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LincolnUnited States of America

Under the sweeping Nebraskan skies, the state capital offers many historic sites and buildings, a thriving cultural scene and miles of outdoor trails.

Visit Lincoln to enjoy plenty of cultural and artistic attractions as well the scenic, natural beauty of the surrounding farms and grass-covered flat plains.

Before heading out into Lincoln’s popular outdoors, take some time to explore the city itself. Head to the Haymarket, a turn-of-the-20th-century warehouse district where wagons were once bought and sold. Today, the restored buildings feature boutiques, antique shops, restaurants, galleries and Nebraska’s first microbrewery. Buy fresh produce, flowers and homemade food stalls at the farmers market which is held every Saturday morning during the summer.

From the Haymarket, make the short walk to Iron Horse Park where you can see the brick mural that depicts the first locomotive crossing the prairie.

Lincoln was founded in 1856 and was originally a village called Lancaster. The name was changed to Lincoln a few years later as a tribute to the recently assassinated president.

The city is also home to one of the world’s largest collection of publicly owned quilts. Head to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum to see more than 3,500 quilts dating from the early 18th-century to the present day. Art is a big part of Lincoln’s cultural activities and many of the city’s galleries offer interactive activities for both children and adults.

Head outdoors and take a hike through the prairie grasses, woodlands and wetlands of the Pioneers Park Nature Center. Photograph the flowers in the Sunken Gardens at Antelope Park or visit Wilderness Park, the city’s largest park with more than 1,475 acres (596 hectares) of land.

Note that Lincoln can get rainy and windy from March to May, with possible tornados. It can be hot and humid in July and August, but outdoor pools offer reprieve. From December to February extremely chilly conditions are common. Whatever the weather is, however, this growing city has plenty of open spaces, nightlife and thriving arts to keep you entertained for days.

Where to stay in Lincoln

Lincoln featuring railway items

Downtown Lincoln

4.5/5Wonderful!(534 area reviews)

Downtown Lincoln is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Lied Center and Great Plains Art Museum while in the area.

Downtown Lincoln
Sunken Gardens showing bird life and zoo animals

Near South

While Near South isn't home to many top sights, Memorial Stadium and Lincoln Children's Zoo are some notable places to visit nearby.

Near South

Top Hotels in Lincoln

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Place Lincoln / Downtown - Haymarket
Hyatt Place Lincoln / Downtown - Haymarket
3 out of 5
600 Q Street, Lincoln, NE
The price is $101 per night

Located in Downtown Lincoln, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lied Center and Sheldon Museum of Art. Memorial Stadium and University of Nebraska-Lincoln ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (988 reviews)

"Everything about our brief stay went smoothly. The room was clean and comfortable and the hotel was conveniently located to restaurants and the walkable downtown."…"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

Hyatt Place Lincoln / Downtown - Haymarket
Best Western Plus Lincoln Inn & Suites
Best Western Plus Lincoln Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
2201 Wildcat Circle, Lincoln, NE
The price is $67 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of International Quilt Study Center, Memorial Stadium, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Nebraska ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (966 reviews)

"Excellent place to stay! Clean, friendly staff and most important follows covid guidelines! Dog friendly too!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

Best Western Plus Lincoln Inn & Suites
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Lincoln North Hotel and Conference Center, NE
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Lincoln North Hotel and Conference Center, NE
3 out of 5
5353 N 27th St, Lincoln, NE
The price is $64 per night

Situated in Lincoln, this hotel is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from International Quilt Study Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of Memorial Stadium and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,162 reviews)

"Great restaurant, customer service and nice breakfast to go. Room was very clean and comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Lincoln North Hotel and Conference Center, NE

Popular places to visit in Lincoln

Memorial Stadium
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Memorial Stadium

4.5/5(216 reviews)

Catch an event at Memorial Stadium during your trip to Lincoln. Amble around the area's college campus or attend a sporting event.

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park
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Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

4/5(47 reviews)

Make use of the many fun facilities in this large park, from a theater and a marina to paddle boats and an ice-skating rink.

Nebraska State Capitol
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Nebraska State Capitol

4.5/5(147 reviews)

Tour Lincoln’s gleaming art deco Capitol building to learn about the architecture and local legislature of the Tower on the Plains.

Sunken Gardens
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Sunken Gardens

4.5/5(98 reviews)

Participate in the planting events and go to the intriguing gardening talks in this active and welcoming set of gardens.

Lincoln Children's Zoo
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Lincoln Children's Zoo

4.5/5(73 reviews)

Take a ride on a historic train and learn about the animals in your backyard and beyond at this downtown zoo, tailored for curious kids.

Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum
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Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum

4.5/5(28 reviews)

Learn about the exciting stories and scientific innovation of the Strategic Air Command’s aircraft and artifacts at this expansive museum.

Top things to do in Lincoln

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Nebraska
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Nebraska

$10
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Nebraska
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Nebraska

$10
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Nebraska
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Nebraska

$20
Per adult

Reviews of Lincoln

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
665
5 - Excellent 38.4837962962963%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 45.717592592592595%
3 - Okay
248
3 - Okay 14.351851851851851%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.0416666666666667%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.4050925925925926%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Boring

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

The streets are past due for resurface on the north side of town . Other than that our visit to Lincoln was really awesome. I would recommend to others 

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 29, 2020

The computer at the front deck was working very slow it took 20mins to check in to the hotel.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 18, 2020

The whole city needs an economic infusion.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 8, 2020

Love Lincoln

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Mar 26, 2020

There is nothing good in Nebraska. Hyperbole, maybe, but dear god is it droll to drive through.

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