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25 Best Things To Do In Lincoln, Nebraska In 2023

Lincoln is one of those Nebraska cities that makes a great day trip visit no matter the season. If you have a little extra time, though, you can make a weekend of it going to fantastic restaurants, world-class shows, and enjoying the great outdoors. There’s so much to do in Lincoln, Nebraska, you’ll need the whole weekend!

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Things to do in Lincoln

If you’re visiting Lincoln during the holiday season, you must check out this article featuring the city’s can’t-miss holiday events!

Where to stay in Lincoln, Nebraska

Even with Lincoln being a short drive from Omaha, I’ve stayed overnight in the city several times. Usually, I prefer staying in the Haymarket area since restaurants, attractions and stores are all within walking distance. The downside to Haymarket, though, as well as many downtown Lincoln hotels, is that parking is extra, typically.

Front desk at Graduate Lincoln

Here are a few of the hotels I recommend for families:

No kids? Stay at some place a little more special:

Frequently asked questions about Lincoln

What are some things to do this weekend in Lincoln?

Lincoln is a busy place on the weekends, but it depends on your interests. If you like fresh food and live music, the Farmers Market held on Saturdays in the Haymarket is a good bet for entertainment from early May to mid-October. Fantastic touring performances come to Lincoln from rock to Broadway, so a few places to check for weekend show dates include Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lied Center For Performing Arts, and Rococo Theatre.

Looking for something to do with the kids? Pick a park! Our favorite is Antelope Park, but Lincoln has so many playgrounds to choose from.

What are some popular annual events and festivals in Lincoln?

Lincoln, Nebraska, has a lot of annual events to look forward to. In the spring, a few favorites include Lincoln Earth Day in April and the Lincoln Marathon in early May. Lincoln Calling, an art & music festival, is also in early May. Football fans also look forward to the Husker Spring Game.

In the summer, the city celebrates the Fourth of July with several events and one of the great, free celebrations is the Uncle Sam Jam at Oak Lake Park. In late August 2023, the city also brought back the very popular Lincoln Air Show.

Fall is a great time for pumpkin patches, and a nearby favorite is Roca Berry Farm’s Fall Festival in October. Roca isn’t too far from Lincoln. Lincoln Children’s Zoo holds Boo at the Zoo in late October, and it’s a blast for kids to trick or treat through the zoo.

The Lincoln zoo’s Zoo Lights is an annual highlight in the winter. It features one of the region’s largest lighting displays.

What are the local dining and restaurant options in Lincoln?

Some of our favorite restaurants are in Lincoln! For breakfast, I recommend Cultiva or Good Evans. And for brunch, the must-visit place is The Green Gateau. For breakfast pastries and great coffee, there’s nothing better than The Mill Coffee and Tea in the Haymarket.

For lunch, try a burger at Honest Abe’s Burgers & Freedom (there are a few locations) or go to Yia Yia’s for pizza. For dinner, good casual options include Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill, Blue Sushi Grill & Sake, Copal Progressive Mexican Cuisine. For a date night, try dinner at The Oven, which has some of the state’s best Indian dishes, or Dish, whose chef has been a James Beard nominee.

What are the best places to get ice cream in Lincoln?

This is one of our favorite questions to research! A classic ice cream shop in the Haymarket is Ivanna Cone. And, if you’re willing to drive away from all the city’s main attractions, go to UNL’s Dairy Store on the university’s East Campus. The handmade ice cream there is delicious!

Ultimate list of things to do in Lincoln, Nebraska - Top restaurants, free things to do, kid-friendly attractions and a lot of great outdoor adventures.

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