I moved out of Lincoln when I was little, but I went back regularly to see my grandma until college. I used to tour the Lincoln zoo, museums and parks with my grandmother… and now I take my kids to do the same.
We were just there last week to visit family and as we were driving around, my dad said, “I do not regret moving around, but Lincoln is a really good place to be.”. I agree… and my kids are counting down the days to the next trip!
If you are looking for things to do in Lincoln, here are our favorites! Scroll to the bottom for the map. (And if you have more suggestions, tell us for our next trip!)
My favorite thing as a kid was Leo the Paper Eating Lion… and it is still there! This lion vacuums up all your trash… and it is now my 5 year old’s favorite thing!
With my Houston Zoo membership, I got 50% off admission to the Lincoln Zoo.
This museum is a little smaller than Houston’s Children’s Museum… but that’s a good thing. It’s a little less crazy and there is a lot to do! Some Lincoln specific exhibits are… the Johnny Carson Theater, the little grocery store is named HyVee (and not HEB) and the water station teaches about the Nebraska aquifer.
One note is that our Houston Children’s Museum/Health Museum membership did not work here. It’s on another museum network!
The kids loved the giant mammoths and the interactive play room.
As a bonus, entrance was free with my Houston Children’s Museum/Health Museum memberships!
More to Do:
This capital building was constructed from 1922 to 1932. It can be seen from miles away and has a four hundred foot domed tower. Inside there are mosaics and sculptures representing the natural, social and political development of Nebraska.
The building is open to the public and tours are given each hour.
We stopped in and were able to roam around. There were no signs, but I remembered going to the top, so we found the elevators and were able to head up to the observation deck.
What I didn’t remember was how tiny and how old the elevators were. I can’t believe we packed my class into these elevators… but we did… and I did the same with my kids 30 years later.
Nebraskans love football and the Huskers.
Go big red!
See the map of Lincoln below! Compared to Houston, it is a small city and easy to navigate!