Attractions Directory


Lincoln’s extensive trail system has been recognized as some of the best in the nation. More than 128 miles of trails are available for walking, hiking, running, biking and rollerblading. Most are paved. The Lower Platte South Natural Resources District has a limestone trail along Salt Creek, from Calvert Street to Rosa Parks Way. The NRD also maintains MoPac East, east of 84th Street. Pioneers Park and the trails around the Nature Center attract naturalists. Trails throughout the seven-mile-long Wilderness Park also are popular for viewing birds, deer, and other wildlife. For more information on local trails, go to

Union College

3800 S 48th Street (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68506

Located on the beautiful campus of Union College in southeast Lincoln, the Ortner Center provides a safe, clean, and comfortable environment for meetings and conferences. For reservations, please call (402) 486-2545.

Union Plaza

N 21st St (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68508

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. 

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

1400 R Street (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68508

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is a public research university located in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States. It is the state's oldest and largest university and the flagship university of the University of Nebraska system.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Botanical Garden and Arboretum

12 garden areas on both City and East campuses. (Get directions)
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 morw information you can cantact Susan Budler at: 402-472-1229

University of Nebraska Memorial Stadium

The stadium is located between 10th Street and Stadium Drive on UNL’s City Campus. Self-guided tours can be taken seven days a week in the North Stadium, but only Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., through West Stadium and Osborne Athletic Complex.

University Place Aquatics Center

2000 N. 48th St. (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68503
Phone: (402) 441-7834

Hours: Mon. – Fri. 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sat. – Sun. 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

University Place Aquatic Center is an outdoor, seasonal, public swimming pool facility opening Memorial Day weekend.  Zero-depth entry, accessible facility, drop slide and other amenities are available.

University Theatre, Nebraska Repertory Theatre, Theatrix - UNL

12th & R Street | Howell Memorial Theatre | 1st Floor Temple Building | UNL Campus (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: Ticket Office: (402) 472-4747

The UNL Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film has three production programs: University Theatre, the academic year main stage with faculty directors, faculty/upper-level student designers and student actors; Theatrix, the academic year second stage completely run by students; and the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, a regional professional summer theatre.

UNL Dairy Store

114 Food Industry Complex | 38th & Holdrege Streets (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68583
Phone: (402) 472-2951

Hours: 8am-9pm Mon.-Fri.; 10am-9pm Sat. & Sun.

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.

Veterans Memorial Garden

Located east of Auld Recreation Center at 1650 Memorial Drive. (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68502
Phone: (402) 441-7847

The Veterans Memorial Garden has more than 21 memorials and over 5,000 donated Bricks of Remembrance� honoring veterans of foreign wars. The memorials include World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Pearl Harbor, Airborne, Air Force, Coast Guard, Disabled Veterans, Ex-Prisoners of War, K-9 Corps, China-Burma-India, Medical, Seabees and others.