Pioneer Park Nature Center
Pioneer Park Nature Center
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A 900-acre wildlife area that features hiking trails and other outdoor pleasures.
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AbuelitaSuzy
Lincoln NE120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It's a great place to play and have hikes. My sister and I feed the ducks and hike. My favorite part is holding the snakes in the nature center (and watching my grandma squirm!). The staff is awesome and explains everything so we understand how nature works. I think the Nature Center is really special. (My granddaughter helped me write this review and added that it is also a great place for picnics.) Places like this make Lincoln a special place to live and vacation. Since it is free, we can go often.
Written August 11, 2009
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Mike M
La Vista, NE303 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
Take your children (young and old) here to reconnect with nature within the city, a great picnic, and visit the Chet Ager Nature Center. Free entry and no state park pass is needed. Stroll along the small lakes, play soccer, hike the mild trails, and stand in the shadows of the majestic buffalo or the Native Indian Chief. There are plenty of picnic tables and a free shelters as well. Pioneer Park can serve as a great spot for family pictures, senior class pictures, and family reunions.
Written July 10, 2017
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FairyDogma
Lincoln, NE81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Solo
I visit this park regularly with my dogs. There is an extensive trail system that runs throughout the park, well maintained, that winds through trees and up and down hills. At the center of the park is the Pinewood Bowl, an outdoor amphitheater. The east side of the park is often used for weddings; and the west side of the park is where you'll find the Chet Ager Nature Center, which is a great place to take the kids for an educational and fun exploration. At the far west end of the park, they have large pasture/pen areas that hold small herds of buffalo, elk and deer. On the north side is a public golf course. There are actually places in this park where you can climb a hill and look out and not see anything but a wide expanse of trees and meadows - a great place to get away from it all!
Written December 13, 2013
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eaglesscribe
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013
Overall, Pioneer's Park in Lincoln shines out among all other parks in the area. Its natural beauty, recreational ease of access, and open quietness make for an enjoyable day out in the park.
Written May 15, 2013
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bendovergbush
bendovergbush4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The park is very nice and close enough to the city so it won't be a hassle to get there. It has lots of native wildlife that the kids can experience up close (owls, hawks, snakes, etc.)

They also have Elk and Buffalo in the park and you can get reasonably close to them too.

There's no admission fee and it's a great place to go with the family and spend a nice day.
Written August 4, 2007
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Nadine R
Fayetteville, NC55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
We decided to go here after reading reviews here and I am glad we did. We are in our 60's and wanted a place that had bison since this was our first trip to the midwest. The walking was easy. We were able to get reasonalby close to the bison and see their true massive size. The bird area, elk and other areas were clearly marked and the information signs were easy to find.
We went as a couple but saw children on field trips and parents with little ones. We actually went back to the park a couple times since we were only 15 minutes from it.
Written April 26, 2019
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Vicki C
Lincoln, NE47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Family
Often visited by school classes, the Nature Center is a great place to take visitors to the Great Plains. It's also a nice getaway from asphalt and noise. There are trails crossing 4 separate Nebraska land types, including plains and marsh. There are dozens of bird species, including owls and other raptors. Buffalo graze on a massive field, Elk roam, frogs croak, geese honk and herbs and flowers give off wonderful fragrances.

You can take a quick drive-through the paved areas, or you can take most of a day exploring.

The Nature center also holds various events throug the year, including activities for both kids and adults.

Go, and enjoy!!
Written May 29, 2018
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Vicki L
Boston, MA69 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
This is a nice park with space for picnics, hiking trails and they have a few buffalo. We meet a local who comes every evening to watch the buffalo. This park also has some obscure columns from the original Federal Treasury in DC that were gifted to Lincoln in 1916 and have set in the same place every since.
Written August 30, 2017
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Raeda A
Hampton, GA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
Pioneer is great for a wide variety of activities. While this park is a bit further than most from downtown Lincoln, I find myself at this park the most with my dogs. They have a nature center, bison, reindeer, concert venue, and an old church on the property. Make sure you drive all the way back into the park to see the bison!
Written March 13, 2017
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Adam C
Erie, PA43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Couples
Pioneer Park is easily the best park in Lincoln regardless of the season. In the summer, it is great for running, very light hiking, and has enough open space for kite flying or organized sports. In the winter, sledding is a popular choice. There are also great photo opportunities with the unique (for Lincoln, anyway) surroundings. If you're looking to get away from the city you can't do much better.
Written January 2, 2013
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