There is so much to see and do in Fremont and Dodge County – everything from intriguing museums, to a historic downtown district, to great shopping and dining. If that’s not enough, try messing up your hair on an exhilarating airboat ride on the Platte River or slow things down on an excursion dinner train through the countryside.
Known as Eastern Nebraska’s Antique Capital, Fremont’s historic downtown features six large and eclectic shops, all in close proximity. And not too much further down the picturesque downtown street you can find specialty boutiques, coffee shops or to-die-for desserts at one of Fremont’s gourmet bakeries.
Orchards and farmers’ markets remind visitors of Fremont’s agricultural roots, an economic sector that continues to serve as its foundation today. The great rolling fields of corn give way to hunters following fall’s harvest, but fishing, birding and other outdoor activities define the appeal and character of eastern Nebraska’s culture.
Or, the family can dive in at Splash Station, one of the area’s largest and most exciting water parks. From there, enjoy a relaxing dinner excursion on a vintage train touring the scenic countryside. You won’t want to miss historic May Museum, a stately late 19th century mansion restored to pristine condition. And, if you enjoy the architectural character of that period you’ll also want to visit the recently renovated Love-Larson Opera House and the Fremont Chamber building in downtown Fremont. John C. Fremont Days is a mid-year celebration that attracts thousands to enjoy its parade, classic car show, Chautauqua, performances and street vendors.
Fremont Lakes, a state park, attracts nearly 900,000 visitors annually to the sandy beaches surrounding a chain of 20 lakes that have more than 300 surface acres of water. Featuring camping facilities, picnic tables and on-site services, “the lakes” provide a fun summertime escape.
With nearly 500 sleeping rooms in the area, visitors will find accommodations that range from practical to delightful—a collection of nationally recognized full-service hotels and motels as well as great campgrounds for those looking to be closer to nature. Fremont hosts an array of meeting and event venues for groups of all sizes. Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering for two or a banquet for 500, visitors have choices.
The Fremont-Dodge County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a great resource for visitors, tours, groups and meeting planners that endeavor to deliver superior service. Go to www.visitfremontne.org for more information on tourism activities, lodging, events and dining. The Chamber’s website, www.fremontne.org, is another great resource that features a membership directory, a community calendar and other valuable information.