The plains and prairies of Nebraska offer the perfect setting for couples looking for a retreat for the weekend. Ranging from cozy cottages to spacious cabins, there are plenty of Nebraska vacation rentals to choose from. Opt for a history tour when visiting Lincoln, which is the state capital, or make a splash when floating down the Platte River in Grand Island. From wildlife centers to historic museums, you and your sweetheart can easily find something exciting to do and see. Choose one of these towns and cities in Nebraska for your next romantic weekend getaway.

1. Kearney

A two-hour drive puts you in a cozy vacation rental for the weekend in Kearney, known for the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument. See the sights with that special someone when hiking the Trail Bridge or taking in a show at the World Theatre for date night. Stroll through the Kearney Area Farmer’s Market for some fresh produce to snack on at your vacation rental and then make a splash when canoeing or kayaking at Yanney Heritage Park.

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2. Lincoln

The state capital of Nebraska offers plenty of attractions for couples seeking to explore nature and take advantage of big city life. Start your adventures with a romantic tour of the Sunken Gardens to breathe in the fragrances of the 30,000 plants in bloom year-round. Opt for a couple’s skate when stopping in at Skate Zone for the afternoon or indulge your partner’s love for history with a visit to the Governor’s Mansion. The Museum of American Speed is ideal for the adventurous duo while The Corky Canvas is the place to stop when you want to express your creativity and paint each other a masterpiece. Finish off your weekend evening with a romantic meal at Carmela’s Bistro and Wine Bar or the Green Gateau.

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3. Grand Island

Grand Island is the ideal spot for couples looking to make a splash on their romantic weekend getaway. After a two and a half hour drive from Omaha, you can settle into a cozy vacation rental and then head out to explore the water adventures at the Island Oasis Water Park or on the Platte River. Spend your days fishing in the river or take a romantic walk on the trails of the Townsley-Murdock Immigrant Trail Site. This Nebraska city is also chalked full of attractions for history buffs with daily tours of the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer.

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4. Nebraska City

It only takes an hour to reach your romantic vacation destination when you choose Nebraska City as your location of choice. Take in spectacular views of the vineyard while sipping wine at Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard on a Saturday afternoon or get to know the outdoors a bit more with a day of hiking the trails at the Arbor Lodge Historical Park and Arboretum. The Arboretum is also home to historic mansions and gardens so you can purchase a lilac for that special someone. When you want an action-packed day, plan for a day at the Arbor Day Farm amusement park with your loved one.

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5. Royal

Share an intimate moment while exploring the historic area of Royal, located three hours from Omaha. This unique city offers quaint restaurants, such as the Green Gable of Pleasant Valley, for your romantic dinners and nature-themed attractions such as the Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park. Take a stroll through the park to see fossils of camels and rhinos or opt for a day bonding together while fishing at Grove Lake Dam or the Grove Trout Rearing Station. Royal is also home to annual festivals such as the BBQ, Dance and Tractor Ride event in July at Royal Park and the annual Ice Fishing Tournament in January to keep the two of you entertained.

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6. North Platte

See exotic wildlife while walking hand-in-hand through Cody Park in North Platte on your next weekend getaway. North Platte is located four hours from Omaha and is home to the “Buffalo Bill” statue where you can snap a couple’s photo. Take your sweetheart on a whirl on the antique carousel in Cody Park before sipping on some wine at the Feather River Winery. The Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard in town is a great place to see some historic artifacts, in addition to the grounds of the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park. When hunger strikes, treat your sweetie to a romantic dinner at Luigi’s Italian Restaurant before retreating to your rustic vacation rental cabin or luxurious suite.

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7. York

If you and your significant other are history buffs, then York is the perfect choice for a romantic getaway. This quaint city, located an hour and a half from Omaha, features the Clayton Museum of Ancient History and the Wessels Living History Farm where you can see historic buildings and wander around the 160-acre farm. Opt for a romantic day on Recharge Lake with tube or canoe rentals from Glidden Canoe Rental before an intimate dinner for two at Chances ‘R’ Restaurant and Lounge.

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