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Winterfest

Spend time with that special someone at Nebraska’s state parks! Parks across Nebraska are offering several winterfest and Valentine’s Day themed events. Read on to find an event near you.

The Housekeeper

Feb. 6-7; 12-14 @ Eugene T. Mahoney State Park
Opposites collide in this delightfully zany, off-beat comedy when crusty middle-aged bachelor Manley Carstairs hires the eccentric Annie Dankworth to clean for him. Perfect for couples and families, this two-act play makes for a great evening out. “The Housekeeper” runs through Valentine’s weekend. Catch it live now!
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Valentine’s special

Feb. 11-14 @ Eugene T. Mahoney State Park
You don’t need to travel out of Nebraska to experience the romantic “cabin in the woods” setting you’ve been dreaming about. Over Valentine’s Day weekend, Mahoney State Park is offering a special rate for reservations at their cabins and Lodge rooms. In addition, the Lodge Restaurant is serving a special Valentine’s dinner featuring prime rib, salmon, and herb ricatta chicken.
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Special Valentine’s weekend dining

Feb. 13-14 @ Platte River State Park
Chefs at Platte River State Park have planned something special for Valentine’s Day weekend – a full course meal featuring a variety of steaks, grilled walleye, grilled chicken, all-you-can-eat rolls and salad, and other side dishes. In addition, the park’s scenic cabins make a great weekend getaway for both couples and families.
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Birds and Breakfast Valentine’s special

Feb. 13-14 @ Ponca State Park
Lovebirds, rejoice: the folks at Ponca State Park have created a Valentine’s Day weekend especially for you. The Birds and Breakfast event features bird tours and counts, lodging discounts, a Saturday morning breakfast, complimentary wine or cider, and other activities.
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Hiking Marathon Challenge

Now – March 5 @ Ponca State Park
Hiking in the winter is a great way to exercise, relieve stress, and enjoy the great outdoors. Now through March 5th, you’re invited to take part in Ponca State Park’s Hiking Marathon Challenge. The challenge is to hike eight specified trails at Ponca by March 5, tracking your progress along the way. Scheduled hikes every Saturday will help you achieve your goal. Each trail features its own unique scenery and level of hiking difficulty. The challenge can be done individually, as a group, or with a furry canine friend.
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Superbowl weekend

Feb. 6-7 @ Ponca State Park
Ready for Superbowl weekend? We are, at Ponca State Park! On February 7, book a stay in a mini lodge for your big game party, and receive 30% off regular lodging rates. This special offer also comes with two free bundles of firewood, an Outlaw pizza, and kettle corn. Call Ponca State Park at (402) 755-2284 to place your reservation.
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Snowman Building Contest

Now – March 19 @ Ponca State Park
Olaf from the movie “Frozen” would be proud. Now through March 19th (the last day of winter!) Ponca State Park is holding its 2nd Annual Snowman Building Contest. We’ve already got some snazzy contenders posted on Ponca’s Facebook page. Join us and style your creation for the chance at first prize – a free night’s stay in one of Ponca State Park’s mini lodges.