Omaha was the original state
capital, but it was moved here (what was then the town of Lancaster) shortly
after the Civil War. The town was then renamed Lincoln Nebraska in honor of
the recently-assassinated president. Because this is the state capital, you
will find many attractions in Lincoln having to do with the history of the city
and state, its arts, and culture. Additionally, there are many things to do
in Lincoln and Lincoln events because of this status as the capital and because
it is a major university city.
Lincoln travel happens for a couple reasons other than straightforward tourism. Business and political travelers come here, as this is the capital and one of the state’s centers of commerce. The university brings the families of students and thousands of fans for the Cornhusker home games, as major Lincoln events include any home game. But tourism is an important industry, and attractions include several important museums, including the Nebraska State Historical Society’s Museum of Nebraska History and the University of Nebraska State Museum, which contains a planetarium.
Other Lincoln Nebraska attractions include the Governor’s Mansion, which is
open for tours, and the State
Capitol Building, constructed between 1922 and 1932. One of the centers
of the city is Historic Haymarket, formed around the original 1867 market square.
It is full of dining venues and restaurants, chic shops and galleries, and restored
warehouses. More history is alive at Fairview, the former home of statesman
William Jennings Bryan, and the Kennard House, built in 1869 and the oldest
structure in the city.
If your Lincoln travel takes you outside of the city, you can visit three of
the state’s wineries – Deer Springs Winery, James Arthur Vineyards, and Prime
Country Winery. These are all located just outside the city and easily accessible
with your car rentals.
The Deer Springs tasting room is in the beautifully restored original 1867 farmhouse.
Both Prime Country Winery and James Arthur Vineyards are set in beautiful rolling
countryside and offer award-winning vintages. It is possible to book excursions,
day trips, and other Lincoln Nebraska vacation
packages that visit the wineries
and other sites outside of town.
During your Lincoln travel it is possible to get tastes of the great outdoors.
Pioneers Park Nature Center and Wilderness Park offer miles of hiking,
biking, and nature trails through native Nebraska prairie grass, along with
a herd of bison. The Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center near Denton has preserved
800 acres of native tall grass prairie habitat that has never felt a plow. Here
also are lovely gardens and one of the state’s premier zoos, the Lincoln Children’s
Zoo. There are numerous country clubs and other places for golfing,
as well as lakes where fishing,
boating, and camping are possible.
In addition to the many Lincoln events that have to do with the university and
its championship football team, look for summer concerts, festivals,
and celebrations in Historic Haymarket.