What to visit, while staying in Kearney? There are plenty of interesting things to see and fun things to do in Kearney, in order to make anyone's stay more than enjoyable, regardless of age, taste or budget, the city offering something fun for everyone, among its most popular attractions being:
>> UNK's Museum of Nebraska Art, home to a vast permanent art collection that reflects the history and culture of the state and holds work from artist-explorers like George Catlin to the early 20th century American master and Cozad native Robert Henri, to Thomas Hart Benton's original illustrations for The Oregon Trail.
MONA, as the museum is more popularly known, also proudly displays one of the nation's premier collections of wildlife art by John James Audubon.
>> Big Apple Fun Center, a fun place for the whole family, featuring a game room, a snack bar, miniature golf, go karts, a sports bar and all the other necessary ingredients to put together a fun, memorable family day out with the kids.
>> Kearney Area Children's Museum, a place where children and their families can play, learn, and grow. Each exhibit is an interactive learning experience. Unlike a traditional museum, at KidZone, children are invited to touch, push, pull, build, and play with every exhibit.
The Kearney Area Children's Musesum provides fun, interactive, educational experiences for children which stimulate creative play and expression.
>> Fort Kearney Museum, featuring Egyptian mummies, Dinosaur fragment discovered in the Gobi Desert, the first license plate ever issued in Nebraska and the list continues to include over 10,000 items from the past.
The Buffalo County Fair, which happens in July, is, perhaps, the premier and most expected annual event in Kearney. This exciting and fun-filled celebration has been a local tradition for more than 100 years, now.
The regular entertainment offered, during this annual Kearney event includes animal shows, 4H demonstrations, horticulture displays, rides and games, live music, arts and crafts, food and commercial vendors with various products for sale.
Among the top places to shop in Kearney, NE, there are:
- Hilltop Mall: North 2nd Avenue, Kearney, NE.
- Antiques & Castaways: 2304 Central Ave., Kearney, NE.
- Great Plains Art & Antiques: 625 E. 1st Street, Kearney, NE.
- From the Attic: 2309 Central Ave., Kearney, NE.
- Kaufmann's Antique & Collectibles: 2200 Central Ave., Kearney, NE.
- Downtown ''The Bricks'': downtown Kearney.