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Valentine, Nebraska: Small Town. Big Adventure.

Are you looking for a summer adventure?

Look no further than Valentine, Nebraska, rated one of “America’s 100 Best Adventure Towns” by National Geographic. It’s no wonder Valentine is known as “water and waterfall city” in the Lakota language as it is the place to come to see Nebraska’s tallest waterfall, Smith Falls.

And Snake River Falls, Nebraska’s widest (and largest by volume) waterfall.

And, located in the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge (where you can enjoy seeing bison, antelope, and prairie dogs), you’ll find Fort Falls, another amazing waterfall!

Go down the Niobrara River—kick your feet up and float down the real-life lazy river on an inner tube, or pick up the pace in a kayak or canoe.

Lake hair? Don’t care. Enjoy time at Merritt Reservoir while boating, swimming, or fishing.

Speaking of fishing, did we mention that Valentine is home to some of the best hunting and fishing in the country? You may even run into one of the Duck Dynasty boys while you’re out and about!

Merritt is also home to the annual Nebraska Star Party—a star gazing event held each year due to the unobstructed view of the night sky, and free of light pollution!

Schedule tee time at one of the most beautiful golf courses you’ve ever seen at The Prairie Club, home to two of the America’s Top 100 Public Courses—just ask Golf Digest! Or our amazing ten hole course, Frederick Peak, built into the canyon landscape that has been carved out by the Minnechaduza Creek.

When you’re ready to get out of the sun, hit up Bolo Beer’s taproom and sample all their tasty local brews. Head just west of Valentine for a little wine tasting at Niobrara Valley Vineyards, and grab some Sandhills gourmet vinegar at George Paul Vinegar on your way back to town (and find out for yourself what all the Hollywood stars are talking about).

Spend some time on Valentine’s adorable Main Street and shop the amazing variety of little locally owned shops: Grab coffee at Auntie D’s, and then come enhance your wardrobe right next door here at Broken Spoke Boutique. Let everyone know you adventured in Valentine by grabbing one of our popular Valentine souvenirs! Stock up on some unique ornaments and vintage-inspired gifts from Cody Foster & Co, shop antiques and handmade items at Cherry Blossom Paperie, and grab a Nebraska themed book from Plains Trading Co!

When you’re done, start scheduling your trip for next year to experience it all again!