The Parks of Lincoln, Nebraska

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PARKS IN LINCOLN, Nebraska (This info comes to you from the Official Visitors' Guide, Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 83737, Lincoln, Nebraska 68501. Call (800) 423-8212.) ANTELOPE PARK: 23rd and N to 33rd and Sheridan Boulevard Antelope Park is a particularly beautiful park offering extensive facilities, including rose gardens, Sunken Gardens, two fountains, many statues, Folsom Children's Zoo (see below), a pavilion, a golf course, trails system, tennis courts, swimming pool and several playground areas. This park appears to be several parks as it is divided by many streets. HAZEL ABEL PARK 18th and E Streets Tucked away in Lincoln's historic Near South neighborhood, this quaint, Renaissance-style park includes a gazebo, fountain, play area and benches all surrounded by an ornate cast iron fence. Open sunrise to midnight. HOLMES PARK & LAKE 70th and Normal Boulevard Holmes Park, with its man-made lake, is a Lincoln favorite for boaters and picnickers. Sailboats, paddle boats or canoes can be rented at the marina. Fishing is popular, too, and picnic sites provide opportunities to cook the catch of the day. The wind-surfers on the lake provide colorful and interesting entertainment. The park also houses ball diamonds, playgrounds, a golf course and Hyde Memorial Observatory, and on Independence Day it's home to the city's annual fireworks display. In winter, part of the lake is cleared of snow for ice skating, and sledders fill the hills. PIONEER PARK and NATURE CENTER South Coddington and West Van Dorn Silence, peace and beauty are among the wonders of Pioneer Park Nature Center on the southwestern edge of Lincoln. The Nature Center, in the southwest corner of the park, features four miles of walking trails through native Nebraska prairie grasses, woodlands and wetlands. A herd of bison, elk, white-tailed deer, red fox, wild turkey and owls are exhibited in their natural Nebraska habitat along the nature center trails. Open various hours during the week and over the year. WILDERNESS PARK First to 27th and Van Dorn to Saltillo Road Lincoln's largest park, it covers more than 1,445 acres and features bridle and hiking/biking trails, stretching over 22 miles round trip. The trails begin in southwest Lincoln at South First and Van Dorn streets, with additional parking areas in the area. FOLSOM CHILDREN'S ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDENS - (402) 475-6741 1222 South 27th Street The zoo offers more than 200 animals, including harbor seals, camels, spectacled bears, red pandas, river otters, baboons, alligators and bald eagles. The animals live among breathtaking gardens featuring more than 7,000 annuals and 30 types of trees. Many of the plants and animals are threatened or endangered species. Pet a goat, come nose-to-nose with a wallaby, and experience the "Critter Encounter Area." Circle the zoo on a miniature train and ride the ponies, too! Admission charge, and extra fee for train and pony rides. Open daily from 10am to 5pm from April through September. Open until 8pm Sunday and Thursday from June through August.

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