City of Franklin, Nebraska - The best of the good life!

Things To Do

The Art Gallery - Museum & Art Studio

1401 L Street, Franklin, NE 68939

Bird Watching

Part of the major Central Flyway migration route, this area offers exceptional viewing of sandhill cranes, whooping cranes, ducks, Canadian and snow geese that number in the tens of thousands. This is in addition to the numerous other bird species that are native to Nebraska and that migrate to our area at certain times of the year making south-central Nebraska a true attraction to bird enthusiasts.

Boating & Fishing

Harlan Lake
Republican River

Camping & Hiking

Wonderful opportunities abound for the naturalist in Franklin County and South-Central Nebraska in general. There are wildlife viewing areas, preserved wetlands and public land for anyone who wants to get out into nature and enjoy the prolific wildlife, tall grass prairie and Great Plains environment.

City of Franklin Hike and Bike Trail

South Park RV Park & Campground
Hwy 10 and J Street, Franklin, NE 68939

Limestone Bluffs Wildlife Management Area
6 miles south and 2.5 miles east of Franklin. Habitat includes rolling hills with grasses, rock outcrops, and wooded ravines with a spring-fed stream.

Ash Grove Wildlife Management Area
5 miles south and 1 mile west of Franklin. Includes rolling hills pasture land, grasses, rock outcrops, and a spring-fed stream.

Farmer’s Market

Seasonal – Saturdays behind Rightway Grocery at 601 15th Ave. Local honey, fruits, vegetables, arts and crafts.

Franklin City Park

Picnic pavilions, BBQ grills, tennis courts, sand volleyball, basketball court, playground, Franklin Swimming Pool, Veterans Memorial, Franklin Public Library. Pets on leash are welcome.

Franklin County Museum

Three separate buildings of artifacts and memorabilia related to early pioneer settlers, American Indians, military service, famous or infamous County citizens, farming and ranching. Buildings include the main museum building, an authentic one-room 1880s schoolhouse and Ol’ Towne which replicates an old west township. Wireless internet, special tours and private meeting rooms are available.
1309 H Road, Franklin, NE 68939

Franklin County Senior Citizens Center

Bible study, exercise classes, coffees, entertainment, birthday dinners, holiday events, cards, billiards and bingo. Services include meals and home delivered meals, public transportation, housework, yard work, medical clinics, educational programs, legal aide and help with understanding federal programs. Facility available for private events.
621 15th Avenue, Franklin, NE 68939

Franklin Golf Club

A beautiful and challenging 9 hole public golf course featuring cart rentals, irrigated bent grass greens, lush fairways and Center Creek winding through the course. Modern club facility including full service bar, snacks, big screen TV, showers and socializing area. Available for private parties or gatherings. Tee times not required.
Country Club Dr. and Spur 31D, Franklin, NE 68939

Franklin Public Library

Over 14,000 volumes and annual circulation averaging over 20,000. Library services include Internet access, word processing software, copy machine, fax machine, microfilm reader/printer, interlibrary loans, used book sales and reference research. Books, magazines, newspapers, books on cassette, books on CD, videos, genealogy records, obituaries, toys and sports equipment for use in the adjacent City Park. Activities include children's story hour, summer films, reading programs and puzzles.
1502 P Street, Franklin, NE 68939

Franklin Public Schools Sports & Events

Franklin Swimming Pool

32 foot by 82 foot pool with 1 meter and 3 meter diving boards, separate baby pool, certified lifeguards, pool manager, swim and aerobics classes, concession stand, swim teams, private parties available.
Franklin City Park, Franklin, NE 68939


Franklin County and the surrounding areas offer some of the most prolific and exciting hunting experiences available anywhere, including whitetail and mule deer, turkey, pheasant, dove, quail and small game. Public land preserves are available and hunting arrangements can also be made through outfitters or private landowners.

Rose Bowl Theatre

250 seat capacity, state-of-the-art surround sound system, air-conditioned comfort with full service snack bar. Most affordable quality theatre experience within 50 miles.
611 15th Avenue, Franklin, NE 68939

Valley Gun Club

Trap shooting, pistol range and rifle range. Open year round. Hunting, shooting and safety classes available. Private events available.
Hwy 136 and 31 Road, 3 miles north, Franklin, NE 68939