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Free Things to Do in Omaha

Free Things To Do

In addition to a variety of special offers, Omaha provides free
family entertainment that's easy on the wallet and big fun.


Listed below are some of the free things to do during your Omaha visit.
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  1. Explore the Joslyn Art Museum. This pink marble masterpiece is filled with more than 11,000 works of art from antiquity to the present featuring work from Monet, Renoir and Pollock.
  2. Visit the ever-changing and always-impressive art exhibitions found at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.  Seasoned artists and up-and-coming talent create remarkable works in edgy, creative atmosphere. Free Things To Do - Old Market
  3. Tour First National's Spirit of Nebraska's Wilderness and Pioneer Courage Park.  More than 100 larger-than-life bronze sculptures (weighing between 400lbs to six tons) stampede 6 blocks through the buildings and streets of downtown Omaha. These special public art pieces tell the story of the pioneers' westward journey.
  4. Go for a "slide" at the Gene Leahy Pedestrian Mall, and then walk around ten-acres of waterfalls, gardens, lagoons and more.
  5. Take in a walk at Heartland of America Park and marvel at the fountain's 300-foot high jet and catch the spectacular evening light show.
  6.  ‘Walk on Bob'. Stroll across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, a one-of-a-kind 3,000 ft long cable stay bridge connecting two states.  Photo opp alert: stand in two states at the same time - one foot in Nebraska and one foot in Iowa.  Share your pic with #OmahaWeekend.
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  8. Check out the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Visitor Center and learn about their famous expedition, 390 National Parks and more.
  9. Take a leisurely walk or a challenging jog along Omaha's Riverfront.  Take in the new developments while enjoying the Monument to Labor Sculpture at Lewis & Clark Landing.
  10. Step into history at the Mormon Trail Center, which offers state-of-the-art history displays of the Mormon trek from Illinois to Utah in the 1800s.
  11. Visit Memorial Park and the monuments honoring WWII, Korea and Vietnam forces.  A visitor favorite is the All-American Rose Society Garden.
  12. Explore art, design, architecture and more at KANEKO, an "open space for your mind".
  13. Visit Mt Vernon Gardens, with its bluff setting similar to George Washington's Mount Vernon view of the Potomac.
  14. Stroll through the Cancer Survivors Park, an inspirational retreat to encourage people to understand and fight cancer.
  15. Tour Boys Town's Hall of History, Visitors Center and the Father Flanagan House.  This National Historic Landmark District is also home to the world's largest Ball of Stamps.
  16. See the Gerald R Ford Birth Site and Gardens, a memorial to the 38th U.S. President who was born in Omaha - a kiosk modeled after the original house and a colonnade and Rose Garden modeled after the White House complete the site.Free Things To Do - Joslyn
  17. Pack a picnic, kick back and enjoy 16 weeks of live music at Midtown Crossing's Turner Park. July through September enjoy smooth Jazz, infectious soul/funk, hot Latin beats and more.
  18. Check out one of Omaha's many festivals during the summer months - including the Summer Arts Festival, Florence Days, Bank of the West Celebrates America concert and fireworks,  Santa Lucia Festival, Taste of Omaha, Greek Festival and Fort Omaha's Intertribal Pow Wow. 
  19. Experience Shakespeare on the Green, outdoor performances that bring William Shakespeare's work to life and include interactive audience participation events prior to each performance. 
  20. Enjoy one of Omaha's many parades, including St Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo, Florence Days, Millard Days, Septemberfest and more.
  21. Interact with Omaha's Public Art Displays sprinkled throughout the city.  Enjoy larger than life jugglers, one of the country's largest public murals, and a sculpture ready to take a bite out of you!

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