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Family Vacations in Nebraska

Family Vacations in Nebraska: Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park

The Buffalo Bill Ranch Historical Park allows families to experience the Wild West as it was during the life of frontier legend Buffalo Bill.

Frontier legend William Cody started out as a Pony Express rider, and he earned the nickname Buffalo Bill after he won a buffalo-hunting contest while working as a scout and ranger along the Santa Fe Trail.

Buffalo Bill lived on a ranch just north of North Platte and toured the United States and Europe with his famous Wild West Show. Today, his home is part of the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park. When you tour the house and its outlying buildings you'll find a wealth of memorabilia from the Wild West days, including original posters, costumes and film clips from his show's tours. Families can camp in the park and tour it on horseback.


Tired of horseback routes? How about a road trip to Carhenge instead -- it's Nebraska's very own Stonehenge look-a-like. Continue to the next page and find out why Carhenge is a permanent stop for several cars and a popular spot for Nebraska visitors.

Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park Information

Address: 2921 Scouts Rest Ranch Rd

North Platte, NE

Telephone: 308/535-8035

Admission: $2.50

Hours of Operation:

  • March - May - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri.
  • Memorial Day - Labor Day - daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Labor Day - October 24, Mon. - Fri., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

To learn more about family vacation destinations, see:

  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • Nebraska State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in Nebraska, as well as other recreational activities.
  • Scenic Drives:For those who think that getting there is half the fun, we have compiled more than 100 of the most scenic drives throughout the country.