In Lincoln, Nebraska's capitol city, the residents and visitors have a variety of opportunities to enjoy nature and wildlife. These include numerous parks and a zoo.
Lincoln is home to over ten state parks which provide residents with a variety of outdoor activities year-round including biking, boating, camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and rock climbing. These parks range from close to the city to being a few hours away by car and have amenities such as boat ramps, campgrounds, fishing piers, picnic areas and shelters, hiking trails, tent pads or sites, a group shelter area for picnics or gatherings that can accommodate up to 200 people including the parking space for recreational vehicles (RVs) and trailers.
The Haymarket Park is an athletic complex with Lincoln's major baseball stadium, football field, soccer fields, and running track located within its confines. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) provides five additional athletic complexes for games or events. However, UNL students can enjoy the outdoors with the five additional sports complexes on campus including tennis courts, outdoor track and field facilities, softball diamonds, an equestrian center, and the university's arboretum.
The Nebraska Zoo in Lincoln is located at 37th Street & North A Street near central Lincoln. It provides numerous habitats around the world of animals that are native to the area including the prairie habitat, the Great Plains grasslands habitats, and even arctic tundra.
Sometimes Lincoln city residents are not looking for outdoor activities but something different to do. A visit to the Lincoln Children's Zoo is a great family activity that can be done indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. The zoo has numerous habitats for animals indigenous to all over the world including a petting zoo. Here children can learn about and interact with various animals provided an up-close experience.
Other places in Lincoln to enjoy nature and wildlife including the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Arboretum, Arbor Day Farm (at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park), Wilderness Park Nature Center, Thomas Fork Natural Area, Diamond Lake Resort, Fort Hartsuff Historic Site & Museum, The Wilderness Center at Wagon Train Ranch.