BringFido’s Ruff Guide to Nebraska

Posted by Jason Halliburton

Thinking of surprising your Shih Tzu with a trip to Nebraska? If so, he’s one lucky dog. The editors at BringFido have dedicated themselves to digging up the dog-friendliest things to do in the Cornhusker State, as well as the rest of the country. And we've assembled it all in the 2021 edition of our book, Ruff Guide to the United States.

Now in its second edition, the book features over 365 of the best places to stay and play with your dog in all 50 states. Order your copy today and save 50% off the retail price when you use the discount code CORNHUSKER.

For a preview of the book, here are a few of our editors' top picks for dog-friendly things to do in Nebraska:

Fly Along the Platte River on an Airboat

Omaha, NE
"I feel the need ... the need for speed." Photo by Melissa Halliburton

If Fido loves riding in your car with his head out the window, he is sure to enjoy an adventure with Bryson’s Airboat Tours in Fremont, about 40 miles outside of Omaha. Bryson’s 21-foot Panther airboat comfortably seats 11 passengers and, thanks to its theater-style seating, provides a great view of the water to everyone. During your journey on the Platte River, you and your pup might encounter several species of wildlife, including bald eagles, deer, turkeys, river otters, and beavers. This 700-horsepower boat can reach speeds of 60 mph, so it’s a good idea to bring eyewear and a jacket. Ear protection is provided by Bryson’s. Tours take place from May to September and can be scheduled from 10:00 am to dusk.

Following your airboat adventure, drive into Omaha for a stay at the Element Omaha Midtown Crossing. This hotel boasts large, apartment-style rooms, complete with fully furnished kitchens. The area around the property offers ample green space, dog-friendly shops, and outdoor dining establishments. Take Fido for a stroll across the street to Turner Park to stretch his legs.

Explore Prairies at Fort Robinson State Park

North Platte, NE
"Home is behind, the world ahead." Photo by @hgreysong

Nestled in the northwest corner of the Cornhusker State, Fort Robinson State Park in Crawford invites two- and four-legged tourists to unearth a treasure trove of midwest history and beauty. For much of its existence, Fort Robinson served as an active military post. It was the site of Chief Crazy Horse’s death in 1879, and during World War II, it operated as a POW camp and K-9 training facility. Today, the property is managed as a state park catering to large family groups, campers, and well-traveled canines. Plan on spending a full day exploring more than 60 miles of pristine pine ridge trails, fishing for bass in crystal blue lakes, and driving through 22,000 acres of scenic prairies. Leashed dogs are welcome on all trails, including the popular Red Cloud Butte Trail, which offers scenic views of Lovers Leap Butte.

You and Fido won’t have to look far for a place to lay your head after exploring Fort Robinson. The Old West buildings that once served as housing for officers and enlisted soldiers now welcome tourists. The Fort Robinson State Park Cabins have been renovated to accommodate modern traveler needs without sacrificing the lodging’s rustic charm. Each unit comes equipped with stoves, refrigerators, cooking utensils, blankets, and towels.

Visit the World's Largest Railyard

North Platte, NE
I choo choo choose Fido. Photo by @pawsitivecampinglife

Nebraska is home to the world’s largest railyard, Bailey Railyard at the Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center. Named in honor of former Union Pacific President Edd H. Bailey, the massive yard covers 2,850 acres, reaching a total length of eight miles along the busiest freight rail line in America. When you’re done trainspotting outside, you and Fido can peruse the abundant gift shop and take the elevator or climb the stairs to the 7th and 8th floors, where there are historical displays and balconies offering sweeping 360-degree views of the railyard.

Continue your tour of history in the nearby Center School B&B and Museum vacation rental. This 1893 country school building hosted by a retired school teacher features a museum on the main floor and a pet-friendly vacation rental in the basement level.

Ready for a Road Trip?

Photo by Linda Segerfeldt


If this Ruff Guide to Nebraska preview left your dog drooling for more, we hope you check out our new book - Ruff Guide to the United States. Remember to use discount code CORNHUSKER to save 50% on your copy. Happy Travels!

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