Sidney, seven times proclaimed "Nebraska Community of the Year" since the mid-1990s, is blessed with numerous recreational activities and a vibrant image that beckons tourists to its borders.
A revitalized historic Main Street greets tourists with shopping and dining pleasures. And, there are ample attractions here to keep tourists busy throughout their visit. A walking tour of Historic Downtown, where 29 buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, is a great place to start.
Other points of interest include: Fort Sidney Complex, War Memorial, Living Memorial Gardens, Point Of Rocks, Cabela's Wildlife Display, and Cheyenne County Courthouse.
The 9-hole golf course in town has recently been expanded to 18 holes, and a new 7-hole course has been added. This, and all the improvements made to Sidney, have been featured in numerous magazine and newspaper articles.
The pond at Legion Park is a pleasant fishing hole that transforms into a skating rink in the wintertime. Sidney Shooting Park is a great place to get in some target practice and improve archery skills at the same time. Swimming at the Sidney Public Pool is a cool idea, too.
Located about forty minutes west of Sidney, Oliver Lake offers diverse pleasures. Excellent facilities are provided for boating and other water sports such as swimming and water skiing. Fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish, yellow perch, and white crappie is also a very popular lakeside activity.
When the mercury begins to drop and nature freezes over, ice fishing and skating bring life to the lake. Hiking and camping are also available here. A one-day permit (required) can be obtained at various liquor stores within the Kimball area (8 miles west of the Lake) allowing access to this enchanting piece of paradise.
Sidney, a charming little town, is located in the south-central portion of the Nebraskan panhandle.