Fall Tourism Growing with More Events

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The Enchanted Trail at the Crane Trust Nature and Visitors Center takes dozens of volunteers and actors.

"The guide takes you down, there's nine different characters, and they act out a little bit of a drama at each of the different spots," says the center's director Brad Mellema.

Known by many for their crane viewing during the spring, Mellema says events like the three night Enchanted Trail get people to migrate there in the fall.

"Events like this are important for our organization, we want to have things for people to do, things that bring people out here, it's a great chance to get out of town for a little bit in the fall, and there's nothing like it," he says.

Some central Nebraska tourist attractions used to have down times - parts of the year like the fall when there wasn't much going on, but one museum says that's a thing of the past.

"We've added a lot of new events," Stuhr Museum Marketing Director Mike Bockoven says. "It's the kind of thing where every month we've got something and there's not really a down time much anymore."

Bockoven says Stuhr's Harvest Festival brought over 600 people to the grounds, and their more recent All Hallows Eve nights drew over 2,600.

"After the State Fair we just kept going and we haven't stopped and we're not going to stop until after Christmas and then we'll look at 2013," says Bockoven.

But there are still plenty of things to see and do before the snow flies or the new year rolls around.

"It's a great opportunity to get young people out here on the trail with their families and do some outdoor education Halloween-style," Mellema says of the Enchanted Trail.

The Enchanted Trail will be open on Friday, October 26 from 6:30 to 9:00 at the center.

Stuhr Museum says they've got a lot of holiday events coming up including their 25th year of Christmas Past and Present.