Wayne County – Wayne

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Wayne County

Welcome to Wayne! Wayne is known for the Wayne Chicken Show and Wayne State College. Wayne has endless adventures to explore, retail therapy, unique dining, and more!

Visit our historic downtown and shop our unique stores such as Thrift Warehouse, The Flower Cellar and W.W. Galore. If you’re hungry make sure to stop at AquaPop for an afternoon pick me up and load up on their delicious gourmet popcorn.  Take in art in all forms at Blue Cat Gallery and Studios and purchase a souvenir from a local artist to remember your visit. New in 2021 is the Wayne Sculpture Walk throughout downtown featuring 10 artists from across the country.

If you are looking for a special gift, stop by the Wayne Greenhouse and see their photo shop, gift selection, home décor, flowers and more! This business is celebrating their 100th anniversary all year long!

Looking for an out of this world adventure? Stop by the Fred G. Dale Planetarium and enjoy a laser or planetarium show.  If you want to stay grounded, check out the Wayne Country Club and play a round of golf!

Looking for a meal during your busy day? Enjoy lunch or supper at The 4th Jug. Be sure to try their brick oven pizza! After a long day you can rest your head at the Sports Club Motel and wake up feeling refreshed for another day of adventure.

The City of Wayne sits at the intersection of east/west highway 35 and north/south Highway 15 and is the county seat for Wayne County.

Other communities in Wayne County are Carroll, Winside, and Hoskins and Sholes.

History of Wayne
The first settlers in the Wayne area arrived from Lee County, Illinois, in 1869. In 1881 the railroad extended a line through the county linking Norfolk, Nebraska, and Sioux City, Iowa, attracting many settlers to the area. The county and city were named for the Revolutionary War hero, General Anthony Wayne whose daring reputation seems to have inspired steadfast loyalty in his men and his friends.

The desire to provide opportunities for higher education prompted Professor J.M. Pile, with the help of a number of local citizens, to open the Nebraska Normal College in 1891, the beginning of what is now Wayne State College.

Wayne has since evolved into a community with a unique balance between agriculture, education and industry, providing a stable environment for all three, offering many advantages to those who choose to come here to live, work or play. You will enjoy beautiful scenery, wonderful historic sites, bountiful outdoor and indoor recreation opportunities and unique stores and restaurants.

Wayne County Businesses

Business/WWWAddressCityContact #
AquaPopWe are a premier seller/manufacturer of high quality flavored popcorn products. We use only the finest ingredients, and it shows--try some today and see why our products have become so popular, with a near cult-like following of many flavors!
200 Main StreetWayne402-241-9008
Blue Cat Gallery and StudioBlue Cat features two-month exhibits by local, regional and national artists. Our mission is to bring a wide variety of visual art to the Wayne community and promote the value of a rich artistic and cultural life.
114 W 3rd StreetWayne
Sports Club MotelOpen 24/7. The Sports Club Motel is located in Wayne. It is a family owned business where we strive to give every guest a pleasant stay.
900 E 7th StreetWayne402-375-4222
The 4th JugOpen Sun & Tue 4 - 9P, Wed-Thu 11A - 9P, Fri-Sat 11A - 10P. Burgers and fries to prime rib and everything in between! Private booth seating in a family atmosphere, 70 inch TVs and projection screen. Variety of liquor options, 8 different beers on tap! Keno, PGA golf simulator.
1001 E 7th StreetWayne402-833-1414
The Flower CellarOpen Mon-Fri 9A-6P, Sat 9 - 2. A lovely variety of fresh flowers and creative gift ideas to suit any style or budget. Local, as well as worldwide deliveries. For your convenience, we offer daily floral delivery to local funeral homes and hospitals.
221 N Main StreetWayne402-375-3747
Thrift WarehouseOpen Mon-Sat 10A-5P. We are a donation/consignment/thrift store. We consign Women's and Men's Clothing (we do not accept children's clothing). We accept Large and Small Furniture, Home Decor, Newer Electronics, and Kitchenware as donations.
121 Main StreetWayne402-833-1810
W.W. GaloreOpen Tue-Fri 9A-6P, Sat 10-4. Handmade boutique, furniture refinishing, painting, repurposed furniture, holiday decor, and many handcrafted items such as candles, soaps, wood art and more.
301 Main StreetWayne402-660-3607
Wayne Country ClubOpen daily in season.
302 E 21st StreetWayne402-375-1152
Wayne Greenhouse
& Gift Shop
Open Mon-Thu 9A-5:30 Fri 9A-5 Sat 9A-1P. Custom designed silk arrangements, door pieces, home decor, house plants & containers,
Abdullah chocolates, Wind chimes, garden flags, seasonal gifts, Beautiful fresh flowers. The Wayne Greenhouse was founded in 1921
215 E. 10th StWayne402-375-1555
Wayne Sculpture WalkThe sculptures are scheduled to be put into place by May 1 and will be located throughout Wayne. Each installation will include signage telling the name of the piece and the artist. The committee also plans to create an interactive map of the completed Sculpture Walk.
108 W 3rd StreetWayne402375-2240
Fred G. Dale PlanetariumA wide selection of shows and lessons are available for all ages and learning levels; schedule your field trip today! Educator's guides for some shows and lessons are available upon request.
1111 Main StreetWayne4023757325
Email: nebackroadtour@gmail.com