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Central Nebraska Vacation Packages

Unique museums and unforgettable natural scenery are among the myriad attractions you’ll find in Nebraska’s middle region.

Central Nebraska is a largely unspoiled land, dotted with tiny towns and vast landscapes. Drive along its open roads and explore its many hidden gems.

Summer temperatures soar in Central Nebraska. Enjoy a break cooling off at Island Oasis Water Park in Grand Island. Speed down its many twisting slides and splash in the massive wave pool. Children of all ages can test their balance on the log walk or play on the sandy beach.

While in Grand Island, learn about Nebraska’s early history at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer. Explore exhibits featuring authentic household items, tools and furnishings from the pioneer era. Relive history in Railroad Town, an impressive recreation of an 1890s prairie community, complete with a mercantile, blacksmith shop and more.

Because it spans Interstate 80, you truly can’t miss The Archway. Walk through the bridge-like museum and learn about Nebraska’s settlers, from early pioneers to modern car salesmen. Trace history in a self-guided interactive audio tour. Take a photo next to a pioneer wagon.

Explore military memorabilia at the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles in Lexington. Check out over 100 vehicles, ranging from jeeps to tanks to helicopters.

Stop at Fort Cody Trading Post in North Platte. Check out Buffalo Bill’s Miniature Wild West Show, featuring 20,000 hand-carved figurines.

Meander through the honeycombed caverns at Happy Jack Peak and Chalk Mine. This unique destination takes you on more than a mile of winding underground paths. Outside, enjoy stunning views across the North Loup Valley.

Each spring, millions of birds migrate through Central Nebraska. Between late February and April, witness the stunning sandhill crane migration. Stop in Kearney, known as the Sandhill Crane Capital of the World, to see these large gray birds in action. Join other birdwatchers at Audubon’s annual Nebraska Crane Festival in March.

Discover Central Nebraska’s stunning Sandhills region. This part of the state is home to the country’s largest sand dunes complex. Drive through vast wilderness and quaint little towns such as Niobrara and Ainsworth.


Top Hotel Deals

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Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kearney

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kearney

104 Talmadge Rd, Kearney
4.5
of 5, from 268 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Kearney, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Big Apple Fun Center, Viaero Event Center, and Trails and Rails Museum. Museum of Nebraska Art and Great Platte River Road Archway are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$76
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Kearney

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Kearney

105 Talmadge St, Kearney
4.3
of 5, from 227 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Kearney, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Big Apple Fun Center, Viaero Event Center, and Trails and Rails Museum. Museum of Nebraska Art and Great Platte River Road Archway are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$45
Super 8 Kearney

Super 8 Kearney

15 W 8th St, Kearney
3.3
of 5, from 82 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Kearney, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Big Apple Fun Center and Trails and Rails Museum. Museum of Nebraska Art and Viaero Event Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$61
Days Inn Grand Island I-80

Days Inn Grand Island I-80

7800 South Hwy 281, Grand Island
3.8
of 5, from 140 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Grand Island, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Fonner Park, and Heartland Events Center. Island Oasis Water Park and Nebraska State Fair Grounds are also within 12 mi (20 km).

$103
Hotel Grand Conference Center

Hotel Grand Conference Center

2503 S Locust St, Grand Island
4.2
of 5, from 72 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Grand Island, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fonner Park and Heartland Events Center. Island Oasis Water Park and Nebraska State Fair Grounds are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$76
Ramada Kearney

Ramada Kearney

301 2nd Ave, Kearney
3.1
of 5, from 262 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Kearney, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Big Apple Fun Center and Trails and Rails Museum. Viaero Event Center and Museum of Nebraska Art are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$64
New Victorian Inn and Suites

New Victorian Inn and Suites

903 2nd Ave, Kearney
4.1
of 5, from 145 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Trails and Rails Museum and Big Apple Fun Center. Museum of Nebraska Art and Viaero Event Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$81
Comfort Inn

Comfort Inn

118 3rd Ave, Kearney
4.6
of 5, from 59 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Big Apple Fun Center and Viaero Event Center. Trails and Rails Museum and Museum of Nebraska Art are also within 3 mi (5 km).