Lifestyle Fast Facts

From family-friendly outings and hip night-time attractions, to spectacular natural sights, there's lots to do in Nebraska!

 

  • The Nebraska National Forest near Halsey is the nation's largest hand-planted forest.
  • In March 2015, the Wall Street Journal named Omaha as one of its six great small cities for food lovers.
  • Nebraska Cornhuskers: College football really is a religion in Nebraska, as the 90,000 that make up the Sea of Red in Lincoln's Memorial Stadium every game day will attest. The stadium holds the ongoing NCAA record of more than 340 consecutive sellouts.
  • Food and drink: Nebraska has 34 wineries, 35 breweries and 80 farmers markets.
  • Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium was named the world's best zoo by TripAdvisor in 2014, with a list of attractions that includes the world's largest indoor desert, largest nocturnal exhibit, and one of America's largest indoor rainforests. Little wonder it's Nebraska's most popular tourist destination with 1.7 million visitors last year.
  • For years the distinctive Chimney Rock in western Nebraska made it a key landmark for travelers following Oregon, California nad Mormon trails. Designated as a National Historic Site in 1956, the pillar remains popular among those following in the pioneers' footsteps and was even recognized on the Nebraska State Quarter in 2006.
  • Golfing in Nebraska. In all, the state boasts close to 200 public and semi-private courses to choose from. 
  • More than 340,000 baseball fans attend the annual College World Series, which has been held in Omaha since 1950.
  • Cranes on the Platte River. Every spring one of America's greatest wildlife sights comes to the Platte River  as more than half a million Sandhill cranes descend to rest on their way to their northern breeding grounds.