Welcome to Kearney!

Let’s start with the basics…
Kearney pronounced
/ˈkärnē/ (car + knee)

1. A colorful and exciting city situated in the heart of the Heartland.

2. The Sandhill Crane Capital of the World

Now that we got that out of the way, here are a dozen things you ought to know about Kearney.

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Request your Crane Watch Guide today and start planning for the spring Sandhill Crane Migration!

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Experience Kearney Like a Local

Visit Kearney like a local. Tune in to hear our Locals top must-do activities.

A common question we hear around here is where do the locals go and what do they like to do. So we pulled together a team of Locals to tell you about all things Kearney. In this episode, we hear our Locals’ suggestions for their top things to do.

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Experience One of the Earth’s Greatest Migrations

Experience the sites and sounds of the world’s largest gathering of Sandhill Cranes during their spring migration through central Nebraska. Each spring over 650,000 Sandhill Cranes converge on the Platte River from mid-February to early-April to fuel up before continuing their journey to the northern US, Canada, Alaska, and as far as Siberia.

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There are still a few spots left for Guided Crane Viewing in early March at @rowesanctuary - Make this your year to see the Great Migration!
Photo: Beverly Houwing/Audubon Photography Awards
#sandhillcranemigration #visitkearney #rowesanctuary #cranedance #platteriver #greatmigration #sandhillcranes #sandhillcranesofinstagram #nebraska
A snow goose stands in a snowy field in Nebraska during spring migration.
Come on down to @downtownkearney tonight from 4-8pm for an old fashioned Christmas Walk 🦌 live reindeer, 🎅🏼Santa, his elves and 🤶🏼Mrs. Claus, a live stable, 🐴horse-drawn hayrack rides, vintage red pickup truck, ❄️human snow globe, holiday performances, 🎶caroling, 🛍shopping & 🍪refreshments. -Free event-

Shops will be having specials & refreshments & there will be live performances happening throughout downtown.
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– Live reindeer at 2223 Central Avenue sponsored by the @kearneyhub 

– Live stable in front of @centralmerc Mercantile/Ktown Cakery at 2206 Central Avenue.

– Vintage red pick-up photo op in front of @edith_joi Boutique.

– Horse-drawn hayrack rides in front of 2110 Central Avenue sponsored by Michole Yaw – American Family Insurance and the Rustic Patch.

– Santa Cottage in front of Nelson's Furniture & Flooring at 2109 Central Avenue brought in by Kearney Park & Rec.

– RockIt Event Pros' human snow globe in front of Bruce Furniture & Flooring at 2026 Central Avenue.

-The Kearney Public Schools Foundation's North Pole Express will be running and making stops in front of the Kaufmann Center.

Street parking will be limited but is available is one of the public lots at the Museum of Nebraska Art, behind City Hall, north of Carquest, south of the Chicken Coup, north of Railroad Street on the west side of Central Avenue and west of Cunningham's Journal.

This event is brought to you by the @cityofkearney , the Downtown Improvement Board, downtown merchants, @kearneyparknrec , the Kearney Hub, American Family Insurance and the @the_rustic_patch Patch.
Only slightly over 600 Whooping Cranes remain in existence, & last week 95 were spotted migrating through Central Nebraska! @rowesanctuary volunteer, Don Brockmeier, captured this photo of these beautiful & rare birds. #rowesanctuary #whoopingcranes #endangeredspecies #visitnebraska #visitkearney #conservation #criticalhabitat
Hello Weekend! This weekend is full of cool sports, crafts & antiques, live performances & international eats!

Shown here:
🏒 @tricitystorm Hockey (Sat 7:05 pm) at Viaero Center
🥤 Soda Fountain Sundae (Sun 2:30 pm) at @kearneyarchway 
🍜 International Food Festival (Sun 4-6 pm) at @unkearney w/ @unkglobal 
🎸 @officialtantric (Sun 8:30 pm) at @theothersidene 

Dont miss out - get the an event round-up sent to your inbox when you sign up for our weekly What's Happening email! #visitkearney #kearneynebraska #weekendvibes
It’s a tradition 50 years in the making! Kearney is excited to host another year of this awesome event! This year 883 athletes from 176 different school will complete - best of luck to all today’s runners! @nsaahome #tradition #kearneynebraska #visitkearney @kearneycountryclub