Recreation & Entertainment

Nebraska offers a diverse menu of recreation, entertainment and cultural attractions. The Cornhusker State is nationally recognized for its world-class theaters, exceptional art and historical museums, abundant recreational adventures and sporting events. If you prefer something a little more unique and interactive, you might consider ice climbing along the Niobrara River or “tanking” the Dismal River.

Visitors to Nebraska are attracted to the wide variety of attractions and events available statewide; from local community festivals to star-studded concerts at one of the states arenas, to outdoor recreational opportunities like canoeing the beautiful Niobrara River (ranked one of the country’s best). A growing number of millenials are attracted to the vibrant urban music and arts scene and the states many recreational trails. The Cowboy Trail along the northern border of the state, for instance, nations longest rails-to-trails trek. Many of the states local communities have also developed expansive community trails networks. rec_ent_body2Running enthusiasts will find a plethora of short and long-distance races. Events like the Lincoln and Sandhills Marathons draw runners from around the world.

Nebraska offers unique food and beverage options to satisfy both picky and creative palettes. You can always find a great locally raised steak. Like most parts of the U.S., Nebraska is also home to national restaurant chains offering fast food and family fare. But, Nebraska restaurants also deliver hundreds of unique meal selections to your table. For something a little different, sample some of our local creations combined with a local micro-beer or wine.

Nebraska’s 77,000 square miles offer abundant opportunities for hunting, fishing and boating. Whether you prefer archery or rifles, favorite hunting targets in Nebraska include Waterfowl, deer, turkey, pheasant, elk, quail, and yes, even bighorn sheep. Fishing opportunities are abundant at many of the state’s large lakes, as Well as the sand-pit lakes that are adjacent to the Platte River. Lake McConaughy in western Nebraska is the state’s largest reservoir in a four-state region. Built on the edge of the Nebraska Sandhills, Lake Mac offers miles of natural white sand beaches along with excellent fishing, boating, camping and outdoor recreation. Or, check out the beautiful vistas and bluffs at Lewis & Clark Lake. Harlan County Reservoir offers calm waters with exceptional fishing!

Thanks to strong public-private partnerships and the support of our very generous philanthropic community, Nebraska maintains an active arts and humanities program. The Nebraska Arts Council, for example, supports a Governors Art Competition and the Nebraska State Poet program. For those persons interested in the performing arts, World-class facilities are available in several communities across the state. Nebraska is also recognized for its outstanding public art museums in addition to numerous private galleries. Some of the best western-themed art in the world can be found at galleries and special events across the state.

The states three Division | universities offer abundant sporting events for every sports lover. On any given game day, the Nebraska Cornhuskers draw more than 90,000 spectators to their Big Ten football showdowns. Creighton University’s recent move to the Big East Conference has helped raise the bar on very successful basketball and baseball programs. rec_ent_body1The University of Nebraska at Omaha recently moved to Division | and is quickly becoming competitive in a variety of sports.

The College World Series, or the “Greatest Show on Dirt” as it is known, has been held in Omaha since 1950. This annual tradition draws thousands of visitors to the region for an extended period. Multiple new arenas have drawn national events like the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials and the National Special Olympics Summer Games. Professional baseball (AAA), junior hockey and professional indoor football give sports enthusiasts additional activities to satisfy their sports cravings!

Last, but certainly not least, Nebraska has a large number of unique and internationally recognized golf courses. Semi-private Scottish-style links courses in the Nebraska Sandhills are routinely ranked in national golf magazines as some of the best courses in America. These courses, with their expansive fairways and difficult roughs, have attracted and frustrated sports stars, television actors and national politicians. In addition, courses along the state’s various rivers and bluffs offer a challenge to both first-time players and avid golfers looking for the next big challenge. The state’s “Get Driving” campaign provides information about all of the state’s unique and challenging courses.


Hunting, Fishing and Outdoors

Sports, Teams and Arenas

Division I Collegiate Sports

Hunting, Fishing and Outdoors

Theaters, Arts, Humanities & Museums