Free Things To Do in Omaha
In addition to a variety of special offers, Omaha provides fun free family entertainment.
1. Reconnect at The RiverFront
The RiverFront is a lively destination that bridges Omaha’s Old Market Entertainment District and North Downtown Entertainment District. Three parks encompassing 72 acres offer lush native landscapes, stunning city views, and diverse recreational offerings, from playgrounds to sand volleyball. Board game carts and art carts provide more free fun, as do regularly offered classes and activities, like yoga, STEM for kids, and movie nights.
2. Explore Hot Shops Art Center
More than 70 artists invite you to wander and explore this 92,000 square foot living art museum. Four "hot shops" feature working artists in glass blowing, pottery, bronze casting and blacksmithing, and 50 individual studios and two art galleries give visitors a look at artwork and how it is created.
3. Visit Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Find ever-changing and always-impressive art exhibitions. Seasoned artists and up-and-coming talent create remarkable works in an edgy, creative atmosphere.
More than 100 larger-than-life bronze sculptures (weighing between 400 pounds to 6 tons) parade through the buildings and streets of downtown Omaha. These special public art pieces tell the story of the pioneers' westward journey.
5. Chug to Kenefick Park
See two of the greatest locomotives ever to power the Union Pacific Railroad - Centennial No. 6900 and Big Boy No. 4023.
6. Enjoy Omaha Lakes
Slow down and unwind at one of Omaha's picturesque lakes offering fishing, boating, and other recreational activities all year long.
7. Walk on Bob
Stroll across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, a one-of-a-kind 3,000-foot-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. We call it Bobbing. Share your pic with #OmahaWeekend. And don’t forget to visit OMAR the Troll under the bridge.
8. Check out the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Visitor Center
Learn about their famous expedition, 390 National Parks and more.
9. Step into history at the Mormon Trail Center at Winter Quarters
The Center offers state-of-the-art history displays of the Mormon trek from Illinois to Utah in the 1800s.
10. Experience KANEKO
Explore art, design, architecture and more at KANEKO, an "open space for your mind."
11. Visit Mount Vernon Gardens
It features a bluff setting similar to George Washington's Mount Vernon view of the Potomac.
12. Visit Memorial Park and the Monuments Honoring WWII, Korea, and Vietnam forces
A visitor favorite is the All-American Rose Society Garden.
13. Stroll through the Cancer Survivors Park
Don't miss this inspirational retreat to encourage people to understand and fight cancer.
14. 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.
15. Find live music at Midtown Crossing's Turner Park
Pack a picnic, kick back, and enjoy live music at Turner Park. July through September enjoy smooth Jazz, infectious soul/funk, hot Latin beats and more.
16. See the Gerald R. Ford Birth Site and Gardens
Experience this 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.
17. Check Out a Festival
Experience one of Omaha's many festivals during the warmer months - including the Summer Arts Festival, Florence Days, Cinco de Mayo, City of Omaha Celebrates America and fireworks, Santa Lucia Festival, Taste of Omaha, Greek Festival and Fort Omaha's Intertribal Powwow.
18. Catch a Parade
Enjoy one of Omaha's many parades, including St Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo, Florence Days, Millard Days and more.
19. Peruse the Omaha Farmers Market
Two market locations and times – one on Saturdays in the Old Market and one on Sundays in Aksarben Village – offer fun browsing (and often buying) of local producers’ offerings from early May to mid-October.
20. 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!