Grand Island, NE

Travel Guide
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The appeal of Nebraska’s central city is diverse: From wildlife viewing to historical attractions, this prairie town offers exhilarating and relaxing choices.

Located in the heart of Nebraska, Grand Island is both historic prairie town and cultural hub.

The downtown has many antique shops, boutiques and art galleries. Merchandise Mile offers bigger brand names. Relax in a downtown café or restaurant or tee up at one of the town’s 18-hole golf courses.

Island Oasis is an aquatic park that delights guests of all ages. It features water slides, wave pools and a lazy river. Take children on a historic ride aboard a mini-train at Stolley Park Railroad.

Grand Island is famous as a migratory resting spot for sandhill cranes. Study the species at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center. The facilities offer miles of trails winding along the Platte River. Take a tour using viewing blinds to spy on birds in their natural habitat, then stroll farther down the trail to see wild bison herds grazing in the park. Afterward, head to the Visitor Center to review the facility’s wildlife exhibits and art galleries.

Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer brings the region’s history to life. Head to the Stuhr Building to investigate rotating exhibits that highlight the region’s history. The Gus Fonner Memorial Rotunda is filled with Native American artifacts. The Antique Machinery Building showcases historic cars and farm equipment. Stuhr Museum’s crown jewel is Railroad Town, a village featuring 60 buildings with actors re-creating life as it was in the 1890s.

Mormon Island State Recreation Area earned its name for being a stopping place during the religious migration to Salt Lake City in the late 1800s. Today, the park features waterfront access for swimming, boating, fishing and camping.

Central Nebraska Regional Airport is located just outside town and offers services to selected cities in the U.S. Many famous scenic auto routes also pass through the area. Lincoln Highway was America’s first paved coast-to-coast roadway and Loup Rivers Scenic Byway goes through small towns and unbeatable landscapes.

Days Inn by Wyndham Grand Island I-80
Days Inn by Wyndham Grand Island I-80
2.5 out of 5
7800 South Hwy 281, Grand Island, NE, 68803
The price is $72 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Grand Island. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (969 reviews)
"Off 1-80. Easy bc access for traveling by."

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

Days Inn by Wyndham Grand Island I-80
Super 8 by Wyndham Grand Island
Super 8 by Wyndham Grand Island
2 out of 5
2603 S Locust St, Grand Island, NE, 68801
The price is $90 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this business-friendly motel in Grand Island. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4/5 Very Good! (681 reviews)
"Our Super 8 suite was a nice stay for the price and the amenities offered. I didn't know Super 8 even had suites and it wasn't overly fancy, but provided nice privacy for my friend and I to have our own rooms within the suite and it was spacious! The staff was friendly too and we appreciated that. ..."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Super 8 by Wyndham Grand Island
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Grand Island, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Grand Island, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
3404 W Faidley Ave, Grand Island, NE, 68803
The price is $160 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Grand Island. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (393 reviews)
"Friendly, small town service in a clean, affordable room. Continental breakfast was a nice bonus. The TV system was a bit dated - only cable TV and no support for streaming services. Otherwise, everything else felt new and modern. Would definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2022

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Grand Island, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Crane and Nature Lovers Dream - Fishing and Wildlife
Crane and Nature Lovers Dream - Fishing and Wildlife
Wood River, NE
The price is $99 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this vacation home in Wood River. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a TV. Popular attractions War Axe State Recreation Area and Windmill State Recreation ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (24 reviews)
The Great Crane Experience
"This is our second year staying at this property. It is just a perfect central location if you are interested in seeing sandhill cranes. We even got to see a Whooping crane. REALLY enjoyed our stay. Thanks Alie and Pete"

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2022

Crane and Nature Lovers Dream - Fishing and Wildlife
1950's Retro Ranch. Conveniently located off Highway 281
1950's Retro Ranch. Conveniently located off Highway 281
Grand Island, NE
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Grand Island. Enjoy a water park, WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Island Oasis Water Park and Nebraska ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (13 reviews)
peaceful place
"quiet, welcoming"

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2022

1950's Retro Ranch. Conveniently located off Highway 281
Awesome and Spacious, updated 2 bedroom Condo
Awesome and Spacious, updated 2 bedroom Condo
Grand Island, NE
Stay at this condo in Grand Island. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and an in-room DVD player. Popular attractions Island Oasis Water Park and Nebraska State Fair ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Our stay was wonderful and we felt so at home.
"This home is beautifully decorated and comfortable and Cindy was so helpful and thoughtful. It was a wonderful place to be together and so close to everything. We can’t thank her enough for everything."

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

Awesome and Spacious, updated 2 bedroom Condo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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