Summer. Travel season. We wait for it way too long and when it finally comes, it never lasts long enough. That is why smart vacationers start planning trips as early as possible.
If you decide to take a i-80 road trip or you are one of the lucky bunch that will be attending SGA2015, we put together 9 awesome Lincoln group activities every visitor must do.
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1. Haymarket Park
Summertime is baseball season. Although Nebraska is known for its Huskers College Football program, spending an afternoon at the Hawks Field in the Haymarket Park is a fun group activity you should not pass on.
Even if you are not the biggest baseball or softball fan, the lively atmosphere and the fine ballpark food and drinks will leave you with the most delightful memories.
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2. Lincoln Bike Trails
If you want to get even more active, enjoy the green, sunny Lincoln outdoors following the 130 miles of interconnected trekking trails snaking in and around Lincoln. There are over 10 specific trail projects that link together parks, green areas, and notable urban landmarks — all of which are worth discovering.
Don’t worry if you don’t have your gear, you can always rent your gear at the Bike Rack.
3. Hit off the tee
Lincoln is green by nature. It shows it off with two fantastic golf courses that will take you a whole day to trek.
The Wilderness Ridge is a multi award-winning golf course — training grounds of the University of Nebraska golf team. On top of the beautiful sprawling setting, there is an in-house Lodge Restaurant that offers a fine dining experience doubled with a wine bar that remain open all day.
The HiMark Golf Course is a 27-hole public golf course that will let you quickly tee off in a beautiful setting of well maintained fairways, ponds, and bunkers. HiMark is an obvious choice for large groups thanks to its frequent discount offers, perfect for budget travelers.
4. Skate Zone
You might not know it but Lincoln is an unsuspected roller skating hotspot. Not only does it home the National Museum of Roller Skating but also numerous roller skating rinks.
Many parks around town have infrastructures in place to let everyone show off their skills. If you want it to be a fun, practical group outing, head off to the Skate Zone.
This terrific indoor skate rink has something nostalgic that avid skaters will love. Plus they offer deals and coupons on gear and food; check out their website to see upcoming special events.
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5. Sun Valley Lanes
Nebraska is also serious about bowling, just judge by the fifth NCAA title captured by the Huskers Female Bowling team. If you want to experience bowling in a very unique way, head out to Sun Valley Lanes.
This modern 32-lanes bowling alley has everything a bowler can dream of, including glow-in-the-dark lighting, an arcade — with billiard and darts — and a full-service grill and lounge.
6. The Corky Canvas
Nebraska’s first “paint and wine” painting studio wants you to “uncork your creativity”. The Corky Canvas is nonetheless a fun family-friendly place (look for kids events) where everyone is guaranteed to have a great time.
No need for particular painting skills, just let your inner Picasso do his magic. Just choose the date you want to attend and the canva you are interest into, and have fun!
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7. Lux Center for the Arts
A little bit art gallery, art museum, and workshop, the Lux Center for the Arts is the place for those who have an eye for beauty.
But like the Corky Canvas, the great thing about this places is the classes that are offered for the public — as much kids than adults. If you are looking for offbeat date night or an artsy setting for a party, this is it.
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8. Honest Abe’s Burgers + Freedom
Gourmet fries, unique burger creations including “The Hammer of Thor”, Eating at Honest Abe’s is a quintessential thing to do in Lincoln. If you come in a large group, the challenge will be to find seats given that this imaginative burger joint is always packed.
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9. Ivanna Cone Ice cream
Unique, family-owned Ivanna Cone ice creams are hand-crafted. This gourmet ice cream shop serves inventive flavor-combinations in delicious edible waffle cones.
You won’t find any of these flavors anywhere else in the world. And while the shop won’t be big enough to accommodate large group, you must grab a cone for a stroll through Lincoln Haymarket.
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No surprise Lincoln has been named the top city in America for well being, it is full of fun group activities, most of which are perfectly suitable for the whole family. In fact, check out our favorite kid-friendly activities in Lincoln.
What are your favorite group activities in Lincoln? Didn’t see what you were looking for in this list? Tell us more in the comments below.