Local Area Attractions
Annual Spring Bird Migration
From mid-February through mid-April nearly 500,000 Sandhill Cranes depend on the Platte River as a spring staging area each year. This represents 80% of the world's population of Sandhill Cranes. In addition, 185 species of birds migrate through this area by the millions. This includes bluebirds, wild turkeys, prairie chickens and bald eagles. An additional 115 species will stay here to nest. Thousands of these birds can be seen in the fields surrounding our campground during the spring migration time. You might want to visit the 250 acre Crane Meadows Nature Center just outside of Grand Island during your stay.
Visitor Information Centers
The Hall County Visitor Information Caboose located at the entrance of Bosselman's Travel Center at I-80 Exit 312. The Convention and Visitors Bureau main office and visitor center is located 4 miles north of I-80 exit 314 at 2424 S. Locust St., Ste C.
Island Oasis is a six acre complex that opens in late May each year. Hours are Noon to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Admission is very reasonable for a waterslide park. Discount tickets sold in our convenience store.
The Stuhr Museum is one of our nation's largest living history museums. Exhibits are from the 1860 to 1910 period in Nebraska history. Period rooms, tools, household articles and furnishings are displayed. The museum includes the Gus Fonner Memorial Rotunda which houses an extensive collection of American Indian Old West artifacts. There is also a 40-acre Railroad town which lets visitors experience the lifestyle of the early Prairie Town builders, see how they lived and discover our country's rich heritage. There are over 70 original shops, homes, barns and other structures. Campers visiting our area absolutely love the Stuhr Museum.
Fonner Park is a thoroughbred horse racing entertainment facility. The thoroughbred horse racing season runs annually from mid-February to mid-May. In addition to the live racing, Fonner Park also conducts nationwide simulcasting from all of the top tracks in the country (this runs year round, seven days a week). Fonner Park contains the Fonner Keno Casino and Sports Lounge. Fonner Keno features "live play" Keno seven days a week and conducts pari-mutuel wagering on nationwide simulcasting. Over 500 televisions are located throughout the facility.
Historic Grand Theatre
The Grand Theatre, located in historic downtown Grand Island, opened in 1911. It was saved in 2004 by a group of volunteers and offers second-run family films at discounted rates on the week-end. In addition, the Grand frequently has live music, speakers and comedians.
Grand Island, a Railroad Town
Served by railroads since 1866, Grand Island has a wealth of railroad activity 24 hours a day including "super trains" and the "Boeing" train. Note: None of the train activity is close enough to the campground to disturb the quiet of our country park!
- Dannebrog, Danish Capital of Nebraska
- The Happy Jack Chalk Mine
- Dowse Sod House
- Lake Calamus
- Fort Hartstuff Historical Park
- The Museum of Baseball Greats
- The Burwell Rodeo
- Plainsman Museum
- Edgerton Explorit Center (a great hands-on science museum for children of all ages)
- The Lone Tree Monument
- Hastings Museum and Lied Super Screen Theatre
- Champion Sports and Recreation
- The home of Kool-Aid in Hastings
- Willa Cather Museum in Red Cloud
- Harold Warp's Pioneer Village in Minden
- The Great Platte River Road Archway in Kearney
- Cabella's in Kearney
- The Museum of Nebraska art in Kearney
Nebraska State Fair
Join us for the AWESOME State Fair held in Grand Island from August 24 through September 3. For specific State Fair reservation information, please click here