Experience Nebraska’s state parks during this beautiful, peaceful time of year. 

Parks statewide are planning holiday events, bird-watching activities, special winter hikes and much more. Come for a day or book a cabin and stay for a weekend — there’s plenty to do. Winterfest activities will take place from December through March.

All season long

Ice Skating

Thanksgiving weekend – March
(as weather permits)
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

The ice skating pavilion at Mahoney State Park offers plenty of space to practice your skills! Call 402-471-1414 for admission and pricing.

Activity Center & Ice Rink Hours

Mon, Thurs & Friday 4 – 8 PM
Saturday 11 AM – 8 PM
Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM

Saturday, Dec 16th 11 AM – 8 PM
Sunday, Dec 17th 11 AM – 6 PM
Mon, Dec 18th & Thurs, Dec 21st 4 – 8 PM
Fri, Dec 22nd & Sat, Dec 23rd 11 AM – 8 PM
Sun, Dec 24th & Mon, Dec 25th 11 AM – 6 PM
Tues, Dec 26th –Sat, Dec 30th 11 AM – 8 PM Sun,
Dec 31st & Mon, Jan 1, 2018 11 AM – 6 PM
Tues, Jan 2nd thru Sat, Jan 6th 11 AM – 8 PM
Sunday, Jan 7th 11 AM – 6 PM

Reduced Lodging Rates

Now through April
Various parks statewide

Receive 30 percent off of a cabin or lodge room at various Nebraska state parks. Some restrictions apply. Make reservations online or by calling 402-471-1414.
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January park events

First Day Hikes

Jan. 1
Ash Hollow State Historical Park, Chadron State Park, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, Fremont State Recreation Area, Platte River State Park, Ponca State Park, Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area, Calamus, Red Willow, Fort Kearny, Johnson Lake

Celebrate the first day of 2018 with a guided hike through some of Nebraska’s most beautiful landscapes. Hike difficulty varies. See calendar for details.

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Winter Fun Exhibit at the Mansion

Weekends in January
Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Explore special displays filled with antique ice skates, sleds, snow shoes, and more. Learn the history of these favorite winter pastimes and playthings, including diary excerpts on the Morton family’s winter activities.

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Cold Day, Warm Hearts and Family Fun

Jan. 13
Mahoney State Park

Celebrate the frosty season by making memories with the family to warm you through the cold days of winter. Bring the whole family to the Owen Marina to participate in outdoor education activities or try your luck at fishing.

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Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tourney

Jan. 20
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

Get competitive with fellow frolfers! Tee off time at 1:00pm. All proceeds will go towards Hunters Helping the Hungry.
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Bald Eagle Appreciation Days

Jan. 20 & 21
Lake McConaughy

Join us for eagle and raptor recover presentations, live music, activities, kids crafts and more!

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Acrylic Painting at the Lake

Jan. 27 & 28
Lake McConaughy

Join the Park Naturalist for an afternoon of acrylic painting! Follow guided instructions on an original painting or come up with an idea of your own. Canvas, brushes, paint, and refreshments will all be provided, for a fee of $10 per person.
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February park events

Birds and Binoculars

Feb. 3
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

Bird lovers of all ages are invited to gather at the park’s Administration Office for bird viewing and identification in preparation for the Audubon Society’s The Great Backyard Bird Count.

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Badger Day!

Feb. 3
Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area

Or should I say Happy Groundhog Day! Come along a learn the history to this fun holiday and about it’s animal ambassador.
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Cupid’s Glow Archery Fun Shoot

Feb. 3
Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and what goes better with the Cupid-centric holiday than bows and arrows? Bring the family – or a sweetheart – and spend the afternoon practicing archery in the rosy glow of black lights!

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Valentine’s Package

Feb. 9 & 10
Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area

Reserve a cabin the weekend of February 9th at a 30% discounted rate and early check-in time!  Guests may choose from two Valentine’s special packages.  (Minimum two night stay)

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Sweetheart Special

Feb. 11 – 15
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

Reserve a cabin or lodge room for 30% off regular price between Feb. 11th -15th (Sunday through Thursday) and/or add a special Valentine package to your reservation!  Chocolate, flowers, gift cards for dinner and more!

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Valentine’s Dining

Feb. 14
Platte River State Park

Treat your Valentine to an exceptional meal in a peaceful setting for couples or families at Platte River State Park’s scenic Walter Scott Jr. Lodge.

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Birds and Breakfast!

Feb. 16
Ponca State Park

Enjoy a Valentine’s Day getaway during Ponca State Park’s Birds and Breakfast event!

The focus of this event package is the Great Backyard Bird Count and Valentine’s Day.  Slated for this event are bird tours/count, a Saturday morning breakfast, complimentary wine or cider, lodging discounts, and other activities.

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