Summer Isn’t Over Yet!

Despite the cooler nights and focus on back to school, fall is still a month away! Summer is here to enjoy until September 22. Are you making the most of your last weeks of summer?

With weather forecasts settling into a nice trend of mid-80 degree temperatures for the foreseeable future, the options are endless for getting outside and enjoying all that Nebraska has to offer. Right here in our own backyard we are lucky enough to have:

  • Fontenelle Forest: a gorgeous oasis in the city, enjoy sunset kids, summer wildflower hikes, birding walks, and more as you take advantage of all Fontenelle has to offer. With a full calendar of activities, there’s a little something for everyone. If your tastes run to the adventurous, give the TreeRush Adventures at Fontenelle Forest a try as you climb to new heights and experience the forest from the treetops through a series of ziplines and challenge elements up to 55 feet above the ground.
  • Mahoney State Park: regardless of the season, this should make your list for outdoor adventure destinations! Spend the weekend in their array of cabins, camping, or make a day of hiking the trails and climbing to the top of the observation tower. If the heights of the trees are your preference, book your adventure at the Go Ape Treetop Adventure with a 440 foot zipline along with unique and exciting obstacles up to 40 feet in the air. If you prefer to stay closer to the ground, horse trail rides continue on the weekends through Labor Day, with pony rides available for the youngest in your group.
  • Platte River State Park: if glamping is more your style of outdoor adventure, look no further. Lodging accommodations at Platte River State Park include three glamping cabins with modern bathrooms and queen beds. For the more traditional outdoor enthusiasts, cabins and camping are still readily available. Crawdad Creek offers an interactive experience where guests can get in the water, get muddy, and explore to their heart’s content. You will also find a canoe/kayak access point serving as a stopping point on the Platte River Water Trail.
  • Schramm Park State Recreation Area: while Schramm is well-known for its hiking trails and river access, don’t miss out on the chance to check out the Schramm Education Center. They have some incredible interactive exhibits that will introduce you to Nebraska’s aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.
  • Smith Falls State Park: if you have a little extra time for a drive, Smith Falls is well worth the journey. Abou 5 hours northwest from the OMaha metro, you will find Nebraska’s highest waterfall, Smith Falls. Enjoy all that the Niobrara River has to offer from canoeing and kayaking to tubing and floating.

It isn’t quite time to stick a pin in summer, so get out there and enjoy it while you still can. The weather is gorgeous and the outdoor adventures are limitless!