Seasonal August 16, 2021
The Ultimate Guide To Seasonal Activities In Nebraska: Pumpkin Patches, Christmas Lights, Water Parks, And More
Nebraska is a great state in which to live. It’s one of those places that experiences all four seasons in the best of ways, from fluffy white snow to stunning summer wildflowers. One can always expect to have a great year in the Cornhusker State. There’s so much to do, too. During the months of summer, you can experience joys like sunflower fields and Monarch butterflies. You can see vibrant wildflowers and watch as hummingbirds go about their tiny, busy lives. You can visit each of our water parks or embark on a relaxing float trip that lasts all day. In fall, you can do things like meander through a pumpkin patch, seek the delights of an apple orchard, get lost in a corn maze, and indulge in all of the pumpkin carving you can handle. In winter, you can admire the best Christmas lights displays there are before traveling to a Christmas village to board a special Christmas train. Sip hot apple cider on a romantic sleigh ride, too. We hope you’re ready. This is the very best of all of the seasonal activities in Nebraska.
Visit This Dreamy Sunflower Farm In Nebraska
Nothing screams summer quite as much as a breathtaking sunflower field. There's something so very tranquil about it, don't you think? Nebraska is home to plenty of working farms that you can visit, and late summer is the best time to go see the sunflowers (when applicable, of course). Enter Arbor Day Farm: this gorgeous little slice of paradise is sure to take your breath away. It feels like you've stepped into a beautiful new world, and we can't recommend it enough.
Do you think you'd lose track of time here?
The Most Epic Water Parks In Nebraska
Without a visit (or two, or 10) to at least one water park, is it even summertime? We don't think so, but we digress. Nebraska is home to several epic water parks that your entire family will love. Create lifelong memories at places like Island Oasis, in Grand Island, which is
a six-acre watery paradise.
Or, you could take a day, and enjoy everything at Pawnee Plunge in Columbus.
Which slide are you doing first?
The Best All-Day Float Trip In Nebraska
What better way to wrap up a nice, hot Nebraska summer than with an all-day float trip down the Niobrara? The river spans 560 total miles, but the segment you'll be floating down isn't quite that lengthy. It's nestled within one of the most amazingly scenic landscapes in Nebraska, so slather on that sunscreen, get your inner tube, and let's go!
How long could you float for?
The Most Charming Pumpkin Patches In Nebraska
Oh, boy, autumn! It's our favorite time of year, personally, and who could blame us? The foliage is nothing short of beautiful, and there are all kinds of fall-oriented activities to take part in all over Nebraska. Who doesn't want to wander through a pumpkin patch or two? There are plenty all over the state, but you can't beat Poppy's Pumpkin Patch, in Norfolk, Nebraska. It's been around for a while - since 1999. Plus, there's more to do than
the pumpkin patch, like train rides, a petting zoo, and more.
Which fun activity will you do first?
Picture-Perfect Apple Orchards In Nebraska
Once you've had your fill of pumpkins (okay, we won't ever have our fill either, we get you), you should definitely spend some time at any one of Nebraska's beautiful apple orchards. One of our favorites is the wonderful Kimmer Orchard & Vineyard, where you can fill up on apple donuts and pie and cider and all the best flavors of fall, all in one place. It was established in 1925, and to this day, it's the perfect autumn family tradition. Don't forget to grab some wine, too.
Which is better: apple donuts or apple cider?
Get Lost In These Awesome Nebraska Corn Mazes
Ah, corn mazes. Few things seem to muster up such a fond sense of nostalgia. Luckily for us, Nebraska's got plenty of them. One of the very best Nebraska corn mazes is definitely the one known as "Skinny Bones." It is 10 impressive acres in size, so make sure you bring your tennis shoes. You'll be walking for a while trying to find your way out. It's equal parts challenging and fun, and the whole family will love it.
Have you ever got totally lost in a corn maze?
The Nebraska Halloween Town That Will Terrify And Delight You
There's a little Nebraskan town by the name of Brule that is known for going all-out at the spookiest time of the year. As autumn draws to an end, we feel the need to celebrate all things dark and macabre, and Brule prides itself in doing so. There's so much to do to celebrate this lovely time of year that you'll probably just want to stay the entire weekend...if you dare.
Are you scared yet?
The Most Magical Christmas Village In Nebraska
Just as there's a special Halloween town in beautiful Nebraska, there is also a magical Christmas village. It's no secret Huskers love them some Christmas time, and the best way to get into the spirit is to totally immerse yourself in it. Minden, Nebraska, is the most mystical, festive winter wonderland in the state. You can't miss the incredible Christmas light displays, which have twinkled every year since 1915. It's a Nebraskan tradition, and you can't miss it. Plus, the kids will absolutely love it.
What do you want for Christmas in Minden this year?
The One Of A Kind Christmas Train In Nebraska
All aboard and ho ho ho! Did you know there's a special Christmas train you can find in Nebraska if you just believe in the magic of Christmas? It's totally true. In fact, Nebraskans have their very own line to the North Pole itself. Tucked inside the Lincoln Children's Zoo is a special train taking kids and grown-ups alike to meet Santa Claus and enjoy other holiday wonders. Plus, there's cookies involved. Count us in!
What will you ask Santa for?
Must-Visit Spots To View Christmas Lights In Nebraska
Each year, Nebraska has literally hundreds of places to see amazing Christmas light displays, but there's one that sticks out as particularly amazing. The Holiday Lights Festival, in Omaha, is truly an embodiment of the holiday spirit. It runs from the end of November through the beginning of January, and we're pretty sure you're going to want to visit a few times. Bring the kids, and watch their faces light up. No pun intended...maybe.
Have you ever seen more lights in one place?