Things to do on Vacation in Nebraska for fun

Wondering what to do in Nebraska while on vacation?
Things to do on Vacation in Nebraska for fun

If you're "eyeing-up" a much deserved vacation in Nebraska, you can rest assure that hay bales and cornfields won't be only thing you'll see in the Cornhusker State! Below, I've rounded-up some of the coolest things to do on vacation in Nebraska for fun:

1. Enjoy a game of golf

Nebraska is known for its world-class golf courses and many people that vacation in Nebraska do it for a bit of golf. Golf clubs such as the Sand Hills Golf Club (Mullen), the Prairie Club (Valentine) and the Dismal River Golf course (Mullen) are some of the most prestigious golf clubs in the state, though you don’t have to stay at one of these private golf clubs to enjoy a game of golf.

Nebraska has a couple of public golf courses where you can play that won’t cost you a “leg and an arm” such as the Iron Horse Golf Club (Ashland), Tregaron Golf Club (Bellevue), Quarry Oaks Golf Club (Ashland), and Willow Lakes Golf Course (Offutt AFB).

2. Attend a Renaissance faire

Renaissance festivals are a very popular thing in Nebraska and attending one it’s a fun way to spice up your vacation, especially if you're into fancy dressing. Even if you don’t fancy dressing up, it’s cool just being at one of these Renaissance faires seeing people parading in a handmade costume while showing-off.

The most popular Renaissance festival is the “Midwest Renaissance festival” in Omaha, which happens in late May. The Nebraska Renaissance Faire (mid-May) and the Midlands Pirate Festival (early May) both of which are hosted in Papillion are also worth attending if you're traveling with kids.

3. Head to a fun park

Visiting an amusement park for the day is definitely, one of the coolest things to do on vacation in Nebraska for fun. The city of Omaha is the best place to be if you want to visit a fun park since there are plenty to choose from such as Boulder Creek amusement park, Fun-Plex, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, Amazing Pizza Machine and Family Fun Center.

You can take your pick, though you could actually end up visiting all of these parks because they all offer different things to do. For instance, Boulder Creek has batting cages, water slides, and a rock climbing wall, while Amazing Pizza has a go-cart track and a roller coaster.

Family Fun Center is a cool place to go for golfing if you don’t want to be part of a golf club since they have a beautiful 18-hole putt-putt golf course.

4. Hit the road

Driving around Nebraska is the best way to explore the state and a vacation in Nebraska wouldn’t complete without enjoying a road trip of some sort!

If you’re traveling with friends and family you could plan day excursions along Nebraska’s byways to take in Nebraska’s impressive landscapes, and explore some of Nebraska’s tourist attractions. There are loads of beautiful byways to choose from but some of the nicest routes in Nebraska are:

1)Gold Rush Byway (Highway 385): the main highlights of this route are the Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron, and Dobby’s Frontier Town in Alliance, which is a beautiful replica of a typical Old West town of the day.

2)Lewis & Clark Scenic Byway (Highway 75): the highlights on this route are the Durham Museum and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Fort Atkinson in Fort Calhoun, and the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska in Sloan.

3)Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway (Route 2): the highlights on this route are Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island, and the Historical Museum in Custer.

5. Visit a working cattle ranch

If a farm vacation is what you’re looking for, you’ll find that many of Nebraska’s working cattle ranches are fantastic guest houses where you can spend your vacation. Even if you don’t want to spend your entire vacation at a ranch, you can easily spend a few nights and experience the live of a farmer.

Things like driving and feeding the cattle, branding calves, and moving hay bales is all part of a typical day of a Nebraskan farmer. Having said this, farm chores aren’t the only thing to look forward to when staying in one of these dude ranches. You can also learn to hunt, fish, saddle a horse, and round-up the cattle.

Popular cattle ranches in Nebraska include: Double R Ranch (near Mullen), Big Blue Ranch (Burchard), Ponderosa Ranch, (Crawford), Heartland Elk Guest Ranch (Valentine), and Our Heritage Guest Ranch (Crawford).

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