Antelope Park is located 23rd and North to 33rd & Sheridan Boulevard in Lincoln, Nebraska. It is a 143 acre park housing many visitor attractions and is open seven days a week from 6am to midnight. Antelope Park is nestled a few miles from downtown Lincoln and here visitors can undertake numerous recreational activities, relax or visit an assortment of attractions.
Located within the park is Hamann Rose Garden, which features many varieties of floribundas, grandifloras and hybrid tea roses as well as All-America Rose Selection (AARS) award-winning roses. The gardens are free to enter and open daily from 6am to 11pm. As well as roses there are other plants and shrubs, a new pavilion and climbing rose exhibit, a fountain with a sculptured centerpiece and accessible walkways.
Nearby visitors will also find the Sunken Gardens, which is listed as one of the top 300 gardens to visit in the United States and Canada.This is a 1.5 acre site located on 27th and Capitol Parkway and is open daily from 6am to 11pm with admission free. The main features of the garden include the serene Healing Garden, the Perennial Garden filled with hostas, viburnum and hydrangea and the Annual Garden with thousands of plants added each year by enthusiastic volunteers.
Also featured at the park is Lincoln Children's Zoo, which is open from 10am to 5pm daily between April15th and October 15th. The zoo is home to more than exotic 300 animals and surrounded by botanical gardens with 400 species of plants. The nine acre site holds various mammals, reptiles, birds, insects and arachnids from around the world and offers visitors the opportunity to learn how to feed and look after animals.
There are plenty of other things for children to enjoy at the park including an outdoor playground with climbing frames, slides and other facilities. For the colder or wet days there is a large indoor play structure designed for kids at least three years old or less than four feet tall with playground equipment, indoor track complete with kiddie vehicles and a snack area, whilst a separate toddler area for children under three years of age is also available. Sports enthusiasts are catered for here as well with a ball diamond, basketball court, a golf course and tennis courts as well as a hiker biker trail.
Visitors looking for a place to eat will find a number of restaurants relatively close to the park such as Piezanos in South Street, Nguyenn Pho a Vietnamese restaurant in North 27th Street and Imperial Palace in 27th and Vine. There are also several hotels in the area for anyone looking for an overnight or extended stay with The Cornhusker- a Marriott Hotel, Embassy Suites and Holiday Inn all within three kilometers of Antelope Park. Visitors may also like to visit the University of Nebraska State Museum, which is close to the park and has many natural history exhibits as well as a planetarium.