Winter Fun in Omaha

Midwest winters offer fresh opportunities to experience Omaha’s great outdoors.

Glide through winter at one of many area ice rinks. Grover IceMoylan Iceplex and Motto McLean Ice Arena offer indoor public skating year-round–for visitors, an especially great activity for filling any two-hour gaps in your trip itinerary. Bonus: Many rinks are open major holidays. For an al fresco ice skating experience, UNMC Ice Rink is outfitted with festive strung lights and is open during the holiday season. 

Those who prefer leisurely movement over heart-pumping adventure will enjoy exploring Omaha’s trails… in the snow. Fontenelle Forest rents snowshoes for $5 for 2 hours (admission rates apply); Hitchcock Nature Center also rents them. Also, Omaha’s relatively flat terrain makes it ideal for cross-country skiing. In the quiet of winter, check out one of Omaha’s parks; local areas in all corners of the city promise a great cross-country skiing (and snowshoeing) option is nearby, like Elmwood Park, Zorinsky Lake Park, Big Papio Trail, Wabash Trace Nature Trail, and Schramm Park State Recreation Area.

Or, simply lace up your walking shoes and breathe in the fresh, winter air with a stroll on an area trail. If you enjoy being rewarded for your physical accomplishments, Bob makes an ordinary walk extraordinary with his 0.9k marathon challenge.

Browse below to plan your winter adventure now, and remember: Dress for the weather, and get outdoors for some fun this winter.

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