The annual Cornhusker State Games are almost here! This year marks the 30th state games hosted in Lincoln, Nebraska, which provide amateur athletes of all ages and abilities the opportunity to compete in everything from Track & Field to Horseshoe Pitching.
Lincoln is an amazing city with so much to see and do. Here’s a list – that is by no means exhaustive – of some of best things to do in Lincoln outside of the State Games.
1. Nebraska State Capitol
Completed in 1932, the Nebraska State Capitol is beautiful Art Deco building that houses the primary offices of all three branches of Nebraska state government. By law, this structure is the tallest in Lincoln, and it houses wonderful commissioned art and sculptures throughout. Take a free tour of Capitol on the hour most days of the week.
Fun fact: Nebraska has the only unicameral state legislature in the U.S.!
2. Haymarket Farmer’s Market
From May to October each year, Lincoln’s Historic Haymarket hosts a large Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning. Come by to see the variety of arts, foods, and fun and try samples from most of the vendors. From cupcakes to corn and balloon animals, this market is a must-see.
3. Lincoln Children’s Zoo
The Lincoln Children’s Zoo is a perfect spot for the entire family. Designed for kids, the zoo has a wide array of animals filled with interactive and educational programming. Open daily during the summer months, the zoo is also free for children under 2.
4. Explore the Haymarket & Railyard
This area mixes the old with the new! Lincoln’s Historic Haymarket features rehabilitated real estate that is now home to countless restaurants, stores, and Lincoln’s growing tech scene. Adjacent is the new Railyard construction and Pinnacle Bank Arena with new housing, restaurants, and concerts as well as an enormous screen and viewing area to watch Husker Games and more. This social center is a must visit on your trip to Lincoln.
5. National Museum of Roller Skating
Do you love to skate? If so, you’ll enjoy this charming museum. The National Museum of Roller Skating is dedicated to the history of the sport and is filled with interesting artifacts. We recommend checking out the section on Roller Derbies.