Attractions Directory

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Botanical Garden and Arboretum

12 garden areas on both City and East campuses. (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 00000
Phone: (402) 472-2679
A visit to the UNL Botanical Garden and Arboretum provides spring flowering bulbs, summer perennials, autumn foliage color and winter textures woven throughout the campuses.

Each garden has its own special emphasis. Maxwell Arboretum (38th & Holdrege) on East Campus has a wide variety of labeled trees, shrubs & perennials. Love Garden on City Campus (13th & R) has a beautiful collection of perennials.

Whether you have only a few minutes for a stroll through one garden or a leisurely afternoon to explore , your time at the UNL Botanical Garden and Arboretum will be enjoyable and informative.

For more information you can contact Susan Budler at: 402-472-1229

Rail Joiner Statue by Louis Slobodkin

575 S 10th Street (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68508
The original plan for the Capitol included the broad avenues that lead in all directions of the building. Facing the West entrance of the Capitol at the opposite end of Lincoln Mall is a bronze statue of a young Abraham Lincoln. "The Rail Joiner" welcomes visitors to the Justice and Law Enforcement Center at 575 S. 10th Street. The original was sculpted by Louis Slobodkin, completed in the 1930's and is displayed at the Department of the Interior in Washington D.C.. The Sheldon Museum of Art received a plaster cast of the sculpture and the right to reproduce it. A community-wide effort, including "Pennies for Lincoln" campaign by Lincoln school children, funded the placement of the statue.

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Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU)

5000 Saint Paul Avenue (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68504-2794
Phone: (402) 465-2360
Nebraska Wesleyan University is an independent Methodist liberal arts university of approximately 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students in Lincoln, Neb. Founded in 1887, Nebraska Wesleyan has earned a national reputation for placing students in top graduate and professional school programs. And NWU is among the nation’s leaders in Fulbright scholars, Academic All-Americans and NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners.

Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

2611 Arbor Ave (Get directions)
Nebraska City, NE 68410
Phone: (402) 873-8718
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Explore and enjoy the 260 acres of Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, Nebraska -- the home of Arbor Day! The natural beauty of this National Historic Landmark makes every visit a lifelong memory.    

Olive Creek State Recreation Area

10000 W Wendelin Rd (Get directions)
Hallam, NE 68368
Olive Creek State Recreation Area has 612 acres of land and water available to outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Although small, the 175-acre lake supports a variety of fish species. Other activities include primitive camping and picnicking.

Fishing: The 175-acre lake at Olive Creek State Recreation Area supports a variety of fish including largemouth bass, bluegill and two different kinds of catfish.

Boating: While all kinds of boats are welcome at Olive Creek State Recreation Area, there is a 5 mph speed limit. One ramp and two docks are available.

Picnicking: Olive Creek State Recreation Area offers 22 picnic tables and 24 grills.

Primitive Camping: 50 non-pad sites without electricity are scattered throughout the area. Water and vault restrooms are available to campers.