Grand Island, Nebraska

Grand Island, Nebraska

Welcome to Grand Island! -- Or, as the French traders named it, "La Grande Ile," which in the late 1700s was discovered as being formed by a narrow channel that branched off the Platte River and created an island out of this portion of prairie.

Whether you are here on business, a vacation, attending a convention or a special reunion, you've chosen a wonderful time to visit. Grand Island offers a perfect setting for fun family activities; exploring or reliving the past.

We encourage you to take in everything that Grand Island has to offer. Explore our area's pioneer heritage. Cool off in the Island Oasis. Enjoy an ethnic festival. Take a prairie wildflower hike at the Nature Center. Play the links. Tap your toes to an old-fashioned concert in the park or great country western entertainment at the county fair. Cheer on your favorite horse or rider. Visit our wonderful art galleries and antique shops. Or if shopping is your bag, explore Nebraska's third largest retail trade center - Grand Island. Take a drive through our county towns of Doniphan, Cairo, Wood River and Alda ... see what makes our area so special!

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Fonner Park

Fonner Park, located in the heart of central Nebraska in southeast Grand Island, operates seven days a week. A "live" thoroughbred-racing season is conducted from mid-February through mid-May while the facility televises nationwide simulcast horse


Andrew M. Hargis House

National Register of Historic Places.

Built in 1898, the Andrew M. Hargis House is a fine example of the Queen Anne style and also incorporates Neo-Classical Revival detailing in its design. Hargis founded the Grand Island Business and Normal College in 1885


Carnegie Public Library Building

National Register of Historic Places

On April 27, 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt broke ground for the construction of a new Grand Island public library. A $20,000


Fort O.K. Cannon

The cannon located on the South lawn of the Courthouse is dated 1853 and with the forged stamp of AMES CO. FOUNDERS, CHICOPEE, MASS.

"This cannon was left at Fort O.K. August 22, 1865 by Major J.R. Curtis 'for the protection of the settlement against attack by Hostile Indians'."

Grand Island, NE Landmarks

William Stolley Homestead

William Stolley was one of a small band of German immigrants who came to the central Platte Valley of Nebraska Territory in 1857. Stolley filed the first squatter's claim in the county. He helped organize School District 1


Things to do near Grand Island, NE

McCook Army Air Base

McCook Army Air Base, activated April 1, 1943, was one of 11 Army Air Force training bases in Nebraska during World War II. S...

Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing

Some years more than a hundred bald eagles gather in trees overlooking the spillway from Kingsley Hydroelectric plant. The Ce...