Zoos in LINCOLN with kids

It’s animal time in Lincoln, Nebraska and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Lincoln because this The Comhusker State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Lincoln Childrens Zoo

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    Lincoln

    Come and visit more than 350 animals, all from a child's eye view! The Zoo consists of 19 beautifully landscaped acres in the heart of Lincoln.

  • Ak Sar Ben Outdoor Aquarium

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    (27 miles) Gretna

    All of the various species on display in both the aquarium and large terrarium are either native to Nebraska or have been successfully introduced here. One of the many fun family places to visit if ...

  • Omahas Henry Doorly Zoo

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    (49 miles) Omaha

    Step into the rainforests, deserts, wander through an ocean and more all through total immersion exhibits at this family friendly Nebraska zoo!

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  • Lost In Fun

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    (6 miles) Lincoln

    From inflatable jumpers to the space foam pit and endless play sets, this is a sure bet for keeping the kids happy all afternoon in Lincoln, Nebraska!

  • BounceU Omaha

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    (41 miles) Omaha

    Offers it's trademarked standard of inflatable fun, with offerings ranging from classic bounce houses and slides to mazes, obstacle courses and more including organised games, music, toys and other ...

  • Fontenelle Forest Nature Center

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    (48 miles) Bellevue

    Walking or hiking the trails of Fontenelle Nature Association is an experience unlike any other within the Omaha metro area. FNA owns and manages 2,000 acres of conservation land and 26 miles of ...

  • Omaha Botanical Gardens

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    (49 miles) Omaha

    Gained from a visit to Lauritzen Gardens today are tranquility, appreciation of nature's beauty and wonder, inspiration for visitors' own gardens and the pleasure of watching the seasons change and ...

  • Loup Parks

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    (56 miles) Columbus

    The District owns, operates and maintains five parks and recreation areas containing 265 acres of land and 1,100 acres of water. These facilities are open to the public from May 1 to November 1 ...

  • Star City Shores Aquatic Center

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    (3 miles) Lincoln

    Water fun in Lincoln at the BIGGEST pool in the city, with a main pool, slides, and kids section! Fun sandy beach too for those active kids!

  • Beatrice Big Blue Water Park

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    (38 miles) Beatrice

    9,000 sq foot of water fun, with slides and diving boards. A great way to cool off in Nebraska!

  • Fun-Plex Waterpark

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    (44 miles) Omaha

    A water and amusement park which includes wave pools, kids' pool, waterslides, go-cart track, tilt-a-whirl, bumper boats and cars, miniature golf, and batting cages.

  • Coco Key Waterpark Omaha

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    (45 miles) Omaha

    Waterpark fun at Coco Key Water Resort slides, a kiddie pool, water attractions and lots of family fun to cool you down!

  • Columbus Aquatic Center

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    (55 miles) Columbus

    The Aquatic Center is one of the finest indoor public pools in Nebraska. The pool is open seven days a week, 12 months out of the year. A variety of programs are offered to meet the needs of the ...

  • Pawnee Plunge Water Park

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    (56 miles) Columbus

    Nebraska's family water fun park, offering terrifying plunge slides, fun family rides, interactive water play zone and more.

  • Columbus Art Gallery

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    (56 miles) Columbus

    Performing arts events for schools and the general public ranged from ballet to theatre and from storytellers to concerts. The Gallery has presented over 200 formal exhibits and offers a gift shop ...

  • Valas Pumpkin Patch

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    (33 miles) Gretna

    Family fun at this sweet pumpkin patch, with caramel apples, the hay-rack rides, and the Pigtucky Derby Pig Races! Over 50 attractions, live shows and entertainment to top your family day out off in ...

  • Arbor Day Farm

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    (43 miles) Nebraska City

    Charming farm fun in Nebraska City, with hiking, tree adventures, forest rides, seasonal activities, and great memories!

  • Loves Jazz and Art Center

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    (50 miles) Omaha

    A unique center featuring African American Arts Exhibits, and where families can learn all about the rich cultural and heritage of jazz music!

  • Poppys Pumpkin Patch

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    (90 miles) Norfolk

    Kids fun in Nebraska at this cute pumpkin patch, with a hay bale maze, pony rides, nature walks, a petting zoo, and a zip line!. Sweet family fun for all ages!

  • Fun Plex

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    (44 miles) Omaha

    Thrilling rides, water park fun, as well as go-karts and mini-golf: an exciting family day out in Nebraska!

  • Lincoln Childrens Museum

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    (1 miles) Lincoln

    Build, dance, play, climb, create, sing, and laugh at the Lincoln Children's Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. Here you can be whatever and wherever your imagination takes you! The Lincoln Children's ...

  • Museum of Nebraska History

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    (2 miles) Lincoln

    10,000 years of history! Many people and cultures have made Nebraska their home.Come see fascinating artifacts and hear amazing stories from our rich past. One of the many fun family places to go if ...

  • Lux Center for the Arts

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    (3 miles) Lincoln

    Undeniably an educational trip but a visually fascinating one for imaginative kids covering art in the mediums of pottery, printmaking, painting, jewelry, glass, and fibers.

  • Strategic Air and Space Museum

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    (24 miles) Ashland

    The Strategic Air & Space Museum is committed to providing guests with engaging experiences that will inspire the young - and the young at heart - as they explore the worlds of aviation, history, ...

  • El Museo Latino

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    (47 miles) Omaha

    One of only eleven Latino museums in the entire USA, El Museo Latino is an educational experience on the history and culture of the Latino Heritage.

  • York Area Childrens Museum

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    (48 miles) York

    A beautifully designed and interactive museum great for expanding the creative side.

  • Omaha Childrens Museum

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    (49 miles) Omaha

    A fun and hands-on experience for kids, where they can challenge themselves, learn, explore, and discover how the world works and learn through play!

  • Joslyn Art Museum

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    (50 miles) Omaha

    As Nebraska's largest and most distinguished art museum, Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha has served as the premier center for visual art since opening in 1931. Joslyn's collection features work from ...

  • The Durham Museum

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    (50 miles) Omaha

    Fascinating exhibits on the history of Omaha, and amazing rotating exhibits on the cultures of the world!

  • Mormon Trail Center

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    (52 miles) Omaha

    A historical experience at the Mormon Trail Center, where you can re-live the lives of those part of the great "Mormon Migration"

  • Railswest Railroad Museum

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    (53 miles) Council Bluffs

    The construction of the transcontinental railroad played a major role in the development of southwest Iowa, and vice versa. The history of this era is well preserved in the former 1899 Rock lsland ...

  • Platte County

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    (56 miles) Columbus

    Travel Thru Time! History Gallery containing discoveries of fossils, Indian stone tools, artifacts and photographs of early Platte County, settlers and communities. Rooms of Victorian clothing, ...

  • Pawnee Indian Village Museum

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    (88 miles) Republic

    Step back in time in this Kansas museum as the whole family can experience the history of the Pawnee Indians, who settled in Republic County as early as 1770.

  • Shelby County Historical Museum

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    (91 miles) Harlan

    Welcome to the Shelby County Historical Museum, located at the corner of Pine Street and Morse Avenue in Harlan. Opened in 1975 as a Bicentennial project, the facility has grown to four buildings ...

  • Skate Zone

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    (2 miles) Lincoln

    A family oriented roller skating rink where "kids" of all ages can have a safe and enjoyable time, with public skating sessions as well as many special events.