Just south of the South Dakota border is the great plain state of Nebraska, the corn husker state. I’ve mainly only driven through Nebraska, but I reached out to the Nebraska Tourism Department to get some ideas for the best family friendly ideas.
Nebraska became the 37th state in 1867. The current population is almost 2 million. The state capital is Lincoln. And not too far from Lincoln, is another city with great attractions: Omaha.
In fact, the first highlight is in Omaha, the great Henry Doorly Zoo.
I know I’m highlighting a lot of zoos, almost one per state. Zoos are just a great way to get a feel for local flavor, let the kids run around like wild animals (pun intended) and it’s a place the whole family can enjoy. The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is ranked as the Trip Advisor’s #1 Zoo in the US. That’s a pretty reliable opinion, and I can’t wait to go visit this zoo now. There are camel rides, train rides, and even a sky ride. The aquarium has feeding opportunities and lots of underwater animal life to observe.
The zoo is open every day but Christmas. Hours change with the seasons, and so do prices. Check their website (which is well maintained), to get information about hours and prices for your visit.
Nebraska’s weather is fairly temperate, but during the summer you won’t find a better place to enjoy the sun than Lake McConaughy.
The beaches are beautiful. The lake is large. You can enjoy any type of water recreation that floats your boat. Lake McConaughy isn’t the only lake in Nebraska, but it is the largest. There are campgrounds available (with showers!), several restaurants, and a visitors center.
Obviously, the best time of year to visit for water recreation is May through September. The scenery is beautiful, and can be appreciated all year long. There is a daily use fee or a yearly pass available for purchase. Visit their website for the current prices and discounts.
After all that fun in the sun, visit the Harold Warp Pioneer Village and learn about the pioneer history in Nebraska.
This museum is more than just stuffy old exhibits. There’s a bit of history to excite everyone and every interest in the whole family. There is even a motel and campground close by in case you can’t see it all in one day.
The museum is open every day of the year. Check the website for operating hours and admission fees.
I have to mention a few honorable mentions:
Papio Fun Park:
An all-around family activity center with a water park!
Their prices (some discount offers) and hours of operation can be found on their website.
There are several other great looking waterparks, and rivers, for lots of wet, water fun!
Have you been to Nebraska? What is your favorite site? What ones did I miss? Share your favorite attractions and pictures by tagging them #usabytpe