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.

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Where to stay in Lincoln

Downtown Lincoln
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Downtown Lincoln

Sports, Dining, Entertainment

Downtown Lincoln is a welcoming neighborhood with many tasty options for restaurants and bars. You can satisfy your cultural palate with the live music and shopping.

Near South
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Near South

Near South is a welcoming neighborhood.

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Top Hotels in Lincoln

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Lincoln North Hotel and Conference Center, NE
3 out of 5
5353 N 27th St, Lincoln
$64/night
Aug 4 - Aug 5
4.3/5Excellent! (1,533 reviews)

"Clean bedding comfortable bed & pillows. Friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Lincoln North Hotel and Conference Center, NE
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Graduate Lincoln
4 out of 5
141 N 9th St, Lincoln
$85/night
Aug 11 - Aug 12
4.5/5Wonderful! (735 reviews)

"This was a great location and really nice hotel! Everyone that worked there was very nice and helpful. The room had everything you need and beds were very comfortable. We loved it especially for being pet friendly with no restrictions for our Bernese mountain dog! We will stay again!!!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2019

Graduate Lincoln
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Hyatt Place Lincoln / Downtown - Haymarket
3 out of 5
600 Q Street, Lincoln
$101/night
Jul 22 - Jul 23
4.5/5Wonderful! (946 reviews)

"Great location downtown! Liked the nice amenities in the room including real glass drinking glasses and coffee cups for the in room coffee maker."…"

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019

Hyatt Place Lincoln / Downtown - Haymarket

Popular things to do in Lincoln

Nebraska State Capitol
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Nebraska State Capitol

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

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

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.

Lincoln Children's Zoo
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Lincoln Children's Zoo

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.

Sunken Gardens
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Sunken Gardens

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

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

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

University of Nebraska State Museum
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University of Nebraska State Museum

Bear witness to the formation of the universe and gaze up at an enormous mammoth skeleton in this eclectic complex.

Top activities in Lincoln

Operation City Quest of Lincoln, NE
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Operation City Quest of Lincoln, NE

$10

Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Lincoln, NE
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Lincoln, NE

$3

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

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