The new year is the perfect time to start something new. Hobbies are a great way to cope with stress, build new connections with people, and gives yourself a sense of purpose. The Norfolk area has many opportunities for visitors and community members to find something new in 2021.

Join the art scene

2021 is the perfect year to start a hobby is the art world! Revitalized Studio offers a variety of ways to learn how to create masterpieces. From painting to pencil drawing, the studio’s classes focus on teaching beginners the process of making a masterpiece. The Norfolk Art Center is the best place to discover art exhibits and attend events. Express yourself with Open Mic Night at First Friday or spend time at the studio on Second Saturday. These events are great ways to express yourself in a comfortable environment.


The Cowboy Trail Experience

Get in shape while also enjoying the beautiful views on the Cowboy Trail anytime of the year. During the warm months, start at the trail head in Ta-Ha-Zouka Park and experience the trail by walking, running, or biking. When enough snow falls, take the trail by snowshoes. The Cowboy Trail is great for beginners!


Explore by Kayak

Pick up a new hobby on the water. Kayaking is a popular warm weather activity in the Norfolk area. To start, head to the North Fork River or Skyview Lake in Norfolk for a more relaxing experience. Then, try the Elkhorn River once you’re are more advanced. Buy your own or rent from North Fork Outfitting.


Step outside of your culinary comfort zone

The Norfolk area is the perfect place to try new foods. From seafood to American cuisine, we have it all. Downtown Norfolk is a hot spot for locally owned restaurants with menus filled with delicious food. Grab the pizza of the month from District Table & Tap or try buffalo meatloaf from 411 Restaurant. Don’t miss dessert! MJ’s Gelato has a great selection of the Italian version of ice cream. Head to Omaha Avenue for another great selection of restaurants with a variety of cuisine. Aroma Circuit, located inside of Norfolk County Inn & Suites, is the newest Indian restaurant with mild to spicy dishes. The well-known Michael’s Cantina has a ton of classic Mexican dishes that pair great with their margaritas!


Head off the beaten path to diners in the Norfolk area. J’s Place in Pierce is highly recommended by visitors and community members because of their amazing burgers and ice cream. Goody’s Grill located in Battle Creek is a great place to stop and enjoy a sit-down meal. Make sure to order the onion rings as an appetizer. You can’t forget to stop in Madison for authentic Mexican food at Burrito King and a sweet treat from Limited Edition Cakes.

Join us for the ultimate scavenger hunt this December!

He’s back for another scavenger hunt! This elf is hiding around the Norfolk area to keep an eye on us before Christmas is here. From December 1st-18th, we will post clues of where the elf is hidden on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Fill in your answers on the calendar and turn it in before the 28th. The participant with the most points wins the grand prize of a 1-night stay at Norfolk Lodge & Suites plus a $50 gift card from a local business of their choice.

Download your here: Virtual Elf Shelf Brochure 2020

Fall is perfect time to visit the Norfolk area! Whether you are looking for a family-friendly getaway, a weekend with the girls, or a romantic escape, the Norfolk area is ready to welcome you. Explore and stay awhile!

Poppy’s Pumpkin Patch

Norfolk’s pumpkin patch is filled with amusing attractions which accommodate both kids and adults. Spend the afternoon enjoying the beautiful autumn weather while staying entertained. Poppy’s new features include a corn maze, hamster wheels, and spider web!

LOCAL TIP: You must try the handcrafted caramel apples at the Country Cafe! The selection of associative toppings makes it hard to choose just one.

DeGroot Apple Orchard

Grab some of the best, locally grown apples from DeGroot’s! Experience a fall farmer’s market where they also grow watermelons, pumpkins, and squash!

LOCAL TIP: Make sure to purchase some homemade apple cider! You won’t regret it.

Sculpture Walk

One of the newest attraction in Downtown Norfolk is the Sculpture Walk. The Walk is a year-long exhibit of outdoor sculptures and each has its own story. See more information at

LOCAL TIP: Vote for your favorite sculpture for a chance to win an Apple Watch!

Divots Brewery and Sandbar & Grill

Experience handcrafted, draft beer and enjoy American cuisine at Divots! This place is ideal for families, date night, or nightlife. The Brewery has 6 signature beers and 4 seasonal brews! Sample each one to pick your favorite. Divots also offers outdoor seating and fire pits.

LOCAL TIP: Ask for the Chef’s Signature Dishes! Each week, a new weekly special menu.

Unique Shopping

Find fall favorites for clothing, decor, accessories, and more in the Norfolk area! Downtown Norfolk is filled with boutiques and locally owned shops that make it easy to find what you need. The Sunset Plaza Mall has a variety of shops for everyone. Head to Pierce and find unique gifts and clothing. Find a list of shops at

LOCAL TIP: Book the whole day to shop. There are so many cute shops in the Norfolk area!

Cowboy Trail

Start at the trail head in Ta-Ha-Zouka Park and walk, run, or bike the scenic route. This limestone trail covers 321 miles from Norfolk to Chadron and passes through the farmland of the Elkhorn River Valley, into Plains ranch land, across the scenic Niobrara River Valley, along the northern Sandhills, and to the edge of the Pine Ridge.

LOCAL TIP: Take lots of pictures along the way! Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year along the trail.

Stay Awhile

Book one of Norfolk’s finest hotels for a comfortable stay! Holiday Inn Express & Suites or Hampton Inn are located by popular restaurants and attractions in Norfolk. These hotels have great amenities for families. Norfolk Lodge and Suites, located west of Norfolk, has a beautiful view of the countryside. This is the perfect hotel for a romantic getaway.

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