Flights to Lincoln
Lincoln is the capital city of Nebraska, and the 2nd largest city in the state (after Omaha). The city was originally named Lancaster, but was renamed after President Abraham Lincoln in an attempt to discourage Confederate supporters from voting to move the state capital from Omaha. The plan did not work, and Lincoln became the capital of Nebraska in 1867.
Lincoln Municipal Airport (airport code: LNK), located 7 kilometres from downtown Lincoln, is where flights to Lincoln are served. It may also be more convenient to fly into Omaha’s Eppley Airfield (OMA), and take a shuttle to Lincoln. Flights to Lincoln from South Africa are indirect with one or two stops. One stop flights via Atlanta to Lincoln from South Africa are offered by Delta Air Lines. Alternatively KLM, Northwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, and Virgin Atlantic Airways provide travellers with two stop flights to Lincoln from South Africa.
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The Tourist Attractions in Lincoln:
Lincoln is a pretty city with lots of open spaces, parks and garden to enjoy. There are also some museums, though far fewer than in other state capitals. Some of the most popular attractions in Lincoln include:
The Sunken Gardens
National Geographic has ranked the Sunken Gardens of Lincoln as one of the best gardens to visit in the United States. The Sunken Garden’s aren’t huge, but there is lots to see here. Paths, fountains, pools, art sculptures, plus thousands of trees, flowers and shrubs can be enjoyed. Admission is free, though you can make a donation when you visit.
For nature-loving visitors to Lincoln, there are several arboretums to choose from. There is the Alice Abel Arboretum, Maxwell Arboretum, Joshua Turner Arboretum and the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. Each one gives you an opportunity to walk through acres of flower gardens, wooded groves and other natural settings. Plants are usually native to Nebraska, but some parks have collections of more exotic plants as well.
Pioneer Park Nature Center
Part of a huge nature preserve, the Pioneer Park Nature Center offers 8 miles of trails for walking or hiking, live animal exhibits, and herb gardens. The centre is open all year long and has scheduled demonstrations and activities. The walking trails will take you through many different Nebraska habitats, such as woodlands, prairie grasslands and some wetlands too. Birds and wildlife are often seen. Entrance to the park is at the corner of South Coddington and West Van Dorn Streets.
Sheldon Museum of Art
The Sheldon Museum of Art is located on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at the corner of 12 and R Streets, but it is fully open to the public. The collection has more than 12,000 works of art in many forms, with a focus on American art (usually modern and contemporary). The outdoor Sculpture Garden exhibit has more than 30 large art installations. Exhibits and displays change throughout the year. The Museum is closed on Mondays as well as most major holidays. Admission is free.
When Should You Visit?:
June, July and August are all quite hot in Lincoln with July being the hottest. The average high for July is 32C (90F). June and August are a few degrees cooler. There is not a lot of rain (or snow) in Lincoln. Late spring, around April and May, or in the autumn would be the most pleasant times to visit.