Hastings is located in Adams County in south central Nebraska, and though you may not have heard of it before, you certainly know a product that was born here.  You see, Hastings is the Official Birthplace of Kool-Aid, the delicious drink enjoyed by kids and adults all around the world.  Created by Edwin Perkins in the 1920s, Kool-Aid’s original factory is still located in Hastings, and provides a wonderful photo opportunity with its brightly colored windows.  The Hastings Museum is another treasure trove for Kool-Aid fans, with its Kool-Aid: Discover the Dream exhibit.  In August, the town celebrates Kool-Aid Days, an annual celebration that is fun for all ages features the largest Kool-Aid stand on the planet!  This year’s Kool-Aid Days will take place at the Adams County Fairgrounds from August 18-20th and will mark the 25th year of the festival.

Once you’ve had your sugary fix, there is much more to explore in Hastings.  Stop by the Bigfoot Crossroad of America Museum and Research Center, great for both believers and skeptics!  Or explore historic downtown Hastings, where you can browse the charming, locally-owned shops and boutiques that offer something for everyone in the family.  From clothing and home goods to jewelry and art galleries, there are so many options to explore.  If you work up an appetite, downtown Hastings has plenty of dining options. 

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From deli sandwiches on-the-go to sit-down lunch or dinner options, you’ll find delectable restaurants to suit your taste.  Enjoy a burger in a neighborhood pub or pick up a bottle of wine and a loaf of fresh baked bread.  Stop by the Listening Room for some live music or see the latest flick at the Rivoli Theatre.  


Don’t hesitate, plan a trip to Hastings and Adams County today – not only the birthplace of Kool-Aid, but also a delightfully charming town with a variety of attractions, shops, and dining options for you and your family to explore!