Awesome Things To Do In Des Moines On A Weekend Getaway

Des Moines, Iowa, is one of those cities that I take for granted that it’s so near. We’ve visited the city just a handful of times since I started this blog, and each time, we discover something new and exciting. It’s probably time I compile some of the greatest hits of our DSM adventures for you!

COVID-19 Update: Businesses in the state of Iowa is opening at a limited capacity, so double check before your visit to see what the restrictions are. Either contact the restaurant or attraction or see if there is an update on Catch Des Moines, the city’s official tourism website. Check the Iowa Department of Public Health for the latest health updates.

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Des Moines Attractions

Discover Des Moines attractions, museums, and restaurants to visit on your next weekend getaway. Here are a few of my favorites, as well as a few that are on my to-visit list for our next trip.

Sample family-friendly weekend itinerary for Des Moines

We’ve “done” Des Moines in two different ways: As an extended pitstop on a longer road trip through Iowa, and as a dedicated weekend ‘o fun.

Based on both experiences, and on my experience of always stopping at a particular restaurant in Des Moines every.single.chance. I get, here is my suggested itinerary.

Day 1

Spend the day in downtown Des Moines. If it’s a Saturday and it’s summer, stroll through the farmer’s market. Sample a few foods as you make your way down the street to your first destination: The Science Center of Iowa.

After a few hours there, you’ll be hungry. Lucky for you, Fong’s Pizza is on the same block. Get the crab rangoon pizza. Just trust me.

If your kids are, somehow, still full of energy, have them run it out at the Pappajohn Sculpture Garden. If you’d rather be indoors, head to the state capitol building for a tour.

End the night with a crazy huge burger at Zombie Burger in the Historic East Village.

Slice of crab rangoon pizza at Fong's Pizza  in Des Moines, Iowa

Day 2

Hope you’re rested. Today you can choose between thrills at Adventureland or history and cows at the Living History Farms. Either way, you’ll be walking a lot and probably really hot by the end of the day.

If you’re at Adventureland, just plan on eating in the park for lunch.

At the Living History Farms, you’re not farm from the Machine Shed. The servings are huge, so I hope you’re hungry.

For dinner, pick something off Megan’s list of the best restaurants in Des Moines. And, um, take a shower before you go.

Slice of chocolate cake at the Machine Shed in Des Moines, Iowa

Where to stay in Des Moines

To be honest, I don’t have a favorite hotel in Des Moines, but I can recommend a few that are near some attractions, and maybe that will be enough of a deciding factor.

If you are planning to spend a day or two at Adventureland, I wrote about the hotel that’s super close to the amusement park.

If your plans take you to West Des Moines (or further), we stayed at the Wildwood Lodge in Clive. This one had a pretty cool lodge theme to it and the kids loved the pool.

15+ Things To Know About Wabash Trace Trail (Plus Taco Ride Tips)

Omaha has a pretty decent amount of paved and mountain bike trails, but every so often, we come across a trail that outshines the others. I’m talking about the Wabash Trace Nature Trail, which yes, isn’t in Omaha, but it’s close enough. Let me tell you about this long trail in southwestern Iowa.

Related post: 15+ things to do in southwest Iowa with kids

Where is the Wabash Trace Nature Trail?

The Wabash Trace Trail is a rails-to-trail path in western Iowa stretching from Council Bluffs to Blanchard. It’s 63 miles of crushed limestone and, for the most part, it’s pretty straight and flat (being a former railroad route and all).

Girl riding a bike in the fall on the Wabash Trace Trail in Iowa

Most people that I know, ie. those living in the Omaha metro area, start in Council Bluffs. The access point in Council Bluffs is on the south end of town, not far from Iowa School for the Deaf. There’s a park near the trail where you can leave your car, as well as a Lewis Central School District school parking lot.

I’ve biked this trail mostly, but there are quite a few runners and walkers on the trail, as well.

A few things to know about the trail

This trail is maintained by two nonprofits and volunteers, not taxpayer money. So, it’s extremely important to pay the minor trail pass fee so surfaces and bridges can be maintained.

And so trees and debris can be removed from the path.

A fallen tree blocks the path on the Wabash Trace Trail in southwest Iowa

The last I’d checked, the fee is $2 per day for anyone between the ages of 12 and 64, or an annual pass of $20. You simply drop your fee or donation in the collection poll at any trailhead. Annual bike passes are available at local bike shops.

The northern half of the trail, where I’m most familiar with, offers vistas of the Loess Hills. I’ve yet to make cover the entire distance. If you want to, there are places to stay overnight, making it a manageable overnight or weekend trip.

Must-stop on the trail: Mineola

Most Omaha bikers of any skill level can make the out-and-back trip to Mineola. It’s not easy — it’s nearly 20 miles in all — but it can be done.

Why Mineola? It’s the first town stop on this trail when you depart from the Council Bluffs trailhead. And it’s home to one of the first restaurants that’s a short ride off the trail: Tobey Jack’s Mineola Steakhouse.

Exterior of Tobey Jacks Mineola Steak House in Iowa

It’s located at 408 Main St., so about a block or so from the trailhead in Mineola. The town isn’t huge, so it should be fairly easy to find.

What to like about it? Outdoor seating and lots of it!

We ordered a few appetizers to split, but there’s also a kid’s menu and much heartier fare to choose from.

Riding with kids on the Wabash

There is a Wabash trail map you can check online to see the distances between each stop. We rode the Council Bluffs to Mineola leg of the trail with two kids ages 7 and 9.

Mom and daughter on the Wabash Trace Trail in southwestern Iowa

My kids are fairly seasoned bikers for their young age, so the 9.6-mile one-way ride wasn’t too difficult, but it did require us a stop to rest each way.

The good news about that route:

  • – It’s mostly shaded. I love a good route with towering trees.
  • – There are a few bridges to cross, which are always fun for kids. There’s also a tunnel.
  • -It’s pretty straight and flat, so kids who aren’t that sure on their two wheels don’t have sharp turns or steep downhills to worry about. While it looks flat, you will occasionally notice a slight incline, though.
  • – I enjoyed the scenery. It’s very easy to feel removed from the rest of the world and yet you’re not very far from the city.
  • – There’s at Mineola restaurant called Tobey Jack’s to look forward to at the turnaround point. You can order food or get a frozen treat out of the cooler. Grown-ups, there is also beer on the menu.
Boy biking on a bridge on the Wabash Trace Trail

The bad news about that route:

  • – The path is made of crushed limestone, so if you own a road bike, you’re not going to want to take it on this trail.
  • – My kids became bored with the trail being so straight.
  • – The route does involve crossing a few country roads. They aren’t busy roads, at least, but you just have to be ready to stop occasionally to look both ways for cross traffic.
  • – Water fountains are not found along this route. We refilled at our mid-way point.
  • – Bathrooms are also not a given on this trail. You may just have to use the great outdoors, mostly. We did find a port-a-potty at Margaritaville, a funny little picnic area not too far from Mineola. If you can hold it, wait until you get to the restaurant in Mineola, though.
Wabash Trace trailhead

The popular Taco Ride on the Wabash Trace Trail

Perhaps you’ve heard of a Thursday night bike ride called The Taco Ride. It’s the exact same route I took with the kids, from Council Bluffs to Mineola.

Margaritaville during the day is just a quiet picnic area to rest on the Wabash Trace Trail. During the Taco Ride, it's packed with people.

This popular weekly event draws hundreds and sometimes thousands of cyclists, and it’s a lot of fun. While you may just breeze by Margaritaville on a day trip, it’s a must-stop during the Taco Ride.

It’s been going for decades now, and the Taco Ride got its name because the original restaurant you’d stop at offered discount tacos and beers on Thursday nights. The name stuck even when it turned into a steakhouse.

There is no set-in-stone start and end time, but most people head to the trail shortly after work ends on Thursday. Consider it the bike rider’s happy hour.

An Iowa microbrew beer served at Tobey Jack's Mineola Steak House

Is it kid-friendly, you might wonder? Well, I’ve been on the ride a few times in my younger days with friends and rarely saw a kid riding with a parent. I’d say kids wouldn’t be shunned, it’s just not the scene I’d want to bring a kid to.

But if you do want to bring kids, go early in the evening and head back before dusk.

The first view of Mineola heading south on the Wabash Trace Trail

There are some risks to the Taco Ride, if you aren’t prepared. Here are a few tips:

  • – The trail is not lit with street lights, so the bike ride back from Mineola is super dark. Bike lights are a must. Be on the lookout for those without bike lights. While you’re at it, don’t wear dark-colored clothes at night.
  • – Wear a helmet.
  • – It is pretty common for people to bring beers for the ride and/or partake in a few drinks in Mineola. Expect a few people to not be riding the straightest line.
  • – Warn others behind you of fallen tree limbs and cross streets.
  • – The Taco Ride in the summer can be pretty hot, but other times in the year, the temperatures will drop after the sunset. Bring layers.
  • – Bring water for yourself. And for others.
  • – Bring a repair kit for your tires and others who may encounter bike troubles along the way.
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Find more things to do in Iowa by reading a few of my favorite posts:

14 Unique Trails In Iowa

101 Things To Do In Iowa

10 Things You Must Do In Council Bluffs In The Fall

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A Kid’s Guide To 10 Things To Do In Nebraska

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Every time my friends, Tim and Lisa Trudell, write a new book, I inevitably end up with a new list of things to do and see in Omaha (prime example: See the result of reading “100 Things To Do In Omaha Before You Die”). In April 2020, they published their third book, “100 Things To Do In Nebraska Before You Die.”

And yes, I made a list. However, interestingly enough, my son made one, too.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book for this post. This post contains affiliate links.

My 10-year-old son is a big reader, and thankfully, has developed a love of travel. I found him reading this book one afternoon and I got an idea: What does a kid think are the must-do things in Nebraska? I’ll do my best to provide background on why he chose what he chose.

A kid's list of places to visit in Nebraska as well as the 2020 book "100 Things To Do In Nebraska Before You Die" by Tim and Lisa Trudell.

About the book

The title “100 Things To Do In Nebraska Before You Die” is a bit of an understatement. Many sections, like “Explore Nebraska’s top park at Mahoney State Park” includes a list of 10 other great parks to explore as well.

Cover of the bool "100 Things To Do In Nebraska Before You Die"

So, even for someone like me, who’s made a job out of exploring my home state of Nebraska, there’s something new to learn about in the book. There are even itineraries in the book, including one for families.

Basically, I’ve got some road trips to plan now.

If you want to pick up your own copy of the book, it’s available at major retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

But back to what my son thinks people ought to do if they visit Nebraska.

Kid's Guide To 10 Things To Do In Nebraska

In 10 years, my son has explored more of Nebraska than I have in my first 30 years. He helped me compile this list based on his experiences and his opinion of what families would enjoy most about the state.

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20+ Awesome Road Trips From Omaha

Who doesn’t love a good road trip? You don’t have to go too far from Omaha to have a fun getaway. I’ve collected some of my favorite Midwest destinations for this post to give you a variety of options near and far. All road trips from Omaha on this list are within a day’s drive, and most are much closer than that. Happy travels!

COVID-19 update: Current CDC guidelines advise against all non-essential travel. But if you do decide to travel, please keep in mind things have changed. Double-check your destination to make sure 1) you’re not traveling to a hot spot; 2) it’s even open and what the new hours may be; and 3) the activities you want to do are still running.

Road Trips From Omaha

These getaways are just a car ride away. Read on for destinations to consider for your next overnight or weekend trip.

Find more inspiration for road trips

Sky’s the limit on these bucket list for Midwest destinations:

Nebraska Bucket List

Iowa Bucket List

Missouri Bucket List

South Dakota Bucket List

Kansas Bucket List

I pin a lot of road trip ideas so if you don’t already, please follow me on Pinterest! I have boards for each Midwestern state, plus a special board just for family trip tips.

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Everything You Need To Know About Hitchcock Nature Center

Hitchcock Nature Center is a beautiful destination in the Loess Hills of southwest Iowa. For more than a decade, it’s been my family’s go-to spot for hiking near Omaha. No matter the season, you’ll find a lot to love about Hitchcock!

COVID-19 Update: All indoor spaces, including all public restrooms and the Loess Hills Lodge Exhibit Gallery, cabins, and playground facilities at Hitchcock Nature Center are closed to the public. All camping, including tent and RV and backcountry, is closed. Closures will remain in place until April 30 at which time they will be reevaluated & possibly extended. Outdoor spaces in the parks currently remain open for public use.

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Where is Hitchcock Nature Center?

Hitchcock is located in Honey Creek, Iowa, a small town just to the north of Crescent and Council Bluffs, Iowa. Its exact address is 27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek, Iowa, and it’s about a 20-mile drive from Omaha.

The Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center in the winter with the observation tower in the background

Honey Creek is home to Mt. Crescent, the area’s only ski resort. For food options, you best bet is Stanley’s Snack Shack, a seasonal burger and ice cream joint you’ll pass on your way to the nature center. It’s ran by the folks who operate Honey Creek Creamery, so things like the ice cream are actually made with goat’s milk from the goats raised at the creamery.

And it’s delicious. (PS: It’s also of Iowa’s must-visit restaurants)

What’s so special about the Loess Hills

Loess soil (pronounced “luss”) is a pretty unique landform found only in the Loess Hills in the Midwest along the eastern edge of the Missouri River Valley and China. The hills were formed by winds carrying silt and glacial material and depositing them into massive drives.

Kids walking along one of the ridges at Hitchcock Nature Center

Today, those drifts are sculpted into steep ridges and rolling hills. Due to its unique nature, the Loess Hills supports rare plants, animals, and biological communities.

Things to know about visiting Hitchcock

Hitchcock is part of the Pottawattamie County Parks, so to visit, you will need to purchase daily admission or annual membership. It’s $3 per vehicle (pay by exact change or check) or $20 for the membership.

The park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

How many trails are there?

Hitchcock is 1,268 acres and has about 10 miles of trails. I didn’t really count, but they’re connecting trails with varying degrees of difficulty. We can easily spend a few hours here on a hike.

Summer at Hitchcock Nature Center

If you’d like to experience the trails with a guide, plan on attending one (or more) of the evening Hitch Hikes. Held several times a year, it’s an educational series that’s included with park admission. Reservations are not needed and they are weather-permitting.

The 2020 Hitch Hikes are:
May 19, 7 p.m.
June 16, 7 p.m.
July 21, 7 p.m.
Aug. 18, 7 p.m.
Sept. 15, 6 p.m.

How difficult are the trails?

There are three levels of trail ratings at the Hitchcock: Easy, Moderate, and Difficult.

Hitchcock Nature Center trail in the early spring

Easy trails: Boardwalk on Hawk Ridge (a wheelchair- and stroller-accessible boardwalk); Fox Run Ridge; Bluestem Meander; Heritage Trail; Hidden Valley; Wildwoods; Hawk Ridge; and Dozer Cut.

I’m skipping Moderate because, to be honest, they aren’t too much more difficult than Easy trails.

Difficult trails: The Chute; Shea Way; Legacy Loop; Westridge; Cookie Crumbs.

“Difficult” in this part of the country is not to say prohibitive from taking kiddos. It’s almost inevitable that my family winds up walking up The Chute.

If you want more difficult trails in the Loess Hills, read this post about some other nearby hikes in Iowa.

When’s the best time to visit?

Each season has its perks.

Winter: If you want to feel like you have the place to yourself, visit in the winter. Bring your own snowshoes or rent them from the visitor’s center (they even rent kid-sized snowshoes). Rentals are $6 per day.

Kids, and kids at heart, can bring sleds and tackle The Chute. It’s a bit too fast for me, but my kids love it.

Wearing rented snowshoes at Hitchcock Nature Center in the winter

Spring: On the first few warm weekends of the year, my family always has to make a trip to Hitchcock. Granted, in March, things are still quite dead-looking, but it’s refreshing and not too crowded.

Then, when you get a little further into spring, the wildflowers start popping up and the leaves sprout on trees.

Summer: If you go early in the morning, before humidity and high temps strike, it’s a lovely time to hike. Trails like Hidden Valley are nicely shaded and feel slightly cooler than up on the ridges.

Bring insect repellent.

Fall: Hitchcock really shines in the fall. With cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and migrating birds, it’s a prime season to visit.

Wildlife you may spot there

Maybe it’s just because I’m typically hiking with two (or more) very loud children, but we don’t see a ton of wildlife at eye-level. We do encounter snails and other small creepy crawly things.

However, the bulk of the wildlife we spy tends to be birds of prey. Hitchcock is an excellent location for migrating birds. In fact, each year from September to December, they hold Hawk Watch where the public is invited to help count how many passing birds can be recorded. Find out which raptors and birds to watch for and when during Hawk Watch.

One of the best places to look for birds is the 45-foot-tall observation tower.

The tower at Hitchcock Nature Center in Honey Creek, Iowa.

Camping and cabins at Hitchcock

One things I have yet to do at Hitchcock Nature Center is stay overnight. They have a couple rustic cabins with A/C and heating, and a few other nice conveniences like a refrigerator, microwave oven, and tables and chairs. However, they do not have running water or bathrooms (those are nearby).

The prices are pretty reasonable.

There are also camping and RV options here. For camping, they have both modern and backcountry camping.

For rules or to reserve a cabins, visit the Hitchcock site.

Tips for bringing kids

Hitchcock is the perfect place to inspire curiosity in nature. Here are a few things to know about bringing youngsters to the trails:

Young boy looking through the Adventure Pack at Hitchcock Nature Center
  • – Plan on visiting the visitor’s center. There are several play areas to explore and learn about the wildlife and flora & fauna of the Loess Hills. It’s pretty well done!
  • – While at the visitor’s center, go to the reception desk to check-out an Adventure Pack for your kid. The packs include animal ID cards, track cards, cloud ID chart, binoculars, kaleidoscope, bug box, compass, thermometer, and nature books. They’re FREE, but you do need to fill out a form and leave behind your car keys as collateral.
  • – You can geocache at Hitchcock Nature Center. If you don’t have your own GPS unit, you can borrow one at the reception desk.
  • – If your kiddo is not so steady on uneven trails, start first with the Boardwalk Trail.
  • – There are often special weekend events at Hitchcock with activities geared toward children. Check the calendar to see if you can time a visit for one.
The boardwalk at Hitchcock makes nature accessible for a lot of people.

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Hitchcock Nature Center is part of the Iowa’s 99 awesome county parks. I written extensively about the parks you an explore in Western Iowa, particularly Lake Icaria.

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8 Unique Nebraska Ice Cream Shops You’ll Want To Seek Out

Who screams for ice cream? Hand scooped. Soft serve. Homemade. It’s all so delicious. And worth a road trip around Nebraska to enjoy unique and tasty frozen treats. Buckle in and maybe undo a belt notch or two and find out why Nebraska ice cream is for everyone.

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Ted and Wally’s

Location: Two locations in Omaha – the Old Market and Benson

Covid-19 Update: Both Ted and Wally’s locations are currently offering takeout and delivery services.

Waffle cone with sprinkles at Ted and Wally's

Housed in former gas stations, Ted and Wally’s creates more than 3,000 flavors in their antique ice and rock salt ice cream maker. With flavors that change daily, order your homemade hand-scooped ice cream treats in a cone, cup, sundae, or as a malt.

Using ultra-premium 20 percent butterfat gives Ted and Wally’s ice cream that special taste that has made it one of the most-popular ice cream shops in Nebraska. On a warm summer day, it’s common to find people willing to stand in line for half an hour, waiting for the amazing ice cream, such as vanilla bean.

e-Creamery

Location: 5001 Underwood Ave., Omaha

Covid-19 Update: The ice cream parlor is open 3 to 9 p.m. daily for takeout. You can also order delivery through Uber Eats or online.

Chocolate ice cream in a bowl at e-Creamery

Located in the Dundee neighborhood, e-Creamery’s lone ice cream parlor offers handmade ice cream and gelato. Created as an online delivery service, e-Creamery creates unique flavors that they believe fits its name, such as special flavors for Warren Buffett, each College World Series team, and other special events or people. You can even create your own flavor and give it a name.

The fun part of visiting the ice cream parlor is ordering a cone or cup and walking along Dundee’s classic neighborhood, taking in the sights, such as the large KFAB radio sign or the marker commemorating the time a Japanese bomb landed in Dundee during World War II. 

Coneflower Creamery

Location: 3921 Farnam St., Omaha

Covid -19 Update: Coneflower Creamery currently offers curbside pickup.

Exterior of Coneflower Creamery

A farm-to-cone ice cream shop, Coneflower Creamery uses locally-sourced fresh resources to create impressive seasonal flavors as well as classics, such as vanilla bean and cookies and cream. Try their handmade butter brickle ice cream, which pays tribute to the flavor invented at the nearby Blackstone Hotel. Coneflower also offers vegan ice cream.

Located in the Blackstone District, Coneflower Creamery offers ice cream cones, cups, and ice cream sandwiches. Since the parlor is in a small building, take your order to go and enjoy the treat and some people watching as you stroll along Farnam Street.

Related post: Must-try ice cream shops in Omaha

UNL Dairy Store

Location: 114 Food Industry Complex, Lincoln

Covid-19 Update: Open noon to 6 p.m. on Fridays, you can order curbside pickup via online and phone.

Kids in front of the UNL Daily Store
Smiley kids after an ice cream cone at the UNL Dairy Store.

Open since 1917, the UNL Dairy Store originally supplied dairy products for students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Its transitioned into a popular daily stop for locals and visitors, staffed by university food science students and offering handmade ice cream. The store also sells cheese.

Enjoy a cone at the store or take your treat to go and stroll around the complex area, taking in the sights of classic college buildings and the beauty of the tree-lined streets.

Ivanna Cone

Location: 701 P St., Lincoln

Covid-19 Update: Open 2 to 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, you can place phone orders and prepay for pickup.

Located in Lincoln’s historic Haymarket District, Ivanna Cone is more than just delicious ice cream treats, it’s an experience. You’ll first notice the bright colors and then the old soda fountain décor. But, the handmade ice cream is the true star.

With a 14 percent butterfat vanilla base, Ivanna Cone features at least 17 daily flavors. Classic flavors, such as strawberry, are joined by unique and seasonal tastes, including French toast. You can watch ice cream being made inside the store.

Enjoy your cone or shake as you take a walk around the Haymarket, including stops at the train plaza. 

Springfield Drug

Location: 205 Main St., Springfield

Covid-19 Update: The soda fountain is currently closed as the drug store is offering drive-thru pharmacy services.

Kids having sundaes at the counter at Springfield Drug in Nebraska

Located inside a former bank building, a visit to Springfield Drug’s soda fountain is a trip back in time. Sit on a stool at the counter and order a hand-scooped ice cream treat, such as a cone, shake, banana split, or phosphate drink, and you’ll feel like in you’re in the 1950s.

After enjoying your treat, take a short tour of the drug store, that’s more than just a drug store. Take a selfie while sitting on a bench with the Simpson family from the long-running cartoon, or tour some of the antique items located around the store. Springfield is home to the annual Sarpy County Fair. 

Potter Sundry

Location: 324 Chestnut St., Potter

Covid-19 Update: The restaurant offers curbside pickup for orders.

Photo courtesy Potter Sundry

Home of the Tin Roof Sundae, Potter Sundry has been offering treats since 1916. Named for its tin ceiling, the sundae includes overflowing vanilla and chocolate ice cream scoops with chocolate and marshmallow sauce and nuts.

Potter Sundry also offers shakes, malts, and ice cream cups. You can also order breakfast and lunch at the Sundry.

Frosty Drive-in

Location: 223 S. Main St., Valentine

Covid-19 Update: The drive-in offers carside orders.

You’ll feel like you’re visiting an old-fashioned drive-in with a visit to Valentine’s Frosty Drive-in. With carhops to provide carside service, or a picnic area, you can order a burger or sandwich before you top off your visit with a frozen treat like ice cream cones, malts and shakes, banana splits, and floats.

After enjoying your ice cream at a unique ice cream shop, explore the Valentine area, including nearby Smith Falls or Cowboy Trail.

From Omaha to Valentine, Nebraska offers a variety of unique ice cream shops. Whether you enjoy handmade ice cream or a malt from a soda jerk, Nebraska has it all. Grab a spoon, pull up a seat, and enjoy a treat.

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