Discover the many things to do in Kearney, from concerts to crane-spotting

Whether you’re stopping over for the night or exploring Kearney with your family on vacation, you can find a variety of things to do near your comfortable room or suite at the Country Inn & Suites. For an outdoor adventure, head to Fort Kearny State Recreation Area and enjoy fishing and hiking. Have tickets to a Tri-City Storm hockey game? We’re less than five minutes from the team’s home ice at the Viaero Center. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Kearney’s vibrant downtown is known as The Bricks, thanks to its brick streets lined with brewpubs, boutiques, and specialty stores. You can discover local art and history at the city’s impressive cluster of museums, including one inside The Archway, a 310-foot-long structure that stretches across I-80. If you’re visiting Kearney in the spring, head to one of several points along the Platte River to catch sight of thousands of migrating sandhill cranes, or reserve a guided viewing at Rowe Sanctuary, about a 20-minute drive from the hotel on I-80.

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Cabela’s

3.5 mi / 5.64 km from the hotel
For outdoor and sports gear, head to Cabela’s in Kearney. Going fishing? You can pick up some bait, and then treat yourself to some delicious fudge at the General Store.

Fort Kearny State Historical Park

4.6 mi / 7.41 km from the hotel
Built in 1848, this outpost provided protection for Pony Express riders, westbound pioneers, and gold prospectors. You can explore the rebuilt stockade and other structures like a reconstructed blacksmith’s shop.

Fort Kearny State Recreation Area

4.86 mi / 7.83 km from the hotel
Take your fishing pole and a picnic basket, hike along an old channel of the Platte River, or go for a swim in a sparkling lake at this 186-acre park. During spring, look out for the area’s huge concentration of migrating sandhill cranes.

Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary

10.41 mi / 16.75 km from the hotel
Learn about the amazing annual migration of sandhill cranes and other waterfowl while you take in lovely views of the Platte River at Rowe Sanctuary, which covers more than 2,400 acres.

Kearney Area Children’s Museum

3.96 mi / 6.37 km from the hotel
Your children’s imaginations can run wild at Kearney Area Children’s Museum, where hands-on exhibits inspire youngsters to create, explore, build, and play.

Museum of Nebraska Art

1.78 mi / 2.86 km from the hotel
The Museum of Nebraska Art displays the history and culture of Nebraska through its 5,000-piece art collection. You can experience the Cornhusker State through the eyes of artists like John James Audubon, Robert Henri, and Jun Kaneko.

Pioneer Village

13.68 mi / 22.02 km from the hotel
Watch the story of America’s westward expansion unfold at Pioneer Village, where you can see what life was like when Nebraska became a state. While there, wander through dozens of restored buildings filled with more than 50,000 artifacts.

The Archway

2.36 mi / 3.79 km from the hotel
Experience 170 years of Midwest history in under an hour at The Archway, a 310-foot-long museum that crosses over I-80. After your tour, stop by the gift shop for a Nebraska-made souvenir.

Trails & Rails Museum

0.86 mi / 1.38 km from the hotel
Part of the Buffalo County Historical Society, this museum commemorates the many historic thoroughfares that have passed through Kearney, such as the Mormon Trail, the Union Pacific Railroad, the Oregon Trail, and the Pony Express.

University of Nebraska at Kearney

1.94 mi / 3.12 km from the hotel
Watch the Lopers take on their sports rivals or enjoy a cultural event at the Kearney campus of the University of Nebraska. You’ll also find the G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture on campus.

Viaero Center

0.7 mi / 1.12 km from the hotel
This multipurpose entertainment facility is home to the Tri-State Storm hockey team. It also hosts thrilling musical performances by international superstars all year long.