Five must-visit Nebraska summer spots

Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768, or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov
Angela Sears at 402-471-7755, or angela.sears@nebraska.gov

Five must-visit Nebraska summer spots


LINCOLN, Neb. (June 23, 2017) - Summertime has officially arrived in Nebraska and many are searching for ways to soak up every bit of that beautiful sunlight. From thrill-seeking vacationers to those in search of a quiet, calm getaway, Nebraska has an exciting outdoor destination for every interest.

“Nebraska is a great destination for those wanting a taste of good hospitality and great summer fun. We know the warm temperatures have many people seeking outdoor adventure and this state is should be on their list,” said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism executive director.

Here are five of Nebraska’s spectacular summer attractions. To find even more, go to https://visitnebraska.com/.

1.  A Day (Or Week) at the Beach– Lake McConaughy
With clear water and pristine white-sand beaches, Lake McConaughy has been referred to as the “Caribbean of the Sandhills”. Just a few miles outside the city of Ogallala, this lake and campground boasts miles of coastline and endless recreational activities for the whole family. Boating, jet skiing, parasailing, and walleye fishing are some of the main attractions on the water. On land, two gorgeous golf courses, acres of campgrounds and geocaching treasure hunts through Ogallala’s history. Visit https://visitnebraska.com/see_and_dos/lake-mcconaughy-and-lake-ogallala-state-recreation-areas to learn more.

2. Enjoy the Water While Taking in the Views– Niobrara National Scenic River Visitor Center
At the edge of the scenic Niobrara River is the little town of Valentine, Nebraska. This sweet, welcoming town is a lovely place to relax before heading out onto the Niobrara. The Niobrara National Scenic River Visitor Center is part of the National Parks system and offers several ways to float down the river and enjoy the scenery. Along the river there are numerous unique geologic formations, as well as the tallest waterfalls in Nebraska. Plan your trip at https://visitnebraska.com/see_and_dos/niobrara-national-scenic-river-visitor-center.

3. World-Class Entertainment in the Woods – Pinewood Bowl Theater
Tucked away in a corner of Lincoln’s beautiful Pioneers Park is the Pinewood Bowl, a huge, grassy amphitheater surrounded by magnificent pine trees. Each summer, the Pinewood Bowl is home to concerts, comedic acts, and Lincoln-based theatrical productions. Learn more at https://visitnebraska.com/see_and_dos/pinewood-bowl-amphitheater.

4. Relaxation and Adventure, All in One Place – Ponca State Park
In the northeast corner of Nebraska, there is a picturesque park nestled in the bluffs of the Missouri River. With cozy cabins and breathtaking views, spend all day kicking back by the water and taking in the sunshine. For adventure seekers, Ponca State Park offers golf, swimming, bike trails, boating, hunting, hiking, camping, horseback riding, and much more. Plan your trip at:  https://visitnebraska.com/see_and_dos/ponca-state-park-b3b4f736-99d4-47b8-85d5-1ed3b9594a95

5. Celebrate 150 Years of Nebraska – Nebraska State Fairgrounds
At the end of the summer, head out to Grand Island for the biggest celebration of all things Nebraska. The Nebraska State Fair, which runs from August 25 to September 4, 2017, features educational, interactive exhibits about agriculture, carnival rides, classic fair food, parades, headlining concerts, and much more. This year’s fair is also an official event of Nebraska’s 150 celebration. Get tickets and explore all the fair has to offer at http://www.statefair.org/.


For more information about travel, events and unique destinations in Nebraska, order your free travel guide today at VisitNebraska.com. Then stay connected with Nebraska Tourism on our Visit Nebraska Facebook page, on Twitter, on Pinterest, on Instagram and on YouTube.
The mission of the Nebraska Tourism Commission is to expand Nebraska’s dynamic and diverse travel industry making it more viable by creating awareness, attracting increased visitors which results in greater tourism revenue and economic gain throughout the state. To learn more, go to VisitNebraska.com.



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