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America's 20th Century Veterans Memorial

2811 S. Jeffers, North Platte, NE

The five major armed forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard) as well as the volunteers of the North Platte Canteen are memorialized by larger than life bronze statues. The five major conflicts of the 20th century (World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm) are depicted in a fifteen foot tall brick bas-relief mural. Memorial is free and open 24/7.


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Art and Gift Gallery

516 N. Dewey St., North Platte, NE 69101

Phone: 308-534-1946 Five galleries of top-notch local art work will keep you occupied for a few hours... or all afternoon! The Art and Gift Gallery features everything from pastels to photography, ceramics to woodcarving and everything in between


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Bike or Walk the Trails

1300 S. McDonald Road, North Platte, NE 69101

Phone: 308-535-6772 Starting at the North Platte Recreation Center or a number of other locations, you can enjoy one of North Platte's great off-road hike and bike trails. Another fun trail is the one circling Veterans Memorial Park just south of I80.


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Cody Park Railroad Museum

1402 N. Jeffers, North Platte, NE 69101

Phone: 308-535-6719 Climb on a Challenger Steam locomotive and a 6900 Series Diesel Locomotive, Rail cars filled with railroad memorabilia and a restored Union Pacific Depot.


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Feed the animals in Cody Park

1402 N. Jeffers, North Platte, NE 69101

Phone: 308-535-6718 Take a walk around the park to feed geese, peacocks, llamas, donkeys, deer, elk and many other critters. Bring your own bread, popcorn or other suitable food or you can purchase hands-full of food from vending machines.


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Fort Cody Trading Post

221 Halligan Drive, North Platte, NE 61910

Phone: 308-532-0801 Named America's Kitchiest Roadside Attraction, Fort Cody is also the home of a wonderful Old West Museum. Included is a 20,000 piece hand-carved miniature replica of the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show.


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Fort McPherson National Cemetery

12004 S. Spur 56A – Maxwell, NE 69151

Nebraska’s only National Cemetery, Fort McPherson is the final resting place of veterans of the Spanish American War, Indian Wars, World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War and Iraq. Download a copy of the self-guided tour of the historic burials on the website. Established in 1863, the original fort provided protection for the westward trails and the building of the railroad. On March 3, 1873, the Fort McPherson National Cemetery was established, and the remains resting in 23 frontier forts were reinterred here.


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Geocaching

North Platte, Nebraska

A quick search of the geocaching.com website for North Platte shows more than 1,200 caches! You can get started by downloading a free app to your android phone! What are you waiting for? Start treasure hunting!


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Grain Bin Antique Town

10641 S. Old Highway 83 Road, North Platte, NE 69101

Phone: 308-539-7401 Oh yes... it's free. But you might want to take you check book along just in case! You just might find a treasure in one of the fifteen repurposed grain bins that you can't do without.


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Historical Trails

North Platte, Nebraska

The Platte River Valley offers many historic sites associated with the westward trails. You can explore these historic sites in a fun and relaxing afternoon drive. Several of the sites, including the Mormon Trail ruts north of Sutherland and the Oregon Trail ruts at the Sutherland I-80 eastbound rest area feature remnants of these historic trails.


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Memorial Park Splash Pad

East 4th Street, North Platte, NE

North Platte's kid-friendly Splash Pad is a popular place during the long hot summer days. The zero-depth attraction will help kids of all ages keep their cool!


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The Gardens at West Central Research and Extension Center

402 West State Farm Road, North Platte, NE

Phone: (308) 696-6740 Penstemon digitalis "Husker Red," developed by Dale Lindgren at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln West Central Research and Extension Center. The gardens are open spring-summer-winter and feature many native plant species.


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Tube down the North Platte River

1402 N. Jeffers St., North Platte, NE 69101

Starting at the boat launch in Cody Park, float your tubes down the river to the bridge at Highway 30. The trip will take a couple of hours. Make sure to tube responsibly and have someone at the end to pick you up!


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