24 Hours in Lincoln, Nebraska Itinerary

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In 2012 when my dad told me he was being re-stationed to Nebraska, my initial reaction was, “Nebraska?! Besides corn, what’s in Nebraska?!“ If you are anything like me, chances are you’ve had the same reaction. In the time that I’ve lived in Nebraska, besides experiencing Nebraska hospitality, I’ve learned that Nebraska is filled with hidden, unexpected gems. On your next cross country road trip, give Nebraska a try and let me start you off with my 24 Hour guide to Nebraska’s State Capitol, Lincoln!


WHERE TO STAY

Cloverleaf Suites - Located in east Lincoln, the Cloverleaf offers a variety of suites and studios with kitchens in every room.

Graduate Lincoln - A funky retro styled hotel located right in the Downtown Haymarket district


Start your morning off by picking up a coffee and pastry at The Mill Coffee & Tea before heading off to the Sunken Gardens. Enjoy a meditative morning among the lush greenery as you meander this little not-so-hidden botanical garden.

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Once you’ve finished your coffee and admiring the gorgeous flowers, head over to the University of Nebraska State Museum. Known as Morrill Hall on the university campus, this Natural History Museum features the biodiversity, paleontology and cultural diversity of Nebraska. It is also home to the Muller Planetarium and Elephant hall, where the world’s largest articulated fossil mammoth is located. (Entry to the museum for adults is $8 or for both the museum and planetarium is $13.)

For a more “upscale“ dining experience, stop for a delicious brunch or lunch at The Green Gateau. Located at L & S 10th St, The Green Gateau is a European-inspired bistro. On the brunch menu, I love the Florentine Crepes and on the lunch menu, the Salmon and Risotto. For a more low key lunch, stop into the Crescent Moon Coffee. Located right in the Haymarket District, at the junction of 8th & P Street it’s a little tucked away cafe. Serving the college campus, on Monday nights is Poetry Night and Wednesday offers live music.

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After lunch, treat yourself to in house handmade ice cream at Ivanna Cone. Ivanna Cone is a “Premium Ice Cream Shoppe“ with a classic soda shoppe look. Once you’ve gotten your ice cream, take a stroll through the Haymarket - visit antique shops, or the little alleyways of surprises. Get a few instagram photos at the classic train near the Iron Park.

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Watch the sunset at the Holmes Lake Park before ending your day in Lincoln with dinner at Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill. Known for hand-crafted ales and from scratch food, Lazlo’s is the first Brew-Pub in Nebraska. Go ahead and order yourself for some premium Omaha Steak’s. Yum.


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LINCOLN ACTIVITIES

  • Lincoln Children’s Zoo

  • Nebraska State Capital

  • Pioneers Park Nature Center

  • Lincoln Children’s Museum

  • Sheldon Museum of Art

  • James Arthur Vineyards

  • Great Plains Art Museum

PLACES TO EAT

  • The Oven Indian Restaurant

  • Vincenzio’s Ristorante

  • Mellow Mushroom

  • Rodrizio Grill


Have you ever been to Nebraska?

Let me know in the comments below!