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Our top five favorite Lincoln Nebraska attractions are listed here, along with a description of each + location, hours, fee information, and the minimum time needed to visit or tour the attraction.
An observation deck at 250 feet offers an aerial view of the rest of the city. The location is 1445 K Street.
More Info at the Nebraska State Capitol Web Site. Take time to take some pictures of the interesting Nebraska State Capitol Building and the beautiful gold rotunda dome.
See this Photo Album for a few Nebraska High Res Photo Downloads + some Non-Watermarked Printable Photo Downloads of our Scenic US Beach Vacation Travels, USA Scenic Attractions, and Historic US Lighthouses.
Top Pick # 2: The Lincoln Children’s Museum
If you’re wondering what to do in Lincoln, Nebraska and you have kids, the Lincoln Children’s Museum is fun, entertaining and educational. With daily events and special programs, there is always something interesting to do.
The Children’s Museum is located at 1420 P Street and is open every day except Mondays. Children under the age of 1 get in for free. Both the Kids and the Adults will enjoy the Lincoln Children’s Museum! Minimum time needed, 3-4 hours.
More Info at the The Lincoln Children’s Museum Web Site. Take your camera so you can take lots of pictures of your Kids and Grandkids having fun!
Top Pick # 3: The Lincoln Sunken Gardens
The Lincoln Sunken Gardens is listed in National Geographic’s Guide to Public Gardens as one of the 300 best gardens to visit in the U.S. and Canada. It is open every day from 6 in the morning until 11 at night. Admission is free, although donations are accepted for park maintenance and renovations.
The 1.5 acre Sunken Gardens Plot was first developed in 1930 and was recently renovated in 2004.
The Sunken Gardens Park boasts hundreds of species of colorful plants
More Info at the Sunken Gardens, Lincoln, Nebraska Web Site. Outdoors, so it is easy to take a few colorful Lincoln, Nebraska Attraction Picture memories.
Top Pick # 4: The University of Nebraska State Museum
The University of Nebraska State Museum is sometimes called the Elephant Hall because of the University’s vast collection of fossil elephants. Thousands of other Nebraska fossils are housed in the natural history museum, as well as displays covering Native American history, wildlife and gemstones.
The museum is located on the University of Nebraska campus, just south of 14th and Vine Streets in Lincoln. Minimum time needed, 3-4 hours.
You can also check out the fairly new Marx Science Discovery Center for Kids addition -- also called the Encounter Center. (There is a page on it on the + a Info page on the Mueller Planetarium on the State Museum Web Site below.)
More Info at the University of Nebraska State Museum Web Site. Photos are not allowed in most parts of the Museum. They can be purchased.
Top Pick # 5: TIE -- The Museum of American Speed and The International Quilt Study Center and Museum
The Bill Smith Museum of American Speed
Generally, this one will be more for the Guys (Gene would probably Rank this Top Attraction #4). The "Speedy" Bill Smith huge collection of Historic automotive artifacts including Vintage Speed Equipment, Exotic Racing Engines, Racing Cars, Toy cars and Kids pedal cars, plus various historic cars and one-of-a-kind auto memorabilia. This very well done and well kept museum gets rave revieiws -- including Gene's!
More Info, Tour times and Location Info, plus some pictures under the "Collections" Tab at: Bill Smith Museum of American Speed The Museum of American Speed also sponsors some Automotive Events in Lincoln, which you can read about under the "Events" Tab at the link above.
The International Quilt Study Center and Museum
Generally, this one will be more for the Gals. If you’re wondering what to do in Lincoln, Nebraska and you love quilts or art, you should visit the International Quilt Study Center and Museum located at 1523 N. 33rd Street in Lincoln. (My Wife is a Quilter, so the International Quilt Study Center would be at or near the Top on her Top Attractions in Lincoln List!)
The museum has regular exhibits of quilts created by a variety of artists. The museum is open 10-4 Tuesday through Saturday and on Sunday from 1-4pm. Minimum time needed, 2-3 hours. Flash pictures of the now Historic Quilts are not allowed.
More Info on The International Quilt Study Center and Museum Web Site.
An "extra" July & August Lincoln Nebraska attraction - Free Lincoln Municipal Band Concerts in Antelope Park
If you happen to be in Lincoln on a Sunday Evening at 7pm in July or August, and you enjoy top quality -- and free -- outdoor Band Concerts, check out the Lincoln Municipal Band Summer Concerts Series at the Bandshell in Antelope Park. The entrance to the Park and Bandshell Parking is on "A" St. about 3 blocks East of S. 27th Street at the Memorial Drive turn in on the south side -- which is just west of Normal Blvd. (See Map photo Link below)
You can see Info on upcoming Lincoln Municipal Band Concerts at this Calendar of Events Listing as well as download a Seasons Events and Info Flyer pdf.
-- Also, you can see the Band Concerts John Shildneck Bandshell Location in the park on our modified Google Map screenshot with added text showing the Bandshell and free parking locations at this map photo Link, which also shows some other near downtown Lincoln, NE Attractions. (This is not an interactive Map link)
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