Nebraska is a family-friendly state. With its small-town energy and rich cultural history, there’s enough to keep the most energetic kids entertained all day. Waterparks, museums, and plenty of outdoor activities are yours for the taking.
with its kiddie-friendly Explorer Ship, an indulgent lazy river, and exciting surf simulator, Pawnee Plunge Waterpark makes for a great day out with the family.
This 25-acre zoo is home to over 200 animals from around the world. Kids can discover the joys of paleontology at the Dino Dig, and there’s a waterpark for everyone can cool down in at the end of the day.
Featuring a Wiggle Room built specially for toddlers, as well as a host of interactive games for older kids, this museum is perfect family fun. Learn about the world from both scientific and design perspectives, and don’t forget to check out the museum's regular events.
North Platte offers fun for the whole family at Cody Go Karts. Water slides, bumper boats, and go-karts make this a great day out for everyone, no matter their age.
This awesome collection of planes and rockets will amaze every budding pilot and astronaut. Flight simulators allow you to experience the thrill of flying, and the spacecraft collection is out of this world!
This is the birthplace of good old-fashioned outdoor fun, and there's no lack of choice for those who want to get outside and celebrate life. Summer fairs, nature festivals, and carnivals compete for your attention. Here are some of the best.
Surely one of the must-see events in Nebraska, the Nebraska State Fair, held on Grand Island each summer, offers concerts, livestock, exhibits, interactive games, and great food.
Another must-see event in Nebraska is the crane festival. Commemorating the annual migration of cranes and waterfowl as they travel through the state, this festival is the best place to educate yourself on local wildlife and migration patterns.
Nebraska City’s own apple festival is a celebration of this humble fruit. With a carnival, parade, and many apple-based treats, as well as games and entertainment, this annual event is beloved by locals and visitors alike.
Every May, South Omaha celebrates Mexican culture. The biggest festival in the Midwest offers live music, delicious tacos, and performers in stunning, colorful costumes.
Sports enthusiasts will love this annual event celebrating everything to do with the marine industry. Whether you're shopping or just browsing, if you love boats, you'll have a great day.
Whereas its roots are steeped in the music of jazz, blues, and ragtime, these days, Nebraska offers an eclectic assortment of musical genres. From country to alternative to hip-hop, it’s all here, and the state celebrates its style with a mass of music events.
This child-friendly festival offers great music, fantastic food, interactive games, and arts and crafts each year.
For more than 35 years, North Platte has been celebrating country music with the popular Country Nights festival organized by the Nebraska Country Music Foundation.
Immerse yourself in the history and culture of swing dance at this annual Omaha extravaganza, which celebrates the area’s rich musical heritage with great music all night long.
Visiting and local artists vie for your attention at Maha’s annual festival.
Held in the beautiful Soko park, Hullabaloo offers three days of camping and music. If you appreciate good music, don’t miss it.