- The list below includes 19 free or cheap things to do in or near Kearney, Nebraska, including 26 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, Specialty Museums, Family Fun Center and Art Museum.
- From Yanney Heritage Park to Cottonmill Lake, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Kearney and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Mandan, Gibbon, Minden and Red Cloud.
The Trails & Rails Museum exhibits 19th Century buildings that have been restored and moved to the museum site. Exhibits at the museum include a steam locomotive, a railway caboose, and cover the economic history of Kearney.
Big Apple Fun Center features bowling, miniature golf, go karts, laser tag, beach volleyball, billiards and many other activities along with a full snack bar. For smaller kids they have an indoor playground with foam balls, tubes and slides.
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44450 Elm Island Road, Gibbon, NE MoreLess Info
The Audubon Rowe Sanctuary is a conservation area based in the Platte Valley ecosystem, known for its sandhill crane populations. The site also houses the Ian Nicolson Audubon Center, an outdoor experience-based education centre and the 2nd largest straw bale-constructed building in the United States.
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4 Miles South of Red Cloud, Red Cloud, NE MoreLess Info
Named for the classic American writer Willa Cather, author of My Antonia and O Pioneers!, the Willa Cather Memorial Prairie is 608 acres of protected prairie land. It is available for bus and walking tours, and for roadside sightseeing.
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P.O. Box 68, Minden, NE 68959 MoreLess Info
26 buildings on 2000 acres provide a history of American progress at the Harold Warp Pioneer Village. Visitors explore a one-room schoolhouse, early locomotives, a general store and a Pony Express Station. Many of the buildings were brought from their original locations and restored.