Kearney, NE

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Great Platte River Road Archway
From sandhill cranes to a museum above the highway, discover Nebraska at its finest in the seat of Buffalo County.

Kearney is one of many Nebraska towns developed during the westward railroad expansion after the Civil War. Visit today and find the town more modernized, but no less bustling, than it was in the 1800s.

Kearney is known as the Sandhill Crane Capital of the World. Between late February and early April over 500,000 sandhill cranes stop on the Platte River along their migration path. Wear dark clothes and bring binoculars and high-powered cameras to see these elegant birds. Enjoy some of the best viewing at Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary.

Travel through 170 years of transportation history as you walk over Interstate 80 at The Archway. Learn about Nebraska’s settlers at this iconic monument and museum, which spans the highway and offers a giant maze.

Stroll the sprawling green campus of the University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK), with over 7,000 students. Stop at the Frank House, an architecturally unique brick mansion built in 1889. Walk through the museum inside, to see original furniture and stunning Tiffany stained-glass windows.

View the state through its artists’ eyes at UNK’s Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA). Explore 175 years of Nebraskan artists, from classic painters such as Robert Henri and Alice Cleaver to modern artists including Jun Kaneko and Jane Golding Marie. Also see art portraying early Native Americans and the Midwest’s wildlife.

Attend a concert or performance in the large Viaero Event Center or cheer on the Tri-City Storm at a home game of hockey. See a play at the Merryman Performing Arts Center or the Kearney Community Theatre.

Explore downtown Kearney on a historic walking tour. Go shopping at The Bricks or Hilltop Mall. Enjoy a variety of dining options, from famous Nebraska beef at small restaurants to national chains. Sample Kearney’s burgeoning craft microbrewery scene.

Walk, bike or skate your way along Kearney’s trails. Relax in Fort Kearny State Recreation Area and over a dozen parks, which offer everything from golf courses to sports complexes.

Motel 6 Kearney, NE
Motel 6 Kearney, NE
2 out of 5
101 Talmadge St, Kearney, NE, 68847
The price is $55 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this business-friendly motel in Kearney. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (617 reviews)
"Fine"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2022

Motel 6 Kearney, NE
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kearney
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kearney
2.5 out of 5
108 3rd Ave, Kearney, NE, 68845
The price is $107 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Kearney. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (888 reviews)
"Very nice."

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kearney
Crowne Plaza Kearney, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Kearney, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
707 WEST TALMADGE STREET, Kearney, NE, 68845
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $135 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 12
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly hotel in Kearney. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 indoor pools. Popular attractions Big Apple Fun Center and Viaero ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (88 reviews)
"We had grandkids with us and the water park was perfect!"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2022

Crowne Plaza Kearney, an IHG Hotel
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Crane and Nature Lovers Dream - Fishing and Wildlife
Crane and Nature Lovers Dream - Fishing and Wildlife
Shelton, NE
The price is $110 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 11
Stay at this vacation home in Wood River. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions War Axe State Recreation Area and Windmill State Recreation ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (30 reviews)
Nebraska Adventure
"I spoiled myself on a cross country drive, by spending two nights at this amazing property. The interior is cavernous and is a hunter/bird watcher's dream. It's spacious, well stocked, thoughtfully decorated and climate controlled and resides on a working farm! I used it as a home-base to explore ..."

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2022

Crane and Nature Lovers Dream - Fishing and Wildlife
Rustic Cottage Retreat
Rustic Cottage Retreat
Kearney, NE
Stay at this vacation home in Kearney. Enjoy onsite parking, an in-room DVD player, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Yanney Heritage Park and Meadowlark ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (56 reviews)
Great
"Great"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2022

Rustic Cottage Retreat
Sandhill Crane viewing experience of a lifetime in Nebraska on the Platte River!
Sandhill Crane viewing experience of a lifetime in Nebraska on the Platte River!
Gibbon, NE
Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Windmill State Recreation Area and War Axe State Recreation Area are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
The perfect place to witness the Sandhill Crane migration.
"Our purpose in going to Kearney was to witness the Sandhill Crane migration. With this cabin/hunting lodge being right on the North Platte river, it was ideal. I communicated with the host on multiple occasions before our arrival, while there and after. He was very responsive, helpful and accommodating. ..."

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2022

Sandhill Crane viewing experience of a lifetime in Nebraska on the Platte River!
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