If you’re craving an easygoing spring break packed with outdoor recreation and gorgeous natural scenery, look no further than Nebraska. See flowers blooming at the Sunken Gardens in Lincoln; fish in the Grove Lake Dam in Royal; or catch a sporting event in Omaha. Capture a group photo at the Buffalo Bill statue in North Platte, or kayak in Grand Island to make a splash with the kids. From big city lofts and condos to rustic cabins tucked away in the forest, there are an abundance of Nebraska vacation rentals to choose from. Take a spring break trip to one of these cities and towns in Nebraska.

1. Lincoln

lincoln capitol building

Tap into the history of Lincoln for an educational spring break with the kids. Tour the state capitol building, or let the kids see flowers blooming at the Sunken Gardens with more than 30,000 plants. Treat the active ones in your group to a day at SkateZone, or browse the displays at the Museum of American Speed. When traveling with friends, hit up Carmela’s Bistro and Wine Bar for a relaxing evening, or dance the night away at Rule G Night Club or Zoo Bar.

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2. North Platte

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Get up close and personal with exotic animals by making North Platte your vacation destination for spring break. Spend a day at Cody Park to see the free-roaming animals, or snap a selfie with friends at the famous “Buffalo Bill” Statue in the downtown area. Kids enjoy taking a whirl on the antique carousel in town while history buffs prefer touring the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park. The nightlife in North Platte doesn’t disappoint either, with Brothers Tavern and the Platte Bar within minutes from your cozy Nebraska vacation rental.

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3. Royal

hastings town park lake

For a more secluded spring break vacation, opt for a vacation rental in Royal where you can explore the Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park trails or fish for the day at the Grove Lake Dam. Find yourself surrounded by rhino and camel fossils at the city’s park while enjoying the cool spring weather. When hunger strikes, take the kids to the Green Gable of Pleasant Valley, or quench your thirst with friends at Thirsty’s Tavern.

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4. Kearney

covered bridge nebraska

Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Kearney for spring break, due to the draw of the Trail Bridge and the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument. If the weather is warm, canoe, tube, or kayak at Yanney Heritage Park, or opt for an entertaining evening at the World Theatre. Motor on over to the Classic Car Collection museum before entertaining the kids with an afternoon at the Kearney Area Children’s Museum. If you want to get in some shopping on your break, head to the Hilltop Mall.

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5. Grand Island

river rafting

Water adventures await you and your spring break crew when you choose Grand Island as your vacation destination, a city home to the Island Oasis Water Park and the Platte River. Spend a day kayaking, paddleboarding, or canoeing with rentals from Glidden Canoe Rental, or take in the spring blooms when walking along the Townsley-Murdock Immigrant Trail. History enthusiasts can see how the prairie pioneers settled with a tour of the Stuhr Museum before dining at the Wasabi Bistro.

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6. Nebraska City

vineyards

Relax with a glass of wine at Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard, located just minutes from a Nebraska City vacation rental. This city offers attractions that appeal to the nature enthusiasts in your spring break crew, with hiking trails along the Arbor Lodge Historical Park and Arboretum. Thrill-seekers will enjoy Arbor Day Farm amusement park. When it’s time for rest and relaxation, opt for massage at the Spa at Lied Lodge and then head out for some nightlife at the Wagon Wheel Bar.

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7. Omaha

omaha city

Head to the big city of Omaha for your spring break and choose from luxurious vacation rentals in downtown or a rustic cabin on the outskirts of town to spend time with family or friends. Omaha is home to diverse attractions that range from the Henry Doorly Zoo to the Joslyn Art Museum. See the spring flowers in bloom at the Lauritzen Gardens Omaha’s Botanical Center, or shop the specialty shops in the Old Market area of the city. The Omaha Children’s Museum is a huge draw for families, while college spring breakers can catch a sporting event at the TD Ameritrade Park. Explore the outdoors with a walk to the Lewis and Clark Landing, or feed the ducks at Riverfront Park. Reserve an evening for an entertaining performance at the Omaha Performing Arts Center.

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8. York

nebraska barn

Immerse yourself in the historical city of York, and spend your spring break touring the Wessels Living Farm and the Clayton Museum of Ancient History. If the weather cooperates, take a dip in Recharge Lake or rent canoes from Glidden Canoe Rentals for the day. Toast to your spring break freedom with a cold beverage at Offsides Tavern before retreating back to your cozy vacation rental.

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