Summer 2016 Passport Program

LINCOLN, Neb. (March 4, 2016)—The Nebraska Tourism Commission is pleased to announce the stops that will be on the summer 2016 Nebraska Passport. “The Passport Program encourages travelers to explore the state collecting stamps, while reconnecting with Nebraska and supporting small businesses and attractions,” Nebraska Tourism Commission executive director Kathy McKillip explained. “Year after year the program gains popularity. In 2015 more than 24,600 travelers collected stamps and we expect 2016’s participation to be even better.”

The 2016 Passport will again feature 80 attractions on 10 themed tours. Travelers will have from May 1 through September 30 to visit the attractions and get their stamps. The summer program will honor the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service and feature 23 new communities.

“The Passport selection team wanted to approach the 2016 program in a way that emphasized the incredible stories of Nebraska and its people—from the things we make to our unique history,” said Passport Program Coordinator Amanda Barker. “This year will feature some stops that will make you reconsider our reputation as a ‘flat’ state and help you explore the various heritages and cultures present in our state, and of course, give you something to eat along the way.”

Passports will be available at participating stops in May or can be pre-ordered by emailing info@NebraskaPassport.com, with a name, mailing address and number of Passport booklets requested. Participants are also encouraged to download the Nebraska Passport App for their smartphone and get stamped digitally, supplementing the physical Passport booklet for convenience. The free mobile app is perfect for travelers who might be visiting stops outside of their posted hours. Please note, the passport app will be updated with the 2016 information on May 1. Those who used the mobile app last year will need to download the update to see the new program information. To download search ‘NE Passport’ in the Apple App Store or the Google Play App Store.

Prizes for this year’s participants will be announced at the start of the program.

To hear from 2015 Nebraska Passport participants, go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gPmNV5KxSM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHYRSmaE4Qs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrINf-k4UMI

Selected Tour Sites

FIND YOUR PARK (celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service)
Agate Fossil Beds (Harrison)
Ashfall Fossil Beds (Royal)
Fort Kearny (Kearney)
Homestead National Monument (Beatrice)
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trailhead (Omaha)
Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Visitor’s Center (Nebraska City)
Niobrara National Scenic River (Niobrara)
ScottsBluff National Monument (Gering)

RISE 'N' SHINE
4th Ave Coffee House (Stromsburg)
Bean Broker (Chadron)
Hillside Perk (Culbertson)
Indigo Bridge (Lincoln)
Joe's Camera (Alma)
Mark Ferrari's Coffee (Oshkosh)
Newberry's Common Grounds (Alliance)
Sip Espresso Bar (Columbus)

EARTH + SKY
Potter Duckpin Bowling Alley (Potter)
Fred G. Dale Planetarium (Wayne)
Happy Jack Chalk Mine (Scotia)
Indian Cave State Park (Shubert)
Kreycik Elk Ranch (Niobrara)
Platte River Rentals (Louisville)
Raising Nebraska (Grand Island)
Strategic Air and Space Museum (Ashland)

ORDER UP!
Black Cow Fat Pig (Norfolk)
Eat Restaurant (Dodge)
The Enchanted Bakery (Grand Island)
Mac's Drive In (McCook)
Prairie Plate (Waverly)
Schilling Bridge Cork & Tap House (Lincoln)
Springfield Drug & Soda Fountain (Springfield)
The Swiss Baker (Doniphan)

HOW IT'S MADE
Bootleg Brewers (Taylor)
Bottle Rocket Brewing Company (Seward)
Brown Sheep Company (Mitchell)
Filley Tavern/Stone Barn (Filley)
Florence Mill (Omaha)
Icon Poly (Gibbon)
Kregel Windmill Museum (Nebraska City)
Sawle Mill (Springview)

WHERE ART THOU
CaLinda’s Pot Shop (Ashby)
Crystal Forge (Omaha)
Custer County Museum (Broken Bow)
John Philip Falter Museum (Falls City)
Main Street Gallery (North Loup)
Museum of Nebraska Art (Kearney)
Robert Henri Museum (Cozad)

FLAVORS OF NEBRASKA
El Museo Latino (Omaha)
Germans from Russia Museum (Lincoln)
Knight Museum (Alliance)
Madrid General Store (Madrid)
Pawnee Art Center (Dannebrog)
Henderson Mennonite Heritage Museum & Park (Henderson)
Verdigre Bakery (Verdigre)
Note: Final stop on this tour is still pending

PRAIRIE TREASURE
Blue Stem Shoppe (Scottsbluff)
Corner Nook (Blue Hill)
Country Junction Antiques (Neligh)
Grain Bin Antique Town (North Platte)
The Keeping Room (Nebraska City)
Ortello Dale (Broken Bow)
Painted Ladies (McCook)
Soulful Salvage (Grant)

NEBRASKA ON FILM
Hall of History (Boys Town)
Elkhorn Valley Museum (Norfolk)
Harold Lloyd Home (Burchard)
Museum of Nebraska Major League Baseball (St. Paul)
Museum of the Fur Trade (Chadron)
Film Streams at Ruth Sokol of Theater (Omaha)
Red Cloud Opera House (Red Cloud)
Saunders County Museum (Wahoo)

RISE ABOVE
Chimney Rock (Bayard)
Gavin’s Point Dam Visitor’s Center (Crofton)
Lake McConaughy State Rec Area (Ogallala)
Mansion on the Hill (Ogallala)
Massacre Canyon (Trenton)
Mignery Sculpture Garden (Bartlett)
Peru State College library (Peru)
Ponca State Park (Ponca)