With a population of close to 32,000 people, Kearney is the fifth largest city in Nebraska. It is also the county seat of Buffalo County and is where University of Nebraska–Kearney is found. Due to its central location, Kearney is also known as the Heart of Nebraska. Because of this, you will do well making the city the starting point for your Nebraska vacation. Just get a bus rental in Kearney, Nebraska and tour the city and the rest of the state in comfort and in style.
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If you are traveling with kids, you might want to take them to the Big Apple Fun Center, where they can enjoy laser tag, go karts, sand volleyball, and bowling.
The Holiday Inn Kearney has an indoor water park that everybody in the family would love. It comes complete with slides and pools. The adults would love the whirlpool and the large waterslides. The kids, on the other hand, would love the slides, fountains, and the various activities that they could do.
Arts and culture is thriving in Kearney. Check out the many arts venues here.
Museums. Start off with the Trails & Rails Museum/Buffalo County Historical Society where you could learn more about the county's and the city's transportation history and the Mormon Trail. Here, you could find a Union Pacific steam engine, archives of the city and the county, a church, a hotel and a school house, all constructed in the late 1800s.
You should also visit the Archway, one of the top must-see museums in 2013, as voted by True West magazine. Here you could find diners, trail ruts and other vestiges of the times of the Overland Trails, Lincoln Highway, and the transcontinental railroad. The museum has the Cultural Learning Trail that tells you more about the Native American who lived in the area as well as the pioneer settlers. There are several features you can see here, including the Pawnee Garden, Sod House and Earth Lodge. And how about getting lost in the TrailBlaze Maze, the only one of its kind from Chicago to Denver?
The Nebraska Firefighters Museum and Education Center educates visitors about and honors the firefighting heritage of the state. Here you could learn more about fire prevention, as well as see memorabilia about firefighting.
The Museum of Nebraska Art, on the other hand, gives you more than 175 years of art going back to the 19th century. This is the home of the state's official art collection. The museum displays the great artists that were born, or have lived in the state. These artists include Frank Rinehart, John Philip Falter, Alice Eliza Cleaver, and Robert Henri, as well as contemporary artists such as Wright Morris, Jane Golding Marie, Thomas Hart Benton, Jun Kaneko, and Leonard Thiessen. Another feature you should see here includes the works of explorers who documented the life of early settlers in the state. The museum also has several arts related special programs.
Then head out to the Harold Warp Pioneer Village, where you can have live demonstrations and see more than 50,000 historic artifacts that include vintage airplanes, tractors and cars. You can also stay at the Pioneer Motel or eat at the Pioneer Restaurant, two of the more than four dozen buildings in the complex. There is a campground on the premises where you can stay for the night.
Kearney also has the Classic Car Collection on Highway 30. The museum contains at least 160 vintage cars from the early 1900s to the 1980s. Learn more about each automobile with multi-media presentations.
Check out the Kearney Area Children's Museum as well. Here, you have an atmosphere that is conducive to learning everything from science to arts and culture with interactive and hands-on displays for kids and adults alike.
Performing arts. Crane River Theater puts up productions for the city and its surrounding areas. More than that, they mix professional artists from all over the United States and local talent and bring them together in their productions. Or you could go to the Kearney Community Theatre, a live theater group that performs for the city's residents. They also have children's theater, dinner theater and matinee shows.
You can also go to the Merryman Performing Arts Center. The arts center seats up to 760 people and is a national historic place. Here, you could catch music concerts, theater shows and dance performances. If you like movies but hate Hollywood, watch a movie at the World Theatre during the weekends. And lastly, go to the University of Nebraska - Kearney Fine Arts Building and see concerts and theater shows all throughout the year.
From local flavors to world cuisines, you can get it all from Kearney. Be sure to taste the steaks and barbecue at Skeeters Barbecue and Whiskey Creek Wood Fire Grill. Or get the best Thai food at Suwannee Thai Cusine.
You could get the best breakfast at The Egg & I or the Breakfast Cart, the best burgers at Cunningham's Journal, or the best Mexican food at Cellar Bar and Grill, San Pedro Mexican Restaurant, and El Maguey. American fare is what Thunderhead Brewing, Alley Rose and Sozo American Cuisine offer.
After getting a taste of the beer flooding the restaurant scene in the city, sober up and have a nightcap at Tru Cafe or at Sweetwater Mill Coffee.
Other restaurants in the city include:
Shopping. For some shopping, you should go to Downtown Kearney, where you have a fine selection of gift shops, clothing boutiques and sporting goods stores, among other things. There is also a great selection of restaurants here. Downtown Kearney has more than 130 businesses to choose from, ensuring that you find what you are looking for.
Check out the antiques and vintage finds at such stores as Antiques & Castaways, From the Attic, and Great Plains Art & Antiques.
You would also love Cabela's if you are into the outdoors. They have the best outdoor equipment here as well as trophy collections of moose, fish, and other animals.
You should also go to the Hilltop Mall, where you could buy several specialty stores and other retailers such as Bath & Body Works, Gap, GNC, GROW Nebraska, Imperial Palace, JCPenney, Payless Shoe Source, Radio Shack, and Vanity.
Golfers in the city love the following courses: Kearney Country Club, Meadowlark Hills Golf Course, Buffalo Ridge Golf Course, and Elks Country Golf Course.
As for sports venues, you can go to the Health and Sports Center, where the University of Nebraska at Kearney's volleyball and basketball teams play. The center accommodates 6,000 people. The university's other teams play at several venues including the Foster Field at Ron & Carol Cope Stadium (football), Cushing Pool (diving and swimming), Dryden Park (softball), Harmon Park (tennis), and Memorial Field (baseball).
Be sure to go to the Kearney Raceway Park, where you can watch drag races that provide you with both an adrenaline and octane rush.
A museum and a national historic place, the George W. Frank House boasts of a rich history and is a fine example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. It was the first house to be wired with electricity in the area. Today, it still retains seven of its original ten fireplaces, as well as restored interiors, a grand staircase, Tiffany Windows, and furniture.
The Fort Kearny State Historical Park used to be the home station of the Pony Express, and was built to shelter the Overland Trail travelers. It was also home to Pawnee Scouts. Today, you can visit the museums and see the stockade, blacksmith shop and parade grounds.
Kearney has a little more than a dozen sites that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One is the Saint Luke's Protestant Episcopal Church, which was designed by John Sutcliffe and built in the late 1910s. Other sites are houses that have significant contributions in both architecture and history, such as the Dr. A.O. Thomas House, Hanson-Downing House, Klehm House, John J. and Lenora Bartlett House, and John Barnd House.
Other places on the list include:
As you can see, it is very possible to get on a bus rental in Kearney, Nebraska and visit all of these sites. You could probably see it all in a day or in an afternoon.
The city has 14 parks that altogether occupy more than 438 acres of space. Using these parks, the city is able to provide its citizens and visitors with a wide array of recreational and cultural activities. Several parks feature trails, sports fields, amphitheaters, picnic facilities, swimming pools and gardens.
The Apollo Park has a skate park, tennis courts, basketball courts and a skating rink, while the Centennial Park has a softball and baseball field, and can accommodate more than 100 people. Harmon Park, on the other hand, has four fields, and seating for 200 people, while Harvey Park has four fields and seating for 200 people. Then you have Memorial Field, with a baseball and softball field and seating for 2,200 people. Further, you have West Lincolnway that has four athletic fields, and seating for 150 people. Ted Baldwin Park, on the other hand, has four soccer fields.
Meadowlark North Park/Dog Park is just perfect for hiking, jogging and riding. While Yanney Heritage Park has 80 acres of space and includes the Gottschalk Observatory, where you can get a great view. It also has the Cope Amphitheater, where you can watch some performances. You can even go fishing at the lake here.
Other parks in the city include:
If you are looking to try out the wine scene in Kearney, there are four breweries that are highly recommended.
Cedar Hills Vineyard & Guesthouse has a free wine tasting room that could accommodate 39 people, and Mac's Creek Vineyard has capacity for 150 inside and another 400 people outside. The other two are Platte Valley Brewery and Thunderhead Brewing.
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