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Top 25 Most Visited Tourist Destinations in Nebraska

By Edited Aug 13, 2015 1 0

Lincoln's Children Museum

Located centrally in Lincoln, this museum is three floors high that feature hands-on exhibits for children to explore and play. Such exhibits available are pizza-maker, doctor and radio. There is also a section for young toddlers.

The International Quilt Study Center and Museum

Open Tuesdays to Sundays, free admission. This Museum has the largest public collection of quilts, over 3000 of them. Quilts date back to the 1700s up to the modern day. Quilts range from traditional Amish quilts to modern day art-deco quilts.

Lincoln's Children Zoo

With more than 300 animals and over 400 varieties of plants, there are lots to look at and learn about. The Zoo offers areas where guests can feed and feel the animals. Train rides are also offered.

Pioneer Park and Nature Center- Located on over 900 acres, this park boasts breath taking trails and wildlife sightings. Hawks, Deer, Buffalo and Elk are commonly seen here. Free Admission.

National Museum of Roller Skating- Looking for something different? This museum shows the history of roller skating in America through exhibits and photos. Open Monday through Friday.

Lauritzen Gardens- A four seasons botanicals garden on over 100 acres. A train rides through the gardens giving visitors and overview of the property. Styles of gardens included are; Japanese, children's, bird sancuturary, herb and rose garden.

Lewis and Clark Visitor Center- This three stories Center sits on seventy nine acres overlooking the Missouri River. The museum focuses on the history of Lewis and Clark's journey with hands on exhibits, photos and documentaries. Rides upon the river are also available. Open seven days a week.

Freedom Park Navy Museum- Located on the Missouri River, there are two major USN ships that are landlocked; USS Marlin SST-2 and the USS Hazard AM-240. Visit and learn about American history as you tour the ships to see how they operated.

Heartland of America Park- A public park located in downtown Omaha on over 30 acres. Three major fountains, nighttime light show, Lewis & Clark exhibits, WWII sculptures and gondola rides on the lake.

Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer- A hand-on museum where you can learn about the history and how prairie pioneers lived. Included is a one-house school room, church and a town in which workers dress up as the pioneers did.

Great Platte River Road Archway Monument- A log archway over I-80, here travelers can strech out and learn about the history of pioneer travelers to today's modern travelers. Movies, exhibits and restaurants are offered here.

Museum of Nebraska Art- With over 5, 000 art pieces, this museum is the official state art collection. Visitors can explore over eleven different galleries including a sculpture garden. While this museum does have international art work, the focus is on Nebraska's history and its artists.

Henry Doorly Zoo- This Zoo is known for animal conservation ship and protecting/breeding of endangered species. Cat Park, Lemur village, Bear Canyon, Desert Dome and a Sea Aquarium are just a few of the exhibits at this Zoo.

Old Market- Located in a historic area of Omaha, this area boasts well preserved buildings and homes. Take a walking tour on the cobbled streets to learn more about the buildings, or enjoy restaurants and quaint shopping.

General Crook House Museum- Open Mondays through Friday, this is the restored home of General Crook and is on the national list of historical homes. Included are decorative arts, costumes and crafts. An authentic Victorian garden is adjacent to the home.

University of Nebraska State Museum- Located in Lincoln, it is open seven days a week. Focusing on Nebraska's history, it includes exhibits from 8,000 BC to today. Fossils of Mammoths, Indian artifacts and a planetarium are some of its features.

Nebraska State Capitol- This four hundred foot high capitol with fifteen floors proudly features marble, bronze and gold workmanship. Much of the intricate decorations come from Native American art and Nebraska's natural wildlife. The Capitol is open seven days a week with tours every hour except noon.

Governor's Mansion- Located near Nebraska's State Capitol, it was opened in 1958. After 40 years, it was closed and renovated opening back up in August of 1998. Tours are available on Thursdays. Included in the tour is a look at the Drawing room, Sun room, First Lady's Office, Conference Room and Gardens.

Lentz Center for Asian Culture- Located at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, this museum focuses on Asian art and its culture. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, visitors can view sculptures, painting, carvings and prints.

Durham Western Heritage Museum- This museum is located in the Union Pacific station house, open from Tuesday to Sunday. This museum focuses on the building of the railroad across the plains with hands on exhibits and photos. Features include train cars, model trains, coin collection and rare documents.

Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters- Exhibits here show the flight the Mormons took to escape religious persecution between the years of 1864 to 1869. This museum includes log cabins, photos, maps and cemetery with a monument. Open seven days a week.

Boys Town- This institution was founded in 1917 to help troubled children and heal families. Tours are by appointment and feature a guide that will show you around the campus and educate on the history. There is also a cafe to grab a bite to eat.

Gavins Point Powerplant- Built by the US Corps of Engineers, this features a working dam and powerplant. Exhibits show how the dam and powerplant was built as well as how it works. Gavins Point Poweplant is not only fun for the whole family, but is also a very educational opportunity for your children.

Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park- This site has hundreds of preserved fossils that are being dug out from volcanic ash. Nature trails are also available here. Hours depend upon the season and work.

Arbor Day Farm- This is the original estate of the national Arbor Day, J. Sterling Morton. There are original buildings and orchards to tour. Today, there is a working apple farm and numerous trails to choose from. They are open seven days a week.



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