Have you ever wanted to explore the beauty of Nebraska?
Nebraska is a great state with many natural wonders. There are prairies, and dramatic rock formations in Nebraska’s panhandle. Visitors can find something for everyone when exploring this place! Lincoln has a beautiful capital building and Omaha is home to Durham Museum which honors Nebraska’s past heritage through immersive exhibits such as those highlighting railroad history.
You can find many national parks in Nebraska. They have adventures for you to do. There are also other things to do that will keep your family entertained.
1. Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
Agate is a small town with about 100 people. They are mostly farmers and ranch hands, but they also like to go fishing in rivers near the town when they have time.
This town was founded by people from Illinois who were looking for new land to call home. They were running out of money so they came here to make a new start.
Pets: Pets are allowed on the trails at Agate Fossil Beds providing their owners promise not to take them off-leash.
Camping: The Agate Fossil Beds National Monument is not the place to go if you want to camp. They do not allow camping on the inside of the park so it is not a good idea if you want to pitch your tent or build a campfire.
Tour: The Agate Fossil Beds National Monument visitor center is a place to learn about history. There are many things that you can see, like exhibits and maps. You can also speak with a person who works there about hiking trails in the area.
Entrance Fee: You can visit Agate Fossil Beds National Monument. It is a free national monument. It’s a good place to take your children or guests who are in town for an extended period of time and want to visit more than one site close together without spending too much money on gas, food, or other travel necessities.
2. Homestead National Monument of America
In the Homestead National Historical Park, you can walk through different periods of American history. Here you can learn about your family because it could help you find relatives that you didn’t know about before.
President Franklin Pierce signed the Homestead Act. People thought that it was impossible to get land. But thanks to him, we can do homesteading even though he died many years ago.
Pets: Leash your pet! But don’t worry, you can buy a souvenir postcard of your pet to take home with you.
Camping: Homestead National Memorial is a good place to camp. The campground offers easy access and beautiful views of the memorial.
Tour: Homestead National Historical Park has buildings that show what people used to do. It also has a place where you can find your family history and learn how people lived in a farming town. The park is open 24 hours, so it is fun for kids of all ages.
Entrance Fee: Homestead National Historical Park is a park you can visit for free.
3. Missouri National Recreational River
The Missouri National Recreational River is a river. It goes from Gavins Point Dam to Ponca State Park on the border of Nebraska and South Dakota.
The designation was first applied in 1978, which is one year before I was born. You can explore this 59-mile stretch by canoe or kayak with a permit that lasts for up to 14 days at no cost.
Pets: Pets are not allowed on some beaches or in any park buildings. To avoid this, just keep them at home when you visit the beach and stay away from all of the public areas.
Camping: Leave-No-Trace camping is a good way to experience the wilds of the Missouri National Recreational River. Camping sites are available at Bow Creek, Green Island, and Goat Island Recreation Areas where you can enjoy hiking trails or fishing in peace with nature’s best company!
Tour: Missouri is a state with many natural wonders you can enjoy. You can go on a scenic drive, or fish in one of the many lakes and rivers. There are also many parks where you can walk and hike.
Entrance Fee: There are no fees to go inside the Missouri National Recreational River. You need to watch out for alligators and snakes, though.
4. Niobrara National Scenic River
The Niobrara National Scenic River is in Nebraska. It is not far from Omaha. In 1991, Congress set aside 76 miles (120 km) of the river for preservation under the management of the National Park Service with assistance from a local council.
This area has been recognized as a beautiful national river by the officials because its beauty is not common in our country.
Pets: The Niobrara National Scenic River is a place where your pets can swim in the water and run free.
Camping: The Niobrara National Scenic River offers places for people to camp. They can also get help from the park if they need it.
Tour: The Niobrara National Scenic River has many fun activities. You can do a guided tour, fish in one of the rivers or streams, go hunting or just take some time to enjoy the outdoors with your family. The Niobrara is a large river that runs through Nebraska and into Wyoming. It’s a very beautiful place.
Entrance Fee: It’s free to enter the Niobrara National Scenic River.
5. Scotts Bluff National Monument
Scotts Bluff National Monument is in the far western part of Nebraska. It was used by Native Americans and European explorers for centuries. There are large bluffs that overlook the North Platte River, as well as prairies and rugged badlands.
The park was first set aside to protect history in 1909. It was one out of only 34 at that time.
Pets: Pets are allowed in the park. You can walk them on the paved trails and other places that are not too natural. When you walk a pet, bring a bag for poop because it is good to keep the place clean!
Camping: Scotts Bluff National Monument is a beautiful place in Nebraska. The nearest RV camping is at Lake Minatare State Recreation Area. There are places to park and hook up your trailer or motor home on the grounds. You need to book ahead before they are all gone!
Tour: If you go to Scotts Bluff National Monument, you can enjoy seeing the view from up high. Hiking is a good way to get there. You will find informative ranger programs about birdwatching and geology for visitors who want more information on this natural wonder. You can have a great time in our visitor center if you stamp your passport. You can go to places like Summit Road or take Junior Ranger classes.
Entrance Fee: Visitors to Scotts Bluff National Monument can enjoy a visit for $15.
Nebraska has a lot of National Parks. If you are looking for something fun to do while you are on vacation, go to one of these parks!
Nebraska is a place to explore nature. There are tallgrass prairies, the Boulder River Valley, and other places where you can see animals. Nebraska’s state bird may show up at any time, too. This is true in “The Good Life.”