I grew up in Lincoln. I now live in Omaha. When people ask me what they should do when they visit Lincoln here is the list I give them.
Things to do in Lincoln:
1. Nebraska State Capitol
The capitol building is very unique. Take the time to take the tour. My grandma Norma Faden used to work there so I am a little biased. I always loved going there as a child. Pay attention to the murals and the statues. This building is the tallest state capitol building and houses the country's only unicameral legislature.
The capitol was designed by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue and was the result of a nationwide design contest among not only Nebraska architects, but also included some of the most prominent architects of the day. Bertram Goodhue was a pioneer of modern architecture, and included painters, mosaicists and his chief sculptor to beautify the building. His chief architectural sculptor was Lee Lawrie, who worked with Goodhue on all of his buildings after they began working together in 1895 in Boston, and up until Goodhue died in 1924, four years after ground was broken for the building.
The building is 400 feet tall and has a statue created by Lawrie called “The Sower.” He stands 19 feet tall on top of a thirteen foot pedestal and faces northwest, where most of the land in the state lies.
2. Morrill Hall (University of Nebraska State Museum). I always tell people to visit Morrill Hall. The museum has the world's best collection of fossil mammoths. And are they big! The museum is very well done. A must see part is the Discovery Center. The hands on activities allow students to have the full experience.
3. Stay at the Atwood House, a bed and breakfast in Lincoln.
4. Eat in the Haymarket. Go to the Haymarket on the east edge of downtown. There are a bunch of great restaurants there. I highly recommend Lazlo's.
My favorite things to order at Lazlos are: Lazlo's Original Lahvosh: A sweet cracker bread topped with melted Havarti cheese, baked with any three toppings of choice: tomatoes, green peppers, mushrooms, bacon bits, turkey, ham, grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, or jalapenos. Additional toppings extra.
Kiki’s Favorite: (I have tried and love all of their salads). If I want a little more sustenance then I get their Albacore Tuna Melt: Homemade tuna salad, served open-faced on English muffin, with tomato and melted cheddar. I love, love, love their fries and I always ask for honey mustard to dip them in. They have the best honey mustard.
Chris’ Favorite: Prime Rib: Rubbed with Lazlo’s special seasoning, slow-roasted for eight hours and served with au jus.
Dessert: Chocolate Excess: Triple fudge brownie, adorned with walnuts and shards of chocolate. Served warm with French vanilla ice cream, ribbons of hot fudge, and a splash of Kahlua.
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