• Sunflowers abloom on the prairie.


    National Monument of America Nebraska

Plan Your Visit

There are many things to do at Homestead. Visitors often tell us they wish they had more time to visit, but you can still see a lot even if you are just passing through. Learn more about what you can see and plan your trip by going to the Things To Do page.


Heritage Center

Park Photo

Heritage Center opened May 20, 2007. The new facility has expanded the homesteading story with new interactive displays, a magnificent view of the tallgrass prairie as early pioneers might have seen and a one acre parking lot to give visitors a feeling for the enormous task homesteaders faced.

Visit the Palmer-Epard Cabin, which was first built in 1867, and now sits near the Heritage Center.


Education Center

Park Photo

At the Education Center, view the special exhibits and visit the Farm Implement Room.

Nearby is the one room Freeman School house.

An easy hike onto the Tallgrass Prairie gives a close-up view of the habitat for a variety of wildlife. Enjoy the homesteaders views of the wide open spaces.

Kids in Parks
Children take part in the Great Bug Hunt, a Kids in the Parks program, a National Park Service initiative to immerse children in nature.
Doris Martin


View sample itineraries for your visit to Homestead:
Full Day
Half Day #1
Half Day #2
Half Day #3

Working your visit into a larger trip across this part of Nebraska? Check out these sample road trips from the Nebraska Tourism Commission:
Southeast Nebraska Tour
Heritage Highway
O' Pioneers: Exploring Southeast Nebraska (Group Tour)

Bus Tour Leader? Learn what FUN your tour can have at Homestead! Book your tour group now to participate in activities and events at the monument.

Did You Know?

Women in period dress

Women were allowed to claim 160 acres of land under the Homestead Act, 60 years before they earned the right to vote.