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Things to do Among the Endless Skies in Southwest Nebraska

During the era of westward expansion, hundreds of thousands of pioneers traveled through southwest Nebraska looking for their future in the West. Some found the charm of the region and decided to stay. If you find yourself making that same decision, here are a few places to check out.

The Scoop Ice Cream

1.    THE SCOOP ICE CREAM

By providing quality ice cream here in Nebraska and creating an inviting atmosphere, this space allows friends and family to gather and create lasting memories. Check out their merchandise made by local artists and fair-trade businesses from many different countries. If you love desserts made from locally sourced ingredients, then a stop in McCook is a no-brainer.

Swanson Reservoir

2.    SWANSON RESERVOIR SRA

Swanson Reservoir in Trenton is the largest of the four southwest Nebraska Reservoirs. It boasts breathtaking views of wildlife and plenty of recreation opportunities on its 4,974-acre lake and 3,957 acres of land. Visitors will find opportunities for camping, fishing, boating and hunting.

Feather River Vineyard

3.    FEATHER RIVER VINEYARD

Feather River Vineyard is located near North Platte and the heart of the southern Platte River Valley. With 37 acres of grapes, this is the largest vineyard in Nebraska. Enjoy Nebraska wines from the tasting room and the vistas from the porch. The vineyard hosts several events throughout the year from wine tastings to live music, you won’t want to miss it!

CR Rustic Antique Mall

4.    CR RUSTIC ANTIQUE MALL ON THE BRICKS

CR Rustic Antique Mall on the Bricks is a vendor mall offering unique antiques, vintage and custom items in the heart of North Platte’s Historic Canteen District. With over 20 vendors, there is a great selection of custom-made products. Whether you consider yourself a vintage aficionado or a modern trendsetter, you’re bound to find something special in their collection.
Ole's Big Game Steakhouse & Lounge

5.    OLE’S BIG GAME STEAKHOUSE & LOUNGE

Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse and Lounge in downtown Paxton has been known for six decades as a place where good friends gather, enjoy each other’s company, grab a bite to eat, play KENO and spin a yarn or two. Over 200 big game trophies and countless mementos of Ole’s worldwide safaris are on display, making the steakhouse a treat for the whole family.

Petrified Wood and Art Gallery

6.    PETRIFIED WOOD AND ART GALLERY

Ogallala's Petrified Wood and Art Gallery features petrified wood from around the world plus an impressive array of pictures, music boxes made from tiny pieces of petrified wood, polished rocks, rounds, spheres and carvings. See rare minerals, bronze sculptures and works of art handcrafted by the twin brothers who founded the museum.

Our Lavender Co.

7.    OUR LAVENDER CO.

Our Lavender Co. is a 5-acre lavender farm in Big Springs. Come tour the fields, cut some flowers and shop in the on-farm store! Learn about lavender and meet the mother-daughter trio behind the business. Whether you’re planning a girl’s trip or looking for the best photos for Instagram, Our Lavender Co. is the place for you.