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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

Oscar Roeser House

National Register of Historic Places

The Oscar Roeser House was built in 1908

Grand Island, NE NATIONAL REGISTER

Mormon Island State Recreation Area

Named for the winter stopover used by Mormon emigrants heading westward, Mormon Island State Recreation Area still offers comfort and conveniences to campers and other travelers on Interstate 80, as part of Nebraska's unique "Chain of Lakes."

In 1884-85

Grand Island, NE RECREATION

St. Mary's Cathedral

Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary - National Register of Historic Places

St. Mary's Cathedral is one of the finest Late Gothic Revival churches in the state, constructed in 1926-28

Grand Island, NE Historic Churches

Hotel Yancey (Yancey Motor Hotel)

National Register of Historic Places

Named for its proprietor, William L. Yancey, the hotel was begun in April of 1917

Grand Island, NE NATIONAL REGISTER

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

Grand Island, NE RECREATION

Things to do near Grand Island, NE

St. John's Lutheran German Church & Cemetery

The German-Lutheran congregation was established in 1886, and the present frame church building was constructed in 1925-26. T...

Midway Stage Station

The Midway Stage Pony Express station still stands on its original location on the Oregon Trail at the Lower 96 Ranch four mi...