Winter staycation ideas around Lincoln

Family with hot drinks
Family with hot drinks

Winter is a great time to get out of the house and have some fun. Don’t believe us? There are plenty of nearby and wallet-friendly destinations that liven up the winter months. Just check out this list:

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

This state park is truly a home away from home, a cozy and fun-filled winter destination. There’s a restaurant on site, cabins to book, and plenty of nature and sight-seeing available. Sledding and ice skating are available during the winter months, and kids can warm up in their indoor play area. Just make sure you plan on enough time to hit the arts and craft center, theater, and cross country skiing!

Coco Key Water Resort

This spacious indoor water park is located inside the Ramada Plaza in Omaha. There are slides, a lazy river for tubing, and a separate shallow pool for little swimmers. The best part is you can book a room with the water park fees already included. There is also an arcade and game room, plus you can use it to host a birthday party! And while you’re in Omaha, take a day a to check out the Henry Doorly Zoo. They’re open every day, year-round (except for Christmas Day), and there are enough food and exhibits to fill an entire day (and then some) of fun.

Lied Lodge

Now through December 30th, Lied Lodge has a whole host of holiday activities perfect for family get-aways. Located in Nebraska City, you can join the Holiday Mansion Tour and experience a step back in time as you’re guided through the mansion decorated in historic and vintage Christmas décor. You can stay for a day or book a room, whichever suits your budget. Lied Lodge also has December concerts, a trolley tour of light displays, and a special brunch with Santa. You can check out the details on their website.

Great Wolf Lodge

Kansas City also makes a wonderful destination and is just close enough that you won’t have to endure “are we there yet?” for more than a few hours. Great Wolf Lodge is an all-inclusive water park resort with arcades, games, and the cutest camping themed suites that the kids will love. While you’re in Kansas City, take advantage of the shopping, Money Museum, LegoLand and the indoor aquarium for a weekend the family will remember for years.


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