Lincoln Staycation

Roller Skating - falling in style ... horizontally | PC: Kayla Potts

Roller Skating - falling in style ... horizontally | PC: Kayla Potts

When everyone travels off campus, staying in Lincoln over a break can see rather dull. Luckily there’s plenty of entertainment can be found without leaving the state or even the city. Here’s some ideas to keep in mind the next time a vacation rolls around!

Geocaching can be a fun way to explore many of Lincoln’s unique parks. If you’ve never been geocaching before, getting started is very easy to do. Similar to scavenger hunts, people can use their phones to find hidden “treasure boxes” in their town. Those that find the geocache can take a small trinket from the box and leave one for others to find.

Melia Nash, a junior nursing major, encourages others to give geocaching a try. “Get the app and make sure that the cache size is at least a medium where there’s things in it,” Nash advises. “And check the activity to see if someone's found it recently because it’s no fun to either not find the cache or find out it’s just a log book.” The app, Geocaching, can be downloaded from the for free from the Itunes App Store.

If you’re interested in something unique, a visit to the National Museum of Roller Skating, may be perfect for you. This Lincoln museum has the largest historical roller skates collection in the world. You’ll be able to learn about the history of roller skating anda out the many influential skaters. Admission to the museum is free to all so whether you’re an experienced roller skater or a beginner, you’ll end up learning something new and maybe get inspired to strap on some skates yourself.

If roller skating isn’t for you, there’s also the Sheldon Museum of Art museum to explore. The museum houses a large collection of American art including pieces early modernism, abstract expressionism, and 19th century landscapes. There are also many events that are put on by the museum that are open to the public which can be found under the events tab of their website: Like the National Museum of Roller Skating, the Sheldon Museum of Art also has free admission for the public, making it an educational and wallet-friendly place to spend and afternoon.

Catching a movie can also be a relaxing way to pass the time. While there are many movie theaters to choose from in Lincoln, the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, or the Ross Theatre, often gets overlooked. The Ross Theatre shows several different films throughout the year ranging from foreign films, documentaries, and experimental films. The theater gives many in the community the chance to see films that are commonly offered elsewhere. Student tickets are available from $6.50 to $7.00 and adult tickets range from $7.50 to $9.50.

These are just a few of the activities you can do in Lincoln. You don’t have to travel far to have a have fun time during brake. A staycation in Lincoln can be a great opportunity to get to know the town better and make some great memories.

Amanda McCarter is a junior studying biomedical science.