Let’s say you’re planning a trip to the Lincoln Children’s Museum, but you figure you might as well do a little bit of exploring while you’re down there. Make that hour drive worthwhile, right? This post includes a few add-ons to round out a day trip to Lincoln Children’s Museum, including restaurant suggestions and other attractions.
Attractions near Lincoln Children’s Museum
Here are a couple of ideas within walking distance of the museum (though, I’ll be honest, with little kids, you may want to drive to some of the places on the university campus).
The museum is located in downtown Lincoln, not far from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. This campus is nice enough to walk around, and it has a few buildings you may want to check out with the kids.
Our favorite is Morrill Hall, the state’s natural history museum. If you visit that museum with young children, don’t forget to head to the Science Discovery area in the basement – it’s full of hands-on activities for little ones.
The Nebraska History Museum is another (free) option near Lincoln Children’s Museum. I wrote about visiting that museum with my son here. While we were in the area, we also visited the Nebraska State Capitol Building and Centennial Mall.
Where to eat near Lincoln Children’s Museum
You’ll find a lot of dining options in downtown Lincoln, particularly on O Street. Right near the museum, you’ll find the chain restaurant Jersey Mike’s, which offers a free kids meal with the purchase of an adults meal when you show them your children’s museum admission sticker.
You could go local, and try the pizza place Lazzari’s at 1434 O St. Another favorite of mine is in walking distance – Honest Abe’s. It’s a burger joint that’s worth the line that’s usually there.
We also took the kids to Sultan’s Kite on O Street. It’s a Mediterranean restaurant that’s really quite good, but might have some flavors that scare off kids.
It’s a bit of a walk, but there’s also a Hurts Donut in downtown Lincoln. Knowing my kids, we would probably drive to this location rather than walk from the museum to it. Just an FYI.
Your turn: For those of you from Lincoln or familiar with the city, what are some of your favorite places in downtown Lincoln? Give me your best restaurant recommendations!
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