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

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

Hastings Parks

Brickyard Park - Woodland & D St.

Built on the site of a former brick-making factory where ramains of the kilns can still be seen. Walking trail, picnic shelter, basketball courts,

Hastings, NE Recreation

The City Auditorium

Well-known buildings are usually notable for their architectural size or history. That is certainly the case of the City Auditorium, constructed between 1922 and 1924 at a cost of nearly $130,000. City fathers originally

Hastings, NE Architecture

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

Hastings Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Hastings Museum.... What a wonderful world!

From immense polar bears to tiny hummingbirds, the many forms of animal life from around the planet are on display in dioramas representing the natural habitat of each.

Hastings, NE Museums

Things to do near Hastings, NE

Tubing and Canoeing

The Republican River is beautiful in the summer for canoeing or tubing. A run can be from Oxford to Orleans, or below Harlan ...

McConaughy's Winter Activities

Winter sees ice boaters on the lake, and skaters and skiers and backpackers. so its role as a recreation area is pretty much ...

Phelps Co. Cemeteries

The Plum Creek Massacre Cemetery in northern Phelps County rests on the open prairie as a quiet reminder of the struggles the...