Visit Hastings for interactive astronomy lessons—plus local history, eats and drinks that are out of this world.

If you're unfamiliar with the power of Nebraska's night skies, peek through a telescope at the Hastings College Observatory. Stay on theme at the Hastings Museum, home to a full-dome planetarium—and exhibits about local Edwin Perkins and his sweet invention, Kool-Aid. The drink is the inspiration for the city's annual Kool-Aid Days festival in August. For adult beverages, try one of Hastings' craft breweries, located near a variety of locally owned, original restaurants. 

A Day in Hastings
Breakfast: Back Alley Bakery

609 West 2nd St.
Hastings, NE
United States

From breakfast paninis to cinnamon rolls and muffins, there’s a variety of delicious choices at Back Alley Bakery.

Hastings Aquacourt

2200 West 3rd St.
Hastings, NE
United States

Head to the Hastings Aquacourt for all kinds of exciting water attractions such as  the Lazy River, a water playground, a wave pool, water slides and more. 

Lunch: Odyssey

521 W 2nd St.
Hastings, NE
United States

For something different, munch on bruschetta boards and Japanese-style noodle bowls at Odyssey in Hastings. 

Hastings Museum

1330 N Burlington Ave.
Hastings, NE
United States

The literal star at Hastings Museum is the planetarium’s projection system displaying cutting-edge shows. Request to view the stars on a particular date in history, or view the sun through a solar telescope.

Nebraska Bigfoot Crossroads of America 

1205 E 42nd St.
Hastings, NE
United States

Learn all about the great mystery and search for Sasquatch at the Nebraska Bigfoot Crossroads of America Museum.

Dinner: Steeple Brewing Co.

717 W 1st St.
Hastings, NE
United States

At Steeple Brewing Co. in Hastings, settle into one of the old church pews for fellowship with friends and craft beer—maybe the Bats in the Belfry nut brown ale. Pair your beer with some delicious pizzas, apps and snacks like wings, chicken strips and more.

Crystal Lake Recreation Area

4480 W. Pony Express Rd. 1 Mi. N., 1/4 Mi. W.
Ayr, NE
United States

Stay just outside of Hastings at Crystal Lake Recreation Area. With fishing, boating and playgrounds, this is the perfect spot for a camping trip. 

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