From ancient fossils to sandstone caves, families can expect bucketloads of adventure in Nebraska's varied State Parks.
Your whole family will be amazed by the mysterious ash blanket that preserves the fossils of otherworldly creatures from 12 million years ago - this wonder of nature has to be seen to be believed.
Strap on your boots and get hiking amid ancient forests and impressive canyons - breathtaking scenes are guaranteed.
Maintained by the National Parks Service, the secluded canyons and hiking trails of Fort Niobrara are worth a mention. There are few sights more rewarding on a long hike than that of Snake River Falls, which shoots out over a 54-ft-wide ledge in a canyon clearing.
Adrenaline junkies are well catered to in Nebraska's State Parks - try rafting, horse-riding, and more, with stunning scenery as the backdrop.
For blissful days of fun in the Nebraska sunshine, visit Niobara, which offers many thrilling outdoor activities. Go on a horseback ride down leafy trails, splash about in the swimming pool, go fishing or rafting at the confluence of the Missouri or Niobrara Rivers, or try cross-country skiing in the winter.
Close to the city of Lexington, the beautiful Johnson Lake is renowned for its fishing reserves. Fishing fans travel from across the state to catch the Walleye that spring from its waters, while the 2,068 acre lake also offers plenty of boating and waterskiing entertainment.
Running the length of the Sandhills Scenic Byway, the hand-planted Nebraska National Forest is a leafy haven for sports fans - horse riding, hiking, and cycling are popular activities in this green paradise.