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Best Tourist Spots in Lincoln

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Lincoln, the Star City is home to a wealth of historical, recreational and cultural attractions. It is also a university city with a lively and energetic atmosphere. Lincoln is nothing short of things to see and do. It is brimming with several attractions, like the State Capitol, Sunken Gardens, downtown Lincoln, and many more attractions that are worth checking out. You will not run out of spots to explore when in Lincoln. Here are a few Lincoln attractions that you should visit.

Tour the historical Nebraska State Capitol!

The state capitol building has murals, paintings and beautiful artwork.
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Take in the illustrious history of the state at the Nebraska State Capitol The state capitol building has murals, paintings and beautiful artwork. It has mosaics that feature the state’s culture, art, history and spirit. It is definitely worth a visit for its magnificent interiors that has murals and paintings featuring the Native American heritage, and limestone exteriors featuring over 3,000 years of democracy. The capitol is covered by a golden dome and topped with a farmer sewing grain sculpture. 

Address: 1445 K Street, Lincoln, NE 68509, United States
Phone: 1 402-471-0448
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Let your imagination fly at Lincoln Children's Museum!

Lincoln Children’s museum includes several hands-on exhibits
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Lincoln Children’s museum includes several hands-on exhibits that encourage learning through play. Children can explore, play, dance, build and perform at the museum. Try out the different types of jobs from doctor to radio personality to scientist to pizza maker and many more, and indulge in the other playful activities. Education, Entertainment and Fun at the Lincoln Children’s Museum!

Address: 1420 P Street, Lincoln, NE 68508, United States
Phone: 1 402-477-4000
Opening hours: Tuesday & Wednesday: 9:30am-5:00pm; Thursday: 9:30am-7:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 9:30am-5:00pm; Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Explore the exciting history of auto racing at Museum of American Speed!

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The Museum of American Speed has a great collection focused on automotive history, cars and racing. Highlights include street rod diving, popular cars from the racing history, models and toys, and many antique engines from earlier days of racing to the modern times. A heaven for cars and auto racing enthusiasts!

Address: 599 Oakcreek Dr, Lincoln, NE 68528, United States
Phone: 1 402-323-3166
Opening hours: May through September- Monday to Friday: 12:00pm-4:30pm; October through April-Friday: 12:00pm-4:30pm

Experience the vast collection of American art at Sheldon Museum of Art!

The Sheldon Museum of Art houses beautiful pieces of art spanning several different media
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The Sheldon Museum of Art houses beautiful pieces of art spanning several different media.  It houses the contemporary American art by notable artists like Robert Motherwell, Marsden Hartley, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper, and many more.  Stroll through the adjacent sculpture garden that has over thirty art pieces by notable American artists of twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including Claes Richard Serra, William Tucker, Jacques Lipchitz, and many more.
 
Address: R Street, Lincoln, NE 68508, United States
Phone: 1 402-472-2461
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 10:00am-5:00pm

Take a pleasant stroll in Sunken Gardens!

Sunken Gardens houses roses, perennials, springtime annuals, meandering paved pathways
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Sunken Gardens houses roses, perennials, springtime annuals, meandering paved pathways, reflecting ponds, and a gentle waterfall.  It has three major gardens: the Annual Garden that houses over 30,000 plants of different themes, the Perennial Garden, and the Healing Garden where all the plants blossom white. Feast for the senses!

Address: S 27th Street, Lincoln, NE 68502, United States
Phone: 1 402-441-8258
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 6:00am-11:00pm

Learn the past of roller sports at National Museum of Roller Skating!

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The National Museum of Roller Skating features the roller skating’s past through display of historical skates, artwork, competition videos, films, awards, costumes and several other skating memorabilia from the 1800s to the present day.  Understand and enjoy the roller skating history at this museum. Get ready for some wheeled fun!

Address: 4730 South Street, Lincoln, NE 68506, United States
Phone: 1 402-483-7551
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm

Get back to nature at Pioneers Park Nature Center! 

Pioneers Park Nature Center is a 668-acres nature center
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Pioneers Park Nature Center is a 668-acres nature center that has hiking and biking trails, a tallgrass prairie, wetlands, public art, picnic spots, a golf course, an outdoor amphitheatre and a sled run. Herd of white-tailed deer, elk and bison can also be spotted here. It also has a natural play area for kids where they can dig, climb and build structures. A great spot for recreation and relaxation!

Address: 3201 S Coddington Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68522, United States
Phone: 1 402-441-7895
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 8:30am-5:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm

Explore Nebraska natural history at University of Nebraska State Museum!

The University of Nebraska State Museum is also known as the “Elephant Hall” as it houses an extensive collection of fossil elephants. It features Nebraska natural history and has exhibits covering Native America wildlife, fossils, minerals, gemstones, history and cultures. It also houses Mueller Planetarium where you can experience the high-tech adventure.

Address: 645 N 14th Street, Lincoln, NE 68588, United States
Phone: 1 402-472-2642
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday: 9:00am-4:30pm; Thursday: 9:00am-8:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 9:00am-4:30pm; Sunday: 1:30pm-4:30pm
 

 Check out the extensive collection of quilts at International Quilt Study Center & Museum!

International Quilt Study Center & Museum features quilting history
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International Quilt Study Center & Museum features quilting history from the early 1700s to the present day through 3,500 items from over thirty countries. The quilts patterns and colors on display are beautiful. It also houses traveling textile exhibitions. 

Address: 1523 N 33rd Street, Lincoln, NE 68503, United States
Phone: 1 402-472-6549
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00am-4:00pm; Sunday: 1:00pm-4:00pm

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