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Hastings, Nebraska

Hastings, Nebraska

Step back in time and discover how our rich past has led to our present and will be reflected in our future. Our heritage will let your mind wonder to a time when a livery stable was located on main street and merchants showed unpriced goods behind glass counters so that customers could "haggle" prices with sales clerks. Sense the anticipation felt during the era of Kerr Opera House. Visualize the fantasies that became realities through early train transportation. During the depression years, the Strand Theatre allowed patrons to live vicariously through the on-screen adventures of Chaplin, Gable, Bogart, and Monroe. See the building where Kool-Aid was manufactured.

SHOPPING: Leave you frantic schedules behind. Relax and enjoy the personal service that downtown merchants strive to give all their visitors. Our shops are filled with unique items that everyone will enjoy.

DINING: Treat yourself to a leisurely lunch, a famous Nebraska steak, ethnic foods, cookies that make your mouth water and beverages from specialty coffees to beer brewed right in Downtown Hastings!

ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES: Whether a serious collector or a person enjoying nostalgia, you'll find wonderful treasures in Downtown Hastings.

EVENTS: Whatever the season, you'll find events and activities that center on family fun.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Highland Park Cemetery

Hastings' first cemetery contains sculpture commemorating Oregon Trail travelers of the 1800

Hastings, NE Cemeteries

Sandhill Crane Migration

Fossil records reveal the sandhill cranes have been visiting this region for more than nine million years. For five weeks each spring, visitors to the Platte River valley in south-central Nebraska can enjoy the symphony of sounds and dancing rituals of 90 percent of the world'

Hastings, NE Recreation

The Clarke Hotel

When the Clarke Hotel was dedicated in February 1914, it was hailed as a triumph of local initiative. It was designed by architect C.W. Way and built by the John Hamper Company, both of Hastings. Bricks made in Hastings

Hastings, NE National Register

Softball Hall of Fame

Adjacent to the Smith Softball Complex, the Hall of Fame showcases softball displays and provides information about the Nebraska Amateur Softball Association and Nebraska Softball Foundation. It pays tribute to the individuals,

Hastings, NE Museums

Crane Meadows Observatory

Crane Meadows Nature Center is a year-round educational organization dedicated to providing an understanding of, and access to, the ecosystems of the Platte River valley. Open daily, with expanded hours during the crane season (8 a.m.-6 p.m.)

Hastings, NE Recreation

Things to do near Hastings, NE

Sky Chief Monument

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Kearney Junior High School

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Hunting in Lexington

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McConaughy's Winter Activities

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