Grand Old Town

From Itineraries Midwest Spring Issue 2009

This sample itinerary is best April through September!

DAY ONE

10 – 11:30 am
If stained glass is your thing, a must see is Maudie’s Stained Glass, the largest supply of stained glass between Chicago & Denver. View commissioned & original glass artworks, with several programs and demonstrations available for groups. They also carry a full line of tools and supplies for the stained glass hobbyist and artist.

11:30 – 1:00 pm
Reminisce as you walk through history at Heartland Antique Mall. In addition to 10,000 sq. ft. of antiques, there are programs, which include how to tell the real from the fake and secrets of shabby chic decorating.

1 – 2:00 pm
Stop for lunch at one of the local restaurants.

2 – 3:30 pm
Experience art, meet the artists, discover their inspiration and witness the creative process, programs, classes and demonstrations, all at the Prairie Winds Art Center!

3:30 – 5:30 pm
Continue to enjoy the arts for the afternoon at Warehouse Fine Art & Bartenbach’s Gallery. At Heart of the Country – you’ll find unique home décor and a handcrafted gift shop with craft supplies and ‘make and take’ classes; and/or The Tattered Book – a treasure trove of used books.

5:30 – 6:00 pm
Check into a local hotel and take some time to rest those feet!

6 – 7:00 pm
Enjoy dinner at any of Grand Islands dining establishments.

7 – 9:00 pm
Head to a 1930’s art-deco theater, the Grand Theater, and enjoy the ambience of a by-gone era for special movie screenings, concerts, and social events. Tours of the theatre are also available.

DAY TWO

8 – 2:00 pm
Have breakfast at your hotel before embarking on your living history experience at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer. This unique 200-acre facility is more than just a “museum.” Praised as “one of the top ’10’ places to relive America’s past”, offering a hands-on experience, with step on guides available. Offering a multitude of programs, while telling the story of early town building pioneers. Described as a “crossroads in time,” it preserves and portrays the inspiring story of the pioneer town builders. Located on the grounds as well is Railroad Town, and it comes alive from May–September with historically authentic celebrations, hands-on activities and costumed townspeople who interpret and demonstrate 1890’s prairie life. More than 60 structures and four historic homes grace this area. Enjoy a tasty boxed lunch before moving on.

2 – 3:00 pm
Mid-Nebraska Speedway is a 3/8-mile dirt track where only the best come to race. Tour this popular destination (since the early 70’s), see racecars up close and meet the drivers!

For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, contact your tour operator or Grand Island CVB, 800-658-3178.

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