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In the leadup to the celebration of the 2020 National Travel and Tourism Week, U.S. Travel reminds us: “Through every crisis in our nation’s history, it’s the spirit of travel that moves America forward. Rebuilding our economy, growing our workforce, connecting our communities, boosting our morale, inspiring our dreams, turning strangers into friends, inviting others to take a step toward brighter days.” When the time is right, the travel and tourism industry will be integral to our nation’s recovery—for the economy and American jobs. But it is the spirit of travel that will heal our country’s morale. Industry insiders are cautiously optimistic that a new type of traveler will emerge in the early days of the economic recovery following the crisis. It is likely that domestic travelers will be wary of international travel, cruises and big-city destinations such as Las Vegas and New York City. In their search for a feeling of safety and security, travelers will turn to rural America, wide open spaces and the freedom and isolation of the road trip.
Rural America has always been an authentic destination, filled with friendly, welcoming people and a culture and history that resonates with travelers from across the world. The same human connection that binds our communities together serves as a reminder to travelers of what is truly important – relationships, kindness, support, and a sharing of one another’s burdens when times are hard. North Platte has always benefited from its central location in the state and the nation, and from Interstate 80, Highway 83 and the historic Lincoln Highway. With more than 1700 sleeping rooms, 60 restaurants and enough attractions, events and activities to fill several days, the community is the perfect home base while exploring rural Nebraska. East and west along the Platte River valley, north into the Sandhills and south into the Prairie Lakes region, travel in any direction fromNorthPlatte is filledwith thepossibility of adventure.
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also supporting Ne- braska’s tourism des- tinations. Due to the rapidly evolving na- ture of COVID-19, if necessary, the new start and end dates are subject to change again. Collect stamps at some or all of the destinations! Par- ticipants then turn in their stamps and receive prizes. There is no fee to partici- pate in the Nebraska Passport program. There is no purchase necessary to receive Passport stamps at the Passport stops. Passports are avail- able at any Passport destination or can be picked up at the North Platte Visitor Center at 101 Halli- gan Drive. You can also download the Passport App at the Apple Store or Goo- gle Play Store.
because of current uncertainty due to COVID-19. The program typically starts on May 1. The end date of the pro- gram has also been
App. It is acceptable for an individual to collect stamps in both the booklet and the app and submit all their stamps for prizes.
The Nebraska Pass- port Program helps travelers discover Nebraska’s hidden gems, including: museums, parks, restaurants, win- eries, retail stores, and more. Visitors to North Platte will find three delightful destinations on the 2020 Nebraska Pass- port. Prairie Friends and Flowers is part of the “Fancy Plants” category, and in the “Little Bites” cate- gory Passport trav- elers will find two North Platte stops, Pop Corner in the Westfield Shopping Center and Double Dips Ice Creamery downtown. At each Nebraska Passport stop partic- ipants visit, they re- ceive a stamp, either in a Nebraska Pass- port booklet or a digital stamp on the Nebraska Passport
extended to Oct. 31, previously Sept. 30. The Passport in- spires Nebraskans and tourists to travel throughout the state collecting stamps to earn prizes, while
Nebraska Tourism has changed the start date of the 2020 Nebraska Passport program to June 1. The start date has been pushed back
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Season/hours of operation: May 1 Open weekends only 10am to 4pm Memorial Day – Labor Day 10am-5pm daily Labor Day – Oct. 1 10am-4pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday, closed weekdays Dusty Trails Trail Rides: Memorial Day-Labor Day: Fri-Sat, 12-6pm Admission: Admission charged, and park permit needed Fort Cody Trading Post Over the years roadside souvenir stands have been given a bad name—well, this is one shop that’s worth the trip. It’s not just any souvenir shop. Inside you’ll find a museum, a two-headed calf and a plethora of off the wall goodies to commemorate your trip. When it comes to Western souvenirs, Fort Cody Trading Post has everything, from cowboy gear to plush buffaloes, jackalope statues, toy animals, and tons of clothing for all sizes and ages. The back portion of the Fort Cody building contains a small but impressive museum devoted to Buffalo Bill Cody. Its centerpiece is the spectacular Buffalo Bill’s Miniature Wild West Show, featuring over 20,000 figures painstakingly hand carved in wood by Ernie and Virginia Palmquist. Many of the figures are animated — there’s a train that runs around the circus tents, and animated bucking broncos, sharpshooters, and more. Recorded audio narration tells the story of Buffalo Bill, his traveling Wild West show, and the creation of the miniatures. The show runs for about five minutes every 30 minutes. If you’re in town on a Thursday in the summer, don’t miss out on the live music in the stockade, and you won’t want to miss out on all the other offbeat treasures you’ll find every day of the week. With all of that, is there any wonder that Fort Cody gets Buffalo Bill’s coveted Buffalo of Approval? Address: 221 Halligan Dr. Phone: (308) 532-8081 www.fortcody.com Season/hours of operation: Memorial Day through Labor Day – Daily 9am - 9pm Labor Day through Memorial Day – Mon-Sat 9am - 5:30pm/ Sunday 12pm – 5:30pm Admission: Free Lincoln County Historical Museum One trip to the Lincoln County Historical Museum and you’ll see why it gets Buffalo Bill’s Buffalo of Approval. The museum contains a mix of Old West, early pioneer, agricultural, and WWII history that makes it an intriguing mix for any history buff. Early pioneer history is preserved in the Western Heritage Village, which is home to restored buildings dating from the 1860s Pony Express log cabin to the 1917 Country Church. Also included are the 1963 Fort McPherson headquarters,
Once considered the world’s greatest showman, the legendary Buffalo Bill Cody called North Platte home for more than 40 years. He loved his hometown and generously supported many local worthwhile causes. Today, the North Platte / Lincoln County Visitors Bureau uses his persona, in the guise of a fun- loving, somewhat slapstick “new” Buffalo Bill, to introduce all of the fun to be had in Lincoln County to a new generation by awarding attractions and events his coveted “Buffalo of Approval.” DUE TO COVID-19, ATTRACTION OPENING DATES AND HOURS ARE CHANGING EVERY DAY. PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE OR THE EVENT WEBSITE. HERITAGE Buffalo Bill State Historical Park It’s Buffalo Bill’s ranch, of course it gets his Buffalo of Approval. You don’t have to take his word for it, there’s tons of reasons this State Historic Park is a must-see for visitors. Originally the 4000-acre Scout’s Rest Ranch, the historic park now consists of 16 acres that contain Buffalo Bill’s home as well as barns, outbuildings, and a variety of other features. The house is Cody’s 2nd Empire mansion, built in 1886 at a cost of $3,900, that has been restored and filled with period-appropriate furnishings as well as a ton of Buffalo Bill memorabilia. The barn, once used to house horses, now contains a collection of antique carriages that belonged to Bill as well as a variety of memorabilia from the days of his world-famous Wild West Show. Come to North Platte and see why a man of taste and distinction gives Scout’s Rest Ranch the Buffalo Bill Buffalo of Approval. Address: 2921 Scouts Rest Ranch Road Phone: (308) 535-8035 https://VisitNorthPlatte.com/directory-posts/ buffalo-bill-state-historical-park/
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Stones & Bones Gallery & Emporium Stones and Bones is a unique gallery tucked into the small town of Hershey Nebraska. The gallery features Native American artifacts, Western art and wildlife pieces. Visitors and history lovers won’t want to miss their exceptionally private collection of Native American Stone Age artifacts that have been collected from across western Nebraska. Stones and Bones offers special tours for groups of 10 or less. The tour offers unique insights including question-and-answer session that covers the collection, Stone Age artifacts, flint- knapping with demonstrations and personal instruction. For groups looking to add a special touch, they will also demonstrate the process of setting up a teepee or flint-knapping. Address: 105 E. Second St., Hershey Phone: (308) 530-8626 OR (308) 368-7400 Facebook.com/StonesAndBonesGalleryAndEmporium Season/hours of operation: Call ahead, usually 10am to 5pm daily RAIL Cody Park Railroad Museum North Platte is a fantastic destination for people who love trains and the railroad. The Cody Park Railroad Museum is just one more reason why. This hands-on museum gets Buffalo Bill’s Buffalo of Approval for having the only Challenger 3900 series steam locomotive on public display in the world. Number 3977 is not just on display—you can climb up and get the engineer’s view before you walk through a series of old rail cars, including a mail car and a caboose, that are filled with old railroad memorabilia from the time when trains were America’s main mode of transportation. In addition to the 3900 series is Unit 6922. The 6900 series diesel locomotives were the largest ever made. These two locomotives made a combined horsepower of over 12,000. It’s not just the locomotives and rail cars; you’ll also find the old Hershey rail depot that also has historic railroad artifacts inside. All of this combined with the other rail attractions in town to make North Platte a must-visit for railroad fans. It’s no wonder these attractions get Buffalo Bill’s Buffalo of Approval. Address: 14001 N. Jeffers St. VisitNorthPlatte.com/directory-posts/cody-park-railroad- museum/ Season/hours of operation: May 1 through the third full weekend of September; Monday through Saturday 10am – 7pm/Sundays 10am-5pm Will open by appointment Admission: Free
1899 Fredericksen home, 1869 two-story log home of the first homesteader in Lincoln County, 1900 barber shop, and the 1876 birthplace of William Jeffers, president of Union Pacific Railroad from 1937 through 1946. The museum is also the home of the World War II North Platte Canteen exhibit, which served more than 6.5 million service men and women from Christmas Day 1941 through April 1, 1946. Every day, as many as 5,000 service members visited the North Platte Canteen in the Union Pacific Depot. Many never forgot the ten-minute stop, as sixty years of thank-you letters can attest. In addition to the exhibits inside the main museum and the collection of historic buildings, there’s also a large collection of antique farm machinery, including tractors in working condition, as well as restored antique autos that are periodically on display. Hands-on history spanning the last 200 years. That’s why Buffalo Bill loves the Lincoln County Historical Museum. Stop by and see why it gets his coveted Buffalo of Approval. Address: 2403 N. Buffalo Bill Ave. Phone: (308) 534-5640 www.lincolncountymuseum.org Season/hours of operation: May 1 – Sept. 30 THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO THE FIRST WEEK IN AUGUST DUE TO COVID-19. CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS. NEBRASKAland Days is the longest-running event to receive Buffalo Bill’s coveted Buffalo of Approval. Which only makes sense because he’s the inspiration for NEBRASKAland Days to this day. Way back on July 4, 1882, the world’s greatest showman, Buffalo Bill Cody produced, the “Old Glory Blowout” in North Platte. That show would eventually become Cody’s Wild West Show. 2019 will mark the 137th anniversary of the first spectator rodeo. From country and rock concerts to the Buffalo Bill Rodeo, art competitions and everything in between, there is something for everyone at NEBRASKAland DAYS. NEBRASKAland DAYS 2020 is scheduled for Aug. 5-8, with many exciting changes in the works. There’s 10 great days of rodeo, concerts and festivities, don’t miss NEBRASKAland Days in 2020. Come be part of the fun and find out why NEBRASKAland Days gets Buffalo Bill’s Buffalo of Approval. Monday-Saturday: 9am-5pm; Sundays 1pm-5pm Winter Months: Open by appointment for groups Admission: Admission charged NEBRASKAland DAYS
Office address: 2801 Charlie Evans Drive Phone (308) 532-7939 OR (888) 313-5606 www.nebraskalanddays.com
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Golden Spike Tower Anyone who’s ever loved the railroad or been interested in trains will instantly understand why the Golden Spike Tower gets Buffalo Bill’s Buffalo of Approval. The tower offers the best view of the world’s largest rail yard, the Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard, where every day approximately 10,000 railcars are sorted and sent on to their next destination. The tower also includes multimedia exhibits on the history of the railroad as well as the orphan trains and the North Platte Canteen, but the real treasures here are the volunteers. Every day you’ll find friendly volunteers, in almost every case a retired Union Pacific employee, manning the tower ready to enlighten visitors about the logistics and choreography that happens every day at Bailey Yard. Visitors will find that these knowledgeable volunteers can explain just about everything that’s happening down on the rail yard and how it affects the big picture of getting raw materials and consumer goods where they need to go. This is no small task either. It’s been said that you can get a pretty good picture of how the entire U.S. economy is doing by paying attention to Bailey Yard because of the sheer quantity of freight that is shipped through this yard. With everything going on, from the exhibits, to the knowledgeable volunteers, and even the unique gift shop, it’s no wonder that the Golden Spike Tower gets Buffalo Bill’s coveted Buffalo of Approval. So, if you’re planning on coming through North Platte, make sure you stop at the Golden Spike Tower. Address: 1249 N. Homestead Road Phone: (308) 532-9920 OR (866) 338-7596 www.GoldenSpikeTower.com Season/hours of operation: Where would you expect to find the greatest rail celebration in the world? Why, at the home of the world’s largest rail yard! The Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center invites you to North Platte to experience our incredible railroad heritage. Rail Days is the one and only time throughout the year when visitors can experience Bailey Yard up-close-and-personal with a motorcoach tour through the yard. Also included in Rail Days is a railroad-themed murder mystery, railroad machinery and equipment exhibits throughout Cody Park, a full day of fun kids’ activities, and a huge model railroad show. You’ll also be able to experience one of America’s most heartwarming railroad stories — how the Union Pacific delivered 6 million service men and women to the North Platte World War II Canteen. Address: Various locations Phone: (308) 532-9920 www.NorthPlatteRailDays.com Season/hours of operation: Aug. 7-9, 2020 DUE TO COVID-19 THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY IN 2020 May 1 through Sept. 30: Daily 9am-7pm Oct. 1 through April 30: Daily 10am-5pm Twilight tours every third Saturday. Other times by appointment Admission: Admission charged North Platte Rail Days
Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard Union Pacific Railroad’s Bailey Yard in North Platte, Nebraska, is the largest railroad classification yard in the world. It was named in honor of former Union Pacific President Edd H. Bailey. This massive yard covers 2,850 acres, reaching a total length of eight miles, well beyond the borders of North Platte, a community of 25,000 citizens. Put end-to-end, Bailey Yard’s 315 miles of track would reach from North Platte in western Nebraska east past Omaha on the Iowa border along the Missouri River. Every 24 hours, Bailey Yard handles 10,000 railroad cars. Of those, 3,000 are sorted daily in the yard. Golden Spike Tower overlooks Bailey Yard, nicknamed “hump” yards. Using a mound cresting 34 feet for eastbound trains and 20.1 feet for those heading west, these two hump yards allow four cars a minute to roll gently into any of 114 “bowl” tracks where they become part of trains headed for dozens of destinations. Together, these two yards have 18 receiving and 16 departure tracks. Train operations and repair shops at Bailey Yard are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The fueling and service center processes more than 9,000 locomotives each month, using technology like overhead cranes and elevated work bays to maintain fluid operations. Address: 4000 W. Front St. VisitNorthPlatte.com/directory-posts/union-pacific-bailey-yard/ Can be experienced by a visit to the Golden Spike Tower. FUN AND ADVENTURE Cody Go-Karts Cody Go-Karts gets Buffalo Bill’s Buffalo of Approval. You know why? It’s because they offer tons of great activities for the whole family. As you’d expect, there’s go-karts, but just having go-karts isn’t good enough. There are two different tracks. The standard track features a multi-level figure eight with the option of single or tandem karts. The slick track course offers a challenge for anyone looking for slippery fun with single and tandem racecar karts. In addition to the go-karts there’s great summer fun with bumper boats, over 560 feet of wet and wild waterslides and a kiddie slide in the pool area. Speaking of the little guys, there’s plenty for them too with a variety of kiddie rides, arcade games, and even kiddie go-karts and bumper boats. All of that plus snacks and a nearby campground and hotels combine to make Cody Go-Karts a no-brainer for the coveted Buffalo Bill’s Buffalo of Approval
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Dusty Trails Outdoor Specialists: Horseback Riding and Tanking
The fastest man in the West, Buffalo Bill Cody, invites you to test your skills at Cody Go-Karts! Plus, you can challenge a chicken to tic-tac-toe! Address: 805 Halligan Drive
Dusty Trails LLC. is Nebraska’s premier outfitter located in North Platte at the Nebraska Game & Parks Buffalo Bill’s Scout’s Rest Ranch. Dusty Trails provides several fulfilling outdoor experiences ranging from horseback riding though Buffalo Bill’s original ranch, tanking, kayaking or canoeing down the iconic North Platte River, or just hanging out with the adorable animals in the petting zoo. Dusty Trails operates on the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park. Dusty and his team strive to provide the opportunity for anyone to be able to enjoy and participate in the great outdoor life that Nebraska has to offer. They offer a vast variety to accommodate all age groups and backgrounds. They have been providing services for almost 20 years and are continually growing and looking for new adventures. Address: 2617 N. Buffalo Bill Ave. Phone: (308) 530-0048 hdustytrailsbiz.squarespace.com/ Season/hours of operation: The perfect place for small children to cool off on a hot summer day, the Betty Keenan Memorial splash pad is located right in Memorial Park at East Fourth St. in North Platte. The park and splash pad are free and open to everyone from 11am to 8pm every day during the summer. If you’re looking for a great way to cool down with the kiddos just head on down. Address: 1200 East Fourth St. Season/hours of operation: Weather permitting, May-August Daily 11am-8pm North Platte Area Children’s Museum The North Platte Area Children’s Museum gets Buffalo Bill’s Buffalo of Approval. It’s simple to see why—there’s a bunch of great activities that will fire any kid’s imagination. For the medically inclined there’s a doctor’s office, complete with masks, gowns, gloves and a supersized operation game. Call to book your water/outdoor adventure Trail Rides at Buffalo Bill State Historical Park: Memorial Day-Labor Day: Fri-Sat, 12pm-6pm Admission: Fee charged Memorial Park Splash Pad If they’re interested in the heritage of the heartland, there’s an interactive farming exhibit complete with a tractor to play in and a market for when they bring the harvest in. The more adventurous child can sail the seas on our giant pirate ship, as they find their way to plunder and buried treasure.
Phone: (308) 534-8277 www.codygokarts.com
Season/hours of operation: Memorial Day to Labor Day 10:30am – 10pm Open weekends pre and post season Admission: Admission charged Cody Park Carousel and Concessions
You know why Cody Park, including the carousel and children’s rides gets the coveted Buffalo Bill’s Buffalo of Approval? Because they’re a great time for not just the kids but the whole family. The historic carousel is a ton of fun for kids of all ages as they ride around on beautifully carved horses and other animals. In addition to the carousel, the miniature kiddie rides are great for the little ones. Combine that with the fact that the world’s best soft-serve ice cream is available right next door during the summer, and you’ve got a recipe for a great afternoon. Cody Park has tons of options to ensure that people of all ages have a great time. Facilities include: wildlife sanctuary, picnic tables, restrooms, bandstand, playground equipment, horseshoe pits, baseball and softball fields, outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, campgrounds, snack shop and barbecue pits. Whether you want to relax by the pool, enjoy some of the best ice cream, ride the kiddie carnival rides or challenge your family to a game of horseshoes or disc golf, Cody Park is the place for you. This North Platte gem is nestled along the North Platte River, which is a fun place to cool off in the shallow stream during the hot summer days. The drive-by zoo is home to animals of all sorts, including deer and elk, burros and llamas, geese and peacocks. You can purchase animal food from nearby vending machines. Many shaded picnic areas are found throughout the park, with playgrounds and recreational activities nearby. Fun for the whole family, that’s why Cody Park in North Platte gets Buffalo Bill’s coveted Buffalo of Approval. Address: 1400 N. Jeffers St. Season/hours of operation Rides: Memorial Day-Labor Day M-F 5pm-10pm; Sat 12pm to 10pm; Sun 12pm-9pm Concessions: May 1-May 24/Aug. 19-Sept. 30 S-Th 11am-9pm; May 4-May 26/Aug. 24-Sept 29 Fri & Sat 11am-10pm; May 27-Aug. 18-M-F 11am-10pm Admission: Admission charged for rides and concession. Many activities are free
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Be the engineer and take the trains through the tracks at our Union Pacific railroad exhibit. Combine all that with a dress-up area, a pizza parlor, a puppet theater and much more and it’s simple to see why kids have a great time at the North Platte Area Children’s Museum. Kids having a great time, it’s why the North Platte Area Children’s Museum gets Buffalo Bill’s coveted Buffalo of Approval. Address: 314 N. Jeffers St. Phone: (308) 532-3512 https://www.npchildrensmuseum.com/ Season/hours of operation: Tue, Wed, Fri 10am-5pm; Thur 10am-7pm; Sat 9:30am-5:00pm. Closed Sunday and Monday Admission: Admission charged Potter’s Pasture Some of the best mountain bike trails in Nebraska can be found 3 miles south of I-80 exit 199 on Brady-Moorefield Road. Potter’s Pasture consists of close to 100 miles of trails through 1,200 acres of hills and canyons, thick groves of trees, and native grasses that populate the hill country south of North Platte. There are a wide variety of trails from easy open ones that are suitable for riders of any ability, including children, to extremely technical trails best suited for advanced riders. Potter’s Pasture is privately owned but free and open to the public. A network of volunteers and riders create and maintain the trails as well as hosting events and races throughout the year. There are also campgrounds on site and dogs are welcome. For more information about events and trails at Potter’s Pasture, go to https://www/.whitetrailcyclesports.com. Find out why Potter’s Pasture has received the coveted Buffalo Bill’s Buffalo of Approval and see first-hand reviews for the trails from users at https://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/potters- Take I-80 to Brady (exit 199). Go south on 56D at 2.7 miles turn right on Brady-Moorefield Road At 9.2 miles the pavement ends. At 9.7 miles on the left is the entrance to Old Camp. At 11.0 miles turn left on Jeffrey Road At 12.7 miles turn right into the campground. The sign will say Potters Pasture New Camp. Phone: (308) 530-1897 Admission: Free Rec Center and Cody Park Pool The North Platte Rec Center is a large recreational venue that offers many opportunities for fitness, recreation, weightlifting, cardio exercise, racquet sports, yoga and aerobics. The center incorporates a large swimming pool with a water slide, hot tub and sauna. The double gymnasium accommodates pastures.html. To Get There:
two full-size basketball courts with seating for 150, locker rooms and a concession stand. Free child care is provided for parents who are taking a rec center class, and there is a game room for children of all ages. The Cody Park swimming pool features depths from 3 feet to 12 feet. There are three diving boards and a kiddie pool. Inner tubes are available for rent. Address: 1300 McDonald Road/1400 N. Jeffers St. Season/hours of operation: Varies The Vault – Escape Games of Nebraska The Vault offers escape games for people of all ages and skill sets. There’s no need for specialized knowledge to solve puzzles and have a good time. Just be creative, curious and alert! Each game is designed for intense participation and cooperation, making The Vault Escape Games the perfect family fun or team-building experience for businesses. The Vault is also a unique way to make that birthday, graduation, anniversary, engagement or any other occasion extra special. Each Escape Game is maintained for five weeks, when it is changed out for another challenge, insuring that repeat visitors always have a new experience. Address: 418 N. Dewey St. Phone: (308) 221-6059 http://thevaultne.com/ Season/hours of operation: Go online to book your room Admission: Fee charged Water Fun The Sutherland Reservoir, Lake Maloney and Jeffrey Lake all offer great opportunities for water sports, fishing and camping. If you want a unique taste of Nebraska fun, then you need to give tanking a shot. It’s the genius of rural America at its finest as you lazily float down the North Platte River in a stock tank with friends, family and beverages. If you’re looking to be a little more active, try canoeing and kayaking on the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District Supply Canal that stretches from North Platte to Brady. Combine all of that with the great fishing at all the stocked Interstate lakes and you’ll see why North Platte is a fantastic destination for fun on the water. For information go to https://visitnorthplatte.com/directory_ cats/water-sports/ Wild Bill’s Fun Center Wild Bill’s has earned Buffalo Bill’s coveted Buffalo of Approval for more than just bowling. No siree, Wild Bill’s is a great stop for so much more than that.
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In addition to great family bowling fun, the arcade is second to none in North Platte. Get the family together for an exciting game of laser tag or experience incredible virtual reality in one of the only VR arcade experiences in America! In addition to the best bowling for several counties, Wild Bill’s has now added Godfather’s Pizza. Now obviously, great Godfather’s Pizza doesn’t make fun for the whole family, but combine that with bowling, the arcade, laser tag, virtual reality and you’ll find the perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening. Entertainment for everyone, paired with great food, makes Wild Bill’s Fun Center an obvious choice for Buffalo Bill’s Buffalo of Approval. Address: 1100 S. Jeffers St. Phone: (308) 532-5720 wbsfun.com/ Hours of operation: Sun-Thur: 11am-10pm Fri & Sat: 11am-Midnight Admission: Fee charged GOLF Lincoln County boasts five unique public golf courses that score big with golfers of all abilities. Indian Meadows: 9-hole par 36 2746 W. Walker Road, North Platte – (308) 532-6955 http://www.indianmeadowsgolfcourse.com Iron Eagle: 18-hole par 72 2401 Halligan Drive, North Platte – (308) 535-6730 www.ironeaglegolf.com River’s Edge: 18-hole par 70 1008 W. 18th St., North Platte – (308) 532-7550 www.golfriversedgenp.com/ Lake Maloney: 18-hole par 72 608 Birdie Lane, North Platte – (308) 532-9998 lakemaloneygolf.com/ Oregon Trail: 9-hole par 36 31200 Tower Road, Sutherland Reservoir – (308) 386-4653
SANDHILL CRANES Each spring an estimated 200,000 Sandhill Cranes spend about six weeks on the 25 mile stretch of the North Platte River Valley between North Platte and Sutherland. At night they roost on the North Platte River, rising each morning to spend the day dancing and foraging in the meadows and crop fields. Early scouts will begin arriving in early February. Numbers will continue to grow until peaking in mid-March, remaining high through the end of March. By the middle of April, they will all be gone. The North Platte area offers a variety of sandhill crane experiences, including public blinds, private guided blinds and guided bus tours. Visitors can even combine the experiences with prairie chicken dances later in March and early April. VisitNorthPlatte.com/SpringBirding
Season/hours of operation: Early March through mid-April.
Admission: Some free public blinds available. Admission charged for tours VINTAGE, ART AND HOPS Feather River Vineyards
Feather River Vineyard gets Buffalo Bill’s Buffalo of Approval for its quiet atmosphere, great wine, and beautiful scenery. Located in the hills of the Southern Platte Valley, just south of North Platte, Feather River has been offering a variety of wines that reflect the character and history of the area’s geologic heritage since 2007. River and windblown sediment have created the mineral-rich soil of the region that nurtures vines that produce grapes of a distinctive quality. Feather River is one of Nebraska’s largest vineyards and planted their first vines in 2001. The 37-acre vineyard includes a bevy of grape varieties including Edelweiss, Seyval, Riesling, LaCrosse, St. Pepen, Marechal Foch, Frontenae, St. Croix, and Marquette. The Feather River Winery includes a tasting room with a veranda, production area and lab. It is open for private parties and group tours. Tents are available for parties at the vineyard or amid the grapevines. All of that is enough to make even Buffalo Bill feel classy and sophisticated, so it’s no wonder that Feather River Vineyards gets Buffalo Bill’s Buffalo of Approval. The tasting room is open for sampling and to purchase wine and
12 TRAVEL GUIDE 2020 gifts. The vineyard is available for special events. Feather River is open for tastings, private parties and group tours. Address: 5700 S. E. State Farm Road Phone: (308) 696-0078 www.feather-river.com Season/hours of operation: May 1-Sept. 30: Daily, 1pm-6pm, Fridays open until 8pm; Oct. 1-April 30: Sat-Sun, 1pm-5pm or by appointment Grain Bin Antique Town As a man of taste and distinction it’s no wonder that Buffalo Bill does his shopping at Grain Bin Antique Town. Grain Bin is one of the most unique antique shopping experiences that you’ll find anywhere. Clustered on a hilltop in the scenic canyons south of North Platte, Grain Bin Antique Town consists of 20 historic grain bins and a massive barn that are connected by a boardwalk to form a huge and eclectic collection of antiques and primitives. Many of the individual bins contain unique collections from specific area collectors and dealers. You’ll find everything from old signage and advertisements to farm implements and even cow skulls to go along with all the other eclectic flotsam and jetsam you’d expect from well-sourced dealers in rural America. With constantly changing inventories there are new treasures both large and small to be discovered on each visit. With all these options and new discoveries waiting at each visit it’s no wonder that Grain Bin Antique Town gets Buffalo Bill’s coveted Buffalo of Approval. Address: 10641 S. Old Highway 83 Road Phone: (308) 539-7401 www.grainbinantiquetown.com/ Season/hours of operation: Wed – Sat, 10:30am – 5pm. Tuesdays added in summer. Neville Center for the Performing Arts The Neville Center for the Performing Arts is an 851-seat performance venue housed at the historic Fox Theater in downtown North Platte, originally built in 1929. In addition to hosting community theater performances throughout the year the Neville Center also shows movies on Fridays and Saturdays and hosts children’s workshops during the summer. The Fox Theater is on the National Register of Historic Places as a fine example of the “Picture Palace” style and incorporates elements from a variety of architectural styles.
Pals Brewing Company Pals Brewing Company has had Buffalo Bill’s Buffalo of Approval almost since the day they opened. Located on four acres just south of North Platte, Pals Brewing Company is the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon or blow off some steam. There’s a rotating selection of craft beer brewed on site and no matter your preferred style — everything from light, crisp, lagers to hoppy ales and rich stouts — you’ll find something new to try. And while the beer is front and center that’s not all that Pals offers. Looking to spend some enjoyable time outdoors? There’s a reason Pals is located on four acres. You’ll find a wide variety of traditional tailgate games like cornhole, washers and polish horseshoes as well as bocce ball for those of you with more refined taste. If games aren’t your thing but you still want to enjoy the outdoors, there’s also ample seating outside the taproom. If you’re hungry there’s a great selection of hand-made pizzas and appetizers to go along with the great beer and cocktail selection. In addition to all that, stop by on Sundays from 1-4 for a Sunday Funday with live music and a special small-batch beer release. Life’s short and it’s just irresponsible to drink bad beer when there’s great craft beer at Pals Brewing Company, so stop in and find out why Pals gets Buffalo Bill’s coveted Buffalo of Approval. Address: 4520 S. Buffalo Bill Ave. Phone: (308) 221-6715 www.palsbrewingcompany.com/ Season/hours of operation: Tues-Wed, 4-9pm; Thur, 4-10pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-11pm; Sun, 11am-6pm; Mon, Closed Peg Leg Brewery North Platte’s newest brewery is now open! Address: 2519 Halligan Drive www.facebook.com/Peg-Leg-Brewing-105058921059340/ Season/hours of operation: 4pm-10pm Monday - Saturday. We will be closed all major holidays. Prairie Arts Center There are lots of places where you can view other people’s artwork. But great art on display isn’t the sole reason that Prairie Arts Center gets Buffalo Bill’s Buffalo of Approval. Prairie Arts Center gets this coveted honor because not only can you view, and purchase, great pieces of artwork but you can also take a lesson or class and create your own masterpiece. Housed in the historic 1913 North Platte Post Office Building the Arts Center has fantastic natural light in their main teaching space as well as a central main gallery that features continuous shows throughout the year. The basement is now home to 3D arts workshops.
Address: 301 E. 5th St. Phone: (308) 532-8559 Northplattecommunityplayhouse.com
Admission: Admission charged
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Fort McPherson National Cemetery Nebraska’s oldest national cemetery, Fort McPherson is the final resting place of veterans of the Spanish American War, Indian Wars, World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War and Iraq. Four Medal of Honor recipients rest here, three of whom served during the Indian Wars and one who served in Vietnam. Established in 1863, the original fort provided protection for the westward trails and the building of the railroad. On March 3, 1873, the Fort McPherson National Cemetery was established, and the remains resting in 23 frontier forts were reinterred here. Address: 12004 South Spur 56A, Maxwell Two miles south of Interstate 80 at Exit 190 Phone: (308) 582-4433 VisitNorthPlatte.com/directory-posts/fort-mcpherson-national- cemetery/ Season/hours of operation: Open daily sunrise to sunset Admission: Free Lincoln County Law Enforcement Memorial Opened in May 2018, the Lincoln County Law Enforcement Memorial in Iron Horse Park south of Interstate 80 honors the 11 law enforcement officers stationed in North Platte who died in the line of duty since 1916, including seven North Platte police officers, three State Patrol troopers and one Union Pacific officer. Address: 2811 S. Jeffers St. Wild West Memorial At the entrance to Cody Park, you’ll find the Wild West Memorial. The centerpiece of the exhibit is the larger-than-life sized bronze statue of Buffalo Bill donated to the city of North Platte by the citizens of Great Britain. Surrounding the gazebo housing the statue are the flags of the states and foreign countries in which Cody performed with his Wild West Show. In 1882, the North Platte town fathers asked Buffalo Bill Cody to organize an Independence Day celebration to be held at what is now Cody Park. He named it the Old Glory Blowout, and it sparked the idea of the Wild West Show in his mind. He took the show on the road in 1883 and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West took the world by storm. It took an army of entertainers to pull off Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show. These entertainers, the cowboys and Indians, trick riders and shooters, are honored here as well, at the site of the precursor of the Wild West Show. Address: 1400 N. Jeffers St. VisitNorthPlatte.com/directory-posts/cody-park-wild-west- memorial/ Season/hours of operation: Memorial is open daily sunrise to sunset Admission: Free
The Prairie Arts Center continues to add to its impressive collection with a new textile gallery and library. In addition to all the art there’s a banquet room and rooftop patio that are great locations for group events. Come to North Platte and express your artistic side with a few friends or a small group, find inspiration among the great works of art and find out why this place absolutely deserves Buffalo Bill’s coveted Buffalo of Approval. Address: 416 N. Jeffers St. Phone: (308) 534-5121 www.prairieartscenter.org Season/hours of operation: Pals Brewing Company will be hosting their third annual beer fest. Come enjoy the outdoors while trying some of the best microbrews around! Address: 4520 S. Buffalo Bill Ave. Phone: (308) 221-6715 Visitnorthplatte.Com/Western-Nebraska-Beer-Festival/ Hours of operation: 2nd weekend in September annually MEMORIALS 20th Century Veterans Memorial The busy crossroads of the Eisenhower Memorial Interstate System (I-80) and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Highway (Highway 83), is the perfect location for this 20th Century Veterans Memorial. The five major armed forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard) as well as the volunteers of the North Platte Canteen are memorialized by bronze statues. Tues-Sat, 11am-4pm Admission: Donation Western Nebraska Beer Festival The five major conflicts of the 20th century (World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm) are depicted in a 15-foot- tall brick bas-relief mural. The memorial features a Walk of Honor, lined by thousands of commemorative bricks showing the names of veterans who served at any time during the 20th century. For a truly in-depth look at the impact of the North Platte Canteen interested visitors should also be sure to see the exhibit at the Lincoln County Historical Museum. Address: 2811 S. Jeffers St. VisitNorthPlatte.com/directory-posts/20th-century-veterans- memorial/ Season/hours of operation: Memorial is open 24 hours a day year-around. Admission: Free
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“There’s no attraction like it for hundreds of miles,” said Janelle Higgins, NPCC head softball coach. “Haunted houses can be found all over the state, but there aren’t a lot of haunted trails out there. The dark canyons are creepy enough on their own at night, but add the echo of a chainsaw or a scream, and the scare level jumps to a whole new level.” The length of the trail is approximately a quarter of a mile. Address: 27747-30499 S. Jeffrey Road south of Brady VisitNorthPlatte.com/itineraries/celebrate-fall-with-these-great- activities/ Season/hours of operation: One weekend in October *Check website for dates Admission: $6 cash only. Anyone under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Haunted Village The Lincoln County Historical Museum teams up with the Lady Knights softball team to create a unique and horrifying experience, the Haunted Village. Each year they develop a new theme that overtakes the village and provides one of the scariest haunted experiences in the county! There are also some less scary options that are available over the course of the season. Address: 2403 N. Buffalo Bill Ave. Phone: (308) 534-5640 VisitNorthPlatte.com/itineraries/celebrate-fall-with-these-great- activities/ Season/hours of operation: Weekends in October. Check website for details The Homestead Pumpkin Patch welcomed their first visitors in September 2018, and what followed was nearly two months of fun and adventure for families throughout the area. Open from mid-September through the end of October, Homestead Pumpkin Patch offers pumpkins, campfires, s’mores, hot dogs and attractions for all ages including jump pillow, zip lines, hill slides, trike track, human foosball, corn boxes, barrel car rides, hayrides, and MORE! Address: 6459 S Homestead Road https://www.homesteadpumpkinpatch.com/ Admission: Admission charged Homestead Pumpkin Patch Season/hours of operation: Open weekends only mid-September through the end of October. Special hours for large groups. Admission: Admission charged
CELEBRATE FALL Cody Mansion Candlelight Tours
Buffalo Bill State Historical Park. Tour the mansion with costumed docents and learn about the
history of the Codys’ time in North Platte Address: 2921 Scouts Rest Ranch Road
Phone: (308) 535-8035 VisitNorthPlatte.com
Season/hours of operation: October —Visit website for 2020 dates and times.
Dusty’s Pumpkin Fest at the Codys’ Enjoy fun fall events at one of North Platte’s most historic properties, Buffalo Bill State Historical Park. Dusty’s Pumpkin Fest includes games, Fun Jumpz, roping, bumper balls, giant game tables- checkers and pumpkin tic-tac-toe, corn hole, big building blocks, wagon rides, petting zoo, duck pump races, corn crib and a giant hay slide. The concession area includes T-shirts, sweets, cotton candy, snow cones, pop, hot chocolate, coffee, hotdogs and sandwiches! Address: 2921 Scouts Rest Ranch Road Phone: (308) 530-0048 https://VisitNorthPlatte.com/itineraries/celebrate-fall-with- these-great-activities/ Season/hours of operation: Every Saturday and Sunday in October; noon to 6pm. Haunted History at the Cody’s Enjoy a hayride through the grounds of the Buffalo Bill State Historical Park while listening to some of the more notorious stories to come out of the heyday of the Old West. Address: 2921 Scouts Rest Ranch Road Phone: (308) 535-8035 https://VisitNorthPlatte.com/itineraries/celebrate-fall-with- these-great-activities/ Season/hours of operation: October — 7:30pm (check for 2020 dates) Haunted Pasture Evil is lurking in the canyons south of Brady. Those who think they are brave enough to tempt it can do so from 8pm to midnight only one weekend in October! It’s all part of an annual haunted trail fundraiser hosted by the North Platte Community College Knights softball team and Whitetail Screen Print.
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Maranatha Pumpkin Patch The staff of Maranatha Camp & Retreat Center welcomes your family to the Maranatha Pumpkin Patch! We are excited to host this fall event for all ages. Join us at the Maranatha Conference Center for an indoor/outdoor extravaganza! Activities include: hay bale maze, family photo station, corn box play area, giant Jenga, pie eating contest, pumpkin decorating, apple launching, bobbing for apples, 9-square-in-the-air, archery, archery tag, gaga ball, wagon rides, bounce houses Available for Additional Cost: Pumpkins | Sweet Shop Snacks | Pumpkin Spice Donuts | S’mores for Campfire | Pumpkin Spice Chai | Henna Tattoos | Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream | Paintball | Zipline Address: West Maranatha Road, just south of the nearby Season/hours of operation: Every Saturday in October — check website for 2020 dates/times Admission: Admission charged St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Pumpkin Festival Pony rides, food booths, games, silent auction, raffle, bake sale, boutique, sweet shoppe, cake walk, pumpkin trebuchet and PUMPKINS! Address: 3301 Echo Drive Phone: (308) 534-5461 http://seas-np.org/ Season/hours of operation: Check website for 2020 date and time. CHRISTMAS The holidays in North Platte abound with traditions that will make them memorable for your whole family. Christmas at the Codys’ Col. Wm. F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody and his wife Louisa loved to entertain for the holidays in their beautiful mansion. Today the community of North Platte keeps the tradition alive with Christmas at the Codys’. community of Maxwell Phone: (308) 582-4513 www.maranathacamp.org/ Every nook and cranny of the Cody mansion is filled with holiday cheer. Outside, cider, cookies and roasted chestnuts are served in a re-creation of Christmas past. Horse drawn rides complete with carolers will keep you warm and toasty no matter the weather. Out in the barn, you’ll find our Military Appreciation Tree and you can create your own ornament for a favorite service member. Address: 2921 Scouts Rest Ranch Road Phone: (308) 535-8035
https://VisitNorthPlatte.com/directory-posts/buffalo-bill-state- historical-park/ Season/hours of operation: Weekends in December. Check website for 2020 date and times Admission: Admission charged and park permit needed Christmas at the Golden Spike Tower Each year the Golden Spike Tower and Visitors Center chooses a theme to not only entertain, but to educate on different ideas of Christmas. 2019’s Christmas around the world was a huge success! We can’t wait to see what 2020 brings! Address: 1249 N. Homestead Road Phone: (308) 532-9920 or (866) 338-7596 www.GoldenSpikeTower.com Season/hours of operation: The Christmas Kids Fest in downtown North Platte is filled with special holiday fun for children and families at the North Platte Community Playhouse. It includes a Christmas movie in the theater, visits with Santa, games and crafts, a coloring contest and carriage rides. Address: 301 E. 5th St. Phone: (308) 532-8559 Northplattecommunityplayhouse.com Season/hours of operation: Check website for date and time Downtown Parade of Lights You won’t want to miss the Downtown Parade of Lights! Enjoy lighted parade entries, and afterward warm up in one of the many downtown pubs and eateries. Address: Downtown North Platte Phone: (308) 532-4729 https://VisitNorthPlatte.com/event-calendar/ Season/hours of operation: Contact the Visitors Bureau for 2020 date and time or visit our calendar of events. Lighted Christmas Village Drive-Thru Now in its fourth year, the Lincoln County Historical Museum is once again hosting a Lighted Christmas Village Drive- Thru, which is quickly becoming a beloved holiday tradition. Located just around the corner from the Buffalo Bill Ranch, the Historical Village is a delightful collection of important homes May 1 through Sept. 30: Daily 9am-7pm Oct. 1 through April 30: Daily 10am-5pm Twilight tours every third Saturday. Other times by appointment Admission: Admission charged Downtown Christmas Kids Fest
16 TRAVEL GUIDE 2020 and buildings dating from the earliest settlement of the area. Buildings in the village are adopted by local businesses, clubs and organizations and will be filled with Christmas cheer! Address: 2403 N. Buffalo Bill Ave Phone: (308) 534-5640 www.lincolncountymuseum.org Season/hours of operation: Check website for 2020 dates and times Admission: Donation Lincoln County Fairgrounds Another great addition for your Christmas light viewing enjoyment is the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. Local businesses adopt different areas of the fairgrounds ag-related holiday decorations. Address: 5015 Rodeo Road Phone: (308) 534-8191 www.lincofair.com Season/hours of operation: Check website for 2020 dates and times Living Christmas Tree Music and drama are combined in the annual “Living Christmas Tree” performance at the First Baptist Church, now in its 27th year. Each year First Baptist chooses a new theme to celebrate the Christmas in a new and exciting way! Address: 100 McDonald Road Phone: (308) 532-6772 https://fbcnorthplatte.org/ Season/hours of operation: Check website for 2020 dates and times Santa’s Workshop Every year Cody Park gets transformed into Santa’s Workshop! Santa’s Workshop has been a North Platte tradition for generations. Now in North Platte’s scenic Cody Park, numerous animated vignettes portray all aspects of the Christmas season, from busy elves toiling away in the workshop to joyous children on Christmas morning. The workshop opens Nov. 24 and runs through Dec. 24 each night at dusk. Frequent special events include carousel rides and concessions, horse-drawn rides, visits from Santa, caroling and foods of the season. Address: 1601 N. Jeffers St. https://VisitNorthPlatte.com/itineraries/christmas-in-north- platte/ Season/hours of operation: Check VisitNorthPlatte.com for dates and time of 2020
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St. Patrick’s Catholic Church 415 N. Chestnut • 532-0942 We will start having Mass in the Church following the CDC COVID-19 guidelines. Masses will continue to be streamed also: www.st-pats-online.org https://www.youtube.com/user/StPatrickCatholicNP WEEKEND MASSES Saturday - 5:30 pm | Sunday - 11:00 am; 5:30 pm DAILY MASS Mon. - Sat. - 8:00 am CONFESSION Mon. - Sat. 7:30 am | Sat. - 4:00 pm - 5:00pm or by appointment Fr. Joshua Brown Deacon Matthew Irish Deacon Mark Lister Deacon Dixon Powers Deacon Eric Parker Facebook: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of North Platte Twitter: @StPatsonline
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The COVID-19 Pandemic has affected and will continue to affect all our events in 2020. Please go to VisitNorthPlatte.com/event-calendar/ or PlayNorthPlatte.com/events/ to confirm the event.
Heritage Festival June — Postponed to July or August . Located at the Lincoln County Historical Museum, 2403 N. Buffalo Bill Ave., North Platte. 7:30pm on Friday, 10am-4pm on Saturday, and 12pm-4pm on Sunday. Entertainment, living history re-enactments, ethnic food, tractor and carriage exhibitions.
June 13 – Melvin, Swanson, Halligan Memorial Steer Wrestling. Located at the in Arena, Sutherland, NE, starting at 1pm
Every Saturday — Farmers Market. Come browse the locally home- grown veggies and other goodies at the North Platte Farmers Market at the Platte River Mall, 1000 S. Dewey St. , Saturdays 8am to 1pm.
June 3-29 — Competitive Art Show at the Prairie Arts Center, 516 N. Dewey. Shows daily beginning at 11am.
June — Grape and Sizzle at the Holiday Inn Express. Join the Nebraska Cattlewomen for an evening of wine, beer and, of course, BEEF. The pro- ceeds of the event go to local charities. J une — Camp Maranatha Triathlon, 16800 E. Maranatha Road, Maxwell. Enjoy your swim, ride and stride in the great outdoors at Camp Marana- tha! Featuring an open-water 550-yard swim (walking lane available), 14-mile bike ride and a 5K run, on gravel and dirt surfaces. 8am. Visit www.platteriverfitness.com for PRFS participation guidelines, race infor- mation and to enter events. June 12 — Open Mic Night at Espresso Shop. An evening of heartfelt prose, poetry, music and fun for all! Twice a month, the second and fourth Fridays, beginning at 7pm. Donations of $1-10 are appreciated but not necessary. Jam session follows. Location: 419 N. Dewey St., North Platte. (308) 534-9550. June 13 — Race Day - Lincoln County Raceway. IMCA modified, stock cars, sports mods, dwarf cars, SP Comp. Gates open at 5pm, hot laps be- gin at 6pm, green flag drops at 7pm. Pit gates open at 4pm. Regular ad- mission. 5015 W. Highway 30, North Platte, NE 69101. (308) 532-1204.Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32
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