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14 Best Things to do in Nebraska

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Most people know nothing about Nebraska besides being home to the 77,000 square-mile cornfields. While their website clearly states, “there’s nothing to do here,” we’re sure the uninviting vibe will disappear once you see the place for yourself. Here are the 12 best things to do in Nebraska:

1. See the Replica of England’s Stonehenge

Do you know the Stonehenge from England? Nebraska has its version, but it is made of cars! Amazing right? Jim Reinders was inspired to build Carhenge when he lived in England. Be astonished by the impressive sculptures! And best of all, you get to see it for free!

2. Get the Experience of a Lifetime by Trying Tanking

Have you ever tried tanking? It’s the same as boating but you would be riding a cattle tank, the one used for supplying water for livestock. Nebraska is landlocked and does not have any surrounding oceans. Still, there are other water forms in the area like the rivers. Enjoy tanking with your friends and bring some drinks and snacks along with you since it’s a long ride! Feel the breeze of the wind and enjoy the impressive view of nature.

Some rivers where you could try tanking:

  • Cedar River
  • Elkhorn River
  • North Platte River
  • Middle Loup River

3. Shop at Omaha’s Old Market

Omaha's Old Market
Source: Omaha’s Old Market | Freestyle Fotos

This wonderful neighborhood is known for being a shopping district. Enjoy your time in Nebraska by jumping from one shop to another in the Old Market. You should also try their amazing restaurants and cafe, or simply stroll around this rustic community.

4. Visit the National Wildlife Refuge

National Wildlife Refuge
Source: National Wildlife Refuge | U.S. Fish Wildlife Service

Experience wildlife at its finest at the National Wildlife Refuge! You can do a lot of things here such as driving along the Little Hay Road and watching birds. If you’re feeling a little sporty, you may as well take a hike and see the Marsh Lakes Overlook.

5. Be a Guest At Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Source: Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium | Zippia

Want to go to one of the best-known zoos in the world? Both young and old will enjoy recreational activities here! You can head to the “Desert Dome,” which is the largest indoor desert. Besides getting to see different types of animals here, you can also try the rides there!

6. Try the Kool-Aid Tour

Kool Aid
Source: Kool-Aid

Some people may not know this, but Kool-Aid is actually the official soft drink of Nebraska since this world-famous drink originated in this state. You can take a Kool-Aid tour by taking photos outside the Original Kool-Aid Factory. After that, you can visit the Hastings Museum to see exhibits that showcase the like of Edwin Perkins, creator of Kool-Aid, and how the business grew. You can also check out the creator’s footprint located in the Visitor Center at 100 North Shore Drive.

7. Check out the Archway

Archway Kearney, Nebraska
The Archway in Kearney, Nebraska | Christopher Amundson

The Archway in Kearney, Nebraska is said to be a tribute for adventures. The bridge is a symbol of how the area played a role in the westward expansion back in the days. The bridge is more than 300 feet above the interstate, and it is nothing short of outstanding.

8. Support Conservation of the Ecosystem by Visiting Rowe Sanctuary

Take this experience of a lifetime and see around 500,000 migrating sandhill cranes. You don’t get to see this many cranes migrating in any other place. In Rowe Sanctuary, you can book a tour and have this experience as a highlight.

9. Visit a Cornfield

Fox Seasonal Farms
Source: Fox Seasonal Farms | Flickr/Roland Tanglao

People like to joke off and brank Nebraska as merely a land of cornfields. While you are here, take the chance to visit one!

Here are some famous cornfields that are well-loved by fellow visitors:

  • Wenninghoff Farm
  • Martin’s Hillside Orchard
  • Roca Berry Farm
  • Fox Seasonal Farms
  • Fanny Fruit Farm

10. Be Adventurous at Niobrara National Scenic River

Love outdoor activities? You can do a lot in the Niobrara River! Go kayaking, canoeing and even camping. If you are more adventurous – you can hike to see the vivid flowing river or drive along Fort Niobrara for a bird watching activity.

11. Learn at the Strategic Air and Space Museum

Strategic Air and Space Museum
Source: Strategic Air and Space Museum | Visit Omaha

They say you can do a lot of things in this museum. The Strategic Air and Space Museum holds different events like air shows, rockets, robotics and science fairs. Check out the different collections of air and spacecraft! Other exhibits are both informative and interesting.

12. Visit the University of Nebraska Museum

University of Nebraska Museum
Source: University of Nebraska Museum | Visit Nebraska

The oldest university in Nebraska has its own museum! Also known as Morrill Hall, this museum focuses on natural history and the culture of Nebraska. Check out the place’s vast collections of artifacts, fossils, and other organisms, and try to get a better understanding of the Earth’s past.

13. Have a Good Time at the Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

This public recreation area is where you can unwind yet still be productive by trying their diverse offerings of activities. Enjoy golfing, swimming in the water park, and biking through the waters using the pedal boats. There are also restaurants where you can share a proper meal with family and during wintertime, try ice skating!

14. Ride a Horse at the Fort Robinson State Park

One of the best things to do in Nebraska is to ride a horse as you explore this historical place! Did you know that the Fort Robinson State Park used to be a U.S. Army site where the soldiers trained for World War I? Well, we thought so. That’s new information! For a more fun time, try to catch their theater musicals and or just stay the night.

What are you waiting for? Go on a self-guided tour or explore Nebraska with your friends!

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