1. Nebraska State Capitol
Located downtown, the Nebraska State Capitol is a part of Nebraska History that is hard to miss, and not just because it’s the tallest building in downtown. In its third iteration after being completed in 1932, this first-of-its-kind capitol building includes panoramic views of the city that you won’t be able to see from anywhere else.
2. Pioneers Park
Pioneers Park is Lincoln’s oldest and most beloved park. Home to Pinewood Bowl, miles of multi-use trails, playfields, public art, playground areas, and the Pioneers Park Nature Center, this park is a must for anyone who loves being outside. The 668 acres is perfect whether you’re enjoying a picnic, exploring the trails around the nature center, or getting the next photo for your ‘gram at one of the countless picture-perfect spots around the park.
3. Sunken Gardens
Listed in the “300 Best Gardens to Visit in the United States and Canada” by National Geographic, this 1.5 acres is an iconic feature of Lincoln. Tiptoe through the tulips every spring and watch the thousands of annuals and perennials bloom all summer long. While The art installations, varied combinations of trees, shrubs, and perennials provide especially quiet and peaceful points of interest throughout the winter season.
4. Sheldon Museum of Art
The Sheldon Museum of Art showcases not only the collections of the Sheldon Art Association but also the University of Nebraska. Both the inside of the museum and the surrounding outdoor sculpture garden provides a great opportunity to admire the collection comprised of everything from 19th-century landscapes to contemporary art.
5. Jazz in June
If it’s a Tuesday in June, Jazz in June is one of the many festivals that takes place throughout year. This free-to-attend annual cultural event is a can’t miss during the summer and provides the perfect opportunity to experience live music.
6. National Museum of Roller Skating
The National Museum of Roller Skating is perhaps one of the more unexpected Lincoln attractions. With artifacts dating back to the early 19th century as part of the largest collection of roller-skating items in the world. The museum’s goal is to provide the public with an experience to reflect on and understand the sport of roller skating and its history.
7. Hyde Observatory
Located in Holmes Lake Park, Hyde Observatory is one of the few observation facilities in the U.S. devoted exclusively to public viewing and operated entirely by donations and volunteers. Stargazers are welcome to come look at the universe on one of the three high-powered telescopes.
Each year, there are about a million adventures that happen on Lincoln’s trails, and with over 134 miles of hard surface and crushed rock trails, it’s not hard to imagine why. With being able to get just about anywhere in the city, taking the trails gives a great opportunity to enjoy some fresh air no matter whether you hike, bike, skip, or run.
9. Haymarket Farmers Market
The Haymarket Farmers’ market offers a great opportunity to see local fares, food and enjoy the atmosphere of one of the three farmers market taking place every week in Lincoln. So, no matter whether you’re purchasing the one-of-a-kind items, delicious food, or just enjoying the live music, the farmers market is still one of the best ways to spend a Saturday morning.
10. Drive-In Movie at the Airport
Drive on up to this drive-in experience at the Lincoln Airport. Offering a free movie series on the side of their WWII era hanger, this one-of-a-kind experience lets friends and families have a free night out enjoying some classic movies. So, whether you’re snacking on food from food trucks or brought your own popcorn, this is an event you can’t miss.