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Discover Lincoln

Get out and explore the city!

The trails are waiting
You don’t have to leave the city to get back to nature. This bustling city still has room for open spaces with more than 125 parks. Getting around town is a breeze and the culture is geared toward getting outside.

There’s good news if you are a foodie
Lincoln is cooking up a restaurant renaissance from burgers to Thai. Lincoln sets the table for food lovers of all types, with cafes and bistros that fill the blocks. Here, digging into a delicious feast is more than just a meal, it’s bringing people together. Lincoln is quickly becoming a culinary destination.

Creativity on Tap
Sip & socialize at local watering holes and taprooms. Raise a pint to the emergence of Lincoln as a pub hub. Celebrate the craft and creativity of our local brew culture. Enjoy unique flavor profiles and killer happy hours.

Sweet Sounds
Find authentic tunes all over Lincoln. The nights actually have life here with boundary pushing bands and collaborative venues right in our backyard. Lovers of live music will enjoy the sweet sounds of funk, blues, rootsy, folk and hard rock from local musicians. Espresso yourself

Lincoln boasts really great coffee shops that will help you start your days off right. Eating, drinking and living locally in Lincoln is a lifestyle that many express and say, “We just wouldn’t have it any other way.” At any given moment you are within sniffing distance of a cup of joe. Never go without your buzz.

Choose your adventure...

Get outside in the sunshine on 6,500 acres of parks and 1,475 acres of wilderness. Bikers and hikers of all levels can make use of 135 miles of biking and hiking trails. Since 84 of those miles of trails are considered commuter trails – those which lead to a destination – you can challenge yourself to get your errands done in a healthier way, or just get lost along beautiful scenes as you pedal through the parks. The city has 125 parks for picnics, grilling, reading, resting and admiring nature.

“The buzzword is 'quality-of-life' and the parks system really adds life to this community,” said Jerry Shorney, assistant director of park operations with Lincoln Parks and Recreation. One of the city’s premium park spots is the Nature Center at Pioneers Park. The 668-acre site includes 440 acres of native tallgrass prairie, eight miles of hiking trails, and roaming buffalo and elk. Dog owners will enjoy one of Lincoln’s two dog parks, where dogs can run and play off leash. The city’s master plan calls for additional dog parks in the future.

Sunken Gardens is a breathtaking floral experience. Hundreds of colorful annual plants bloom and imbue the air around the gentle footpaths with their fragrance. Hundreds of people have used the blossoming paradise as the place to commemorate important moments like graduation or an engagement. The Sunken Gardens bring natural romance to our city, not to mention prestige! The park has been listed in the “National Geographic Guide to America’s Public Gardens” list of 300 best gardens.

If your ideal patch of greenery is more about flags and a freshly cut lawn, Lincoln has five public golf courses! Then, nine public swimming pools are available to cool off after a morning on the green.

Hyde Memorial Observatory at Holmes Park is a place for serious astronomers and casual star-gazers. The observatory provides telescopes people can use to look at the stars and programs to learn about astronomy.

Biking and jogging are not for everyone, which is why there are seven recreation centers that feature a variety of programming, including after school activities, fitness events and day camps and crafts. Or you can join a city league for teams playing volleyball, softball, kickball and baseball.

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