Play pioneer with the family
Among Nebraska's wide-open plains, the entire family can play like pioneers—without all the hardships.
190276 Old Oregon Trail 2 mi. W. of M St on Old Oregon Trail Gering, NE 69341
Start at Scotts Bluff National Monument in Gering by becoming a Junior Ranger. To earn a Junior Ranger badge, kids are challenged to explore the site’s prairies and bluffs like early pioneers, complete an activity booklet and take an oath to protect our country’s parks.
3215 State St
Want to keep their pioneering spirits high? Visit the Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters in Omaha to learn the story of the Latter-day Saint pioneers’ Western migration. Consider a free guided tour as you watch films, enjoy interactive exhibits and view a primitive log cabin and covered wagon. Explore more of the historic pioneer settlement by visiting the Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple or Mormon Pioneer Cemetery.
3060 E. 1st St
In Kearney, a giant arch spanning Interstate 80 tells the story of adventurers who traveled the Great Platte River Road through Nebraska. The Archway is filled with displays and dioramas so life-like, you’ll feel transported back in time. Watch a Pony Express rider switch horses, a buffalo stampede, ’49ers on their way to the California gold fields and more at the attraction’s interactive exhibits.
3133 W. Hwy 34
Grand Island, NE
You can almost feel the fire and grit of the pioneering spirit at Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island. Explore this 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. History buffs will be pleased and kids and adults alike will enjoy the opportunities to get hands-on.