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Lied Lodge at Arbor Day Farm

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Lied Lodge at Arbor Day Farm

Nestled in Nebraska City, Nebraska, Arbor Day Farm encompasses 260 acres of natural beauty and historical significance. This national historic treasure is home to Lied Lodge, the one-of-a-kind Tree Adventure, the Apple House Market, and Arbor Lodge State Historical Park.

But perhaps most importantly, Arbor Day Farm is where the Arbor Day Foundation’s simple mission — to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees — comes to life. Your visit helps further this mission by supporting the good work of the Arbor Day Foundation around the world. Learn more.

We invite you to explore this special campus and experience it first-hand. We thank you for visiting — and for planting trees!


Location highlights:

Nebraska has wonders in every direction: vast prairies in the east, majestic cliffs and peaks in the west and sand dunes in between, making for a trip as scenic as it is fun. The state is also rich in history, with many opportunities to explore its heritage. After listening to the stories, create your own. Tour Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park, venture along the Lewis and Clark Trail or explore a historic military fort. No matter where you go—or where you’re from—you’ll always be welcomed with a warm smile.

Arts, Crafts and More in Omaha

Rising from the prairielands of the Great Plains, Nebraska’s largest city hasn’t always been known as the cultural oasis it is today. But thanks to a booming startup scene, the city – dubbed as part of the Silicon Prairie (a play on California’s famously successful Silicon Valley) – is enjoying a renaissance. Today, Omaha merges retro Americana with exciting startups, bringing in live music, an energetic art scene, culinary adventurism and a “maker” culture of contemporary craftspeople to round out this heartland tech hub on the banks of the Missouri River. While Omaha has a number of larger arts institutions, including the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and the Joslyn Art Museum, the small arts and culture non-profit Kaneko is loved by locals. Activities include an eclectic range of lectures, exhibitions and performances, including chamber music, film screenings and readings by celebrated authors. Beyond the city’s thriving art scene, there’s a community of “makers” – creative craftspeople who gather at markets like Bench: Made or Love, The Locals to sell their handmade, artfully crafted products.

Late Night Experiences

With a motto like, “Just Good People,” it’s easy to see why Jake’s Cigars and Spirits is a late night venue with a side of Nebraska hospitality. The sophisticated but low-key cocktail bar, Nite Owl serves an eclectic mix of all-American and Midwestern comfort food such as fried oreos, tater tots and Frito pies, alongside internationally inspired dishes like a curried chickpea sandwich or Korean-style chicken wings. The Nite Owl crew will soon open an “adult soda fountain” in the former Bohemian Cafe, a local institution in the Little Bohemia neighborhood – a historic enclave settled by Czech immigrants in the 1880s with a name that corresponds well with the area’s current artsy, bohemian vibe and resurgent spirit.

Nebraska City AppleJack Festival — Nebraska City, Nebraska

Celebrate all things apple at the Nebraska City AppleJack Festival, held the third weekend of September in Nebraska City, Nebraska.  The festival emerged in 1970, commemorating Nebraska City’s moniker “The Home of Arbor Day,” due to the city’s abundance of apple trees and hometown of country’s first Secretary of Agriculture, J. Sterling Morton. More than 60,000 people attend the apple harvest festival, which features favorite U.S. treats such as apple cider doughnuts, candy apples and apple pie. After you’ve had your fill of baked goods, take in a parade with marching bands and firetrucks, a pie-baking contest and the AppleJam Carnival, featuring face painting and kids’ rides. Come for the apples, but stick around for cosmic bowling, outdoor movies at dusk and the annual River City Classic AppleJack Car Show.

Wide-open skies in the heart of America!

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