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Parks and Recreation

York County, Nebraska residents enjoy life to the fullest by enjoying a wide range of parks & recreational activities. Whatever it is you are looking to do, York County’s got it!

  • Bird Watching Witness the annual duck and geese migration at Kirkpatrick Wildlife Basin.
  • Bowling Throw a strike on one of the 16 lanes at Sunset Bowl in York.  Open year round, Sunset Bowl offers youth, women’s and men’s leagues and cosmic bowling on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Campgrounds Choose from over 5 different campgrounds in Henderson, McCool Junction, Waco and York. All offer various amenities.
  • Disc Golf Try your skills on the 6-hole course at Mincks Park in York.
  • Fishing Spend time on the water for fishing for bluegill, largemouth bass and catfish at Recharge Lake or set your sites on channel catfish, white bass, bluegill and rainbow trout at Lakeview Park.
  • Golf Improve your handicap at one of York County’s 3 grass green golf courses – Henderson Golf Association (9 holes) in Henderson, Sandy Meadows (9 holes) near Waco or York Country Club (18 holes) in York.
  • Henderson Mennonite Heritage Park, located just north of Henderson, and 1 mile south of I80, was built to teach the Mennonite history.  It includes a replica building of the original Immigrant House built by the Burlington Railroad that housed the first Mennonite settlers in the area, a Country Mennonite Church modeled after a church that both branches of the Mennonites built in rural Henderson in the late 1800′s. The park also features a turn of the century farm house, summer kitchen, granary, outdoor oven, windmill, water tower, outhouses, chicken house, a general store and fully restored barn built in 1911. Nestled in the back corner of the park is a metal machine shed housing large pieces of equipment and a shop.
  • Hiking/Biking Take in the scenic hiking and biking trails along Beaver Creek Park in York or around the lake at Henderson’s Lakeview Park.
  • Horseshoes Practice your throws at any of the many horseshoe pits in the municipal parks throughout York County.
  • Hunting Take aim at deer, ducks, pheasant, quail, geese, grouse, dove, squirrel and rabbit during the open Fall and Winter seasons. Hunt DC offers professionally guided bird hunts from September 1st through March 31st.
  • Junction Motor Speedway catch the excitement of stock car racing in McCool Junction.  Cheer on your favorite driver every Saturday night from April to October.
  • Kilgore Memorial Library Children’s story hours, reading programs and other activities are offered.
  • Movie Theater Come see the latest blockbuster hit at the Sun Theatre in York on one of three of the theaters screens.
  • Parks & Playgrounds With over 10 municipal parks in York County  feel free to relax, have a picnic, take in the arboretum, stay fit by utilizing the numerous sports courts or trails and let the kids play on safe and imaginative playground equipment.
  • Raquetball Courts A court is located inside of the York Community Center for all enthusiast.
  • Skating Roller skate…do it now! Roller skate…we’ll show you how! Call (402)362-3520 for open skating hours and private parties.
  • Sledding Hills Those who say Nebraska is flat haven’t been to York County to experience the numerous hills to sled down during the winter season.
  • Swimming Three municipal pools , including, 2 aquatic centers and 1 indoor facility for year round swimming, will exceed your swimming expectations and provide hours of excitement.  To take a dip visit York or Henderson.
  • Tennis Perfect your forehand at one of many courts in Benedict, Gresham, Henderson, McCool Junction, Waco & York.
  • Wessels Living History Farm is located just south of York, Nebraska.  For travelers, the farm is just one mile south of Interstate 80 (Exit 353) and Highway 81.  The 145-acre farm now features a early 1900's home, a red, timber frame barn, corn crib, machine shed, garage, chicken coop and a large windmill typical of the 1920's. These structures were chosen to begin the "living history farm" experience. To the south, there is a modern tractor display building with many tractors, stationary engines and combine. Surrounding the buildings is a modern farm operation that is still producing crops. Offered at the farm are many educational opportunities.
  • Yorkshire Playhouse Come laugh, cry and figure out “whodunit” at the Yorkshire Playhouse, a community theater that has provided excellent live productions for over 30 years

For more information on activities in York County, Nebraska, visit the York County Visitors Bureau.

Nebraska is home to five Fortune 500 Companies

  • Berkshire Hathaway
  • ConAgra Foods
  • Union Pacific
  • Peter Kiewit Sons'
  • Mutual of Omaha

York County is the home of sensational public schools and higher education opportunities.

The county offers 9 different K-12 institutions – all following the Career Pathway mode – and both York College and Southeast Community College's York Regional Learning Center for those pursuing higher education.

Nebraska ... the Good Life

York County, Nebraska is a progressive community strategically located at the intersection of US Hwy 81 and Interstate 80, two of America's most traveled roadways, and is less than 40 minutes from Lincoln, Nebraska's capital city.

Affordable Power

NPPD Industrial energy rates are 11% below national rates based on 2012 Energy Information Administration data. This does not take into account the fact that NPPD had no rate increase in 2014.

Parks, recreational activities, programs and special events for every walk of life

Residents and visitors in York County can enjoy a wide variety of recreational opportunities like sports, dining, nature walks, literature and history, shopping, movies, and the theater. Just to name a few!