Local Area Attractions Near Grand Island KOA Journey
Plan your getaway to Grand Island. Whether you're coming to town for a family vacation, showing at a livestock show, or here on business these lists will help you relax and have a little fun during your time in our city. Grand Island attractions offer plenty of opportunities for little smiles, laughs, and discoveries. After all, it's the little things that make life Grand.
The huge 34-acre park, on the Southwest Corner of Stolley Park Rd and Park Dr., is full of fun for the entire family. Stroll through Stolley Gardens and marvel at all of the well-tended plants. The park might be the most scenic place in the city to take photographs. Beautiful spots can be found all throughout the grounds. There are several playground areas, but undoubtedly the most impressive is Kids' Kingdom, a huge, multi-level play structure that was built entirely by community volunteers. Go there on any weekend day and you can hear families talking fondly about the playground and how they or someone they know helped build this beloved play area. There are tons of fun secrets hiding all over the Kids' Kingdom playground. From pretend-play spots to slides and steps to seating areas for tired parents, there's enough here to keep any kid happy all afternoon. There's even a separate play area for very little ones so they won't be accidentally trampled by the older, more rambunctious kids. After you've played in the Kids' Kingdom for a while, head over to the Sweet Tooth concession stand next door for a cool drink or a little snack, then get ready for one of the most unique and memorable experiences you'll have at Stolley Park.
Check out the Stolley Park Railroad, one of the most enchanting little secrets of central Nebraska. The sweet mini-train is left over from the early days of Stolley Park when there was a zoo here. It's straight out of the pages of a fairytale for sure.
After you exit the train, you'll see the Stolley House, the home that was built on this land when it was the Stolley family homestead. There's also this fantastic little stone building built into a hill.
There are so many other great things to discover at Stolley Park: wading pools, a disc golf course, horseshoe pits, grills, picnic shelters, soccer fields and tennis courts, and miles of walking paths. You could spend an entire day here and still have more to explore
The park is open from dawn to dusk all year long. Stolley Park Railroad is open only on weekends mid-May through Memorial Day; the rest of the summer, it is open Tuesday-Sunday.
2103 Stolley Park Rd W
Grand Island, NE 68801
Island Oasis Waterpark
Island Oasis offers over six acres of refreshing Family Fun! Guests can brave the waves in the 350 thousand-gallon wave pool or relax and unwind in our 750-foot lazy river. More adventurous thrill seekers will experience the force of gravity first hand when they ride one of two six-story high-speed slides! Adventurers can also attempt to tackle four giant 150-foot slides. Children will love zero depth acres that include spraying fountains and a wacky wet otter slide. Plus they can build sand castles in the sand, stroll across the lily pads, or test their skills on the log walk. Enjoy a match of sand volleyball then drop your anchor and feed the crew at our full concession and patio area.Opening Day: May 27, 2023Regular Summer Hours:Monday - Wednesday: Noon - 6pmThursday - Sunday: Noon-8pm(Daily Schedules are Weather Permitting)
321 E Fonner Park Rd
Grand Island, NE 68801
The Crane Trust is a habitat conservation nonprofit organization located on the beautiful Platte River in South Central Nebraska. In addition to offering tours of one of the greatest migrations in the world, the Trust works year-round to protect and preserve nearly 10,000 acres of critical habitat for the endangered whooping cranes, sandhill cranes, and countless other species sharing fragile river and prairie ecosystems.MissionThrough land management, scientific research, and education, our mission is to protect and maintain the physical, hydrological and biological integrity of the Big Bend area of the Platte River so that it continues to function as a life support system for whooping cranes, sandhill cranes and other migratory bird species.
Hours might differTuesday9?AM–4?PMWednesday9?AM–4?PMThursday9?AM–4?PMFriday9?AM–4?PM
9325 Alda Rd S
Wood River, NE 68883
Just off Interstate 80 by Grand Island, Mormon Island State Recreation Area is a convenient place for outdoor fun. Mormon Island has handicap-accessible fishing piers, great fishing, great swim beaches and abundant picnicking opportunities. Mormon Island West has 42 surface acres of water, and the middle island has 19 surface acres of water.
Mormon Island hosts a spectacular gathering each spring, as hundreds of thousands of sandhill cranes stop to rest and pursue their courtship rituals. The world's largest concentration of these magnificent birds draws thousands of visitors to the region every year. Mormon Island lies on the eastern edge of this migration route.
Arriving in early to mid-February, the numbers peak about mid- to late March. The cranes spend their days feeding and engaging in colorful courtship dances.
After the first of April, the birds start flying to northern breeding grounds and are usually gone by mid-April. A variety of geese, ducks and other waterfowl also come to the area before heading farther north.
Mormon Island State Recreation Area has abundant wildlife and offers good wildlife viewing opportunities all year long, particularly along the Platte River.
7399 S. US Highway 281
Grand Island, NE 68803