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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

Hastings College Clyde Sachtleben Observatory

Astronomy presentations and night sky viewings every other Saturday, weather permitting. The STARLINE provides observatory show times and dates and astronomy activities in the area. Named in honor of Dr. Clyde Sachtleben, 40-year physics professor

Hastings, NE Observatories

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 Strand Theatre

Studded in bright lights, the Strand Theatre marquee heralded first-run showings of such movie classics as "From Here to Eternity" and "The sound of Music." For almost seventy years the Strand was the grand dame of motion picture entertainment in Hastings. The Strand'

Hastings, NE Theatres

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

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

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 ...

Elwood Camping

There are no campgrounds at Elwood Reservoir although the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) does maintain a Wildlife ...

Walter Klem House

The Walter Klem House, designed in the English Cottage style, is located in Kearney. Historic housing stock in the city pred...