In Lincoln, affordable fun is never far away. With options that help you get out to both explore and enjoy the city that are available year-round, Lincoln is always able to help you find free things to do during your free time.
LUX Center for the Arts Mural
EmergeLNK Mural Tour

For a vibrant splash of culture, join the EmergeLNK Free Mural Tours. Wander through Lincoln’s streets and alleyways in the University Place Neighborhood to discover stunning murals created by local artists. These tours are a fantastic way to explore the city's creative side while enjoying some fresh air.

Sheldon Museum of Art
Sheldon Museum of Art

The Sheldon Museum of Art, located on the edge of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus, has been providing the public with the opportunity to see prominent American art. Plus, with their adjoining sculpture garden, visitors are able to enjoy both indoor and outdoor art exhibits completely free of charge.

Pioneers Park Kids Running
Pioneers Park Nature Center

After browsing through art, why not take some of the views while enjoying a picnic at Pioneers Park? With miles of multi-use trails, playground areas, public art and the Pioneers Park Nature Center, Lincoln’s oldest park is the perfect place to spend a day in nature while enjoying everything it has to offer, totally free of charge.

Hyde Memorial Observatory
Hyde Memorial Observatory

After a day outside, why not enjoy a night looking up at the stars? Located at Holmes Lake Park, Hyde Memorial Observatory is a public observatory with three high-powered telescopes for any member of the public to be able to see the stars. Not to mention their free astronomy programs on Saturday night are the perfect opportunity to learn more about the stars.

Outdoor Movie at the Lincoln Airport

Speaking of stars, why not catch some of yours in their classic movies while enjoying a night out? The Lincoln Airport Authority’s Outdoor Movie Series is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a free night out with a classic drive-in movie experience with movies projected on the side of a hangar.

State Capitol
Nebraska State Capitol

Open every day during the week and offering free guided tours, the Nebraska State Capitol offers one of the best ways to take in some history and amazing views. Not only is one able to learn more about the history of the state, but you are also able to see panoramic views of the city from the observation deck on top of the tallest building in Lincoln.

Sunken Gardens
The Sunken Gardens

Step into a floral paradise at the Sunken Gardens, where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of meticulously maintained flower beds and serene water features. This botanical gem offers a tranquil escape with no admission fee.

Live Music
Live Music

Lincoln’s music scene is alive and well with free live music events that keep the city grooving. Enjoy the vibrant mix of tunes and food at Hub & Soul in Union Plaza, catch local acts at Live at Telegraph or relax with smooth jazz at Jazz in June at the Sheldon Museum of Art’s Sculpture Garden. These events make it easy to experience Lincoln’s musical charm without spending a dime.

Haymarket Farmers Market
Farmers Markets

Embrace the local flavors and vibrant atmosphere of Lincoln's Farmer's Markets. From fresh produce to artisanal crafts, these markets offer a delightful array of goods from local vendors. With multiple markets throughout the week, there's always an opportunity to stroll and shop—if you're feeling spendy.

Peterson Pickleball Courts
Pickleball at Peterson Pickleball Courts

For those seeking an active and social way to spend their time, Peterson Pickleball Courts offer a perfect solution. Located in the heart of Lincoln, these courts provide a free space for enthusiasts of all levels to enjoy the laid-back game of pickleball. Whether you're a seasoned player or a newcomer looking to learn, Peterson Pickleball Courts are the place to be.