Lincoln in Lancaster County is the capital and the second most populous city in Nebraska, with more than 260,000 people calling it home. It is nicknamed the Star City because Lincoln is usually drawn as a star on maps.
What's more, Lincoln has also been named in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index as the Happiest and Healthiest City in the United States in 2013. It has ranked high and marked large improvements in terms of job satisfaction, basic access to clean air and water, access to health care, and safety.
So get on a bus rental in Lincoln, Nebraska and see the country's happiest city for yourself.
Lincoln is Nebraska's center of government, regional transportation, and higher education. However, with all the progress, the growing diversity, and the modern amenities, Lincoln has retained a "small town" feel to it. Needless to say, Lincoln would make a wonderful vacation destination for groups.
Book a bus rental in Lincoln, Nebraska now and get ready to have a memorable time touring the city.
Lincoln does not have any major amusement parks, but there are still many places where you can take the kids for some fun and play. You can go to Champions Fun Center (Lincoln, NE 68521), where the entire family can go bowling, play in the arcade, or go on an adventure challenge maze. There are also go-karts, batting cages, an 18-hole miniature golf course, and free fall ride.
If you are in the mood to play laser tag, you can head to Laser Quest. There's also Lost in Fun (Lincoln NE 68512), where the kids can play in an indoor playland. It has playsets with various activities, a fun maze, inflatable jumpers, a foam pit, a toddler area, a basketball court, an arcade, a laser temple, and many more.
Fine arts. The Sheldon Museum of Art (Lincoln, NE 68588) houses the University of Nebraska collection and the Sheldon Art Association collection, both comprising more than 12,000 art works in all media. It particularly boasts a comprehensive collection of American art as well as a Sculpture Garden that contains more than 30 sculptures that include major works by notable artists.
Lux Center for the Arts (Lincoln, NE 68504) has two galleries where you can see exhibits by local, regional and national artists. This non-profit art center also holds art classes in pottery, painting, print-making, jewelry, fibers, and glass.
There's also Noyes Fine Art Gallery & Studios, a co-op art gallery that features 24 artist-members and their works. You get choose from among a variety of original paintings, photos, jewelry and pottery. Kiechel Fine Art, meanwhile, specializes in contemporary and 20th century regional art. Other art galleries in town include:
Performing arts. The Rocco Theatre (Lincoln, NE 68508) is a high-end concert venue where you can get the best entertainment in the region. You will get to see national touring acts perform on stage, as well as concerts and even special events.
You can also check out Bourbon Theatre, which is a remodeled 1920 movie theatre that now serves as a live music venue. Or the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, which screens various high-quality films, including documentaries, documentaries, historical films, contemporary foreign films, and many others. Or Kimball Recital Hall and Johnny Carson Theater.
There's also the Lied Center for Performing Arts (Lincoln, NE 68588), which offers audiences a wide variety of performances, from symphony orchestra, to dance, to music, to Broadway, to theatre, to ballet, to family programs.
You may also want to check out the Haymarket Theatre, a local non-profit theatre arts group that performs in a neat 145-seat performance space in the Historic Haymarket District.
Others. The Kruger Collection in the College of Architecture is a very interesting place to visit as it houses four centuries of interior design miniatures in one space. More specifically, it consists of 20,000 fine-scale contemporary art miniatures.
The Lentz Collection for Asian Culture (Lincoln, NE 68588) is the place to go if you want to learn more about the rich and diverse cultures of Asia. Its collections are comprised of hundreds of objects that cover a broad geographical area and a wide range of media, all having historical and cultural significance as well as aesthetic value.
Festivals and cultural events. You should take note of the various cultural events and festivals that take place in the city. Just in case you will visit Lincoln in time for any of these events, you can make time for it and join the festivities or the activities lined up.
The International Thespian Festival is a week-long theatre festival that takes place every year in June. This event brings together the country's high school theatre clubs, acting troupes and theatre programs. There will be workshops with theater professionals, teachers and college professors, and there will also be auditions for national cast productions, as well as various performances like monologues, mime, duet acting, and musical theatre. The festival, organized by the International Thespian Society, is held on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Other events include:
Restaurants. Lincoln offers you a world of flavors through its many restaurants. Local favorites include Dish (Lincoln, NE 68508) and The Green Gateau. There's also Fireworks Restaurant, which serves a mix of American, seafood, steak, pizza and pasta. If you want foreign and exotic cuisine, you also have a varied choice of dining venues.
For great Mexican fare, there's La Paz Mexican Restaurant, de Leon's, La Paloma Restaurant, or Super Taco. And for Meditarranean or Persian cuisine, there's Daffodil Gourmet Restaurant. Meanwhile, there's The Oven for Indian and Pakistani fare, and there's Florio's Italian Steakhouse & Lounge and Vincenzos Ristorante for Italian food. Those who want German cooking can check out Greta's Gourmet.
Those who want a taste of oriental can head to Chinese restos like Shen Cafe, Huhot Mongolian Grill, and China House. There's also Blue Sushi Sake Grill if you are craving Japanese or sushi. Then you can go to Blue Orchid Thai Restaurant for sumptuous Thai cuisine, or, if you want yummy Vietnamese food, you can head out to Pho Factory, Pho Nguyen, or Vung Tau Restaurant. Issara Modern Asian Cuisine and Asian Fusion also boast an excellent Asian menu.
You can get mouthwatering Greek and Meditarranean dishes at the Parthenon and at The Sultan's Kite. Sebastian's Table, on the other hand, is a favorite among those who love Spanish food.
Those who prefer the familiar flavors of good old American cuisine can head over to Lazlos Brewery & Grill, Raising Canes, Leadbelly, The Engine House Cafe, and Granite City Food and Brewery. Vegetarians can try the food at Maggie's Vegetarian Wraps & More, or at Grateful Bread. Meanwhile, you can just go to Yiayia's Pizza, Beer & Wine for its delicious pizza. For barbecue, there's Texas Roadhouse and Famous Dave's.
Shopping. Go shopping at Gateway Mall (Lincoln, NE 68505) and get goodies from stores like Aeropostale, Aldo, American Eagle Outfitters, Hallmark, Bath & Body Works, Dillard's, Eddie Bauer, Forever21, and Go Games, Toys and Books, among many others.
You can also go to SouthPointe Pavilions (Lincoln, NE 68516), Clocktower Shopping Center, Belmont Shopping Center, and Van Dorn Plaza.
And if you are visiting Lincoln sometime from early May to late October, you should check out The Farmers' Market in the Historic Haymarket and get some fresh and organic produce and other items.
Do not forget to get a bus rental in Lincoln, Nebraska to have a more convenient and stress-free shopping experience in the city.
Want to play a round of golf?
Lincoln Parks and Recreation maintains five public golf facilities:
You can also check out Wilderness Ridge Golf Club (Lincoln, NE 68512), a 7,000-yard exclusive 9-hole par 32 golf course that boasts challenging holes throughout.
Crooked Creek Golf Club (Lincoln, NE 68520), meanwhile, is a beautiful championship 18-hole golf course with a layout that plays down on a lush valley and finishes back up the hill.
You may also tee off at Hidden Valley Golf Course or at the Lincoln Country Club.
Other sports. Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, NE 68588) is where you can catch college football games. The 85,000-seat high-tech stadium has been the home of the Huskers, the University of Nebraska football team, since 1923.
Bob Devaney Sports Center (Lincoln, NE 68508), on the other hand, is home of Nebraska Volleyball. The 7,907-capacity sports center features many amenities that makes it the country's premier volleyball venue.
There's the 15,000-seat Pinnacle Bank Arena if you want to watch men's or women's basketball games.
For baseball, you can head out to the Hawks Field at Haymarket Park. While softball fans can go to the Bowlin Stadium and soccer fans can go to the Nebraska Soccer Field.
Other venues where you can catch some action include the Pershing Center, Abbott Sports Complex, and Robert Den Hartog Athletic Fields.
Lincoln has a few historical museums and historic sites that you can visit in case you want to know more about the city's past. First on the list is the University of Nebraska State Museum (Lincoln, NE 68588), which is science museum and history museum combined. There's also the Museum of Nebraska History (Lincoln, NE 68508), where you can see artefacts and old pictures on display. The museum, however, is currently closed for renovation and will remain so throughout 2015.
You should also see Fairview, also known as the William Jennings Bryan House, a historic house that was built in 1902 and a National Historic Landmark. The lower level of Fairview has the Bryan Museum, with rooms that were furnished to show family life in the early 20th century. The upper floors house the Wm. Jennings Bryan Institute, consisting of three centers: the Center for Advancing Nursing Practice, the Center for Quality, and the Center for Bioethics.
The Thomas P. Kennard House, which is also known as the Nebraska Statehood Memorial, was built in 1869 and is the oldest remaining building in the city's original plat. The 2-1/2 story stuccoed brick Italianate house now serves as a museum and is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
There's also the Wyuka Cemetery (Lincoln, NE 68510), found in the center of the city and is known as its largest cemetery. It is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
You can also stroll around these historic districts:
Other sites in Lincoln that have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places include:
The city has an extensive park system, with its more than 120 parks connected by 131 miles of recreational trails. Lincoln's regional parks include the Antelope Park, Holmes Park, and Pioneers Park. Community parks, on the other hand, include Ballard Park, Bethany Park, Bowling Lake Park, Densmore Park, Erwin Peterson Park, Fleming Fields, Irvingdale Park, Mahoney Park, and Peter Pan Park, among others.
Lincoln also has the Wilderness Park, which is 1,472 acres of mostly-public conservancy. The heavily wooded park includes some prairieland, bodies of water, a vast network of walking trails, horse trails, and bike trails.
Most of these parks have playgrounds, picnic areas, trails, and even sports facilities, where you engage in some outdoor recreation.
There are also arboretums in the city. You can check out the Alice Abel Arboretum (Lincoln, NE 68504) and the Joshua C. Turner Arboretum.
Also worth visiting is the Sunken Gardens, the only garden in the state that was included in the National Geographic Guide to Public Gardens 300 Best Gardens to Visit in the United States and Canada.
If you want to take the kids out to learn more about animals, you can go to the Lincoln Children's Zoo, designed specifically for kids to experience interactive up-close encounters with animals. This 10-acre zoo is home to more than 400 animals, including several endangered species.
Other interesting places you can visit include the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia Museum, tucked into the heart of the city's South Bottoms neighborhood. Marked by a limestone statue of a 19th-century German Russian immigrant family, the museum houses photos and artifacts, such as clothing, furniture, instruments, and leatherbound books, that center on the culture and heritage of German Russian immigrants in the 1800s.
There's also the Frank H. Woods Telephone Museum, the Museum of American Speed, and the National Museum of Roller Skating.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, meanwhile, has the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, the Lester F. Larsen Tractor Test & Powet Museum, and The Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery.
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