Big celebrations and events
The Arbor Day Celebration takes place annually between April 27-29, an event launched in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton. The word arbor comes from Latin and means ‘tree’. On this international day of the tree, it should be recognized and its fertility celebrated. It is said that on the first Arbor Day 1872, an estimated 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska. The tradition of tree planting has been adopted worldwide, but is celebrated like nowhere in Nebraska. Whether children’s activities, live entertainment, tree planting or a big parade – this day is celebrated.
As in most US states, the word ‘FOOTBALL’ is very important in Nebraska. Anyone who has watched a game by the Nebraska-Cornhuskers, or Huskers for short, knows that the traditional enthusiasm of the Nebraskans for their national sport is unshakable. Every home game of the Huskers at the Memorial Stadium in Lincoln has been sold out since 1962 – whether baseball, volleyball or football, the Nebraskans love their sports heroes. They are also known to follow them to other countries and to support them morally with loud slogans. In 2002, 60,000 Husker fans traveled to Pasadena to watch a football game against the Miami Hurricanes.
Nebraska State Fair
The Nebraska State Fair is an event that takes place annually in Grand Island. From 1990 to 2010, the approximately 10-day event was held in Lincoln and then moved to Grand Island. It usually ends with a big celebration on Labor Day. The first state fair was held in 1859 before Nebraska even became a state. It took place in Nebraska City, the former headquarters of the territory. As in almost all states, the State Fair was considered a purely agricultural event at the time; today, however, it is more like a fair or a festival. Whether rodeos, chassis, shooting galleries or cattle shows – a typical American event. The largest state fair in the United States in Texas reaches up to 3 million visitors a year, making it an important source of income.
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Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo
This zoo is one of the most important zoos in the United States.
Almost 17,000 animals and approx. 960 different animal species bustle in Nebraska’s largest zoo. The Henry Doorly Zoo was founded in 1894 by the city of Omaha and was initially home to around 120 animals. Many of them came from the local area – so. e.g. B. deer, buffalo and bear. Today he is nationally known for his leading position in animal welfare and research, but also a few notable exhibitions distinguish the Henry Doorly. It has:
• the largest wildcat facility in North America,
• the world’s largest night exhibition and indoor swamp “Kingdoms of the Night”,
• one of the world’s largest indoor rainforests “Lied Jungle”,
• as well as the largest glazed geodesic dome, beneath which is the world’s largest indoor desert “Desert Dome”.
There is also an aquarium, an IMAX cinema, a cable car and a fun park. The zoo has had more than 25 million visitors in the past 40 years.
3701 S 10th Street
Omaha, NE 68107
Informational Recording: (402) 733-8400
Business Office: (402) 733-8401
The zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Unfortunately there are no Agate Fossil Beds National Parks in Nebraska, but the Agate Fossil Beds was declared a National Monument in 1997. They are a 14.2 km² fossil deposit in the northwest of the state and are managed by the National Park Service. The first official find was in the Fossil Beds in 1878. The park was named after the mineral agate, which means agate in German. The High Plains area was not affected by the Ice Age, so its oldest rock is an estimated 34 million years old today; furthermore one can marvel at unusual fossils between the ages of 10-20 million years.
Other natural beauties
F ährt to US Highway 26 westbound, one also comes across the landmark Nebraskas- a milestone in the history of settlers, because the sandstone rock was mentioned in their diaries often. The Chimney Rock bears his name for a reason. The bare whitish boulder slowly protrudes from the earth 25 km southeast of the Scotts Bluff National Monument and has an amazing resemblance to a natural chimney. The rock formed by erosion is almost 100 m high; the top of it measures approx. 37 m.
Fontenelle Forest Nature Center near Omaha
The Fontanelle Forest is a 6 km² forest with numerous hiking trails near Bellevue. The small forest park created by the Missouri flooding also includes a nature center, picnic and children’s playgrounds. The area was registered as a national landmark in 1920. Hiking and climbing are popular activities here, but amateur ornithologists also get their taste – 246 bird species can be observed on site. It is also the only place in Nebraska where red-shouldered buzzards have nested and helmeted woodpeckers can be seen.
What you should pay particular attention to when driving through the 52,000 km² Sand Hill landscape is a full tank. The sand dunes overgrown with grass make up a quarter of the total area of the state and are used primarily for cattle breeding. This charming area is not used for growing, as the brittle and sandy soil is not suitable for growing crops. However, there are about 720 other plant species and almost 315 animal species.
Something about the weather
Another natural beauty worth mentioning in Nebraska is the extreme weather. The weather is usually fairly predictable. In summer you have to expect drought and heat and in winter up to -25 degrees and snowfall, and yet you never know when a powerful Thunderstorm or even a tornado will roll in. Dramatic backdrops are conjured up in no time; the landscape devastated and the sky shaken by the weather lights. But falling star nights or romantic sunrises and sunsets in the endless expanses are guaranteed to take your breath away.