Discover the Celebrated Sandhill Crane Migration
Whether you’re in town to visit a UNK student, watch the sandhill cranes migrate or take a break from interstate travel, you’re sure to find a variety of things to do near the Country Inn & Suites, Kearney, NE. For an outdoor adventure, head to Fort Kearny State Recreation Area for fishing and hiking. Got tickets to a Tri-City Storm hockey game? We’re less than five minutes from the team’s home ice at the Viaero Center. If you’re looking for an experience that’s unique to Kearney, watch the annual Sandhill Crane Migration at Rowe Sanctuary in March, or stroll across the 310-foot-long Archway, a museum that stretches across I-80.
Sports and Entertainment
- Viaero Center (1 mile)
This multipurpose entertainment facility is home to the Tri-State Storm hockey team. It also hosts thrilling musical performances by international superstars all year long.
Phone: +1 (308) 338-8011
- University of Nebraska at Kearney (2.5 miles)
Watch the Lopers take on their sports rivals or enjoy a cultural event at the Kearney campus of the University of Nebraska. You’ll also find the Museum of Nebraska Art and the G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture on campus.
Phone: +1 (308) 865-8441
Museums and Historical Sites
- Trails & Rails Museum (1.2 miles)
Part of the Buffalo County Historical Society, this museum commemorates the many historic thoroughfares that have passed through Kearney, such as the Mormon Trail, the Union Pacific Railroad, the Oregon Trail and the Pony Express.
Phone: +1 (308) 234-3041
- Kearney Area Children's Museum (2 miles)
Your children’s imaginations can run wild at Kearney Area Children’s Museum, where hands-on exhibits inspire youngsters to create, explore, build and play.
Phone: +1 (308) 698-2228
- Museum of Nebraska Art (2 miles)
The Museum of Nebraska Art displays the history and culture of Nebraska through its 5,000-piece art collection. You can experience the Cornhusker State through the eyes of artists like John James Audubon, Robert Henri and Jun Kaneko.
Phone: +1 (308) 865-8559
- The Archway (3 miles)
Experience 170 years of Midwest history in under an hour at The Archway, a 310-foot-long museum that crosses over I-80. After your tour, stop by the gift shop for a Nebraska-made souvenir.
Phone: +1 (308) 237-1000
- Pioneer Village (18 miles)
Watch the story of America’s westward expansion unfold at Pioneer Village, where you can see what life was like when Nebraska became a state. While there, wander through dozens of restored buildings filled with more than 50,000 artifacts.
Phone: +1 (308) 832-1181
- Cabela's (3.5 miles)
For outdoor and sports gear, head to Cabela’s in Kearney. Going fishing? Grab some bait from the bait shop, and let yourself be lured in by the delicious fudge and nuts at the snack shop.
Phone: +1 (308) 234-3933
- Fort Kearny State Historical Park (6.5 miles)
Built in 1848, this outpost has a colorful heritage, offering a safe place for Pony Express riders, homesteaders and gold prospectors over the decades. Visit the stockade, the powder magazine and the carpenter-blacksmith shop, which was once the home station for the Pony Express.
Phone: +1 (308) 865-5305
- Fort Kearny State Recreation Area (6.5 miles)
Take your fishing pole and a picnic basket, go hiking, or go for a swim in one of the sparkling lakes scattered throughout the park’s 186 acres. You may also catch a glimpse of the area’s large waterfowl population.
Phone: +1 (308) 865-5305
- Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary (18 miles)
Learn about the amazing annual migration of sandhill cranes and other waterfowl while you take in lovely views of the Platte River at Rowe Sanctuary, which covers more than 2,400 acres.
Phone: +1 (308) 468-5282