Known as the Cornhuskers State, Nebraska is full of the history of the West, Lewis and Clark and wonderful museums and sights to see. In Omaha alone there is the Henry Doorly Zoo, the Josyln Art Museum, noted for its art of the American West, the Rosenblatt Stadium, home of the 2008 NCAA College World Series, the Qwest Center, a center for performances and conventions, and one of the most charming sites, the Old Market District. An area of town restored from its days when it was a railroad capital, the district is filled with shops, interesting sights to see, including a horse drawn carriage with people in costume. Fun for the whole family. There are numerous state parks in the area, as well, such as Fort Atkinson State Historical Park. This was the first fort West of the Missouri River and sports a bronze statue of Lewis and Clark’s first meeting with native Americans, costumed interpreters and living history portraying life in the 1820′s military fort. Not to miss, call ahead for hours or prearranged tours for groups. There is also the Lewis and Clark Visitors Center and Commemorative Trails in Nebraska City and the Lewis and Clark State Recreational Area in Crofton. This area has the state’s 2nd largest lake with boating and fishing and cabins, if you care to stay. As you can see, there is plenty of history and plenty of fun.
A national park of interest is the Homestead National Monument of America serving as a monument to the pioneers who settled the Great American West. Also, the Missouri National Recreational River is ideal for sportsmen, as it is protected for fishing and boating.
Of significant interest, too is the Omaha Indian Reservation, home of the Omaha Tribe since the mid 18th century. The tribe’s annual Pow Wow is in August.
Also for the sports fan are the professional sports teams in Nebraska, including the USHL Lincoln Stars, Golden Spikes AAA of Omaha, USHL Omaha Lancers, the USHL TriCity Storm of Kearney, Grand Island and Hastings.
Whether it is going to the zoo, visiting a world class art gallery, or more about our great American West, Nebraska holds something for everyone.