Summer Activity

Tourism is one of Nebraska’s largest industries, and Gothenburg and the surrounding area have a number of attractions and activities to draw travelers off of the Interstate - and appeal to locals alike.

The community of Gothenburg is known as the Pony Express Capital of Nebraska, and a restored original Pony Express station and museum located in beautiful Ehmen Park attracts thousands of visitors each year.

However, before getting downtown to the parks from I-80, travelers will come across the Sod House Museum. This site has been revamped within the past couple of years and welcomes guests of all ages to view the displays depicting early life in the ‘Old West’. There is also a replicated sod house, life size barbed wire sculptures and great spots for photo ops. The museum is open seven days a week during the summer, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Each summer Ehmen Park is also home to a local Farmer’s Market, which runs on Thursdays from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. beginning in July. The 4th of July brings a celebration to Gothenburg too, with a fireworks show at Lake Helen and rodeo at the Rodeo Grounds near Lafayette Park.

The old train depot in Gothenburg was relocated and converted into a tourist destination, and in the summer of 2021 Old Depot Vineyard & Winery was opened at its new home south of Brady. The Old Depot offers a selection of food and beverage options in a beautiful, peaceful setting, and during the summer many weekends feature live music. Old Depot is open noon to 9 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Follow them on Facebook to see what is going on and plan a visit soon.

Livin’ Out Loud is an outdoor Christian music festival that attracts 10,000-20,000 people each year to Lake Helen in Gothenburg. This year’s event is set for Aug. 20 - 21. For more information visit

There is never a shortage of things to do, places to see and friendly people to meet around Gothenburg.

Contact Ellen Mortensen at or call 308.537.9498