Attractions Directory

Parks

Antelope Park

23rd and N to 33rd and Sheridan Blvd. (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68502
Phone: (402) 441-7847
Antelope Park is a particularly beautiful park offering extensive facilities, including rose gardens, Sunken Gardens, fountains, public art, Lincoln Children's Zoo, a play center, a golf course, Veterans Memorial Garden, trails system and a universally accessible playground area.

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.

Branched Oak State Recreation Area

12000 W Branched Oak Rd (Get directions)
Raymond, NE 68428
Branched Oak State Recreation Area features the largest lake in eastern Nebraska and has long been a popular spot for fishing, boating and camping. Approximately 1,800 acres of water, along with well-maintained modern and primitive campsites, two swimming beaches, hiking trails and an equestrian campground draw visitors from near and far. A marina offers fuel, bait, boat rental, concessions and a bar and grill.

Fishing: Branched Oak Lake offers great fishing opportunities and is a popular spot with anglers. Available species include blue catfish, bluegill, common carp, channel catfish, crappie, flathead catfish, freshwater drum, largemouth bass, striped bass, walleye, white perch and wiper. There’s a daily bag limit of one walleye, 22 inches or longer, and there’s a 10-inch minimum length limit for crappie. Striped bass, white bass, wiper and flathead catfish are catch-and-release. A wheelchair-accessible deck is available near the marina, and fish cleaning stations are located at areas 5 and 11.

Boating: Branched Oak Lake is open to all types of boating. Nine ramps and 49 docks are available. The marina sells fuel and also offers boat rental.

Swimming: Branched Oak features two swimming beaches. There are no lifeguards on duty at either.

Marina: The marina sells bait, firewood and fuel, among other amenities, and also offers boat rental and a bar/grill.

Trails: The park offers seven miles of hiking trails, six miles of mountain bike trails and three miles of horse trails.

Picnicking: Branched Oak SRA offers 41 picnic shelters, three of which are reservable. One reservable shelter has electricity and accommodates up to 60 people. The park also offers 625 picnic tables and 588 grills.

Other Activities: Branched Oak also offers archery, horseshoe pits and a nationally recognized dog trial area. It’s also a popular spot for wildlife viewing, particularly in the spring when many visitors stop by to view bald eagles.

Modern Camping: Branched Oak offers 300 camping pads with 30- and 50-amp electrical hookups, as well as 32 camping pads without electricity. The lake has five shower houses, modern restrooms, dump stations and playground equipment.

Primitive Camping: The area offers 183 non-pad sites without electricity. Only one camping unit is allowed per site, though an extra tent is allowed for dependent children only.

Equestrian Camping: Visitors can camp with their horses in one area of the park. This area offers 15 pull-through sites with electrical hookups reservable at the park office only, as well as 14 corrals. Hand-pump drinking water, toilets and fire rings are available in the equestrian camping area.

Community Crops

1301 S 11th St (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68502
Phone: (402) 474-9802
Visit and be inspired by Lincoln's community gardens. More than a dozen locations provide opportunities for residents to grow their own food. Community Crops provides the land, water, tools and seeds they need.

Conestoga State Recreation Area

3800 Conestoga Lake State Recreation Rd (Get directions)
Denton, NE 68339
Phone: (402) 796-2362
Conestoga is a 230-acre reservoir surrounded by 486 acres of land. The area offers power boating, picnicking, hiking and biking trails, camping and fishing. Located just two miles north of Denton in rural Lancaster County, Conestoga is a popular getaway for visitors from Lincoln and the surrounding area.

Fishing: Generally, bluegill, common carp, channel catfish, flat head catfish, freshwater drum, large mouth bass and walleye can be found in Conestoga Lake. Additionally, there is one fish cleaning station.

Boating: Only non-powered and electric-motor boating is permitted at Conestoga. The area offers one ramp and one dock.

Picnicking: Conestoga offers 59 picnic tables, 59 grills and two shelters.

RV Camping: Conestoga offers 25 camping pads with 20-, 30- and 50-amp electrical hookups, as well as eight camping pads without electricity. Water, vault toilets and a dump station are available.

Primitive Camping: Conestoga offers 24 non-pad sites without electricity. Water and vault toilets are available to campers.

Hazel Abel Park

18th & E (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 441-7847
This quaint, Renaissance-style park includes a gazebo, fountain, play area and benches all surrounded by an ornate cast iron fence. It is tucked away in Lincoln's historic Near South neighborhood and transports visitors to the calm nostalgic times of days gone by.

Holmes Lake

70th & Normal Blvd (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68506
Phone: (402) 441-7847
The man-made lake is the center feature of Holmes Park and is a Lincoln favorite for non-motorized boating, picnicking, and fishing. The park also offers ball diamonds, playground, golf course and Hyde Memorial Observatory. In winter, part of the lake is cleared of snow for ice skating and sledders fill the hills.

Joshua C. Turner Arboretum

3800 S. 48th St. (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68506
The Union College campus became an affiliate site of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum in April 1981. Named after Union's director of grounds from 1948-1969, the Joshua C. Turner Arboretum contains more than 100 identified species of trees and bushes.

Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park & Wildlife Safari

16406 292 Street (Get directions)
Ashland, NE 68003
Phone: (402) 944-9453
Drive your car through free-ranging North American wildlife in natural habitat! See bison, white-tailed deer, cranes in wetland habitat and hike to Pawnee Creek Trailhead. Enjoy beautiful gardens, small-animals exhibits, gift shop, and accessories at the Visitors Center.

Nebraska Statewide Arboretum

PO Box 830715 (Get directions)
Lincoln, NE 68583-0715
Phone: (402) 472-2971
The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum is a network of public gardens, parks, school grounds and other public landscapes. Find a wealth of resources, articles and publications about native and recommended plants and landscape management at https://plantnebraska.org/. A complete list of gardens to enjoy in Lincoln is at https://plantnebraska.org/who-we-are/affiliate-sites/