Attractions Directory

LUX Center for the Arts

2601 N 48th Street (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68504
Phone: (402) 466-8692
Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm; Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; First Fridays: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

The LUX Center for the Arts offers a variety of art classes for children and adults. Each month at our First Friday event, enjoy critically-acclaimed gallery exhibitions, free to the public. The LUX Gift shop features a great selection of work from local and regional artists in all mediums.

Bluestem State Recreation Area

5700 W Sprague Rd (Get directions)
Sprague, NE 68368
Phone: (402) 796-2362
This 742-acre area has great spots for picnicking and camping, as well as a lake, making it a perfect place for a close-to-home getaway. Anglers especially enjoy Bluestem, which has a 325-acre lake. Picnicking, camping and other activities are also offered.

Fishing: Bluestem State Recreation Area provides great fishing opportunity for largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, walleye, northern pike and wiper among others.

Boating: All types of boating are allowed at Bluestem. The area also has four docks and three boat ramps.

Swimming: A swimming beach provides guests with a way to cool off during the hot summer months. There are no lifeguards on duty.

Archery: An archery range gives both new and experienced archers the chance to sharpen their skills.

Picnicking: Bluestem has 62 picnic tables and 97 grills for those looking for a spot to grill and relax.

Primitive Camping: Bluestem offers primitive camping only. There are 19 camping pads without electricity, as well as 200 non-pad sites without electricity. The area also offers water, vault toliets and a dump station.

Ralph Mueller Planetarium

645 North 14th Street (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68588
Phone: (402) 472-2642
Cost: starting July 1, 2019: $5/adult, $4/child IN ADDITION to regular museum admission. Children must be at least 4 years old to attend regular public shows.

Experience the wonders of the universe in this immersive, full-dome theater! With a wide variety of shows changing every season, there is something for everyone! The Ralph Mueller Planetarium offers shows Saturday & Sunday, with additional showings during summer. The planetarium is closed on UNL home football game days.

Union Plaza

Cost: Free admission

Union Plaza is a place of discovery, gathering and celebration for all those who visit. The Park features four water features, a festival space, the Jayne Snyder Trails Center, a children's discovery area, a pond plaza, outdoor plaza seating, a scenic overlook, outdoor amphitheater, bike trails and public art.

Along with the overall concept of water, each block has a more specific focus on natural ecological systems, which are seen through the themes for the murals installed on the retaining walls as well as the pavement patterns which represent the dry stream beds that would have been present before Lincoln was established. The P and Q streets block has a community focus. The Jayne Snyder Trails Center provides amenities for trail users, space for public gatherings, restroom facilities and the 200 person Dickson Dinsmore Graf Amphitheater. Murals between these two city blocks focus on community including Native American tribes and pioneers that settled in this area. Lastly, the Q to R streets block focuses on the flora and fauna of Nebraska. The Assurity Overlook is located on the south side of the block in the shape of an inverted vortex. It offers views along the channel as well as to the city, truly capturing the fact that Lincoln is an urban forest. The Assurity Overlook is planted to show the juxtaposition of native and agricultural plant material and includes bioretention cells that collect and clean the storm water runoff.

Two pieces of public art are in the P to Q Street block. Artist James Tyler's Groundwater Colossus stands 12 feet tall and is on the west side of the park. This sculpture is meant to personify the Ogallala Aquifer that sits beneath it. Loudspeakers embedded in the head play both the sounds of trickling water and clanging metal which represents the impact that humans have on the environment. Artist Shannon Hansen's Discover is on the east side of the park. When you stand back and peer through Discover, it frames the Capitol building.

UNL Dairy Store

114 Food Industry Complex (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68583
Phone: (402) 472-2973
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

Closed: Major holidays - MLK Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Winter Break - (Uni. Shutdown)

For Dairy Store Tour call 402-472-2973

For catering call 402-472-2828 for anything from ice cream socials to meal catering.

Taste the tradition of over 95 years of experience and quality. Small batch premium homemade gourmet cheese and ice cream made right here on the University of Nebraska- Lincoln's East Campus. Stop by the East Campus Visitors Center and UNL Dairy Store. Look for the neon ice cream cone in the window.