Kickin' it in Kearney
Kearney is a great place to take a step back into history through some of the area attractions. The Fort Kearney State Historical Park and Recreation Area has a full day of adventure for everyone. While at Fort Kearney, you'll hear how the Fort served as a protector for pioneer wagon trains as you hear the story through the interpretive center, carpenter shop, powder magazine, blacksmith shop and the split log stockade. With more than 150 acres of land that serves as a recreation area, you'll be able to take a swim at the sand beaches in the recreation area, enjoy a picnic and end your day with a hike along the trail.
The Trail Blaze Maze is a newer attraction for everyone that promises to offer a lot of laughs and fun. You'll get the chance to see how wise you are as you try to make your way through a crazy labyrinth of turns and twists, while racing against the clock. This isn't a small maze by any means as the fort-like maze spreads out over 4,800 square feet. While you're trying to find your way, you'll pass four checkpoints where you can get your "passport" stamped.
Head down to the Trails & Rails Museum on West 11th Street to trace through the history of the transportation through Buffalo County. This is the site where the Mormon Trail passed years ago. You'll have the chance to imagine what life was like as you see a steam engine from Union Pacific as well as other archives. Displays at the Kearney Trails & Rails Museum include a church, a 1898 depot, an 1871 school house and the 1880's Freighters Hotel.
The Museum of Nebraska Art will give you a chance to view Nebraska in a different way. You'll see 175 years of Nebraska through art that includes 19th century to contemporary style. Enjoy some of your time in the Outdoor Sculpture Garden and before you leave, stroll through the Museum Shop where you'll find unique gifts to remember your trip.
Kearney offers many more opportunities for visitors to learn of the history
of Kearney, see life as a pioneer or just enjoy a good meal. You'll find
over 50 restaurants in Kearney for an evening of fine dining with menus
offering anything you can think of from steak to Italian, Oriental, seafood
and Mexican cuisine. Shoppers will find plenty of opportunities to browse through a variety of shops in Kearney. Enjoy browsing through antique shops, craft shops, and a number of specialty shops. If you want to sneak away for a day and relax, Kearney can accommodate you with a choice of six golf courses in the area. If you're looking for something to do some evening, you can head to one of several theaters and catch a movie, or try the Kearney Community Theatre.
A town that is rich in history and variety, such as Kearney, is a great
place to visit as everyone will be able to find something to see or do that
they enjoy. Bring the family and friends and enjoy the sites and sounds of Kearney.