Traverse a lush forest canopy. Picnic on castle grounds. Sip tea or craft beer. We have plenty of suggestions for Omaha experiences that will have you saying “cheers.” Read on for 10 things visitors will love to do in May.

1. Get a Rush Among the Trees

TreeRush Adventures

Immerse yourself in the fresh-leafed spring trees at TreeRush Adventures at Fontenelle Forest. This aerial amusement park is an exhilarating way to experience nature. Kids from 4 to 104 can explore the treetops. After expert instruction from the TreeRush team, those 7 and up can navigate suspended obstacles, bridges, rope ladders, tunnels, and other surprises that make up the more than 100 challenges and 11 ziplines suspended over 6 acres. For younger thrill-seekers, there’s KidRush, an area specially designed for children ages 4 to 6. TreeRush is open mid-spring through mid-fall.

2. Expand Your Mind

Kiewit Luminarium

Let your imagination run wild at the expansive Kiewit Luminarium, Omaha’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) interactive family museum along Omaha’s riverfront. Try your hand at over 100 interactive exhibits and activities and rediscover childlike wonder, no matter your age.  

3. Jog Bob

Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

Sure, you’ve heard of a 10k and 5k … but how about a 0.9k? At 3,000 feet long, or 0.9 kilometers, the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, or Bob for short, makes everyone’s marathon dreams come true with his 0.9k challenge. So walk/run/bike across him, take a photo, and show it to the friendly folks at the Omaha Visitors Center to get an official sticker to show off on your car, in your office – wherever.

4. Experience Omaha the Billionaire’s Way

Hollywood Candy

Whether you’re visiting for the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting or simply for a weekend getaway, you can experience Omaha like billionaire and Omaha native Warren Buffett. Dine at Gorat’s steakhouse, an Omaha favorite for nearly 80 years. Buffett’s go-to meal is a 22-ounce Omaha T-bone with two sides of crispy hash browns, and a Coca-Cola. For a hit of something sweet post-dinner, head to Hollywood Candy, where Buffett once invited Bill Gates to peruse the retro candy selection. Before you go, take a photo with life-size cut-outs of pals Buffett and Gates. Check out more Omaha places that have a direct connection to Warren Buffett.

5. Enjoy a Spot of Tea

High Tea at The Cottonwood

As much as Omaha visitors enjoy their coffee, there are special spots for tea lovers too. The Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel hosts afternoon tea throughout the year while Chocolat Abeille hosts private afternoon tea and chocolate tastings every Friday afternoon. Omaha tea staple The Tea Smith maintains a collection of 150 fresh loose leaf teas while Artemis Tea & Botanical sells hand-crafted, small-batch herbal teas created with wellbeing in mind.

6. Engage with Important History 

Malcolm X Birthsite visitors center

Human rights activist Malcolm X was born in Omaha, where visitors are invited to visit the place of his birth at Malcolm X. Memorial Foundation. A 17-acre developing memorial features a visitor center, community garden and plaza with a historical marker commemorating where Malcolm X first lived with his family. The foundation recently received a $20 million grant from the state, and foundation leadership is looking to build a cultural center and outdoor amphitheater. Stay tuned. 

7. See How Omaha’s Craft Brew is Made

Craft Brews - Lucky Bucket Patrons

In crafting the light zest of cold ales, the mild flavor of frosty lagers, and the heavy malt taste of dark stouts, Omaha continues to gain accolades as a top beer city. Get a behind-the-scenes peek at how the brewers make it happen at Lucky Bucket Brewery, Nebraska Brewing Company and Brickway Brewery and Distillery. Tours are typically 30-40 minutes long and include samples. Another way to savor Omaha’s beer scene is with the Craft Brew Penny Pack, giving visitors access to buy one, get-one-for-a-penny coupons at 13 handpicked breweries across the city.

8. Join a Zoo Backstage Tour

Sea Lions Backstage

The world’s best zoo is right here in Omaha. With over 30,000 animals on its 160 acres, there are countless things everyone can see. Consider upgrading your experience with special behind-the-scenes looks at the Sea Lion Care Quarters, the aquarium glass, and the giraffe herd room. Book your special zoo behind-the-scenes experience at

9. Toast to the City

Takeoff Rooftop Bar at The Peregrine Omaha

Take in the city views at the Takeoff Rooftop Bar at The Peregrine Omaha, the only of its kind in downtown Omaha and where you can take in the sweeping city views while sipping a cocktail. A big bonus is that you don't have to be a guest to enjoy the space – open Monday through Saturday – though we highly recommend a stay.

10. Picnic on Castle Grounds

Picnic at Joslyn Castle

Omaha’s historic Joslyn Castle invites the public to their grounds for fresh air, spring blooms, and space to roam. Cap off your al fresco meal with a public tour. Visit our events calendar for more information.

If you’re still looking for things to fill your spring trip, check out this spring break itinerary for families. For even more ideas on what to do in Omaha in May and any other time of the year, head to for more inspiration.