Guest/Spouse Suggested Activities

Lincoln Haymarket

Nebraska State Capitol

In response to westward migration and the call for a trans-continental railroad Franklin Pierce signed the Nebraska-Kansas Act on May 30, 1854 creating the Nebraska Territory. The ensuing controversy over the location of the Territorial Capital in Omaha was not resolved until after Statehood in 1867, when the Legislature voted to move the State Capital south of the Platte River to the western edge of settlement in the new state. The first two Capitols in Lincoln were poorly constructed of inferior materials and by 1915 there was interest in building a third State Capitol. In January of 1919, the Legislature passed the Mears-Tracewell Bill to provide for construction of a new Capitol. Tours are available on the hour (except noon).

Parks and Recreation

Trails Each year about a million “treks” happen on Lincoln’s trails. With over 131 miles of hard surface and crushed rock trails, you can get just about anywhere you want to go using both on and off street routes. There are also several miles of hiker/biker trails within our parks making our system top notch. Whether you ride, run, jump or skip, using Lincoln’s trails are the perfect way to stay fit and save gas!

Museum of American Speed

Founded in 1992 by "Speedy" Bill and Joyce Smith, the Smith Collection Museum of American Speed is dedicated to preserving, interpreting and displaying physical items significant in racing and automotive history.

599 Oakcreek Dr
(402) 323-3166

Lincoln Children's Museum

The Lincoln Children's Museum offers three floors and 23,300 square feet of hands-on exhibits and imaginative programs that allow children and adults to discover the adventure of learning through play.

1420 P St
(402) 477-4000

International Quilt Study Center and Museum

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum has a collection of over 900 quilts. These include quilts not only from the state, the country but also from various other nations of the world. A visit here is a must to find out more about this woven cloth that has been keeping man warm for centuries.

1523 N 33rd St
(402) 472-6549

University of Nebraska State Museum

The University of Nebraska State Museum contains priceless exhibits from the state of Nebraska that are several centuries old. Whether you want to explore how evolution unfolded, or learn more about wildlife, flora and fauna, or view some authentic Native American artifacts, this is the place to come to.

645 North 14th Street
(402) 472-2642

Lester F Larsen Tractor Test & Power Museum

Head to the Lester F. Larsen Tractor Museum to know understand the importance of the functioning of the tractor in a farmer's life. Established in the year 1980, the museum is located on the University of Nebraska premises. The museum has a collection of historic tractors like the Heider C, Allis-Chalmers G, John Deere 820 and many more.

N 35th St & Fair St
(402) 472-8389

National Museum of Roller Skating

National Museum of Roller Skating enlightens visitors on the history of this sport and the accessory, roller skates.

4730 South St, Ste 2
(402) 483-7551

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia Museum and Library

Established in 1968, AHSGR is an international organization dedicated to the discovery, collection, preservation, and dissemination of information related to the history, cultural heritage and genealogy of Germanic settlers in the Russian Empire and their descendants.

631 D St
(402) 474-3363

Nebraska History Museum

12,000 years of history! Many people and cultures have made Nebraska their home. Come see fascinating artifacts and hear amazing stories from our rich past.

131 Centennial Mall N
(402) 471-4782

Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery

Located on the University of Nebraska campus, the elegantly beautiful building that houses this world-class Modern American Art museum is constructed of Italian travertine marble and is worth seeing in its own right.

N 12th St & R St
(402) 472-2461

LUX Center for the Arts

Lux Center for the Arts makes art happen in Lincoln. In our classrooms, youth and adults discover the joys of pottery, printmaking, painting, jewelry, drawing and more.

2601 N 48th St
(402) 466-8692

For a variety of additional resources, see the Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau at