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Central Nebraska
Travel Guide

Grand Island which includes a house

Unique museums and unforgettable natural scenery are among the myriad attractions you’ll find in Nebraska’s middle region.

Central Nebraska is a largely unspoiled land, dotted with tiny towns and vast landscapes. Drive along its open roads and explore its many hidden gems.

Summer temperatures soar in Central Nebraska. Enjoy a break cooling off at Island Oasis Water Park in Grand Island. Speed down its many twisting slides and splash in the massive wave pool. Children of all ages can test their balance on the log walk or play on the sandy beach.

While in Grand Island, learn about Nebraska’s early history at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer. Explore exhibits featuring authentic household items, tools and furnishings from the pioneer era. Relive history in Railroad Town, an impressive recreation of an 1890s prairie community, complete with a mercantile, blacksmith shop and more.

Because it spans Interstate 80, you truly can’t miss The Archway. Walk through the bridge-like museum and learn about Nebraska’s settlers, from early pioneers to modern car salesmen. Trace history in a self-guided interactive audio tour. Take a photo next to a pioneer wagon.

Explore military memorabilia at the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles in Lexington. Check out over 100 vehicles, ranging from jeeps to tanks to helicopters.

Stop at Fort Cody Trading Post in North Platte. Check out Buffalo Bill’s Miniature Wild West Show, featuring 20,000 hand-carved figurines.

Meander through the honeycombed caverns at Happy Jack Peak and Chalk Mine. This unique destination takes you on more than a mile of winding underground paths. Outside, enjoy stunning views across the North Loup Valley.

Each spring, millions of birds migrate through Central Nebraska. Between late February and April, witness the stunning sandhill crane migration. Stop in Kearney, known as the Sandhill Crane Capital of the World, to see these large gray birds in action. Join other birdwatchers at Audubon’s annual Nebraska Crane Festival in March.

Discover Central Nebraska’s stunning Sandhills region. This part of the state is home to the country’s largest sand dunes complex. Drive through vast wilderness and quaint little towns such as Niobrara and Ainsworth.

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kearney
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kearney
2.5 out of 5
The price is HK$423 per night from 9 May to 10 May

Located in the heart of Kearney, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Big Apple Fun Center, Viaero Event Center and Trails and Rails Museum. Museum of Nebraska ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (828 reviews)

"Staff was great"…"

Reviewed on 5 Apr 2021

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kearney
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kearney
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kearney
2.5 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$658 per night from 20 Apr to 21 Apr

Located in the heart of Kearney, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Big Apple Fun Center and Viaero Event Center. Trails and Rails Museum and Yanney Heritage ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (614 reviews)

"Love this hotel, this is where i stay when in Kearney"…"

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kearney
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Kearney, NE
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Kearney, NE
3 out of 5
The price is HK$489 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr

Situated in Kearney, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Big Apple Fun Center, Viaero Event Center and Trails and Rails Museum. Museum of Nebraska Art and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (978 reviews)

"Enjoyed our stay was clean and friendly staff. GreAt pool."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Kearney, NE
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Crane and Nature Lovers Dream
Crane and Nature Lovers Dream
The price is HK$855 per night from 16 Apr to 17 Apr

Situated on the riverfront, this holiday home is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from War Axe State Recreation Area and 10 mi (16.1 km) from Windmill State Recreation Area. ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
We went to the area to see the Sand Hill Crane migration. We could not have stayed at a better plac!

"Very clean and accommodating, nice people, great place to see crane migration."…"

Reviewed on 6 Apr 2021

Crane and Nature Lovers Dream
Rustic Cabin Retreat
Rustic Cabin Retreat

Situated in a rural location, this holiday home is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Yanney Heritage Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of University of Nebraska Kearney and ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (29 reviews)
Beautiful cabin but a bit close to I-80...

"The rental property was great - well equipped and super clean. There is a beautiful big wood burning stone fireplace in the main living area. So nice for a chilly evening. Also, the house backs on a creek which makes for a great view from the back patio. The only downside is the proximity to I 80, ..."…"

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2021

Rustic Cabin Retreat
Awesome and Spacious, Updated 2 Bedroom Condo
Awesome and Spacious, Updated 2 Bedroom Condo

Situated in Grand Island, this condo is 1.9 mi (3 km) from CHI Health St. Francis and within 6 miles (10 km) of Island Oasis Water Park and Nebraska State Fair ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Wonderful place to relax at end of day.

"Very comfortable condo with all the amenities. Cynthia left very clear instructions about everything. Stressfree experience."…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2021

Awesome and Spacious, Updated 2 Bedroom Condo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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