Local Places

Things to do

Click on each trail name below to view the 'things to do' on that trail.


 Loess Canyons

Curtis, NE

Hansen Memorial Museum
502 East 5th Street
Curtis, NE 69025
308-367-4122
www.curtis-ne.com

Hours: by appointment
Immigrant settler's home and one room school house.


Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
404 East 7th Street
Curtis, NE 69025
308-367-4124
ncta.unl.edu
Hours: 8:00A - 5:00P
University of Nebraska Ag College, formerly Nebraska Ag High School, includes 640 acre farm.

Wellfleet, NE

Dancing Leaf Earth Lodge
6100 East Opal Springs Road
Wellfleet, NE 69170
308-963-4233
Hours: by appointment
Prehistoric native Indian lodge and artifacts, overnight lodging available.


 Medicine Creek

Arapahoe, NE

Crystal Theatre
503 Nebraska Ave.
Arapahoe, NE 68922
308-962-5341
Shows: Fri., Sat, Sun, & Mon. Nights

Furnas Gosper County Museum
401 Nebraska Ave.
Arapahoe, NE 68922

Hours: 1:00P - 4:00P SA & SU, May - Oct.
See the items that have been preserved from the early days of Furnas and Gosper Counties.


Outdoor Classroom
Arapahoe, NE 68922
Three blocks east of the intersection of Highways 6 & 34 & 283. one block north to the Episcopal Church park at the rear of the parking lot, Outdoor classroom is in the center of the block. Activity: Place of tranquility, trees & plants are marked, waterfall, gazebo, picnic area, weddings, photography, it is a Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Landscape Steward Site.

Cambridge, NE

Cambridge Museum
612 Penn Street
Cambridge, NE 69022
308-687-4385
www.cambridgene.org

Hours:1:00P - 5:00P, TU - SU in Apr. - Oct.
1:00P - 5:00P, SA & SU in Oct. - Apr.
Natural history exhibits include geological collections of rocks and minerals, fossils of prehistoric plants and animals, and mounted birds and animals. Exhibits of pioneer home settings and businesses recreate the early lifestyle of Cambridge. Pioneer weaponry, agricultural tools, livestock memorabilia, and Native American artifacts are also featured. A "kid's case" features discoveries of local youths. The museum's art gallery hosts temporary art exhibits and a collection of paintings from local artists. Also featured in the museum are collections of old photographs, postcards, newspapers, books, and coin and stamp collections.


McKinley Park
Highway 6 & 34
Cambridge, NE 69022

Walk the trails in the Cambridge Park to enjoy the colorful flower garden and a sculptor of "Daydreams" by S.L. Jonson Studios of Cambridge. Also see bronze sculptors of the ballplayers by sculptor, Gary Gunther, a Cambridge native son and respected, world recognized sculptor, and see and hear songbirds. The Medicine Creek meanders through the park and attracts many varieties of birds. There is a 1.2 mile Medicine Creek Trail walking trail that crosses Medicine Creek twice.

 

The Park features lighted tennis courts, a heated swimming pool, picnic and playground facilities, flower gardens, and an historic one-room school house. You may be able to view riding and roping competitions at the Patterson Arena on Sunday afternoons.

McKinley Park, a playground for all ages, offers RV campgrounds, 18-hole golf course, baseball, basketball, sand-filled playground oasis, picnic shelters, trails, and artistic sculptures in the natural beauty of our J. Norman Walburn Arboretum an affiliate of the Nebraska Arboretum.


Sondra Johnson's Art Studio
716 Nelson St. & 6122 Pacific St.
Cambridge, NE 69022
800-720-8574
www.sljonsonstudios.com

Sondra Johnson's small bronzes appear in collections throughout the United States and parts of Europe including the White House and the Vatican. Ms. Jonson's classical training is evident in her masterful rendering of the human figure and portraits. Skilled craftsmanship, original design, versatile subject matter, and careful attention to detail are characteristics of her work.


Indianola, NE

Beaver Buckets
71663 Road 397
Indianola, NE 69034
308-364-2528
www.beaverbuckets.com

If you are within 30 miles of Indianola, we advise you to stop at Beaver Buckets to meet Jim Gaster, a skilled cooper smith. A cooper smith (for those of us who are rusty in our historical terms), is one who constructs wooden containers from a variety of woods, bands, and finishes. Gaster has made buckets for the Smithsonian Institute, the White House Visitor's Center, the U.S. Botanical Gardens, the Lotte World Adventure amusement park in Seoul, Korea, and museums throughout the nation. Films such as Seabiscuit, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, The Alamo, and The Legend of Zorro use buckets made at the Indianola business. Gaster's wooden buckets are all serviceable as well as handsome. Watching a skilled craftsman build a container out of wood, and construct it well enough to hold water is an amazing experience.


Oxford, NE

Granada Theatre
409 Ogden Ave.
Oxford, NE 68967
308-824-3705

Shows: Friday - Monday Night 7:30 p.m.



 Republican River

Alma, NE

Harlan County Lake
South of Alma
Alma, NE 68920
www.megavision.net/hctour/index.html
Fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, birdwatching

Red Cloud, NE

Red Cloud Opera House
413 N. Webster Street
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Opera House 402-746-2641; Willa Cather Pioneer Mem
www.willacather.org/operahouse
8:00AM-5:00PM Mon-Sat, 1:00OM-5:00PM Sunday

Starke Round Barn
4 miles E of Red Cloud on HWY 136
Red Cloud, NE 68970
402-746-3238
www.redcloudnebraska.com/history
The Starke Barn was built in 1902-1903 by the four Starke Brothers, Conrad, Ernest, Bill and Chris, who came to Nebraska from Milwaukee. The massive structure measures 130 feet in diameter. The center silo has a diameter of 28 feet and a height of 65 feet. The barn itself is three stories tall, the bottom level for animals, the second for machinery and the third (or loft) for hay.

Webster County Historical Museum
4th & Franklin St
Red Cloud, NE 68970
402-746-2444
www.redcloudnebraska.com
Housed in a beaurtiful 1909 classic revival-style brick mansion. The rich heritage of the early settlers of the county during the late 1800's and early 1900's is depicted thoughout the four floofloors. April 1-October 31 1:00PM-5:00PM

Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Educational Foundation
413 N. Webster Street
Red Cloud, NE 68970
www.willacather.org
Check website for details on visitor tours, hours of operation, details of Willa Cather's life in Red Cloud.


 Rainwater Basin

Gibbon, NE

Rowe Sanctuary - Audobon
44450 Elm Island Rd.
Gibbon, NE 68840
08-468-5282
www.rowesanctuary.org
Known for Sand Hill Crane viewing, but also a good place to view other birds along the Platte River.

Holdrege, NE

Nebraska Prairie Museum
2701 Burlington St.
Holdrege, NE 68949
308-995-5015
www.nebraskaprairie.org
Hours: 10:00A - 5:00P, M-SA; 1:00P - 5:00P, SU
Great art exhibit, Camp Atlanta P.O.W. exhibit. This museum will keep you busy for hours on end with its many displays.

The Tassel Performing Arts Center
1324 Tilden St.
Holdrege, NE 68949
308-995-2717
www.thetassel.org

The region's premier performing arts center. The Tassel seats over 800, and plays host to many different types of acts.


YMCA of the Prairie
1415 Broadway St.
Holdrege, NE 68949
308-995-4050
www.ymcaoftheprairie.org
Hours: 5:30A - 10:00P, M-F; 8:00A - 5:00P, SA; 1:00P - 5:00P, SU
Brand new facility. Indoor swimming pool, suspended walking track, gym, two racquetball courts and much more.

Kearney, NE

Great Platte River Archway
I-80, Exit 272
Kearney, NE
www.archway.org
Selected as the #1 Western Museum in the United States.


 Sandsage Prairie

Benkelman, NE

Benkelman Golf Club
33998 Old Highway 34
Benkelman, NE 69021
308-423-4653 or 308-423-2495
Hours: 7 days of week, golf anytime a tournament or league play is not occurring.
Beautiful 9 hole course set along side the Republican River.

Dundy County High School
400 9th Ave. West
Benkelman, NE 69021
308-423-2738 or 308-423-2332
Open any time an event is not scheduled.
Running/walking track that has state of the art polyurethane surface installed in 2005.

Dundy County Historical Society
522 Arapahoe St.
Benkelman, NE 69021
308-423-5404 or 308-423-2750

Hours: 1:00P - 4:00P on Thursday; appointments available for hours outside of 1 - 4.
Museum with items from Dundy County including historical books.


Kayakjak's Outfitter and Guide Service
522 8th Ave West
Benkelman, NE 69021
308-423-2478
www.kayakjak.com/fishing
Experience fishing, birdwatching, wildlife viewing from a kayak. Family oriented fun or serious birdwatching.

Super Sports Fitness
708 Chief Street
Benkelman, NE 69021
308-423-4020 or 308-423-5999

Modern fitness center includes racquetball, weights, cardio equipment, aerobics, and tanning. The center has flexible hours and offers monthly memberships as well as visitor rates.


Zorn Theater
706 Chief Street
Benkelman, NE 69021
308-423-2848 or 308-423-2280

Hours: 7:00P - 10:00P
Admission is $4 recent movie releases are shown. Soda can be purchased for $1 and all candy is $0.50.


Champion, NE

Champion Mill State Historical Park & Receation Area
Adjacent to Champion
Champion, NE 69023
308-882-5860
www.ngpc.state.ne.us
The Champion Mill is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, daily 1-5 p.m. It is an 11-acre lake offering picnicking, fishing and 8 primitive campsites. The Champion Mill is the last functional water-powered mill in Nebraska

Chase County Historical Museum
Main Street
Champion, NE 69023
The museum has over 1,000 items, some dating back
www.chasecounty.com

Open: Sun 1:30-4:30, Mother's Day-Labor Day; or by appointment. Wheelchair accessible. The museum has over 1,000 items, some dating back to the 1700's! It has everything from WWI uniforms to mink coats to farm machinery. The museum is constantly growing and obtaining more items and has recently expanded into a second building.


Imperial, NE

Enders Lake Golf Course
33864 Hwy 6
Imperial, NE 69033
308-882-5300
www.chasecounty.com
Enders Lake Golf Course is a long nine-hole, par 36 course with wide fairways and prairie views. The club house offers rental carts, snacks and beverages. A driving range is also available. The club house can be rented for special occasions. Special dinners are served on Tuesday (Mexican) and Friday nights (Steak)

Enders Reservoir
Juntion Hwy 6 & Hwy 61
Imperial, NE 69033
308-394-5118
www.ngpc.state.ne.us
Open year round; Enders has 3,278 acres of land surrounding a 1,707-acre lake including a waterfowl refuge. Available amenities include modern restrooms, coin-operated showers, dump station, fish cleaning station, 32 (30-amp) hookups and 200 non-pad sites

Imperial Country Club
810 West 7th Street
Imperial, NE 69033
308-882-4607
www.chasecounty.com

The Imperial Country Club features a beautiful nine-hole, par 35 course with lush green fairways and challenging greens. With reasonable green fees and available cart rental, it's perfect for the whole family. Enjoy a snacks or beverages of your choice from the Back Nine Clubhouse.


The birds of central and western Nebraska:

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Avocet, American
Avocet, American
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Bittern, American
American Bittern.
Bittern, American
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Blackbird, Brewer's
Brewer's Blackbird
Blackbird, Brewer's
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Blackbird, Red-winged
Photo by Don Brockmeier.
Blackbird, Red-winged
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Blackbird, Rusty
Blackbird, Rusty
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Blackbird, Yellow-headed
Yellow-headed Blackbird.
Blackbird, Yellow-headed
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Bluebird, Eastern
Photo by Don Brockmeier.
Bluebird, Eastern
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Bluebird, Mountain
Bluebird, Mountain
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Bobolink
Bobolink.
Bobolink
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Bufflehead
Bufflehead Duck
Bufflehead
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Bunting, Indigo
Indigo Bunting.
Bunting, Indigo
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Bunting, Lark
Lark Bunting
Bunting, Lark
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Bunting, Painted
Bunting, Painted
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Bunting, Snow
Bunting, Snow
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Bunting,Lazuli
Lazuli Bunting.
Bunting,Lazuli
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Canvasback
Canvasback.
Canvasback
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Cardinal, Northern
Cardinal, Northern
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Catbird, Gray
Catbird, Gray
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Chat, Yellow-breasted
Chat, Yellow-breasted
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Chickadee, Black-capped
Black-capped Chickadee.
Chickadee, Black-capped
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Coot, American
American Coot.
Coot, American
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Cormorant, Double-crested
Double-crested Cormorant.
Cormorant, Double-crested
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Cowbird, Brown-headed
Cowbird, Brown-headed
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Crane, Sandhill
Sandhill Crane.
Crane, Sandhill
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Crane, Whooping
Crane, Whooping
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Creeper, Brown
Creeper, Brown
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Crossbill, Red
Crossbill, Red
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Crossbill, White-winged
Crossbill, White-winged
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Crow, American
American Crow.
Crow, American
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Cuckoo, Black-billed
Cuckoo, Black-billed
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Cuckoo, Yellow-billed
Cuckoo, Yellow-billed
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Curlew, Long-billed
Long-billed Cerlew.
Curlew, Long-billed
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Dickcissel
Dickcissel
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Dove, Eurasian Collared
Dove, Eurasian Collared
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Dove, Mourning
Photo by Don Brockmeier.
Dove, Mourning
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Dove, Rock
Rock Dove.
Dove, Rock
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Dowitcher, Long-billed
Dowitcher, Long-billed
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Dowitcher, Short-billed
Short-billed Dowitcher.
Dowitcher, Short-billed
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Duck, American Black
Duck, American Black
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Duck, Black-bellied Whistling
Duck, Black-bellied Whistling
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Duck, Gadwall
Gadwall Duck.
Duck, Gadwall
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Duck, Garganey
Duck, Garganey
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Duck, Mallard
Mallard.
Duck, Mallard
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Duck, Ring-necked
Duck, Ring-necked
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Duck, Ruddy
Duck, Ruddy
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Duck, Wood
Wood Duck.
Duck, Wood
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Dunlin
Dunlin
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Eagle, Bald
Bald Eagle. Photo courtesy of Don Brockmeier.
Eagle, Bald
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Eagle, Golden
Golden Eagle.
Eagle, Golden
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Egret, Cattle
Egret, Cattle

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