A college town with big ideas, Kearney is home to 27,431 residents. Once the crossroads between the Oregon and Mormon Trails, Kearney, today, is at the heart of the world's most traveled railroad corridor.
There's a bundle of things to do here, including an active shopping scene and over 50 restaurants to choose from. This community takes recreation very seriously and provides facilities for many different types of indoor and outdoor activities.
Points of interest include: Pioneer Village, Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, Nebraska Firefighters Museum & Education Center, Chevyland USA, and Cabella's Showroom.
There are 5 golf courses and 12 parks in town with facilities for tennis, ball games, and swimming at numerous locations. At the YMCA, there are indoor racquetball courts, a gym, weight room, running track, and a child care center.
Yanney Heritage Park, offers a splendid view of the city from The Gottschalk Observation Tower, a 12-acre lake, and a hiking/biking trail. Cottonmill Park also has swimming, hiking, biking and fishing facilities available.
Other parks offer boating, fishing, nature trails, sledding, and camping. At Prairie Hills Skiing, a snow-making machine makes skiing and snowshoeing possible. Indoor ice skating is available at the Tri-City Arena. And, bowling fans can find their pleasure at the Big Apple Fun Center.
Fishing is found at Fort Kearney State Park where bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish are up for grabs. Fishing is also good at Kearney Lake, the Platte River, and Cottonmill Lake.
Spectator sports includes racing at the Kearney Dragway from March through October, Tri-City Storm Hockey, and Nebraska Cranes basketball. With the University of Nebraska nearby, there's never a shortage of spectator sports.
Kearney, a little town that's got it all, is located at the heart of The Cornhusker State
on I-80 between Lincoln and North Platte.