Nebraska Top 10 Attractions

People can't seem to agree whether the Cornhusker State is in the Midwest or the Great Plains, but every visit is sure that it offers the best of both environments. You can find historic trails dating back to the Gold Rush or Lewis and Clark's expeditions along with museums explaining historic sites and artifacts. Visitors also get the chance to enjoy nature with numerous rivers and forests in unspoiled areas of the state. There are even adventure-filled attractions specifically geared for families, such as theme parks, or adults, such as kayaking. Here are the top 10 attractions to see the next time you are in Nebraska.

1: Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
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Ranked as Trip Advisor's number one zoo in the United States, Henry Doorly Zoo and aquarium houses 7 acres of indoor exhibits that will surely give you a magical experience. Go on the enchanting Expedition Madagascar exhibit, watch a show at state-of-the-art Lozier IMAX Theater, explore the underwater world at the Scott Aquarium, and interact with the furry animals at the Animal Encounters exhibit. You and your kids are guaranteed to have the time of your lives exploring and discovering the animal kingdom right here at the Henry Doorly Zoo.

Address: 3701 S 10th St, Omaha, NE 68107

2: Strategic Air and Space Museum

Strategic Air and Space Museum
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With over 300,000 square feet of exhibits, the Strategic Air and Space Museum aims to provide interactive, educational and fun exhibits to inspire and sharpen young minds. Here you can visit the 60 Days of Science exhibit where you will discover interactive displays in different fields of science like chemistry, biology, and physics. Visit their aircraft and spacecraft displays to know how it feels like to explore the skies and the outer space.

Address: 28210 W Park Hwy, Ashland, NE 68003

3: Lake McConaughy

Lake McConaughy
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Known as the biggest lake in Nebraska, this is the largest reservoir in this four state region. Here you can lounge around in their natural white sand beaches, set up camp by the shore, go fishing for the best catch of the day, and enjoy all kinds of outdoor recreation. If you are looking for the best way to spend quality time with your family, Lake McConaughy should definitely be a part of your Nebraska vacation.

Address: 1475 Highway 61 N, Ogallala, Nebraska

4: Chimney Rock National Historic Site

Chimney Rock National Historic Site
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Designated as a National Historic Site on August 9, 1956, this is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Nebraska. Chimney Rock used to be referred to by Native Americans as Elk Penis. Discover the digital exhibit that will take you through 187 images that document the artifacts and artworks of the Overland Trail experience. Have your fill of history and experience what it was like to live as Native Americans going through the Oregon-California trail.

Address: Chimney Rock Trail, Bayard, NE 69334

5: Ponca State Park

Ponca State Park

Named after the Native American tribe that once inhabited the area, this is where you are going to have the most exhilarating outdoor and wildlife experiences in your life. The Missouri National Recreational River Resource and Education Center houses educational and recreational activities such as an interactive display of the park's history as well as 20 miles of trails for hikers, bikers and backpackers. If you are an avid golfer, you can also enjoy the Highland Oaks Public Golf Course.

Address: 88090 State Spur 26E, Ponca, NE 68770

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