Grand Island

Living history, inviting parks, racing horses, migrating cranes . . . when we say Grand Island has something for everyone, it's not just cliche—it's the honest-to-goodness truth. 

All you have to do is decide how you want to play and plan accordingly. Time your visit with spring to witness the annual sandhill crane migration over Grand Island. In summer, step into the 19th century at Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer's Railroad Town, packed with costumed interpreters you can meet and vintage games you can play. Island Oasis Water Park and Stolley Park, with an arboretum, disc golf and castle-themed playground, make for more family fun. Year 'round, catch live or simulcast horse-racing at Fonner Park.

A Day in Grand Island
Breakfast: The Farmer's Daughter Cafe

105 N Walnut St.
Grand Island, NE
United States

(308) 382-9794

Ready for your morning coffee and a hearty breakfast? From breakfast sandwiches to omelets to French toast, The Farmer’s Daughter Café has everything you need to jump start your day.

Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center

9325 S Alda Rd.
Wood River, NE
United States

(308) 382-1820

Sandhill crane season, peaking in March, impresses with viewing tours at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center near Grand Island.

Raising Nebraska

501 East Fonner Park Rd. Suite 100
Grand Island, NE
United States

(308) 385-3967

At Raising Nebraska, learn about the state’s agricultural heritage—and future— through hands-on, interactive exhibits.

Lunch: PepperJax Grill

940 Allen Dr.
Grand Island, NE
United States


You have to try “America’s Best Philly” at PepperJax Grill.  The Philly, along with other fresh grilled specialties, make PepperJax Grill a must. 

Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer

3133 W. US Hwy. 34
Grand Island, NE
United States

(308) 385-5316

History buffs will be pleased, and kids and adults alike will enjoy opportunities to get hands-on at Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer. Wander the complex of buildings to discover collections of Native American and Old West memorabilia, teepee replicas, bison that lived and grazed on the land, train cars from the 1800s and more.

Dinner: Thunder Road Grill

3335 West Wood River Rd.
Grand Island, NE
United States

(308) 382-6986

With brick oven pizzas, beer, wings and burgers, you’ll be racing over for some grub at Thunder Road Grill. This racing-themed restaurant is perfect for groups and families. 

Candlewood Suites - Grand Island

859 Allen Dr.
Grand Island, NE
United States

(308) 381-7000

Book a room at Candlewood Suites – Grand Island. This hotel is located in the heart of the city and features excellent amenities such as an indoor pool, a gym, a business center and a basketball court. The guest rooms are also equipped with full kitchens and the hotel is pet friendly. 

Visit Grand Island

Grand Island Visitor Center

201 West 3rd Street
Grand Island, NE 68801
United States

Phone Number
(308) 382-4400

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