13 Surprisingly Romantic Things To Do in Nebraska City [Couples Weekend Guide]

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Desperately need a romantic getaway with your babe? Nebraska City is the perfect option for a weekend getaway because of its proximity to major cities like Kansas City and Omaha. Here is an article of the top romantic things to do in Nebraska City that are going to surprise you!

Romantic Things To Do In Nebraska City

Some common places to take a romantic getaway in Nebraska include Slattery Vintage Estates, Magnolia Hotel Omaha, the Elk Guest Ranch, Cornerstone Mansion, and other various resorts. However, today is all about romantic things to do in Nebraska City! So without further wait, here’s the list!

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1. Go swimming and relax in the hot tub at the Lied Lodge

The first romantic activity that makes it on our ‘Romantic Things To Do In Nebraska City’ list is taking a dip! There are several different accommodation options in Nebraska City but I recommend booking your stay at the Lied Lodge.

In addition to all the amazing benefits you’ll receive by staying, one of the best is getting access to their olympic-sized swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and cedar sauna.

Steve and I loved that the entire pool area was heated to the ideal temperature because it made lounging on the patio chairs amazing. Nothing more romantic than soaking up the sun from those huge windows and french doors!

Olympic-sized pool at the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City.

2. Go on a nature walk

Some of the best ways that Steve and I reconnect is through walks. It’s the ideal time to chat about anything and everything. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to do just that in Nebraska City by hitting up some of the best hiking trails in Nebraska City.

The best hiking trails/nature walks include the Steamboat Trace Trail, Lilac Walk & Tree Trail, and Doug’s Trail.

Pictured below is Doug’s Trail and this one was our favorite. The trail starts just behind the Lied Lodge. The path winds through a breathtaking forest and over quaint bridges ending at the Arbor Day Farm.

Doug's Trail in Nebraska City at the Lied Lodge. This is one of the best nature walks in Nebraska City.

3. Go apple picking

Work as a team to pick some of the best apples in the state at an apple orchard in Nebraska City! The best apple orchards in Nebraska City include the Arbor Day Farm, Union Orchard, and Kimmel Orchard.

We choose to check out the Arbor Day Farm because it was so close to our home. Apple picking in Nebraska City happens during the Fall so if that’s an activity you’re interested in, be sure to book your trip then.

Barn that says Plant Trees. This is a great thing to do in Nebraska City!

4. Get a massage

Ever since getting my first massage in Kansas City, I’m a believer of the power that they can have! Book a couples massage at the Lied Lodge to have a romantic moment together. I recommend choosing the apple blossom massage. Treat yourself!

Get a massage at the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City. This is one of the best romantic things to do in Nebraska City.

5. Have breakfast with a view at the Timberline Dining Room

This restaurant easily made the ‘Top Romantic Things To Do in Nebraska City’ list! Why? Because it may just be the most scenic spot to get breakfast! You don’t need to be a guest at the Lied Lodge to enjoy the Timberline Dining Room, which is located on-site at the Lodge.

You can’t go wrong with choosing the breakfast buffet option and trying all different kinds of their food. If the weather is nice, request to sit out on the patio.

6. Go on a hunt for the best murals in Downtown Nebraska City

Nebraska City is full of great food, so why not work off some of those calories by hunting for murals in downtown Nebraska City together.

You’ll find most of these murals right along Central Street. Park at one end and walk up and down that main road and you’ll find at least 10 different, interesting murals!

7. Get fresh apple donuts at The Apple Market

Nothing says Nebraska City like apples. However, apple donuts come in as a close second! The best apple donuts in Nebraska City can be found at the Apple Market along Central Street in Downtown Nebraska City. (They are so good that you might want to consider bringing some back for your friends).

get apple donuts in nebraska city, it's one of the best things to do in Nebraska city!

8. Go on a scavenger hunt for trees

While you are downtown searching for murals, also be on the lookout for beautiful, hand-painted trees (featured below). The tourism board in Nebraska city has provided a map of where you can find them. Put a competitive edge to this activity and see who can find the most!

front of the lied lodge with one of the painted trees.

9. Release your inner child at the Tree Adventure

While this may seem like just a kid activity, Steve and I actually quite enjoyed ourselves at the Tree Adventure! Hike along forested trails and climb a 50-foot-tall treehouse.

The new treetop village was opening up the day after we were visiting so we didn’t get the chance to experience that so that’s something you might want to try.

10. Take a tour of a mansion

Arbor Lodge Mansion in Nebraska City

Visit the Founder of Arbor’s Day estate at the Arbor Lodge State Historical Park and Arboretum. The Lodge Mansion belonged to J. Sterling Morton, who of course, was the Father of Arbor Day.

Not only is the mansion incredible to walk through, but the 65 acre property is stunning too. This is a great activity to do as a couple, especially if one is a history buff and wants to learn more!

I throughly enjoyed our visit and will always remember that experience every time the Arbor Day holiday in the United States rolls around each year on the last Friday of April.

11. Go golfing as a couple

There are three golf courses in Nebraska city that you can choose from. These include Arbor Links, Wildwood Golf Course and The Golf Club at Table Creek. If you are a guest at the Lied Lodge, be sure to get the package that includes a discounted rate to Arbor Links!

go golfing in nebraska city at one of these three golf courses

Hotels in Nebraska City

We of course loved our stay at the Lied Lodge and 100% recommend it because it seems to be in the center of all the best activities! However, if you’re looking for other options, the best hotels in Nebraska City include the Deluxe Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Best Western and the Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast.

There’s also quite a few options on airbnbs in Nebraska City. Use this coupon for $55 off your stay!
photo of the Lied lodge at sunset.

Best Nebraska City Restaurants

I mentioned earlier that you’re going to want to take a nature walk or two to walk off all those calories you’ll be eating while in Nebraska City. This is because there are so many great restaurants in Nebraska City!

The best restaurants include Porters (BBQ + Apple Slushie), Timber Dining Room (Chicken Apple Sandwich + Corn Chowder), The Keeping Room, Prairie City Chophouse, and Buk Snort Nebraska City.

one of the best things to do in Nebraska City is get dinner at Porter's

Nebraska City Shopping

For all those that love antique shops, you’re in luck! There is no shortage of these vintage stores with high reviews in Nebraska City. Some of the best include the Apple House Market, The Keeping Room, Warehouse Antiques, and Tree City Tees.Downtown Nebraska City reminded us of our time in Old Market in Omaha.

A excellent thing to do in Nebraska City is go shopping at the Apple House Market

Nebraska City Events

Check out this calendar to see a list of all the upcoming events. Popular events in Nebraska City include AppleJack Festival, Apple Blossom, Arbor Day, Independence Day Celebration, and Lemon Days!

love these red rocking chairs outside of the apple house market in Nebraska city

Nebraska City Weather

Nebraska City weather is typical for the Midwest. The summers can reach up to 100 degrees while the winter you may see snow and some ice. I’m positive that anytime of the year would be excellent to visit, however, the best time to visit Nebraska City is late summer or fall.

White barn in Nebraska City that says Plant Trees

Nebraska City Directions

Nebraska City is about 45 minutes south of Omaha, an hour drive from Lincoln, and 2hrs and 15 mins north of Kansas City. If you are flying in from out of town, I would suggest catching a flight to Omaha and then renting a car from there.

sunset in Nebraska City. Here's a list of the top things to do in Nebraska City.

Nebraska City is the perfect Midwest weekend getaway for couples that I hope you get to experience one day!

I’d like to thank the Lied Lodge for hosting us while all opinions remain our own.

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  1. Cindy Ladage says:

    Nebraska City has been on my list since I saw the Arbor attractions. This just makes me want to go more!

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