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 https://visitnorfolkne.com/sculpture/

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 https://visitnorfolkne.com/home/things-to-do/

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.

Plan your trip now by using www.VisitNorfolkNE.com for more ideas. When it’s time for you to travel, we’ll be ready. #VisitNorfolkNE

A –    Art Center

The Norfolk Art Center is located at 305 North 5th Street, walking distance from Downtown. They have art education, events, and exhibits that visitors will appreciate.

This is a location on the Norfolk Area Passport!

B-    Black Cow Fat Pig

This farm to table restaurant is a must try! This summer enjoy patio dining and live music on Wednesdays!

C-    Curvy Girlz

Check out the newest plus size boutique in Downtown Norfolk! This is also connected to Smitten Bleacher Babes.

D-    Divots Brewery

Head to Norfolk’s only brewery where you can try some awesome locally made beer! Stay and enjoy a meal from the Sandbar and book an overnight stay at Norfolk Lodge and Suites.

E-    Elkhorn Valley Museum

This museum is filled with Johnny Carson memorabilia, educational exhibits, and more.  The summer season is the best time to check out Verges Park because the flowers are blooming!

This is a location on the Norfolk Area Passport!

F-     Franklin’s Bistro

Get a local dining experience at Franklin’s Bistro! The great tasting food and amazing service is perfect for families or date night! Try their spinach dip, it is delicious.

G-    Goodies – Battle Creek

A short 10-minute drive will take you to Goodies Restaurant in Battle Creek! If you like onion rings, this restaurant has some of the best onion rings in the area.

H-    Holiday Inn Express

Stay in the newly remodeled Holiday Inn when vacationing the Norfolk Area. This centrally located hotel has free breakfast, a pool, and accommodating staff. Holiday Inn is also close to multiple restaurants and a short drive to Downtown.

I-      I Bee Quiltin

Calling all quilters!! I Bee Quiltin in Downtown Norfolk is a unique shop filled with all your needs for quilting. They carry fabric, patterns, and notions. They also offer classes and open sewing.

J-     J’s Place – Pierce

J’s Place has some of the best hamburgers and ice cream in the area! Make a day trip to Pierce County and make sure to grab lunch at this restaurant.

This is a location on the Norfolk Area Passport!

K-    King’s Lanes Bowling

Located off Riverside Boulevard, King’s is Norfolk’s only bowling alley. If you love entertainment, this is the place to be. They also have a newly remodeled arcade, bar, pool tables, and the movie theater all under one roof.

L-     Lunar Entrance Sculpture

Check out the Lunar Entrance Sculpture in the Norfolk Sculpture Walk. This year, when you vote for your favorite sculpture, you will be entered into a drawing to win an Apple Watch. See more information at https://visitnorfolkne.com/sculpture/

This is a location on the Norfolk Area Passport!

M-  Madison County Museum

Take a glimpse at Madison County’s history at the Madison County Museum. You will find exhibits featuring stories of the Orphan Train Riders, model railroads, telephone communication, and more!

N-    Napoli’s Italian Restaurant

Get authentic Italian food from Napoli’s located in Downtown Norfolk. The aesthetics of the décor inside will make you feel like you’re in Italy.

O-   Off Road Ranch and Speedway

Find yourself cheering on your favorite racer at Off Road Speedway! Stay for the weekend on their campground or any of our area hotels.

P-    Pretzelmaker

Stop for a snack break at Pretzelmaker located in the Sunset Plaza Mall. Their pretzel bites and lemonade are the perfect combo for hot summer days!

This is a location on the Norfolk Area Passport!

Q-   Quench your taste buds at Limited Edition Cakes

Located on Main Street in Madison, you will find a local-favorite place to grab a sweet treat! Limited Edition Cakes specializes in custom made cakes and cupcakes.

R-    Ravenwood Art Gallery

Admire locally made gifts and artwork at Ravenwood Art Gallery located in Downtown Norfolk. They also do laser etching and framing.

This is a location on the Norfolk Area Passport!

S-     Shop

Norfolk is the hub for shopping in Northeast Nebraska. New shops are opening up daily! Norfolk Area shopping offers women and men’s boutiques for all sizes, art, home décor, bakeries and more!

T-    Ta-Ha-Zouka Park

Ta-Ha-Zouka Park is best known as home of the trail head to the Cowboy Trail, but there is so much more to do there. Enjoy fishing, horseshoes, camping, a dog park, and more. This park is one of the hot spots for summer fun in the Norfolk area.

U-    Uncle Jarrol’s Pub-B-Que

On the west side of Norfolk, you will find Uncles Jarrol’s. Try their amazing barbeque and their famous Bloody Mary! This summer join Concrete Cares Cornhole Tournaments every Thursday evening in the parking lot.

V-    Vacation at AquaVenture Waterpark

The ultimate one-day vacation should be spent at AquaVenture Waterpark. Cool off in the wave pool, slide down the twisty slides, and dive off the diving boards. There is an area for kids of all ages.

W-  Willow Creek Recreation Area – Pierce

Willow Creek is a fantastic place to getaway for the weekend. Park your camper and enjoy water recreation, trails, and the beautiful scenery.

X-    XC running on the Cowboy Trail

Our most famous trail in the area is the Cowboy Trail. The Cowboy Trail is the longest rail-to-trail conversion in the United States, which includes a 148-foot high bridge over the Niobrara River at Valentine. Walk, run or bike the trail – it’s a beautiful way to take in the Norfolk, Nebraska area.

Y-    Yoga

Need some peaceful time to yourself on vacation? Take a class at any of Norfolk’s yoga facilities.

Z-     Zone out and relax at Skyview Park

Skyview Park is one of the best places to be this summer. Experience water recreation like fishing, paddle boating, kayaking, or SUP on the lake or bike the Skyview Trail. There’s also plenty of room to have a picnic or play a round of disc golf. This summer, enjoy live music in the park with Eckophonic on July 23rd and  The Persuaders on August 6th!