Lincoln, NE

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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

La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Lincoln
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Lincoln
2.5 out of 5
4433 N 27th St, Lincoln, NE
The price is $63 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Situated in Lincoln, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of International Quilt Study Center, Bob Devaney Sports Center, and University of Nebraska State Museum. ...
3.9/5Good! (561 reviews)
"Great!"

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2021

La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Lincoln
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 $90 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
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 ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (933 reviews)
"the room was large and they gave me a room right by the door for the puppy! V. easy to work with and cooperative. Only way to make better is to offer gluten free option for breakfast."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Best Western Plus Lincoln Inn & Suites
Hyatt Place Lincoln / Downtown - Haymarket
Hyatt Place Lincoln / Downtown - Haymarket
3.5 out of 5
600 Q Street, Lincoln, NE
The price is $119 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
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! (973 reviews)
"Close to so much as far as dining and events. Professional staff. We'll definitely stay again"

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2021

Hyatt Place Lincoln / Downtown - Haymarket
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.
Modern Cozy + King + $0 CFee + 50"TV + Happy Pets!
Modern Cozy + King + $0 CFee + 50"TV + Happy Pets!
Lincoln, NE
The price is $109 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Located in the heart of Lincoln, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Bob Devaney Sports Center and Memorial Stadium. University of Nebraska ...
Modern Cozy + King + $0 CFee + 50"TV + Happy Pets!
Beautiful Historic home, one of a kind experience.
Beautiful Historic home, one of a kind experience.
Lincoln, NE
The price is $500 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Located in Near South, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lincoln Children's Zoo, Nebraska State Capitol, and Bryan West Campus. Pershing Center and ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Great stay!
"My wife and I met up with three couples for a concert in Lincoln. We all had a great stay; themed rooms are tastefully decorated, Lynette and her husband were great hosts! Enjoyed beverages before and after on their patio, a very laid back and pleasant setting!! Would definitely recommend a stay ..."

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2021

Beautiful Historic home, one of a kind experience.
South Lincoln Contemporary Bungalow
South Lincoln Contemporary Bungalow
Lincoln, NE
This family-friendly Lincoln vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bryan West Campus, Lincoln Children's Zoo, and Hyde Memorial Observatory. Nebraska State ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (48 reviews)
Short getaway
"The house was very clean! It was an enjoyable and comfortable stay. The owner was very responsive to our needs and very helpful. Thank you! Highly recommended!"

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2021

South Lincoln Contemporary Bungalow
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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