Top 12 Reasons to Live in Nebraska
Omaha Family Fun! Omaha is touted as one of the best places to visit in the United States, but it's also a great place for families to live. Omaha is home to the Henry Doorly Zoo, the world's most interactive zoo experience, which features a rope bridge over a tropical rainforest, an indoor desert and a series of underground caves where you get to see underwater life. The Omaha Children's Museum is also a beloved destination, featuring interactive exhibits about art, science and growing up.
Get Tanked! In Ericson, you'll find Get Tanked, the nation's first tanking outfitter. Tanking is a recreational activity that took Nebraska by storm in recent years due to the large amount of unused livestock equipment in the state. To tank, people outfit empty livestock feeding tanks with tables and chairs, then float down them in a river. The sport has been covered by the Travel Channel, and it continues to grow in popularity. There's not much to do in Ericson proper, but just nearby are the Nebraska Sandhills, which is one of the most scenic drives in the country.
See Americana history up close! Harold Warp's Pioneer Village is in Minden, and it's a must-see for anyone who is interested in Americana or American history. The Pioneer Village complex covers 20 acres, and it's comprised of 26 buildings featuring over 50,000 pieces of Americana, including a complete one-room country schoolhouse. Over five million people have visited Pioneer Village since it opened, and it continues to draw people from around the world. Minden is right near Grand Island, home to the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, another great spot to learn about American history.
Great wine! Norfolk, a town on the state's eastern border, is home to the Cuthills Vineyards. Visit to learn about winemaking and to taste the great wines made there. Norfolk is also a great spot for families to settle down. It is full of outdoor activities, outstanding restaurants and even a famous fossil bed. There are plenty of rent to own home options in the area, too.
Award-winning food! Beatrice, NE, is home to The Black Crow, an award-winning restaurant cooking up both American and international cuisine. The restaurant also hosts an Annual Ribfest, which serves up chicken, ribs and pulled pork sandwiches, as well as features live entertainment.
Come see the Chicken Show! The Wayne Chicken Show is an annual chicken festival that's been held in Wayne, NE, since 1981. The festival features food, entertainment, art, parades and more - all themed around chickens. If beef is more your thing, you can also eat at Geno's Steakhouse in Wayne, a local steakhouse serving the freshest Nebraska beef.
Experience real Western hospitality! Chadron, NE, in the northwestern corner of the state, is a great place to experience real Western hospitality. Chadron is home to the Blaine Hotel, the starting point for the 1893 Chadron-to-Chicago Horse Race - a real endurance horse race that received international attention. You can also learn about the fur traders who once populated the area at the Museum of the Fur Trade in town.
It's one of the best places to live! Papillion is a suburb of Omaha, and it is considered one of the best places to live in the country. Papillion was ranked the #1 Small Town in America by Livability.com, one of the best places to live in America by Money magazine, and the best place in Nebraska to raise kids by Bloomberg Businessweek. Papillion has tons of real estate on the market, including homes for rent at a range of different prices. It's also home to a beloved splash pad at Schwer Park, where both kids and adults like to cool down in the summer.
Juicy steaks! Some of the best beef in the entire United States is served at the Sandstone Grill, a restaurant in Burwell, NE. Sandstone is known for their steaks and burgers, and they also offer a popular menu option of bison. Golf lovers will love Burwell too, since just six miles northwest of the town is the Calamus Golf Course - a nine-hole course with beautiful bluegrass fairways.
Football season is big here! Football lovers rave about Offsides Tavern in York, NE. It's one of the state's best sports bars, where people gather to watch the Cornhuskers and eat hot wings. York is also home to Chances R Restaurant and Lounge - one of the state's most well-known restaurants, which has been serving Nebraskans delicious fare for over 50 years.