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KearneyUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Kearney

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kearney
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kearney
2 out of 5
104 Talmadge Rd, Kearney, NE
The price is $50 per night from Feb 14 to Feb 15

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (998 reviews)

"Nice property. We stay here frequently on trips. Always friendly and clean."…"

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kearney
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kearney
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kearney
2.5 out of 5
111 Talmadge St, Kearney, NE
The price is $54 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9

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 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (787 reviews)

"Very clean and new! Only minor complaint was breakfast options were more limited than expected"…"

Reviewed on Dec 25, 2020

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kearney
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Kearney, NE
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Kearney, NE
3 out of 5
105 Talmadge St, Kearney, NE
The price is $70 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8

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 Yanney ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (993 reviews)

"Very nice place and economic clean good location nice area"…"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Kearney, NE
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.

Vacation Rentals in Kearney

Rustic Cabin Retreat
Rustic Cabin Retreat
Kearney, NE

Situated in a rural location, this vacation home is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Yanney Heritage Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Nebraska Kearney and Trails ...

5/5Exceptional! (19 reviews)
Sister's Weekend

"Beautiful cabin with all the features we wanted/needed. Quiet area, but neighbors within reach if needed. It was winter so we didn't spend time out in the woods and around the water, but next time we will."…"

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2021

Rustic Cabin Retreat
Clean and comfortable, NEAR 1-80
Clean and comfortable, NEAR 1-80
Kearney, NE

Situated in Kearney, this apartment building is within 9 mi (15 km) of Union Pacific State Recreation Area, University of Nebraska Kearney, and The Frank House. ...

Clean and comfortable, NEAR 1-80
Dancing Crane Writing Center and Artist Retreat Eco Yurt
Dancing Crane Writing Center and Artist Retreat Eco Yurt
Gibbon, NE

Situated in Gibbon, this apartment building is 8.5 mi (13.7 km) from War Axe State Recreation Area and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Windmill State Recreation Area. Great ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Peaceful place to unwind

"The Dancing Crane Yurt is a unique, fantastic place to get away from it all! Terry was a kind, responsive host, and we really enjoyed the space. We will definitely be back!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Dancing Crane Writing Center and Artist Retreat Eco Yurt
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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Reviews of Kearney

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5/5 - Excellent

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May 4, 2020

Very nice and clean budget hotel.

5/5 - Excellent

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May 3, 2020

Kearney is a very peaceful town. Perfect to make a stop with your children. It has dining options and a super target to do some shopping. Highly recommended.

4/5 - Good

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Apr 14, 2020

Town appeared yo be very neat and well kept.

4/5 - Good

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Mar 16, 2020

Always have a good time!

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 15, 2020

Good place to stop on our way to Colorado from Wisconsin.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 12, 2020

We were just passing through

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