports is also in Lincoln, NE. Thus, the museum focus. Admission is free, but honestly truly worth making a contribution for anyone who has enjoyed an evening wiping up the floor with their pants, as they learned to roller skate! If you have a passion to locate and report on odd little museums, this sure qualifies it’s not large but it is comprehensive about the history of skates and skating. Imagine being able to see skates from 1814. Wow! The rest of the museum has various skates, over time, motorized skates, four wheel skates, inline skates, and skates that defy description as people just wanted to have a good time and go skating. Most people don’t realize that roller skating evolved from ballroom dancing and it is not all about hockey, speed, and roller derby! It is truly worth the visit!
Museum of American Speed: Plan to spend hours here, the collections are vast and fascinating. The exhibits tell the tale of American auto racing, including every aspect from amateur to professional. Displays include rare race cars, rooms full of shiny experimental engines, antiques and beautiful but eccentric cars like the Tucker and Duesenberg, and enchanting collections of pedal cars made for children. Adults will be thoroughly entertained by three floors of beautifully maintained and arranged exhibits. The museum has an interesting collection of old race cars, including some actual Indy cars, Model T vintages cars, custom hot rods, and pedal cars(!). It also had a couple land speed record cars. To really appreciate everything that you see, it helps a lot to go when they have guides giving tours. Edsel Ford’s personal roadster, a Tucker, a Cord, and several other one-of-a kind vehicles are on display too.
Pioneer Park Nature Center: This center has more animals and the naturalist that is there is so full of great information. They have snakes, turtles, owls and frogs. It also has a hands place to practice building a dam/lake. There are hiking trails around the pond to the suspension bridge. Along that walk lots of nature and frogs to see. This is quite a walk so need to have some good shoes and maybe some water. The newer nature center has more hands-on learning activities for kids and less animals. From this you can walk over to the bridge and see the geese and elk. It’s very cool how close sometimes they are. There is also a great park for the kids to play at. And there are a couple small ponds that you can almost always feed the geese. Make sure you go to the back of the park and see the bison. They are amazing.
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