Things to Do

Merritt has plenty of things to do. No matter how you like to vacation – we have it! From building castles on white sand beaches to hitting the coves to find your next big trophy, you’ll find it at Merritt.

Tour the Sandhills and see some of Nebraska’s wonders not far from the lake.

Stargazing - things to do in Nebraska

Did you know Merritt is home to the Nebraska Star Party? Our oasis in the Sandhills is one of the premier viewing fields around the country. Due to the remote location and lack of white light; hundreds flock to Merritt every year around the end of July/beginning of August. During the dark of the moon, many arrive to take a deeper look at the universe. Plan your stay any month of the year by checking the new moon phases and the weather to ensure clear skies.

Beach vacation - things to do in Nebraska

Plan your next family vacation in the Sandhills! Whether you prefer fishing competitions or reading a book on white, sugar sand beaches while the kids build castles. Or you can bring the tube to pull behind the boat or jet-ski – you’ll find the perfect spot along our 11 mile long (with 44 miles of shoreline) reservoir. If you prefer lounging or being a part of the action, Merritt has plenty of things to do.

Beach games - things to do in Nebraska

Bring the paddle board, canoe, kayak or tube. With hundreds of coves, you can explore at your own pace while getting your arm workout in. Don’t have your own? Browse our offerings.

Can’t bring it all with you? Look through our amenities and save yourself some packing room.