Points of Interest/Recreation
Attractions & Tour Sites
The City Auditorium, (402) 685-5822, located at 401 N. Oakland Avenue, is the site of many meetings, craft shows, musicals, gun shows and other community activities. Small meeting rooms and an auditorium are available for public use.
The Swedish Heritage Center, located at 301 N. Charde, opened in 1989 and is nationally recognized. This museum of Swedish memorabilia features numerous programs and year-round activities (weekends, October-April; every day except Mondays, May-Sept.). Free admission and free monthly cultural programs. A "must" to see and enjoy in the Swedish Capital of Nebraska. Contact Kaylene Swanson (402) 685-5458 or JoAnne Peterson (402) 685-5095, or the Heritage Center (402) 685-6161 for more information.
The Troll Stroll, established in 1987, is a one-of-a-kind nature walk. Found nowhere else in the midwest, it has become one of Nebraska's most unique and charming tourism attractions. The Stroll, beginning at 700 East 1st Street, features a scenic 3/4-mile woodchip trail through a beautiful forest, several manmade bridges crossing a scenic little stream, and the main attraction--about two dozen handmade "trolls," designed by Oakland-Craig School students. Absolutely charming. Free admission, open every day of the year, all day long.
The Swedish Festival is held the first weekend of June in odd-numbered years. Many events and programs are offered including entertainment, crafts and good food. This event is one you won't want to miss!
Oakland Community Players are a diverse group of entertainers providing annual plays consisting of dramas, musicals and comedies.
Oakland Art Klub welcomes all enthusiastic artists from the beginner to the experienced, along with photographers. For more information, contact Dona Jean Nelson at (402) 377-2278 or Roger Maller at (402) 685-5122.
The Oakland City Park is a spacious 40-acre park with an abundance of trees and flower garden areas maintained by the Oakland Garden Club. Picnic areas and shelter facilities are available. The park includes a refurbished tennis court with a basketball area beside it. A sand volleyball court is also featured. Children's play areas are furnished with swings and a "children's bridge." Two baseball diamonds are used all summer long by groups ranging from age 5 to adult. The large baseball grandstand is also used for Burt County Fair activities.
Oakland-Craig Public School's football field and new running track are also located in the Oakland City Park.
The Burt County Fair is held the last weekend of July or the first weekend in August each year. The Fairgrounds have been updated with major improvements to the buildings, sidewalks and arena. Four days of family fun including 4-H exhibits, open class exhibits and a variety of food and entertainment.
Summit Lake, only 10 miles east of Oakland on Highway 32, is a 535-acre State Park. Picnicking, camping, fishing and swimming areas are available, along with hiking trails. The lake is for trolling motors only.
Oakland Swimming Pool is a new outdoor pool located in the City Park with a large slide and zero-depth entry. Swimming lessons are offered annually. For pool information, call (402) 685-5374.
Oakland Golf Club and Golf Shop, (402) 685-5339, located on the west edge of town north of the City Park. A beautiful 18-hole golf course welcomes green fee players. Membership information is available at the Pro Shop.
For additional information on Oakland's sites and recreational activities, contact Cynthia Petersen at (402) 685-5822.