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Fort Robinson

Fort Robinson State Park is a stop on the “Hello Sunshine” tour for this year’s Passport to Nebraska Program. Record file photo

Three area attractions have been designated as stops on this summer’s Nebraska Passport tours.

“We’re excited to continue this program for an eighth year. The Passport inspires Nebraskans and tourists to travel the state collecting stamps to earn prizes, while also supporting small businesses, attractions and hidden gems,” said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism executive director, in a press release Monday. “Every year since its inception the program has gained popularity. In 2016, more than 87,000 total stamps were collected and we expect 2017’s participation to be even better.”

This summer’s program will feature 80 attractions designed around 10-themed tours. Travelers can have their passports stamped May 1 through Sept. 30 and enter their passports for prizes.

Local attractions that visitors will be able to experience as part of the 2017 Passport program are Gibbons Honey Farms and Fort Robinson, both in Crawford, and the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center in Chadron.

Gibbons Honey Farms is part of the “Hidden Treasure” tour, which takes visitors to Brownville, Goehner, Blair, York, Kearney, Pawnee City and Lincoln. Fort Robinson State Park is featured in the “Hello Sunshine” tour, which also includes stops in Lewellen, Wood River, Niobrara, Norfolk, Omaha, McCook and Gering. The Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center is part of a special “Celebrate Nebraska 150” tour, commemorating Nebraska’s 150th year of statehood. Other stops on that tour are in Gering, Red Cloud, Lincoln, Halsey and Grand Island.

“The 2017 Passport program is focused on giving travelers truely memorable experiences,” said Passport program coordinator Erin Wirth. “The 80 Passport stops offer a mix of thrilling, relaxing and unique adventures. Passport travelers will create lifelong memories while they have fun exploring Nebraska. From discovering Nebraska’s hidden gems to celebrating Nebraska’s 150th birthday, the 2017 Passport showcases what makes Nebraska special.”

Passports will be available at participating stops beginning May 1 or can be pre-ordered at http://nebraskapassport.com/requestyourpassport/. Participants are also encouraged to download the Nebraska Passport App for their smartphone and get stamped digitally, supplementing the physical Passport booklet for convenience. Please note, the passport app will be updated with the 2017 information on May 1. Those who used the mobile app last year will need to download the update to see the new program information.

The tour stops are as follows:

THRILLS & CHILLS                          

Arrow Hotel (Broken Bow)           

Fort Cody Trading Post (North Platte)       

Fort Sidney Museum and Post Commander’s Home (Sidney)                           

Historic Argo Hotel (Crofton)       

Klown Doll Museum (Plainview)  

Museum of Shadows (Elmwood)               

The Speakeasy (Holdrege)            

Trails and Rails Museum/BCHS (Kearney)

HIDDEN TREASURE

Brownville Historic District (Brownville, Stamps at Flatwater Folk Art Museum & Whiskey Run Creek Vineyard & Winery)

Chez Bubba Café (Goehner)         

Chili Dawg’s Foods of Fire (Blair)                

Clayton Museum of Ancient History at York College (York)              

Gibbons Honey Farms (Crawford)                                                           

G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture (Kearney)                                      

Pawnee City Historical Society & Museum (Pawnee City)  

Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed (Lincoln)   

ART FOR THE HEART

Artists’ Cooperative Gallery (Omaha)                      

Cedar Creek Pottery (Beatrice)    

Main Street Studios & Gallery (Elkhorn)                   

Pender Quilt Tour (Pender, Stamp at Main Street Thriftique)              

Postscript (Ashland)                       

Prairie Arts Center (North Platte)

Robin’s Nest (Springfield)              

Studio K Art Gallery (Grand Island)

HELLO SUNSHINE

Ash Hollow State Historical Park  (Lewellen)          

Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center (Wood River)

Fort Robinson State Park (Crawford)        

Niobrara State Park (Niobrara)    

North Fork Outfitting, LLC (Norfolk)                        

Ponderosa Cyclery + Tour (Omaha)                          

Red Willow State Recreation Area (McCook)         

Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area (Gering)        

A WARM WELCOME      

Aurora Downtown Square (Aurora, Stamps at The Renaissance Fine Art and Photography Studio & Aurora Floral)

Fairbury Downtown Square (Fairbury, Stamp at Stagecoach Mall Antiques/Main Street Coffee House)

Ord Downtown Square (Ord, Stamp at The Golden Husk Theater)

Our Corner Cottage Gifts (Wahoo)                           

Polish Heritage Center (Ashton)                 

Rustic & Red (Cozad)                     

Seward Downtown Square (Seward, Stamps at Red Path Gallery & Tasting Room & Chapters Books & Gifts)

Tecumseh Downtown Square (Tecumseh, Stamp at Johnson Country Museum)

CELEBRATE NEBRASKA 150         

Legacy of the Plains Museum (Gering)

Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center (Chadron)            

National Willa Cather Center (Red Cloud)

NE 150 Mobile Museum  (Various Locations)

Nebraska History Museum (Lincoln)                         

Nebraska National Forest, Bessey Ranger District (Halsey)              

Nebraska State Capital (Lincoln)                

Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer (Grand Island)            

          A LITTLE ME TIME

A Little Inspiration (Geneva)         

Chapman Swifts Coffee House (Kearney)

Citta’ Deli (McCook)       

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Double L Country Store and Café (Harrisburg)       

Lauritzen Gardens (Omaha)

Positively You Boutique (Central City)       

Smith Falls State Park (Valentine)

Something Special by Marilyn (Atkinson)

GOOD PEOPLE, GOOD TIMES     

17 Ranch Winery (Lewellen)

The Chocolate Bar (Grand Island)              

Glacial Till Tasting Room (Ashland)                           

Infusion Brewing Company (Omaha)                       

Junto Wine (Seward)

Legends of Clatonia (Clatonia)    

Odyssey (Hastings)          

The Tangled Tumbleweed (Scottsbluff)    

UNIQUELY NEBRASKA   

Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park (Royal)                    

Bakers Candies Inc (Greenwood)               

Carhenge (Alliance)                        

Father Flanagan’s Historic Home (Boys Town)

Happy Jack Chalk Mine (Scotia)                  

University of Nebraska State Museum - Morrill Hall (Lincoln)                          

Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse (Paxton)                       

Runza Restaurant (Lincoln)

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Dusty Trails, LLC (North Platte)   

eCreamery Ice Cream & Gelato (Omaha)                      

Edgerton Explorit Center (Aurora)                            

Front Street Steakhouse and Crystal Palace Saloon (Ogallala)         

Horn T Zoo (Monroe)

Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard (Nebraska City)          

TTM Toys (Nebraska City)             

UNL Dairy Store (Lincoln)

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