Whether you're a newcomer discovering Lincoln's charm or a hometown resident opting for a leisurely staycation, now is the perfect time to begin planning your 2024 adventures in the beloved “big small town” that is Lincoln. Uncover its array of hidden treasures and timeless attractions, immersing yourself in Lincoln's vibrant and welcoming community. 
1. Husker Nation 

Whether it's volleyball, basketball or football, Lincoln pulses with excitement for any Husker sporting event. Husker Nation is like no other. From shattering world records for attendance at women's sporting events on Volleyball Day in Nebraska to maintaining historic sellout streaks for both football and volleyball, the Husker fan community is electrifying. Attending a game is a must-have experience when you visit the city that lives and breathes Husker Red. 

Football Game

2. Live Music 

From intimate venues that amplify local talent to large stages that host renowned artists, Lincoln’s unique live music scene offers a diverse range of genres and atmospheres, including the iconic Pinewood Bowl, the Bourbon Theatre, Zoo Bar and more. 

Concert in Bourbon Theatre

3. Exceptional Culinary Experiences 

Lincoln boasts an array of distinct culinary adventures. Our local food scene is equally diverse as it is delicious, ranging from farm-to-table to international flavors. The city's restaurants promise to serenade your taste buds all evening long, leaving you thoroughly satisfied. 

DISH Restaurant

4.  Supporting Local Businesses 

The abundance of unique shops and businesses makes supporting local an easy choice, whatever your shopping needs. Whether you seek trendy boutiques, bustling farmers’ markets, or quaint bookstores, there are local favorites for everyone to enjoy. 

Pattino Shoes

5. Exploring Parks

No matter whether your favorite kind of park is one with lakes to kayak on or hiking trails for you to explore, Lincoln’s numerous parks have something for everyone. There’s not a better place to enjoy your favorite outdoor activity. 

6.  Annual Events

There is never a dull moment throughout the year as Lincoln consistently offers events for everyone. From the vibrant outdoor concerts of Jazz in June to the enchanting spectacle of Zoo Lights during winter, explore the array of distinct events that make Lincoln, Lincoln. 

Zoo Lights

7.  Hands-On Classes

With offerings including glass blowing and creative cooking classes, there’s plenty of opportunity to get hands-on whenever you visit. Lincoln’s local experts make it fun and easy to take away something special, no matter what you may have learned. 

8.  Incredible Arts Scene

Our dedication to the arts shines through our outstanding art galleries and public installations, exemplified by esteemed venues like the Kiechel Fine Art Gallery, LUX Center for the Arts and the Burkholder Project

LUX Center for the Arts Mural

9.  4-season City

Lincoln’s beauty transcends through all of the four seasons and offers something for everyone year-round. Whether you're walking along the trails to watch the flowers bloom in spring, keen on hitting the golf courses in summer, exploring farmers' markets in fall, or marveling at holiday light displays in winter, there's no finer place to experience the four seasons of the year than in Lincoln. 

Haymarket Spring

10.  One-of-a-Kind Experiences

Robber’s Cave is Lincoln’s oldest tourist destination and the city’s one-and-only underground attraction! Book a tour and see Lincoln from a different point of view. The Branched Oak Observatory offers a celestial experience that transports visitors beyond our world, revealing the marvels of the night sky in southeast Nebraska! 

Robbers Cave Tour

11.  Unique Hotels

Home to multiple boutique offerings like The Scarlet Hotel and The Kindler Hotel, Lincoln has plenty of opportunities to provide a unique stay that includes memorable venues and experiences that you can’t get anywhere else. 

Scarlet Hotel

12.  Museums

With local attractions featuring exhibits such as the largest mammoth fossil, largest collection of quilts, classic American speed machines and the history of roller skating, it should be no surprise that Lincoln is home to multiple award-winning museums. 

Museum of American Speed

13.  World-class Sweets (Chocolate Season and Licorice International)

Lincoln is the perfect pairing for your sweet tooth. Indulge in delectable delights from top-notch bakeries with chocolates and treats made all in-house and sweets stores with inventory from all over the world, ensuring you’ll find your perfect sweet treat. 

Licorice International

14. Paws-itively Perfect For Your Furry Pals

A vacation away from home does not mean you have to leave your furry friends behind. Get ready to explore, wag and savor the joy of a dog-friendly Lincoln. Whether it's breweries like White Elm Brewing Company or eateries such as Hub Café, Bella, Lincoln's resident expert on paw-friendly experiences, is here to guide you. Discover dog-friendly accommodations and attractions through her blog

Bella's Best: The Mill

15.  Exploring Trails

Lincoln is home to one of the biggest trail networks in the country. With trails this nice, it’s no wonder Lincoln plays host to plenty of races such as The Good Life Halfsy and Gravel Worlds. But don’t let the professional athletes have all the fun. Make sure to explore the trails throughout the entire city when you are in Lincoln. 

16.  Event at PBA or Lied Center

No visit to Lincoln is truly fulfilled without immersing yourself in an event at our top-tier concert and event venues. Catch a touring Broadway production at the acclaimed Lied Center for Performing Arts or groove to the tunes of your favorite artist at Pinnacle Bank Arena; you're always at the heart of the excitement. 

Lied Center


17.  Zoo

Although named the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, it promises an adventure for all ages. Thanks to a recent expansion, the zoo now offers even more interactive experiences, alongside a lineup of exclusive seasonal events such as Zoo Lights, boasting one of the Midwest's largest light displays, and Brews at the Zoo, an exciting craft beer tasting affair. 

Two women feeding a giraffe

18.  Explore Unique Neighborhoods

No matter where you are in Lincoln, you’re sure to be close to one of the unique neighborhoods scattered throughout the city, whether you’re strolling around the Historic Haymarket for the restaurants or College View for their locally owned shops, there’s plenty of areas to explore. 


19. Nightlife

When the sun goes down, there’s no reason to stop the party. Lincoln’s award-winning breweries and cideries complement nationally-recognized speakeasies and bars to help cap off an amazing day in the city. 

Vs Arcade Bar

20. Fun for All Ages

We take joy in guiding families and visitors of every age to our beloved family-friendly destinations, such as the Lincoln Children’s Museum. With three levels brimming with opportunities for playful learning, it's an experience cherished by all. 

21. Runza

It doesn’t get much more Nebraska than a Runza! Be sure to try this iconic bread pocket filled with beef and cabbage. Visiting in the cooler months? Savor the hearty goodness of their famous chili paired perfectly with a delectable cinnamon roll--the ultimate Nebraska combination.  

Runza Meal

22. Nebraska State Capitol

With its rich history and captivating architecture, the capitol building is an iconic symbol of our state and offers guided tours to visitors.  

State Capitol

23. Atmosphere

Discover firsthand why Lincoln has earned its status as one of the most cherished cities in the Midwest. With our warm ambiance and hallmark "Nebraska Nice" hospitality, you'll understand why visitors return time and again to the heart of the heartland. 

24. Free Adventures for Thrifty Travelers

Explore Lincoln for less than a Lincoln. Whether you are a budget-conscious traveler or simply hoping to make the most of your time without breaking the bank, Lincoln offers a multitude of treasures that will make your wallet happy. 

Sheldon Museum of Art