08/17/2011 02:11 pm ET | Updated Oct 17, 2011

Family Vacations in Nebraska: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

Family vacations in Nebraska can be rewarding experiences or absolute disasters — it all depends on pre-trip homework. To make planning easier, we've done all the preparation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on traveling with children, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Nebraska family vacations.

Nebraska History Museum

Located in Lincoln, the Nebraska History Museum is run by the Nebraska State Historical Society and illustrates different periods in the state's history. Highlights include an exhibit about Nebraska's bid for statehood, a collection of Nebraska-made crazy quilts and an exhibit about Nebraskans' contributions during World War II.

Address: 131 Centennial Mall North, Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: 402-471-4754
Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed on state holidays.
Price: Suggested donation is $2.00

Homestead National Monument of America

The Homestead National Monument of America is one of the actual parcels of land the U.S. government offered to settlers beginning in 1862 in exchange for five years of residency and land development. Today, the site is a living history museum of that era, with a reconstructed log cabin, a prairie schoolhouse and 100 acres of land restored to an ecosystem similar to the one settlers found when they arrived in Nebraska.

Address: 8523 W. State Hwy. 4, Beatrice, NE 68310
Phone: 402- 223-3514
Hours: Open daily except Thanksgiving Day, December 25 and January 1. The trail system and parking lot are open from dawn to dusk every day the park is open.
Price: Free

Beatrice Big Blue Water Park

Located in southeastern Nebraska, this seasonal water park offers a host of water activities. Among the favorites at Beatrice Big Blue Water Park are the 124-foot loop water slide, the fountain bubbler and the river slide.

Address: 1200 Scott St., Beatrice, NE 68310
Phone: 402-223-4114
Hours: Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, noon to 8 p.m. daily.
Price: Infants 3 and under, free; youth ages 4 to 17, $4; adults 17 and older, $5; seniors, $3

Pony Express Station

The mail was not always delivered by the U.S. government. During the early- and mid-19th century, Nebraska mail was run from one station to another by the riders of the Pony Express. One of the most well-preserved of these stations is the Pony Express Station at Gothenburg, Nebraska. Visitors can tour the log house and learn more about this fascinating era.

Address: 1500 Lake Avenue, Gothenburg, NE 69138
Phone: 308-537-3505
Hours: Open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the summer and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in May and September.
Price: Free

North Platte Area Children's Museum

The North Platte Area Children's Museum in central Nebraska features 14 interactive learning exhibits. The newest feature is Light World, which features a black light area, a laser light obstacle course, a shadow wall and an interactive Lite Brite display.

Address: 314 North Jeffers St., North Platte, NE 69101
Phone: 308-532-3512
Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Price: Children and adults, $4; children under 2 years old, free; seniors 60 and over, $3

The Edgerton Explorit Center

The Edgerton Explorit Center, named after Nebraskan inventor Harold Eugene "Doc" Edgerton, is home to 35 hands-on exhibits. Visitors of all ages can learn about nature and physical properties with the museum's interactive displays.

Address: 208 16th St., Aurora, NE 68818
Phone: 402-694-4032
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on holidays.
Price: Adults and children ages 4 and older, $5; AAA members and seniors, $4; Children ages 3 and younger, free

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo is home to more than 17,000 animals and 950 species. The 130-acre park's exhibits include Kingdoms of the Night, the world's largest display of nocturnal animals; Hubbard Gorilla Valley; and Desert Dome, the world's largest indoor desert.

Address: 3701 S. 10th St., Omaha, NE 68107
Hours: 402-733-8400
Hours: Open every day (except holidays). Hours: March 1 through October 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 1 through February 28 from 10 4 p.m.
Price: Infants ages 2 and under, free; children ages 3 to 11, $9; adults ages 12 and over, $13.50; seniors ages 62 and over, $12

What is your family's favorite Nebraska destination?


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