I grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska as a kid and moved away once I headed off to college. Now that I'm gone, I've realized what a great little town Lincoln is, and how very unique it is in many ways. The town is a fairly small, Midwestern town, but not so small that it ever becomes dull or boring. There's a very vibrant artist community that is well supported by the town as a whole. So throughout downtown Lincoln, there are a number of independent theater groups, small art galleries, and free community events surrounding the arts. It makes having a lot of fun cost very little money.
Lincoln is a college town and a lot is centered around the Nebraska Huskers, the college football team. This can get a little crazy on game day, with the crowds and the impossibility of finding a parking spot. But it is hard not to get caught up in the team spirit. There are quite a few incredibly delicious local restaurants, some of which create unique menus from the produce they buy at the Lincoln Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. There is not a huge amount of clothes shopping options in Lincoln, but that does help it keep that small town feel. One awesome feature of the town is the network of bike paths that cover the entire city, making eco-friendly commuting much easier. Lincoln is the perfect town to raise a family, be a college student, or just visit for some small town fun.
I have traveled to Lincoln several times, most recently for the Nebraska football team's 2010 spring game. It was my first time to be in Memorial Stadium. The stadium is located in the downtown Lincoln area, near the university campus and the downtown area known as Historic Haymarket. This area is both charming and modern, with many shops, attractions, restaurants, and museums.
Attending a game in Memorial Stadium is a highly memorable experience! The stadium has recently been renovated to hold 85,000 people. Walking in, I almost lost my breath at how vast it seemed. Seeing, and hearing the roar of, 78,000 people even at a spring game is powerful and awesome. It's like a sea of red! If you will be in Lincoln during the fall when there is a game, I recommend attending, just to soak in the game atmosphere.
Exploring the Haymarket area in Lincoln is also a fun time in itself. The only drawback is dealing with the crowds of people and traffic-jammed streets around the stadium, but patrol officers keep the flow of people and cars as orderly as possible. Overall Lincoln is a great place to visit and in my opinion would be a great place to live as well.