Open 7 days a week May-September. 2200 West 3rd Street. 402.463.1016. The five-acre park includes a wave pool, diving board, family water slide, lazy river, concessions. The park may be rented for private parties.
Adams County Fairgrounds
The Adams County Fairgrounds hosts many events year round. It is home to the annual Adams County Fair and the PRCA Oregon Trail Rodeo, as well as many other family friendly activities.
Hastings Symphony Orchestra
The Hastings Symphony Orchestra has been performing and bringing together community members for over 80 years. Today's ensemble also throws in pop hits and show tunes that everyone can enjoy.
Hastings Public Library
The Hastings Public Library is located in downtown hastings at 517 West 4th St. The Library has 14 computers available for public use with both black & white and colored laser printers installed for printing. Software installed on the computers for use include Internet Explorer, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.
Hastings Family YMCA
The Hastings Family YMCA has two facilities with various indoor and outdoor activities and recreational leagues.
Parks and Recreation
The City of Hastings Parks and Recreation facilitates a variety of activities to occupy and entertain the whole family. Copies of the activity guide are available at the chamber. This is the office to call (402.462.3434) to reserve the City Auditorium.
The Cottonwood Festival is a three-day, family-oriented event that celebrates the fine and performing arts. Held in Hastings� beautiful Brickyard Park, the event attracts approximately 15,000 visitors from throughout the region.
Hastings is the birthplace of Kool-Aid. Join with us annually during the second week in August as we celebrate this international favorite during Kool-aid Days.
Hastings Community Theater
The Hastings Community Theater is gearing up for their 48th season and every show is great for a night of local family centered entertainment. For more information about tickets or auditions please call (402)463-1500 or email
Naval Ammunition Depot
The Naval Ammunition Depot (NAD), located along Highway 6 just east of Hastings, was chosen for the largest WWII ammunitions plant because if its central location and excellent railway connections. View over 10 miles of storage bunkers, covered walkways, and buildings where ammo was manufactured.
The county fair of 1932 was an extravaganza--an electric exposition to show off Hastings as one of the largest municipally-owned electric plants in the United States. A full display of Westinghouse electrical appliances was there - exhibited only once before, in Atlantic City - showing how electricity could be used in the home, on the farm, and for commercial and manufacturing purposes.
Other exhibits included an electric eye and a robot, or electrical man. The most significant display was the electric fountain constructed by water and light commissioner E.S. Howard. It sat in front of the bandstand,played jets of water, was lit by colored floodlights. It attracted thousands of people to the fairgrounds.
The Fisher Rainbow Fountain has been upgraded to display a computerized lighting scheme and is still enjoyed by many people in the area. The fountain begins operating on Mother's Day, and stops operating on Labor Day each year.
Visit historic Duncan Field, located on the corner of Elm and South Street. Built in 1940, this baseball stadium is one of Nebraska's best-loved sports venues. It was the site of the American Legion's "Little World Series" three times. Local big-league All Star Johnny Hopp and future Hall of Famer Yogi Berra played here in their youth. Until the aluminum bat era, only 19 home runs cleared Duncan's distant red brick wall.
Heartwell park, found on Eastside Boulevard and Lakeside Drive, is one of the most beautiful and scenic parks in Hastings. A pond and stream is located in the center of the park, which provides children with an opportunity to feed ducks and fish.
Heartwell Park is a popular place for walkers, joggers and bicyclists (the perimeter of the park is almost a mile long). The park is the perfect location for a picnic, with grills and picnic tables available. Children can also enjoy the wading pool on the north side of the park.
Chautauqua Park and Pavillion
Chautauqua Park has one of the largest Chautauqua Pavillions in the Plains area. Located at 5th & Laird, it was erected in 1907 and is still used for celebrations and family gatherings.
On the north side of the park, the Prospect Baseball Field is found where children are found playing during the summer months. The park also recently added a modern playground that is handicapped accessible.
Located at Woodland & D St., the Brickyard smokestack is one of the most recognizable sights in Hastings. Originally, this park was the site of a former brick factory. Early in the history of Hastings, the brick factory was an important economic aspect of the city. Now it is a beautiful park with many great facilities.
Brickyard park has an outdoor amphitheater, playground, basketball court, and picnic facilities. You will find children flying kites in the spring and sledding in the winter. This park is a formidable cross country course for both the high school and college levels.
This man-made lake near Highway 281 and the Hastings Visitors Center serves as a great place to boat, water ski, jet ski, fish, swim, or just have a nice waterside picnic with friends and family.
Nebraska Softball Hall of Fame
Visit the Nebraska Softball Hall of Fame just north of Hastings on Highway 281, adjacent to the Smith Softball Complex.
Hastings Museum, Lied Super Screen, J.M. McDonald Planetarium
The Hastings Musuem, Lied Super Screen Theatre and J.M. McDonald Planetarium (the largest municipal museum between Chicago and Denver) is a must-see attraction when you visit Hastings.
The museum features a traveling exhibit area, a hands-on discovery area, and special events and programs throughout the year it is also home to the interactive Kool-Aid exhibit which showcases Hastings as the birthplace of the world-famous beverage.