Nebraska City Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Nebraska City Trip Guide

Family activities, Arbor Day celebrations and fall color star in the hometown of Arbor Day founder J. Sterling Morton (population: 7,350).

The home of Arbor Day's founder, J. Sterling Morton, celebrates its heritage with an annual Arbor Day Festival in late April.


Arbor Day Farm Kid-friendly Tree Adventure (admission charged), historical barns, a cafe and market keep families busy. (402) 873-8717;

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park The 72-acre, tree-filled estate preserves J. Sterling Morton’s mansion, which has a Tiffany glass skylight. (402) 873-7222;

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park 

Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard Best known for apple picking and cider doughnuts in the fall, the orchard also grows plums, peaches and berries. (402) 873-5293;

Nebraska City Museum of Firefighting and Education Center Kids can play dress-up on a 1966 American LaFrance engine. Open seasonally. (402) 873-4403;


Lied Lodge and Conference Center The Frank Lloyd Wright-style hotel has an arboretum, golf course, soaring fireplace and the town's best restaurant, Timber Dining Room. (800) 546-5433;

Lied Lodge and Conference Center

Lied Lodge and Conference Center

For information: Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce (800) 514-9113;

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