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Historical Attractions in HAY SPRINGS

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Hay Springs, Nebraska!)

Hay Springs is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in this The Comhusker State city that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Hay Springs’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Hay Springs when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • The Prairie Homestead

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    (87 miles) Philip

    History is waiting for you at this fascinating original Early Pioneer settlement in South Dakota - tours take you through one of the few original sod houses left in the USA!

  • Four Mile Old West Town

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    (88 miles) Custer

    Experience a part of history with this Old West South Dakota attraction perfect for the whole family! Explore a yee old saloon, town hall, and even talking outhouse!

  • Minuteman Missile

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    (88 miles) Philip

    Here you will find remnants of the Cold War, including an underground launch control center and a missile silo. Minuteman missiles held the power to destroy civilization. Yet the same destructive ...

  • Crazy Horse Memorial

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    (92 miles) Crazy Horse

    Crazy Horse Memorial, home of the world's largest mountain sculpture in progress, is in the Black Hills of South Dakota on U.S. Highway 16/385 just 17 miles southwest of Mount Rushmore. Sculptor ...

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  • Museum of the Fur Trade

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    (19 miles) Chadron

    Dedicated to the memory of the traders and trappers who explored a continent, and to the Indians with whom they traded, played, and fought. TELLING THE STORY OF AMERICA'S MOST ROMANTIC ...

  • The Mammoth Site Museum

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    (65 miles) Hot Springs

    Stand on the edge of discovery and walk where mammoths, bears, American lions and other Ice Age animals walked... The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota is the world's largest mammoth ...

  • Farm and Ranch Museum

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    (77 miles) Gering

    Welcome! This is our way of preserving the Farm and Ranch Heritage in honor of our ancestors. Please visit us in person soon! Farm And Ranch Museum (FARM) is located just below famous Scotts Bluff ...

  • North Platte Valley Museum

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    (78 miles) Gering

    Step back in time as you visit the North Platte Valley Museum in Gering, Nebraska, a private non-profit museum situated on the Oregon - California, and Pony Express Trails, in the shadow of Scotts ...

  • National Museum Of Woodcarving

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    (90 miles) Custer

    Visit this AAA rated family attraction.Inside our carving studio today\'s magic continues to happen. During most of the season, Kieth Morrill, NMW\'s resident woodcarver, or guest woodcarvers from ...

  • The Presidential Waxworks Museum

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    (92 miles) Keystone

    Beneath the watchful gaze of Mount Rushmore in the beautiful Black Hills sits the National Presidential Wax Museum. Visitors gain insight into our nation's democracy through life-size, life-like wax ...

  • Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

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    (65 miles) Hot Springs

    Imagine a place where as far as the eye can see, miles and miles to the horizon, you can view America as it was 300 years ago. Imagine a place, long revered by the American Indians, where the ...

  • Riverside Zoo

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    (77 miles) Scottsbluff

    At this 23 acre zoological park you will enjoy up close encounters with a family of chimpanzees, Moose, Lions, Red Pandas, Tigers and a walk through aviary. One of the many fun family places to go if ...

  • Reptile Gardens

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    (95 miles) Rapid City

    Our beautifully landscaped park includes the Bewitched Village, which is a Family Fun Station with Gemstone and Arrowhead sluicing, a Blacklight 3D Adventure with the dizzying Black Hole, an Air ...

  • Evans Plunge

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    (66 miles) Hot Springs

    Try the waterslides or relax in the gigantic pool filled with rejuvenating naturally warm mineral water(87F). This sparkling spring water flows from an thermal spring at a rate of 5K gals/min. One of ...

  • Black Hill Aerial Tours Mount Rushmore

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    (88 miles) Custer

    offers five tours that feature additional sights and adventures, but all of them start with the glorious Black Hills.

  • 1880 Train Black Hills Central Railroad

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    (97 miles) Hill City

    Over the Hills & Beyond the Imagination! Imagine yourself immersed in the staggering beauty of the Black Hills of Western South Dakota! Imagine you're gliding over the rugged landscape aboard a ...

  • Flintstones Bedrock City

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    (88 miles) Custer

    Bedrock comes alive in this modern Stone-Age setting of fun-filled buildings and play areas. Tour Fred's Bedrock City. Ride the Flintmobile and Iron Horse Train. See Mt.Rockmore and enjoy the new ...

  • Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

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    (57 miles) Harrison

    Museum, Miocene mammal fossil displays, 12 minute movie about the fossil discoveries. The Cook Collection of American Indian artifacts, beautiful and noteworthy pieces of handcrafted items given to ...

  • Lake Minatare

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    (66 miles) Dewey Tabor

    Outdoor fun in Nebraska with over 2,000 acres of water fun to be had! From fishing, speed boating, and swimming....adventurous family fun, as well as the state ONLY lighthouse!

  • Custer State Park

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    (80 miles) Custer

    A stunning State Park in the Black Hills with over 70,000 acres of wildlife and wilderness to explore! A South Dakota treasure.

  • Badlands National Park

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    (83 miles) Interior

    224,000 amazing acres of stunning rock formations, geologic deposits and ones of the world's richest fossil beds to explore, once roamed by saber-toothed tigers.

  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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    (91 miles) Keystone

    Visit probably most the iconic landmark in the USA - Mount Rushmore! An amazing, fun and historic family day out option in South Dakota!

  • Carhenge

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    (39 miles) Alliance

    Carhenge, which replicates Stonehenge, consists of the circle of cars, 3 standing trilithons within the circle, the heel stone, slaughter stone, and 2 station stones, and the Aubrey circle, named ...

  • Rushmore Tramway

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    (91 miles) Keystone

    Ride up to a beautiful alpine landscape: get off on top to see impressive rock formations, waterfalls, flowers, and panoramic views. Have a cold drink or a bite to eat as you take in the unique view ...

  • Putt 4 Fun

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    (65 miles) Hot Springs

    Welcome to the newest, fun-filled attraction in Hot Springs, South Dakota. Putt-4-Fun offers the "Best in the West" miniature golf! One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for ...

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