Miles and miles of renowned bike trails. Hiking paths that wind through scenic splendor. Breathtaking views in every direction. Nebraska is crisscrossed with dirt, gravel and hard-surface trails that guide you through some of the most beautiful parts of the state. So load up the bikes, lace up your hiking boots and get a move on.
A new way to float your boat
Want to enjoy Nebraska’s many waterways in a whole new way? Try a good old Nebraska pastime and take a leisurely float downstream—in a livestock tank. Called tanking, this aquatic adventure is best enjoyed with good company and a cooler full of cold drinks. Catch some rays, enjoy the scenery and relax as your floating tank meanders downriver.
Gallons of freshwater fun
Did you know the word “Nebraska” means water? The name is derived from the Otoe word for “flat water,” referring to the shallow Platte River that bisects the state. The name is perfect because, even without an ocean view, Nebraska offers an abundance of wet and wild fun on its 450 lakes, rivers and streams.
Playtime in the parks
Nothing is quite as invigorating as time spent outdoors escaping into nature. With a state park system that stretches from border to border, Nebraska can offer a refreshing getaway in the open air just down the road. A number of parks offer structured activities such as trail rides, rafting, naturalist programs, hayrack rides and even cookouts on the weekends. Some have other seasonal offerings including swimming pools, theatre productions and kids’ crafts.