The fourth Thursday of November is, traditionally, the day we gather our families over an abundant meal and give thanks. To us here at ilumin, Thanksgiving isn’t a date on the calendar, but a verb. We give thanks by never taking for granted any of the beauty around us.
There is no place more beautiful than Nebraska in the Fall. The honey sunsets over amber fields and golden leaves are images artists have tried to capture for generations. This Autumn, ilumin is grateful for the gift of having vision in such a diverse and rich environment, and want to celebrate the sights that keep our eyes wide with wonder!
Whether you’re the outdoorsy type, down for a drive, or up for a night on the town, we have compiled a list of must-see spots for anyone seeking breathtaking vistas this fall.
Parks and Trails
If you’ve lived in Nebraska for long, it’s likely that you have a favorite park to visit. Whether it’s Elmwood for a picnic, Seymour Smith for frisbee golf, or one of the small playgrounds, ponds, or trails sprinkled throughout the area, you’ve become a bit of a loyalist. Well, we’re giving you permission to cheat on your favorite park! Pack a lunch, a fishing pole, or a pair of binoculars and explore more.
Check out the Nebraska Parks and Rec schedule for upcoming events at some of the state’s most beautiful parks and trails. http://calendar.outdoornebraska.gov/
The chill in the air may drive away the summer fishermen, but it brings the seasoned sportsmen to many of Nebraska’s beautiful lakes. The Sandhills Lakes are a vision to behold, and worth the journey to partake in the fall foliage and Nebraska’s truest natural body of water. In the summer and early fall, the vegetation in the water can make this body hard to fish. As temperatures cool, the vegetation dies back and the water clears for easier access to the water’s true riches! Learn more about the Sandhills Lakes Here
The Archway in Kearney
Covering Nebraska History from the Oregon Trail to the Pony Express, enjoy a fun glimpse into Nebraska history. Find out about the intrepid settlers who journeyed these very lands to start a new life. The Archway itself serves as a tribute and monument to the adventurers who blazed this trail, making the life we live here in Nebraska possible.
When touring Nebraska’s Panhandle, your visit must include the Nebraska landmark Chimney Rock. The looming rock formation was a beacon to travelers on the Mormon, Oregon, and California trails. An onsite museum tells the stories of settlers and their long journey Chimney Rock witnessed. https://history.nebraska.gov/rock
The Creighton Bluejays are an Omaha institution, and nothing gets your blood pumping like a game saving last minute shot. Creighton games are full of family fun and traditions. Have a sweet moment on the Kiss Cam, or break out your best dance moves. Learn about the players, buy team gear, and get the full schedule so you never miss a minute of the action. Get tickets Here!
Put it on Ice
The Ralston Arena hosts The Lancers home games. From their humble beginnings on Hitchcock’s ice in 1986 to USHL darlings, The Lancers have a storied history full of ups, downs, and rich traditions. While we spend most of the next several months avoiding ice, this is one instance when ice is truly nice. For a schedule, team history, and to purchase tickets, head to https://www.lancers.com/schedule18-19
From family events like Wild Kratts Live to a romantic night at The Phantom of the Opera, The Orpheum offers an evening you’ll never forget! The Ballet will dizzy your senses, while Aladdin shows you a whole new world! See the schedule and available seating Here.
However you celebrate the changing leaves, the approaching holidays, and the cooling temperatures, do it with a grateful heart and an eye on the present! It is, after all, a gift.