A Baker’s Dozen Reasons for a Lincoln Getaway


LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) – As Memorial Stadium at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln becomes the third-largest city in the state when the Cornhuskers play a home football game, there is plenty to do in the nation’s capital. Status beyond match day.

From nature walks and exploring the historic Haymarket to spotting classic race cars, Lincoln has some great attractions for a day trip or weekend getaway.

Here are a dozen of our baker’s recommendations for a fun trip to Lincoln.

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Pioneer Park

Small in size in the late 1920s, Pioneers Park – Lincoln City’s oldest park – spans over 650 acres and is home to approximately eight miles of nature trails, taking you through woods, meadows and meadows. wet area. You can see bison and elk roaming around in enclosed spaces. Two interpretive buildings host exhibits of native animals and plants.

Pioneers Park is also home to impressive public art exhibits, such as Smoke Signals, a 15-foot-tall sculpture that recognizes Nebraska’s native tribes. Resembling Chief Lakota Red Cloud, the sculpture faces the city in homage to Chief Red Cloud’s tribe.

Four pillars that once stood outside the US Treasury Department in Washington, DC, call Pioneers Park home. Once believed to have housed President Abraham Lincoln as he surveyed Union soldiers during the Civil War, the pillars were a gift to the city from a friend of the Nebraska-born statesman , William Jennings Bryan. The park is also home to a bison and elk sculpture.

Pinewood Bowl is a great place to catch an outdoor concert. The amphitheater was built in the mid-1940s.

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Nebraska State Capitol

Whether you’re taking a guided tour or exploring on your own, the Nebraska State Capitol is one of only four Capitol buildings in the country built like a skyscraper.

From the legislative chambers on the first floor to the observation deck at 14, the state capital is an interesting attraction to spend a few hours.

Recognizing prominent citizens, the Nebraska Hall of Fame on the second floor is home to more than 25 busts, including Chief Standing Bear, Senator George Norris (who created the unicameral system used by Nebraska) and Willa Cather. The capital includes beautiful murals and sculptures.

National Roller Skating Museum

Located inside the USA Roller Sports headquarters, the National Museum of Roller Skating promotes the history of the sport. Including wooden roller skates from the 1700s, you’ll find a history of bladed wheels, as well as some unique roller skates, including cowboy boots. The museum also has exhibits celebrating roller skating sports, such as hockey, basketball, and soccer. Prior to winning a gold medal in figure skating at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, Tara Lipinski was a medal-winning roller dancer. Her competition outfits are on display. The museum is open Monday through Friday during headquarters office hours.

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International Quilting Museum

With over 6,000 quilts – the largest collection of quilts in the world – the International Quilt Museum hosts several exhibitions throughout the year, featuring specific motifs, such as log cabin, abstract, Amish and contemporary. Quilts from more than 50 countries, some dating back to the 1600s, offer a unique look at history through the making of quilts. Located on the east campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the museum’s modern architecture is enhanced by “Reverie,” a series of white-painted steel ribbons that appear to float in the wind.

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Morrill Room

Morrill Hall, also known as the University of Nebraska State Museum, is home to Archie, the world’s largest Colombian mammoth, who was discovered in rural Nebraska.

As the state’s largest natural history museum, visitors to Morrill Hall can explore the state’s past and present landscapes. With 70,000 square feet of exhibits to discover over four floors, visitors can find themselves next to a giant camel, excavated in Nebraska, as well as the remains of prehistoric elephants and contemporary wildlife found in the landscapes. various from Nebraska. With plenty of hands-on exhibits, Morrill Hall is a fun stop for families and kids of all ages.

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Sheldon Art Museum

With over 13,000 works of art in its collection, the Sheldon Museum of Art features paintings ranging from 19th-century landscape and American Impressionism to contemporary pieces. With 35 sculptures among its collection, including a statue by Omaha artist Jun Kaneko, they are on display both in the city and on the eastern campus. The museum, located on the main campus of UNL, also features special exhibits.

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Nebraska History Museum

Travel through the history of the state at the Nebraska History Museum. With over 125,000 objects in its collection, the History Museum offers a glimpse into the indigenous peoples of Nebraska, as well as European-Americans traveling west as pioneers. Located on Centennial Mall, the museum hosts several special exhibits, such as photography and Native Americans of the Plains, the suffrage movement, and archeology in Nebraska.

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Sunken gardens

Once a landfill, there is only beauty that covers the 1.5 acres of Lincoln Botanic Garden. Developed as a community project from the Depression Era, Sunken Gardens showcases a variety of flowers and plants on its sloping patio. Home to annual themes, such as this year’s “Ruby Slippers” celebrating the story of The Wizard of Oz, Sunken Gardens has been recognized as one of the most beautiful gardens in the United States. With its rose garden, Sunken Gardens is a must-see when visiting Lincoln.

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Lincoln Children’s Zoo

Don’t let the name fool you. Whether or not you have kids, a visit to Lincoln Children’s Zoo offers up-close views of animals from around the world, including ring-tailed lemurs, cheetahs, and penguins.

Buy treats and feed the giraffes! On nearly 20 acres, the zoo is home to nearly 400 animals, some of which are among the most endangered in the world.

With tons of interactive exhibits, such as a fossil dig and a natural playground, it’s a fun place for kids to explore and experience nature. While at the zoo, board the miniature train that takes you around the zoo’s perimeter offering a different take on the wild animals that inhabit Lincoln.

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Lincoln Children’s Museum

With over 40 exhibits, kids can spend hours exploring the Lincoln Children’s Museum. From a giant clock to a walk on the moon, the museum challenges elementary school children while having fun. With interactive exhibits taking them everywhere, kids can play and learn as they travel from an auto repair garage, grocery store, or medical center to flying planes or working as a railroad engineer. With an apple tree spanning all three levels, kids can climb the branches from the bottom to the top.

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Haymarket and Railyard districts

Home to period buildings, some of which date back to the early days of Lincoln, the historic district of Haymarket is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, clubs and bars.

From Nebraska Gift Shop is home to everything Nebraska has to offer, including popcorn, pickles, wine, candy, and books. Husker fans can shop at the Best of Big Red and the Husker Store. Indulge in your sweet tooth with a visit to Licorice International (sweets from all over the world) or the Ivanna Cone Ice Cream Shop. Haymarket is home to the First Friday Artwalk, which showcases the area’s galleries and studios, as well as a self-guided historical walk.

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The Railyard Entertainment District was developed around the same time Lincoln built Pinnacle Arena, home of Nebraska basketball and concerts. With several restaurants and bars in the area, The Railyard has quickly become a popular destination in the capital. With a big screen TV outside, The Railyard is a great place to catch a Husker game. During the winter, the area turns into an outdoor skating rink.

American Speed ​​Museum

The Museum of American Speed ​​was born out of a man’s love for motor racing. Since 1992, racing fans and fans of unique cars have found their way to a collection of Indy-style racing cars, racing cars and even cars that have defied speed records in the Utah Desert. .

A 1958 Cadillac that belonged to actress Hedy Lamarr is on display. Lamarr, a popular actress in the 1940s and 1950s, was instrumental in the development of a code machine used by Allied forces during World War II.

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Another famous car – a 1948 Tucker – is also on display. Showcasing hundreds of cars in exhibits such as gas stations and repair shops, the Museum of American Speed ​​is a great place to spend a few hours or an afternoon.

Not content with presenting an impressive collection of vintage vehicles, the Museum of American Speed ​​also has an exceptional collection of metal lunch boxes from the 1950s to the 1970s. An entire floor contains pedal cars as well as toys miniatures. The museum also includes staircase exhibits of movie posters and autographed guitars.

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Visit of the memorial stadium

Can a visit to Lincoln be complete without at least a walk around Memorial Stadium? The University of Nebraska-Lincolns offers a self-guided tour of key attractions on the athletic program. See the statues honoring the heroes of the football program such as coaches Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne. Columns outside the football stadium recognize the successful eras of Devaney and Osborne.

From a nature walk to visiting the stadium that produced five national soccer championships, Lincoln has something for everyone to enjoy on a day trip or weekend trip. Whether you are an art lover or a museum lover, you will enjoy exploring the capital of Nebraska. You can also find more information on Lincoln attractions in our book “100 Things to Do in Nebraska Before You Die”.

To learn more about Tim and Lisa Trudell and The Walking Tourists, visit their website: thewalkingtourists.com

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Corina C. Butler

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