Discover exciting things to do in Kearney

Whether you're in town to visit a UNK student, watch the sandhill cranes migrate, or take a break from interstate travel, you're sure to find a variety of things to do near the Country Inn & Suites, Kearney, NE. 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. If you're looking for an experience that's unique to Kearney, watch the annual sandhill crane migration at Rowe Sanctuary in March, or stroll across the 310-foot-long Archway, a museum that stretches across I-80.

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3.5 mi / 5.64 km from the hotel
For outdoor and sports gear, head to Cabela's in Kearney. Going fishing? Grab some bait from the bait shop, and let yourself be lured in by the delicious fudge and nuts at the snack shop.

Fort Kearney State Historical Park

4.6 mi / 7.41 km from the hotel
Built in 1848, this outpost has a colorful heritage, offering a safe place for Pony Express riders, homesteaders, and gold prospectors over the decades.

Fort Kearney State Recreation Area

4.86 mi / 7.83 km from the hotel
Take your fishing pole and a picnic basket, go hiking, or go for a swim in one of the sparkling lakes scattered throughout the park's 186 acres. You may also catch a glimpse of the area's large waterfowl population.

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 Museum of Nebraska Art and 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.