Lincoln, Nebraska has both outdoor and indoor spaces that will appeal to visitors of all stripes. Adults and children alike can enjoy many great things to do in Lincoln. Star City Shores, Laser Quest, the Children’s Museum, Folsom Children’s Zoo and Botanical Gardens and the Historic Hay Market are just some of Lincoln’s excellent attractions.
Pioneers Park has many interesting statues such as one of Chief Red Cloud that is on top of Dakota Sandstone. The Park is a popular place for things to do in Lincoln such as picnicking in the summer and sledding in the winter. There are golf courses as well as trails for cycling and hiking. The Nature Center offers free admission and has collections of displays that relate to animals and plants native to Nebraska. The hiking trails are scenic and there are woodland and wetland areas with butterflies, birds, elk, bison and deer.
Historic Hay Market dates back to 1867 and was an area made up of stores as well as homes. In the 1880s, many manufacturing companies set up shop here and now the old buildings have been made into art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and dinner theaters. Eating and browsing the shops and antique stores in Hay Market are some of the most popular things to do in Lincoln. Both office and living spaces are also located in Historic Hay Market and the original 1886 City Hall still remains.
Folsom Children's Zoo and Botanical Gardens offers great things to do in Lincoln with kids. The Zoo and Gardens have 300 animals of 95 species as well as over 400 plant species. The Gardens include cacti and have more than 50 kinds of trees as well as perennials, annuals and herbs. The Zoo features many species that are threatened or endangered and offers educational programs. Folsom Children's Zoo also has pony and train rides and animals such as camels, eagles and reindeer.
The Children's Museum offers kids many educational and fun things to do in Lincoln. It has over 50 interactive exhibits. There is a genuine fire truck, a theater stage, a spaceship and a water play area. Lincoln's Children's Museum is considered great for kids of all ages.
Star City Shores is one of the biggest swimming pools in Nebraska. It's a very popular water park for children and has climbing, swimming and a sandy play area too. For sci-fi and laser tag lovers, one of the best things to do in Lincoln may be a visit to Laser Quest. Laser Quest offers many different types of laser tag games from individual, or solo, missions to team tag games.