As one of Nebraska's biggest cities, Omaha has its share of urban sprawl, but spend a little time in town and find museums, pleasant parks, plenty of places to tuck into for an Omaha steak and somewhat unexpectedly, an indoor rainforest.
The cry was FREE LAND!! The Homestead Act of 1862 was one of the most significant and enduring events in the westward expansion of the United States. By granting free land to claimants, it allowed nearly any man or woman a chance to live the American dream of owning their own land. Visit the park and gain understanding on how the Act changed the lives of all Americans and the land.
Hours + Fees
Open daily except Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1. The trail system and parking lot are open from dawn to dusk every day the park is open.
Summer Season (Memorial Day to Labor Day) The visitor center and buildings are open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fall, Winter and Spring Seasons (Labor Day to Memorial Day): The visitor center and buildings are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Map + Directions
The park is 4 miles west of Beatrice on State Highway 4. Enter Highway 4 from Highway 136 at the west edge of Beatrice. Turn north at the Educational Service Unit and continue until you reach the visitor center.
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