We recommend buying a year-long permit - it's only $25 for unlimited visits to state parks for an entire year! But the $10 or less version: buy a daily pass for just $5, which will let you enter as many state parks as you can get to in one day.
Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure, Nebraska City
Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for kids 3-12.
Arbor Lodge State Historical Park Morton Mansion, Nebraska City
Tour the mansion for $7 per adult and $4 for kids 3-12.
Ash Hollow State Park, Lewellen
Admission to the park itself requires a park permit. To tour the visitors center, admission is $2 for adults and $1 for kids ages 3-13.
Ashfall Fossil Beds, Antelope County
In addition to a park permit, admission is $5 for everyone age 3 and over.
Buffalo Bill's Mansion, North Platte
A park permit will get you into the Buffalo Bill State Historical Park. A tour of the mansion is an additional $5.
Chimney Rock, Bayard
Admission is only $3 for adults, and kids are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari - Ashland
Tour the safari park for $7 per adult and $5 per child.
Durham Museum, Omaha
Admission is $9 for adults, and $6 for kids 3-12. Kids under 3 are admitted free.
Fort Atkinson, Fort Calhoun
In addition to a state park pass, admission is $2 per adult.
Fort Kearny, Kearney
In addition to a park pass, admission is $2 for adults and $1 for kids 3-12.
Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12. Kids under 6 are admitted free.
Love's Jazz & Arts Center, Omaha
General admission to exhibits is $10 for adults; kids 12 & under are free.
Mayhew Cabin and John Brown's Cave, Nebraska City
Adults get in for $3, and kids' admission is $1.
Mansion on the Hill, Ogallala
Admission is only $2 for adults and $1 for kids.
Merriman's Bowring Ranch, Valentine
A park permit is required, plus an admission fee of $5 for adults and $4 for kids. Hurry, though - this attraction is only open Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Morrill Hall, Lincoln
Admission is $6 for adults ($10 with planetarium admission), $3 for kids 5-18 ($6 with planetarium), and kids 4 and under are admitted free, but they aren't permitted in the planetarium.
Museum of the Fur Trade, Chadron
Admission is just $5 for visitors 18 and older.
Scotts Bluff National Monument, Scottsbluff
A seven-day pass to the monument is $5.
Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island
In the summer, adult admission is $8, kids 6-12 are admitted for $5, and kids 5 and under are free. The rest of the year, admission is $4 for adults and $2 for kids 6-12.
Willa Cather Tours, Red Cloud
You won't be able to tour all of the buildings for under $10, but you can take the Three-House Tour (Cather's childhood home, the Red Cloud Opera House, and Gerber Bank) for $10 for adults and $5 for students 5 to 18. The Childhood Home Tour is just $5 for ages 5 and up.
This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means. If you’re resourceful, you can always find something free (
see the list here!) or low-cost to do in Nebraska. What’s your favorite inexpensive thing to do?