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

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The home of Arbor Day's founder, J. Sterling Morton, celebrates its heritage with an annual Arbor Day Festival in late April (23-25, 2021).


Arbor Day Farm Families enjoy the kid-friendly Tree Adventure, barns, Apple House Market and cafe. One-hour tractor-pulled Discovery Rides travel around the 260 acres of the farm, including sunflower fields in midsummer.

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park Visitors tour Morton's 52-room mansion and explore the wooded estate.

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, this is one of the sites of the annual AppleJack Festival (September 18-20, 2020).

Kregel Windmill Factory Museum History buffs will enjoy a stop here, where hundreds of windmills were turned out in the early 20th century.

Nebraska City Museum of Firefighting and Education Center Kids can play dress-up at this museum.


Lied Lodge and Conference Center Cap you visit with a stay at an Adirondack-style hotel with a soaring fireplace, 140 rooms and the town's best restaurant, the Timber Dining Room.

Lied Lodge and Conference Center
Lied Lodge and Conference Center

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