Historic Falls City, Nebraska is sometimes overlooked as an ideal tourism destination. The rich history mixes perfectly with new and updated activities and things to do. With these ten must-dos, you’ll see what all makes this town worthwhile.
John Philip Falter Museum
Visit the John Philip Falter Museum, opened in 2015, and get an initial understanding of a Falls City native who became a world-renowned illustrator. They are also a stop on the 2021 Nebraska Passport!
Historic Downtown Stone Street
Piggybacking off the Falter Museum is the celebrated downtown of Falls City which Falter actually portrayed in one of his more famous illustrations, “Falls City Christmas.” Stone Street is home to restaurants, bars, museums, shopping and more!
Classic Club 8 Golf Course
Classic Club 8 is a beautiful, yet challenging golf course with 9 greens and 18 tee boxes just a couple miles west of Falls City on Highway 8.
Stanton Lake & Arboretum
Located on West 25th Street, Stanton Lake is a serene park with a lake, in a beautiful setting that offers fishing, picnic areas, sandlot volleyball courts, playgrounds, trailer hookups, showers, and a dog park.
A new addition is the 18 hole Disc Golf Course added by the Tanner Shelby Merz Foundation in 2016. Stop by and play a round of this all-ages sport!
The Candlelight Cabin at Stanton Lake is a recently renovated event room and screened porch that offers a scenic view of the park and lake and is available for rental each day, year round.
The Itha-Krumme Memorial Arboretum next to Stanton Lake is the only site within the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum system showcasing plants native to Nebraska and surrounding states. Take the walking path through the wonders of nature!
Falls City Aquatic Center
Located at the north entrance of town, The Aquatic Park is a beautiful community pool, with zero depth entry, spray ground, tube slide, river slide, six-lane fitness lap pool, and diving area.
Falls City Library & Arts Center
Another significant part of downtown, the Falls City Library & Arts Center is home to the Stalder Gallery which hosts traveling art shows. Along with hosting many other community events and activities, one the most unique features of the library is the permanent collection of artwork by area artists like Miss Alice Cleaver and, of course, John Philip Falter.
Falls City Hot Air Balloon Mural
Located on the corner of 16th & Stone Street on the side of Chaney’s Furniture & Flooring, you won’t want to miss stopping to get your photo with this beautiful backdrop!
Historic Falls of the Nemaha Monument
Located on the north entrance of town along Highway 73 near the Falls City Aquatic Center, this monument of the historic Nemaha Falls, the city’s namesake, was added in 2020.
Abundance of Parks
Other than Stanton Lake, there are plenty of parks around town that offer fun, family environments. Cruise around and take pit stops for picnics and fresh air at Dallas Jones Memorial Park, Grandview Park, Legion Park, Military Park, Mini Park/Historic Murals, and Pioneer and Skate Park.
An addition to Dallas Jones Memorial Park is the Splash Pad, which allows youngsters to cool off and have even more fun while watching their siblings play ball at the baseball/softball complexes also stationed within the park.