Our stay was the weekend of Oct. 26. I prefer primitive camping in secluded areas. Not the case here. Sites are small and very close together. Luckily we stayed at the end of the season so the park wasn’t very busy. We did have semi close RV neighbors and their lights at night illuminated our surroundings. It was windy that weekend so the sound of the leaves and Interstate mostly drowned out the sound of the neighbors. Another downside was how close the park is to the Interstate. Park pricing wasn’t bad and staff was friendly and professional. I picked up more trash than we created during our stay, that was unfortunate. Even the fact that someone threw out plastic flower pots, there are dumpsters close by. SMH.
Very well kept park with so much to do!
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park in Nebraska is on the Platte River off Interstate 80 about halfway between Omaha and Lincoln. I will preface the review stating that the review is receiving four stars primarily because of the amenities at the park. The campgrounds themselves are fairly basic. There are areas to tent and park your RV within the state park. The RV campground has about a dozen full hookup sites and the rest of the campsites have electric hookups. There is not much room between the sites, so you do feel that you are stacked on top of the other campers. There is a wait list for the campgrounds much of the year. We were able to score a walk-up thankfully. The site does have water fill stations and a dump station. Their shower house is also decent enough.
But, as I said you are not coming here to hangout in the campground. There is something for everyone at this state park. They have hiking on paved and un-paved trails, which we utilized both. There is an activities center for kids to make different arts and crafts. They have horseback riding, a theater, paddle boating, parks, minature golf, etc. During the summer you can have fun at the big water park they have on site. They also have cabins and lodge rooms available for rent. The cabins book quickly, and can get pricey at around upwards of $400 a night during their peak season for one of the newer cabins. The lodge houses a decent restaurant with some great views of the Platte River.
At the main activities area they have a massive indoor play area for kids. This building also houses their new and extremely fun 40ft. climbing walls. Outside this building during the winter they have a covered ice rink and they also produce their own snow for the sledding hill. All-in-all it is a nice place with plenty to do onsite.
As a Ranger for The Dyrt I occasionally get to test products. While out at the state park we got the opportunity to test out Banner & Oak hats. https://bannerandoak.com/
My boys and really appreciate good hats. We found the Banner & Oak brand hats to be really exception hats.
The hats my sons wore were the Banner & Oak Eagle and the Banner & Oak Sierra. These two hats were made in the United States. I wore the Banner & Oak Switchback which was not produced in the United States.
All three hats are really quality hats. The stitching is tight around the sweatbands and the bill, which is usually a sign the hat will last a long time.
The mesh used for the back of the hat appears to be an older heavier duty mesh. This mesh reminds me of the mesh found in older hats, or the hats of my youth. I still have a couple of these hats, so this is another good sign of lasting quality.
The overall designs of all three hats are really just cool. They look cool and they feel cool, and I am really surprised by how much I like the flat billed hat, since I usually cannot stand them. The boys and I are really impressed with the construction and feel of the Banner & Oak hats!
Pros: SO many activities for the kids - water park, ceramic painting, paddle boats, indoor play area, lots of playgrounds, picnic areas for family gatherings, zip lines, horseback riding. Also nice to have bathhouse with shower and flush toilets. Convenient location right off the highway and 5 mins from the Air and Space Museum.
Cons: SO many bugs. Make sure you bring lots of bug spray. RV sites are pretty close together and are very small. Our site only had electric hookups - no water. It was crazy hot and humid when we stayed there at the end of June.
FYI - If you want to stay in a cabin, they tend to book a year in advance.
The camper spots are pretty nice, but if you have not reserved a spot beforehand, get out to the park early as the first come first served spots fill up quickly! Every spot is equipped with a nice fire ring, and there is plenty of scrap wood laying around if you forget your firewood. The only downfall would be the interstate noise. You can hear that all the time while sitting out around the fire.
Superb park for families as there is so much to do! Water park with wave pool and slides, mini golf, paved and dirt walking trails, fun melodramas, zip line course, etc. plus winter activities in the off season. Modern camping with electric at ever site. Updated cabins, and great views in the lodge rooms. Down fall no river access do to railroad tracks, can get pretty busy in the summer, no primitive camping.
This is the Walmart of camping grounds. The campsites are stacked on top of each other and are always packed!
This park has a little of everything. Great sites— different loops to stay at. Nice bathrooms. Hiking trails and bike trails. Water park, horse riding area, fishing pond and more. This place does get packed so might have to make reservations early depending on weekend of course.
This is a highly developed state park boasting an aquatic center, indoor gardens, zip lines, horseback riding, cabins and even a hotel on site. Popular for family reunions due to the amount of space and accessibility. There is a wonderful lookout tower that allows people to take in views of the Platte River. Nestled between two major cities in Nebraska, you're never far away from anything you may want to do or see. RV and tent camping is obviously available with limited privacy. This is also a great event venue with multiple large buildings available for reservations. This is not the 'roughing it' kind of camping, but rather a fun experience for the whole family.
There are so many activities from your typical hiking experience to spending the day at the water park to being able to take the family mini golfing.