Lincoln, Nebraska, is a lovely city with a small-town feel. It's grown rapidly as Californians move to cities like Lincoln due to tax-friendly weather and low-cost housing. Lincoln is also home to the University of Nebraska. As you might expect, it has a bustling social scene.
This is a fairly busy city, so it helps to make plans in advance. If you have 24 hours to spend in Lincoln, here's what I recommend:
1. Start your day with a brisk morning walk through Antelope Park, the largest park in the city.
In total, over 350 acres of green space, including a nature center and environmental trails, make this a great place to take children and pets during your trip to Lincoln (and will tire out any kids you brought with you).
2. Grab lunch at Skippy's Hot Dogs; this is a "hole-in-the-wall" type of place, serves up some delicious hot dogs and corn dogs.
3. After lunch, head to the Durham Western Heritage Museum. This is a fun way to spend an hour or two learning about ranch life in the early West through interactive exhibits and excellent displays.
4. Take your child (or yourself!) riding at TrailBlazer Stables before dinner; they offer trail rides and lessons to all ages.
5. Head to dinner at Cafe Vicino for some tasty Italian food. Go early if you can; this place is popular.
6: Grab a nightcap at Shamrock Brewing Company; this is a great spot for groups as-- they have a huge patio and plenty of seating indoors as well.
7: Enjoy the nightlife; The Bourbon is one of the best dance clubs in Lincoln.
If you have more time to spend,
8. Check out Wilber's Chili Bowl and the Railyard entertainment district, which has a ton of fun bars and restaurants within walking distance.
9. Also, visit the historic Haymarket District downtown, there are plenty of shops and good food to be had.
Lincoln, Nebraska, is a charming city with a country feel, and it has grown rapidly in recent years. You might expect it to have a busy social scene that will keep you occupied for days, if not weeks on end, as it does.