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Discover the Best Things to Do Each Season at Arbor Day Farm

Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall — every season offers an opportunity to experience Arbor Day Farm in a whole new way. Whether it’s the festive celebration of the holiday season or hayrides along a field of blooming sunflowers, our annual event calendar is teeming with delightful activities for everyone in your family.

A Round-Up of Arbor Day Farm’s Best Seasonal Events

If you’re searching for things to do during your trip to Nebraska City, check out our special events calendar to verify activities, dates, times, and locations of events.

Spring

GNOME HUNT

March | Select Dates | Daily | Daytime Hours

Come hunting for gnomes with your family at the Tree Adventure. With clues and a map, you’ll search high and low to discover their hiding places. This is the perfect event for all ages and abilities.

EASTER WEEKEND CELEBRATION

April | Select Dates | Saturday & Sunday | Daytime Hours Easter Sunday Brunch | Timbers at Lied Lodge | 11am – 2pm

Head to Arbor Lodge where visitors discover the history of Easter traditions, peruse vintage displays, and learn more about spring planting at the Morton Farm. The mansion is open for self-guided tours and an egg hunt.

At Tree Adventure, outdoor lovers can embark on a springtime stroll through the woods and take part in a seek-and-find egg hunt.

ARBOR DAY WEEKEND

April | Select Dates | Friday, Saturday & Sunday | Daytime Hours

Celebrate the cultivation and preservation of trees at the place where it all began — Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City. Visit Arbor Lodge, the home of Arbor Day founder, J. Sterling Morton during the annual Arbor Day event.

Come relish the simple pleasures of nature with our lineup of fun weekend activities at Arbor Lodge and the Tree Adventure, including Discovery Rides, tree climbing, nature crafts, and more!

Summer

SUNSET & S’MORES

Jun – Sept | Select Dates | Saturdays | Evenings

Hop aboard and ride into the sunset on this guided Discovery Ride. Round off your evening with make-your-own s’mores around a cozy twilight bonfire.

Sunset & S’mores Rides depart from Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure.

DISCOVERY RIDE THROUGH THE SUNFLOWERS

Aug | Weather Dependent | Daily | Daytime Hours

Bring your camera because you’ll love capturing views from this Instagram-worthy sight. Sunflowers in Bloom is a summertime tradition at Arbor Day Farm, and blooms typically last two to three weeks, depending on weather conditions.

Fall

HARVEST CELEBRATION

Sept - Oct | Select Dates | Daily | Daytime Hours

Enjoy a wide array of autumn-inspired activities—from apple picking and pumpkin carving, to hiking, leaf peeping, and hayrack rides.

Arbor Day Farm also hosts Nebraska City’s annual Applejack Festival. This weekend-long celebration is packed with activities for the whole family, including a craft show, apple picking, tours, adventures at Treetop Village, and more!

LIVING HISTORY

Sept - Oct | Select Dates | Saturday & Sunday | Daytime Hours

Journey back in time to the bygone days of yesteryear. Enjoy a different theme each weekend featuring historic trades, talents, and other demonstrations. Activities take place inside the mansion and outdoors.

HAYRACK RIDE, STORYTELLING & S’MORES

Sept - Nov | Select Dates | Friday & Saturday | Evening Hours

Enjoy a mash-up of Arbor Day Farm’s most beloved fall season activities. Go on a hayrack ride to Morton Oak tree, sip delicious hot chocolate and apple cider, make mouthwatering s’more treats, and listen to tales from a storyteller.

Winter

HOLIDAY TROLLEY TOUR OF LIGHTS

Nov – Dec | Select Dates | Fridays & Saturdays | Evenings

Kindle your holiday spirit with this one-hour trolley ride along the streets of Historic Nebraska City. Riders can experience a winter wonderland filled with snow-frosted rooftops and twinkling light displays.

Pick-up and drop-off take place at the Lied Lodge lobby.

CHRISTMAS AT THE MANSION

Nov – Dec | Select Dates | Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays | Daytime & Evening Hours

Step back in time for a look at the Christmases of past when Sterling J. Morton and his family lived at the Abor Lodge Mansion. Explore the estate — all decked out in vintage décor — listen to traditional holiday tunes, and go on a Yuletide shopping spree for one-of-kind gifts, toys, and ornaments.

BRUNCH WITH SANTA

Dec | Select Dates | Sundays | Daytime Hours

Enjoy brunch with Santa and enjoy live holiday music played on the grand piano at Timbers. This event is perfect for families, and kids are encouraged to bring their Christmas wish lists.


Ready to explore all that Arbor Day Farm has to offer? Plan your visit today.