The Heartland Shooting Park near Alda gives outdoorsy types of all calibers a variety of challenges including trap and skeet ranges, pistol and rifle ranges, archery courses and more. 6788 W. Husker Highway. (308) 385-5048.

The Platte River Valley has long been home to the spring migration of sandhill cranes. Visitors from around the world flock to see hundreds of thousands of the large gray birds. Biologists from the Crane Trust study the ecology of the Platte River while the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center educates the public. Taxidermy animal mounts, interactive displays and presentations teach about the unique wildlife spectacle of the crane migration. Guided crane tours in March and April take visitors to riverside blinds for close-up views. 9325 S. Alda Rd. (308) 382-1820.

Learn more about Alda by contacting the Grand Island Convention & Visitors Bureau at or (308) 382-4400.