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Kearney
Travel Guide

Great Platte River Road Archway

From sandhill cranes to a museum above the highway, discover Nebraska at its finest in the seat of Buffalo County.

Kearney is one of many Nebraska towns developed during the westward railroad expansion after the Civil War. Visit today and find the town more modernized, but no less bustling, than it was in the 1800s.

Kearney is known as the Sandhill Crane Capital of the World. Between late February and early April over 500,000 sandhill cranes stop on the Platte River along their migration path. Wear dark clothes and bring binoculars and high-powered cameras to see these elegant birds. Enjoy some of the best viewing at Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary.

Travel through 170 years of transportation history as you walk over Interstate 80 at The Archway. Learn about Nebraska’s settlers at this iconic monument and museum, which spans the highway and offers a giant maze.

Stroll the sprawling green campus of the University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK), with over 7,000 students. Stop at the Frank House, an architecturally unique brick mansion built in 1889. Walk through the museum inside, to see original furniture and stunning Tiffany stained-glass windows.

View the state through its artists’ eyes at UNK’s Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA). Explore 175 years of Nebraskan artists, from classic painters such as Robert Henri and Alice Cleaver to modern artists including Jun Kaneko and Jane Golding Marie. Also see art portraying early Native Americans and the Midwest’s wildlife.

Attend a concert or performance in the large Viaero Event Center or cheer on the Tri-City Storm at a home game of hockey. See a play at the Merryman Performing Arts Center or the Kearney Community Theatre.

Explore downtown Kearney on a historic walking tour. Go shopping at The Bricks or Hilltop Mall. Enjoy a variety of dining options, from famous Nebraska beef at small restaurants to national chains. Sample Kearney’s burgeoning craft microbrewery scene.

Walk, bike or skate your way along Kearney’s trails. Relax in Fort Kearny State Recreation Area and over a dozen parks, which offer everything from golf courses to sports complexes.

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kearney
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kearney
2.5 out of 5
The price is HK$456 per night from 23 May to 23 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! (842 reviews)
"Easy access off I-80 east. Very clean and comfortable."

Reviewed on 30 Apr 2021

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kearney
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kearney
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kearney
2 out of 5
104 Talmadge Rd, Kearney, NE
The price is HK$489 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Situated in Kearney, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Big Apple Fun Center and Viaero Event Center. Museum of Nebraska Art and University of Nebraska Kearney ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (968 reviews)
"Clean spacious room at a great price."

Reviewed on 2 May 2021

Microtel 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$568 per night from 16 May to 16 May
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! (974 reviews)
"Convenient to dining."

Reviewed on 4 May 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Kearney, NE
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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! (30 reviews)
Relaxing and peaceful
"We had such a wonderful weekend at this cabin! Enjoyed walking along the stream and pond and exploring in the trees. Loved the rustic decor in the cabin. It’s just our style. The kitchen has everything you could possibly need and the DVD’s and games provided plenty of evening fun. Nicely le was the ..."

Reviewed on 3 May 2021

Rustic Cabin Retreat
The Hideaway in Gibbon
The Hideaway in Gibbon
The price is HK$971 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Situated in Gibbon, this holiday home is 3.6 mi (5.8 km) from Windmill State Recreation Area and within 12 miles (20 km) of Fort Kearny State Recreation Area ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Loved our stay here!
"Very clean vrbo! Great location to view the sandhill crane location . We loved that it was by the train and cornfields. Gibbon was a cute little town. Highly recommend!!"

Reviewed on 1 May 2021

The Hideaway in Gibbon
Crane and Nature Lovers Dream
Crane and Nature Lovers Dream
The price is HK$1,165 per night from 10 May to 10 May
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
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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