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Outdoor Fun in Omaha

Lakes, Parks & Trails

Nebraska may not have the prettiest beaches or the highest mountains – but that doesn’t mean theres no room for some outdoor fun in Omaha! Omaha has the perfect mix of big city amenities with beautiful hiking trails and lakes near by. With more than 240 parks and 120 miles of paved trails, Omaha provides excellent access to biking, fishing, golf courses, swimming pools, and picnic areas.

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Pioneer Courage Park

Pioneer Courage Park, built in honor of those who settled this great land we call home, tells the story of the pioneer families and children who migrated west. The sculptures are intended to depict bravery, courage, and entrepreneurial spirit, and visitors are encouraged to walk along what would have been a dry creek bed with the pioneers and bison and envision the journey that took place.


Address: 1601 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68102
Phone Number: (402) 602-3930

Lewis and Clark Landing Park

This park on the west bank of the Missouri River is the original landing site of the Lewis & Clark expedition back in the 1800’s. Today, a variety of festivals and concerts take place here, with beautiful views of the river, fountains, the pedestrian bridge, and the magnificant Omaha skyline. Here you can also visit the Firefighter’s Memorial Monument and the second largest labor monument in the United States.


Address: 345 Riverfront Dr, Omaha, NE 68102
Phone Number: (402) 444-5900
Website: parks.cityofomaha.org


Mahoney State Park

Mahoney State Park​ is a great place to take your family for a mini day trip of outdoor fun or weekend camping trip. It offers everything from mini-golf, kid-friendly water parks and recreation, canoeing, campgrounds, and much more.

Address: 28500 W Park Hwy, Ashland, NE 68003

Lake Zorinsky

Omaha has the perfect mix of big city amenities with beautiful hiking trails ​and lakes nearby. Want to walk your pup around a lake without having to drive an hour out of the city? You have plenty of options to do that in Omaha. Our favorite lake to go to for a run or afternoon kayak is Lake Zorinsky​.

Address: 156th and F St Omaha, NE 68135
Phone Number: (402) 444-5900
Website: parks.cityofomaha.org

Wildlife Safari Park

Bison, wolves, and bears, Oh My! Our Safari park offers a very different feeling than the zoo. If you are from a bigger city, there is nothing your kids will love more. The Safari Park​ has driving and walking trails that allow you to hear and see animals in a natural environment. From bison roaming, elk playing, and wolves roaming in and out of caves, it offers an outdoor fun experience you could never get at a zoo.

Address: 16406 292nd St, Ashland, NE 68003
Phone: (402) 944-WILD (9453)
Website: wildlifesafaripark.com

Festivals & Events

Who said outdoor fun had to be all hiking, camping and trails? Omaha has a large number of outdoor fun events and festivals that place throughout the year. Many of the events are free and fun for all ages!

Jazz on the Green

Jazz music on a beautiful grass lawn on a nice summmer evening with friends and family - what sounds better than that? This Free to all event takes place in Midtown Crossing every Thursday of the summer. So bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and sunscreen and enjoy an evening of jazz music and food from local restaurants in Midtown.

Address: 3110 Farnam St, Omaha, NE 68131
Phone Number: (402) 444-5930
Website: www.midtowncrossing.com

Taste of Omaha

The Taste of Omaha is a 3-day summer tradition that takes place every year for the past 23 years. If you're a food fanatic, this is your chance to literally get a taste of all of Omaha's top local restaurants as food trucks and tents line up and down the downtown Omaha Riverfront and Heartland of America Park. This fun for all ages event doesn't stop with just food - you'll enjoy live entertainment, free concerts all weekend long, and games and rides for the kids!


Address: 800 Douglas St, Omaha, NE 68102 and 345 Riverfront Dr, Omaha, NE 68102
Phone Number: (402) 346-8003
Website: showofficeonline.com

Benson Days

Benson Days is a family-friendly event held in July each year in the heart of Omaha Benson. The iconic Street Festival is in honor of the neighborhood’s creative culture and includes a parade, a variety of street vendors, art, music, children’s activities, and a beer garden. The festival is a two-day event starting on Saturday with a pancake feed and on Sunday with Indie 5 & 10K races. The proceeds acquired from Benson Days goes to support neighborhood projects each year.

Address: 60th & Maple, Omaha, NE
Email: bensondaysne@gmail.com
Website: bensondays.com

SeptemberFest

Located at the Century Link Center from August 30 – September 2, this festival is to celebrate Labor Day. The festival consists of entertainment, educational and artistic displays, a carnival, and Omaha’s biggest parade. It is an exciting time for everyone of all ages, from musical acts in the Beer Garden to arts and crafts for the children.

Address: 455 N 10th St, Omaha, NE
Phone Number: (402) 346-4800
Website: septemberfestomaha.org

MAHA Music Festival

The MAHA Music Festival is an Omaha experience not to miss. Taking place August 16th and 17th, this Rock, Indie, & Hip-Hop music festival is held in Aksarben Village at Stinson Park. Enjoy a wide variety of activities from, of course, dancing to music to riding the Ferris Wheel. The MAHA Music Festival is coming up on its 10th year striving and thriving for an experience to remember. Check out the lineups for this year and get your tickets now!

Address: 67th & Center Omaha, NE
Website: mahamusicfestival.com

College World Series

The CWS is the pinnacle of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Baseball Championship tournament of 64 teams at first leading to a national championship. Omaha has hosted the College World Series since 1950. Originally taking place at Rosenblatt Stadium, the CWS got a new home field in 2011 - TD Ameritrade. Located in the heart of downtown Omaha, the CWS takes place from June 15-June 26, and is Omaha's largest most profitable event, surpassing 300,000 visitors each year. Aside from the actual games going on, tents around the stadium are set up for the entire week with games, team merchandise, souvenir shops, tasty food, beer, live music, and much more. Get tickets to see your favorite team play today!

Address: 1200 Mike Fahey St, Omaha, NE
Phone Number: 402-554-4422
Website: cwsomaha.com

Summer Arts Festival

Are you an art fanatic? Love listening to music? Well then, the Summer Arts Festival is for you. It is a two-day event on June 7-9, on Mike Fahey Street between 10th and 14th Streets. This FREE, fun for all ages event features 135 of the nation’s pristine visual artists, a stage of ongoing musical performances and a direct experience at the Children’s Fair.

Address: Mike Fahey St. Omaha, NE
Phone Number: (402) 345.5401 ext. 102
Website: www.summerarts.org

Farmers Market​

To no one’s surprise here in Nebraska, we have beautiful farmers markets​​ that showcase everything the local terrain and community has to offer. From homemade salsa, popcorn, pastries, veggies, succulents, and homemade crafts, you will find a lot more than just corn. In the summers our farmer's markets are every Saturday downtown and every Sunday in Aksarkben Village.

Address: Aksarben: 2285 S 67th St, Omaha, NE 68106 or Old Market: 519 S 11th St, Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: (402) 345-5401
Website: omahafarmersmarket.com

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