Things To Do in Nebraska: Kearney

Shannon Peterson
| October 25, 2023 | 1 Minute Read
Storefronts in downtown Kearney, Nebraska iStock

Here’s a guide of what to do, where to eat and where to stay in Kearney.

Do & See

Big Apple Fun Center

Even in winter, the center is the perfect place for family fun, with bowling, an indoor miniature golf course, laser tag and more. 

The Archway

You can’t miss this museum/monument as it straddles Interstate 80. Inside, join the journey of pioneers, railroads, travelers and commerce, following the Oregon Trail, the Lincoln Highway and interstate highways as America grew westward. 

Exterior of the G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture Courtesy of the G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture

G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture

George and Phoebe Frank built their showpiece mansion in 1890, sparing no expense on materials and craftsmanship. Explore its opulence on the first floor, and on the second floor, learn about the mansion’s time as part of the Nebraska State Hospital for Tuberculosis. Don’t miss “Form & Function: European and American Decorative Arts.” 

Eat & Stay 

Hampton Inn Kearney

This AAA Three Diamond lodging is conveniently located off Interstate 80, and it’s close to  
everything you need, like food, movies and entertainment at the Big Apple Fun Center. There’s an on-site restaurant, and pets are allowed. 

Open can of Thunderhead Brewing Company Sparkling Peach Seltzer next to a filled glass with peach garnish and a whole peach


Thunderhead Brewing Company 

Getting its start as a craft brewery in 1999, Thunderhead has become equally famous for its pizza. Relax after a day of exploring and fill up on your choice of pizza, such as the Hula Hula, The Angry Greek, the Thunderpie or the Meat Junkie. 

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