- The list below includes 33 free or cheap things to do in or near Lincoln, Nebraska, including 39 different types of inexpensive activities like Specialty Museums, Parks, Movie Theaters and Nature & Wildlife Areas.
- From Sunken Gardens to Holmes Park & Lake, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Lincoln and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Ashland and Roca.
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Lincoln's Sunken Gardens are one of Nebraska's top destinations for horticulture enthusiasts. The immaculately-maintained premesis feature riots of colorful blooms and gteenery. Its most popular event is the annual flower extravaganza, which involves more than 30,000 plants.
Anglers go to Holmes Park and Lake to try to catch largemouth bass, carp, white perch, bluegill, catfish, and rainbow trout. The facility also has a baseball diamond, volleyball court, golf course, and an observatory.
Located in downtown Lincoln, Antelope Park offers a variety of activities for visitors. There's a large playground, a pavilion that hosts live music and dancing, gardens, a swimming pool, and a golf course.
The Pioneer Parks and Nature Center offers eight miles of hiking trails through varied habitat including tallgrass prairie, woodlands, wetlands and across a stream. The facility also has two buildings where visitors can see native small animals.
Pioneers Park Nature Center is a wildlife sanctuary located on 664 acres of tallgrass prairie, woodlands, wetlands and a stream. There are raptor exhibits, a natural play area for children, gardens and animals including bison and elk.
Built in Classic Revival architecture, Governor's Mansion is the current residence of the Nebraska governor, and once housed former governors. The museum hosts tours where visitors can view a collection of dolls, dishes, and jewelry.
Speed demons love the Museum of American Speed in Lincoln, Nebraska. This indoor/outdoor museum features hundreds of souped-up hot rods and racing vehicles. It also has large displays of engines, transmissions and other inner components.