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Under $100: Lincoln, Nebraska

by Katie Skrzek

Jun 4, 2020

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Under $100 / North America

Lincoln is the capital city of Nebraska. Spend time exploring the city for less than $100 a day.


Start your day with a hearty breakfast at Engine House Café. Located in a former fire station, the restaurant offers filling breakfast classics, from pancakes and waffles to breakfast sandwiches and omelets. Spend about $10–15. Go for a stroll around the Sunken Gardens. The gardens consist of more than 30,000 annual plants, designed to different themes each year. The gardens are open to the public daily, 6 a.m.–11 p.m. Admission is free.


Enjoy Asian cuisine at Hiro 88. Lunch specials include a sushi or sashimi special ($16) and bento boxes (starting at $11). There are two locations in Lincoln and three in Omaha, Nebraska. Visit the Sheldon Museum of Art, located on the University of Nebraska campus. The museum boasts an impressive collection of 19th- and 20th-century American art, as well as a sculpture garden. Open daily, admission is free.


Have dinner at Nebraska’s first brewpub, Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill. Opened in 1991, the restaurant serves classic pub grub including nachos, wings and burgers alongside more unique dishes like lahvosh, a sweet cracker bread. Spend about $15 –20. Grab a nightcap and listen to live music at Duffy’s Tavern. The popular bar hosts weekly live performances and offers nightly drink specials. Spend about $10–20.


Lincoln hosts numerous annual events and festivals. Check the event calendar before your visit.


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