Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of waterfalls, forests, and the bluffs that line the Missouri River when you take a weekend trip to Nebraska. See the tallgrass prairies in central Nebraska during the fall, or watch in awe as summertime fireworks light up the sky in Seward. Treat the kids to a day at the Lincoln Zoo, or delight the history buffs in your crew with a Nebraska vacation rental in Columbus. When planning your next weekend getaway, consider one of these towns and cities in Nebraska as your vacation destination.

1. Omaha

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Head to the big city that has an old town feel when you book a vacation rental in Omaha. Explore the history of the past at the Mormon Trail Center, or see blooming flowers in the spring with a walk through the 100 acres of the Lauritzen Gardens. When traveling with the kids, spend a day at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, and when traveling solo or with your loved one, stroll through the Old Market area in downtown to see the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge and shop at the farmer’s market.

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2. Fremont

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Make the northeastern city of Fremont your vacation destination to gain access to water sports, a great shopping district, and a cultural mecca for the arts. Get a unique view of this Nebraska city via Bryson’s Airboat Tour, or swim, tube, or kayak the Fremont State Lakes for the day. Make a splash at the Splash Station Water Park in the summer, and spend a Saturday afternoon ice skating at the Sidner Ice Arena in the weekend. If you collect vintage toys, stop at Harold and Leona’s Toy Museum.

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3. Seward

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Time your weekend getaway for the July 4th holiday to see the spectacular fireworks display in Seward. This Nebraska city boasts recreational activities such as volleyball, baseball, and soccer in Centennial Park and educational recreation at the Seward County Historical Museum. Immerse yourself in this agricultural area at the Seward County Fairgrounds’ livestock centers, arena, and agriculture pavilion. Take in a performance at the Olde Glory Theatre before retreating back to your cozy Seward vacation rental.

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4. Lincoln

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Make Lincoln your vacation destination and treat the family to a day at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, complete with a trail system, play center, and golf course for all ages. When you need to unwind, take a leisurely walk through Sunken Gardens to see the waterfall, reflecting pond, gazebo, and paved pathways lined with blooming plants and flowers. Top off a weekend evening with a tour of the Boiler Brewing Company where you can sample homemade brews. The Branched Oak State Recreation area is the perfect place for horseback riding, boating, hiking, and fishing, or you can get in some retail therapy with a trip to the Aardvark Antique Mall.

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5. Columbus

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History buffs flock to the Columbus area for weekend getaways to see the Statue of Liberty replica. Take a self-guided tour to Ferry Rock, the Quincentenary Belltower, or the statue of Andrew Jackson Higgins. Outdoor enthusiasts can get in some exercise in Agricultural Park, where the tree-lined walking trails are ideal for jogging, biking, or hiking. Children enjoy a day at the Pawnee Plunge Water Park, and adults are fond of the specialty brews at Glur’s Tavern.

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6. Grand Island

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See how the early pioneer settlers survived when visiting Grand Island and touring the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer. Once you get your fill of history, make a splash at the Island Oasis Water Park, or head to the Platte River for some tubing, floating, or kayaking. In the spring, witness the sandhill cranes that gather on the river where ducks and geese migrate for the season. Additional entertainment options include the downtown Grand Theatre, Fred’s Flying Circus, and Fonner Park.

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7. Lexington

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If you love to be active, Lexington is the ideal hotspot for your getaway. This city boasts 100 acres of trail systems for hiking and biking. Try your skills at the skate park, or head over to the Family Aquatic Center to take a dip in the Olympic-sized pools. When the kids are in tow, let them get wet and wild at the aquatic center’s splash pad or on the water slide. Embrace the culture of Lexington with tours of the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles, the Robert Henri Museum, or the Dawson County Historical Museum.

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8. Norfolk

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Settle in a small town that boasts big city attractions when you plan a weekend getaway in Norfolk. Start your weekend off exploring the Ashfall Fossil Beds, or take a hike or biking excursion along the historic Cowboy Trail. Outdoor enthusiasts get their fill of fun in the sun with a trip to the Willow Creek Recreation Area for mini golf or the Memorial Aquaventure Waterpark with its thrilling waterslides. Get artsy on your getaway at the Elkhorn Valley Museum or the Norfolk Arts Center.

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