Kearney Things to Do

  • This 2014 booth featured artwork focused on Maine!
    This 2014 booth featured artwork focused...
    by Rich62
  • Browsing the displays at the 2014 Art in the Park
    Browsing the displays at the 2014 Art in...
    by Rich62
  • ALL FIREPLACES FEATURE AUSTRIAN TILE
    ALL FIREPLACES FEATURE AUSTRIAN TILE
    by Rich62

Best Rated Things to Do in Kearney

  • Rich62's Profile Photo

    The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument

    by Rich62 Updated Jul 13, 2012

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Kearney happens to be located on the main highway of American History. Going through or right by Kearney are: The great Transcontinental Railroad, the Pony Express, the Oregon Trail, the Mormon Trail, and the first Transcontinental Highway in America.

    These are all commemorated in one of the most unusual museums in the world. It is actually located in the air space above Interstate 80, two miles east of the Kearney exit! (but note: you must take the Kearney exit to get to it, at least until a new interstate exit is completed, perhaps in 2013.)
    This museum is a very modern, interactive museum of the westward movement in America. At the end of your visit, you can look out at the cars zooming underneath you on the interstate and even see what their speed is on radar guns. Figure about an hour or an hour and a half to make this visit. It is not a tourist trap; I think anyone who would enjoy learning about the westward movement would enjoy the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument. whew! It probably also has the longest name of any museum in the country!

    3 photos attached.

    Address: Exit # 272 in Nebraska, follow signs to museum.

    Directions: From exit 272, go north for only a block or two, then following the signs, turn right. It is two miles east of Kearney on the service road which runs along the north side of Interstate 80.

    Phone: 308 237-1000

    Website: http://www.archway.org

    IT EXTENDS COMPLETELY OVER INTERSTATE 80 TRY 1610 ON YOUR RADIO, WHEN NEAR KEARNEY JUST FOLLOW THE SIGNS
    Related to:
    • Museum Visits
    • Historical Travel
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • Basaic's Profile Photo

    Museum of Nebraska Art

    by Basaic Written Sep 13, 2013

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    If you are a big fan of art stop at the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney. It offers 11 galleries with a nice collection of art by Nebraska artists, and about Nebraska, from the earliest times to hot artists of today. The collection shows the history of the state and its people and is well presented. The museum is housed in a very interesting neo-classical designed building completed in 1911 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hours are 11 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday and 1 PM to 5 PM on Sunday. It is closed on Mondays and all major holidays. Admission is free; but they appreciate donations.

    Address: 2401 Central Avenue, Kearney, NE 68847

    Phone: (308) 865-8559

    Website: http://www.mona.unk.edu

    Museum of Nebraska Art Museum of Nebraska Art
    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Arts and Culture
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • Basaic's Profile Photo

    Kearney and Buffalo County

    by Basaic Updated Oct 12, 2013

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Kearney is a small city of almost 32,000 (up 16% since 2000) located just off Interstate 80, along US Highway 30, in Central Nebraska. Kearney was named for nearby Fort Kearny which was named after Colonel Stephen Kearny. The origin of the extra "e" in the town's name seems open for debate. One story says it was an error by the post office. Kearney is the county seat of Buffalo County. Buffalo County was established in 1855 and was named for the plentiful buffalo in the area (then not now). Actress Leslie Easterbrook (Police Academy) and radio personality Charlie Tuna are from the area (as is distinguished VTer Rich62). The Kearney National Guard Armory (photo 2) is located just across from the courthouse and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Buffalo County Courthouse Kearney National Guard Armory
    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Road Trip
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • Basaic's Profile Photo

    History and "The Bricks"

    by Basaic Written Oct 12, 2013

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Kearney has an extensive historic district with quite a few buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. Many of these are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. I really liked the area called "The Bricks" where they have retained the brick streets. The Bricks is also home to some trendy botiques and restaurants/bars along with a few entertainment venues. A neat place to hang out when in Kearney.

    The Bricks The Historic District The Historic District The Historic District World Theater on The Bricks
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Road Trip
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • Basaic's Profile Photo

    Fort Kearney Museum

    by Basaic Written Oct 12, 2013

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This museum boasts a wide variety of historical artifacts from around the world and the only glass bottom noat rides in the midwest. Having grown up in Florida I have taken lots of those. The museums sounded interesting and I stopped here but it was closed even though it was during the advertised hours. Not sure if it was bad luck or ????. Hours are advertised as 10:30 AM to 5 PM Thursday through Saturday and 1 PM to 5 PM on Sunday; Memorial Day through Labor Day.

    Address: 131 Central Avenue, Kearney, NE 68847

    Phone: (308) 234-5200

    Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fort-Kearney-Museum/121804617868496

    Fort Kearney Museum
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • Basaic's Profile Photo

    Firefighters Museum

    by Basaic Written Oct 12, 2013

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Nebraska Firefighters Museum in Kearney houses an impressive collection of firetrucks and other firefighting memorabilia to delight and educate people of all ages. See the old trucks, learn about how the Maltese Cross and the Dalmation became symbols of firefighting and more. This is also the home of the Nebraska Firefighters Hall of Fame; and take a solemn moment to contemplate the memorial to those firefighters who died in the performance of their duties. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM daily (although the day I visited they opened 20 minutes late). Admission is $6 for adults.

    Address: 2434 East 1st Street, Kearney, NE 68847

    Phone: (308) 338-3473

    Website: http://www.nebraskafirefightersmuseum.com

    Firefighters Museum
    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Road Trip
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • Rich62's Profile Photo

    SEE THE FLOATING SCULPTURE

    by Rich62 Written Jun 20, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This sculpture not only floats, but it is a kinetic sculpture, which means it also moves! The Nebraska wind causes several of the stainless steel panels to move, all while the entire sculpture is floating. This is just one sculpture in Nebraska's "400 Mile Sculpture Garden". The state has commissioned sculptures to be located in many of Nebraska's Interstate 80 Rest Stops.

    Address: Kearney Rest Stop, westbound

    Directions: At approximately mile marker 270, westbound only, you will see the rest stop, and that is where you will find this sculpture.

    IT FLOATS!  IT MOVES!
    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Budget Travel
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • KiKitC's Profile Photo

    Great Platte River Road Archway Monument

    by KiKitC Written Oct 10, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument is an interactive expierience paying tribute to the pioneers headed west. We didn't get to stop, but it would make a great stop from the long highway trip.

    Address: 3060 East 1st Street

    Directions: Just over I-80. If you're on the highway and miss it, you shouldn't be driving at all.

    Phone: (877) 511-ARCH

    Website: http://www.archway.org

    Sorry, no time to stop for a better picture A look at real plains life...
    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Photography
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • Rich62's Profile Photo

    VISIT MONA

    by Rich62 Updated May 7, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    "MONA" IS THE MUSEUM OF NEBRASKA ART, the designated museum for the primary collection of art by Nebraska artists or art concerning Nebraska subjects.

    FOR EXAMPLE, during Kearneys "Cruise Night" festival of classic cars, MONA had a special exhibit of antique pedal cars. There was also a display of fiber art, and of course many paintings and sculptures.

    3 photos attached. Click this photo to see more.

    Address: 2401 Central Avenue

    Directions: On Central Avenue just on the south side of highway 30 (25th St.).

    Phone: (308) 865-8559

    Website: http://monet.unk.edu/mona

    ART WORK ON DISPLAY THIS IS MONA
    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Arts and Culture
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • Rich62's Profile Photo

    GET A FREE COOKBOOK!

    by Rich62 Updated Apr 12, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Visit Morris Press, which is a major publisher of cookbooks all over the United States. If you visit you can pick out one free cookbook and can purchase others from nearly every state in the union.

    CLICK THE PHOTO TO ENLARGE THE SIGN AND TO SEE ANOTHER PICTURE.

    Directions: On highway 30 inthe industrial section east of town. Its on the north side of the highway.

    COOKBOOK CAPITAL OF THE U.S. TURN IN BY THIS SIGN
    Related to:
    • Seniors
    • Women's Travel
    • Food and Dining

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • Rich62's Profile Photo

    HE'S GOING HOW FAST?????

    by Rich62 Updated May 4, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    At the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument in Kearney, Nebraska, you can man a radar gun and check speeds as traffic whizzes underneath you on Interstate 80. Your trip through time in this amazing museum-in-the-air takes you from the speed of wagons pulled by oxen to the interstate traffic of today.

    Address: on the north side of Interstate 80 near Kearney

    Directions: Take exit 272 at Kearney, go north 1 block (watch the signs) turn east on Talmadge road for 1 block, then south to the interstate frontage road. Go east 2 miles to the Archway.

    Phone: (308)237-7849

    THE MODERN OREGON TRAIL? THE VIEW (of the windows) FROM THE INTERSTATE
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Seniors
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • llprice's Profile Photo

    Free Sunday Evening "Concerts in the Park"

    by llprice Updated Jun 6, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Free concerts will be held on most Sunday evenings at the historical "Art Deco" Sonotorium in Harmon Park during the summer. Sponsored by the Kearney Area Arts Council, the music starts at about 7 p.m. The programs include a bit of country, pop, blues, to light jazz. The atmosphere is picnic informal, with background noise that includes a mix of local traffic, adult chatter, and children playing.

    On Fridays June 10, July 15, and Aug. 12, 2005, additional free concerts will be held at the new Yanney Heritage Park (only a few blocks from most of Kearney's motels and connected by a hike-bike trail.)

    Bring your own lawn chair or pull up a park bench.

    Directions: Harmon Park (central, residential area), 5th Ave & 29th St. Yanny Park (southwest edge of town), 2020 W. 11th St.

    Wild Clover Band
    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Music

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • Toughluck's Profile Photo

    Great Platte River Road Museum

    by Toughluck Written Aug 12, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    What a place. The setting is the most unusual for the middle of the U.S. See my travelogue that includes pictures of the museum. It was a 1-1/2 hour stop that was well worth the time.

    Platte River Road travelogue
    Oregon Trail travelogue

    Address: 3060 East 1st Street

    Directions: Just east of Kearney (3 miles - 5.4 k). Sign point the way and if you're coming from the east, you'll pass underneath it and have to come back from the Kearney exit.

    Phone: 877-511-ARCH

    Website: http://www.archway.org/

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • Rich62's Profile Photo

    REINACTMENTS

    by Rich62 Updated Feb 26, 2007

    2 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument features skilled reinactors who help make your journey down the Oregon Trail more interesting. Each reinactor assumes the role of an actual person, based on extensive research.

    Cost: adults $10, ages 13-18 $6, ages 6-12 $3, older than 62 $8.50, 5 and younger free.

    Hours: May 27 - Sept. 4: 9 to 6. otherwise 9 to 4. open daily.

    5 photos attached.

    Address: On the north side of Interstate 80, near Kearney

    Directions: Take exit 272 (The Kearney exit) and go north just a few blocks, staying in the right lane. Watch the "archway" signs and turn right on Talmidge road for a block. Turn right again down to the frontage road along the interstate, then 2 miles east.

    Phone: (308)237-1000

    A SKILLED REINACTOR TAKES YOU BACK IN TIME I HAVE A STORY TO TELL.......... REINACTOR REINACTOR A CAVALRY OFFICER
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Seniors
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • Rich62's Profile Photo

    Visit the Peterson Senior Activity Center

    by Rich62 Written Jan 27, 2010

    Got a little grey in your hair, like me? Visit the sparkling new (in 2010) Senior Center in south Kearney. You can have lunch there for a $3.50 donation ($5 if under 60 years of age), use exercise equipment, play pool or shuffleboard, maybe a game of cards, and so on.

    Address: 2020 West 11th Street

    Directions: From 2nd Avenue, go west about a mile on 11th Street, you will see it to the south, near the tall observation tower at Yanney Park.

    Phone: 308 237-4644

    Website: http://www.cityofkearney.org

    MAIN ENTRANCE DELICIOUS MEALS LOUNGING AREA DINING ROOM AN EXERCISE AREA
    Related to:
    • Seniors
    • Women's Travel
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner

Instant Answers: Kearney

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

21 travelers online now

Comments

Kearney Things to Do

Reviews and photos of Kearney things to do posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Kearney sightseeing.

View all Kearney hotels