Take A Budget-Friendly Nebraska “Staycation”

It’s that time of the year again when you go on Facebook and it seems like everybody but you is either studying abroad in Europe, relaxing on the beaches of Mexico, or hiking up the Rocky Mountains.   Even if you plan to stay in Nebraska this summer, you can still have an eventful and fun-filled summer while going easy on your wallet.

Attend the College World Series
One of the biggest sporting events of summer takes place every year in Omaha! General admission tickets are super cheap, and there’s not a bad seat in the house at TD Ameritrade Park, located near the downtown area.  This year the event takes place June 17-29.

Visit a State Park
There are eight state parks in Nebraska that all have something unique to offer.  If you’re looking to stay close to Lincoln or Omaha, check out Eugene T. Mahoney or Platte River state parks.  Don’t mind a long drive?  Niobrara State Park near the South Dakota border is absolutely beautiful!

Go to a Music Festival
If you don’t feel like spending hundreds of dollars to see the top performing artists in concert, this is a great alternative. Most local music festivals are well under $50 and some are even free!  Here are a few ideas:
  • Nebraska Folk and Roots Festival @ Branched Oak Farm in Raymond (June 10-11)
  • Red Sky Music Festival @ TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha (July 18-23)
  • Hullabaloo Music Festival @ Sokol Park in Bellevue (July 28-30)
  • Maha Music Festival @ Aksarben Village in Omaha (August 20)
Relax at the Lake
No ocean? No problem. Nebraska has dozens of lakes to visit across all areas of the state.  Our top picks are:
  • Lake McConaughy (Western NE)
  • Harlan County Reservoir (South Central NE)
  • Calamus Lake (North Central NE)
  • Branched Oak Lake (less than 15 miles NW of Lincoln!)

Post written by Amanda Owens, SMMC Program Assistant