The kids are out of school and there’s annual vacation time to burn. Sounds like a recipe for a summer getaway. Omaha’s summer calendar sizzles with hallmark warm-weather fun– read on to create your perfect itinerary for summer break.
Camaraderie with fellow sports fans can create some of your favorite getaway moments, and sports heat up in summer in Omaha. Eight of college’s best baseball teams battle it out during June’s NCAA Men’s College World Series, and athletes swing their way to victory in the Korn Ferry Tour’s Pinnacle Bank Golf Championship in July.
There’s an event for everyone in summer. In June, Taste of Omaha gives foodies a sampling of Omaha’s culinary scene, and the Omaha Summer Arts Festival hosts 135 artists from across the nation. In July, the community celebrates Pride during the Heartland Pride Festival and five area attractions celebrate everything train and track during Railroad Days. In August, music lovers rejoice at Maha Music Festival.
More fun awaits outdoors. Stroll the Omaha Farmers Market on weekends, and revel in the sweet sounds of jazz on Thursdays during Jazz on the Green. Take in summer’s vibrant colors with a walk through 75,000 sunflowers at Nelson Produce + Farm, and return to your hotel room or home w/ freshly picked zinnias from Ditmar’s Orchard & Vineyard. While you’re at local orchards, go strawberry picking.
Water fun can create some of the most thrilling memories. Ride the water with paddleboard tours with Driftwood Paddleboard Adventures, or a standup paddleboard rental from Neighborhood Offshore. Try tanking with Tank Down the Elkhorn or tubing with Tubing & Adventures. If you have a need for speed, hop aboard one of the Bryson Airboat Tours. In the water, cool off at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium’s Alaskan Adventure, a massive spray ground complete with 75 bronze sculptures. Splash around at Fun Plex’s 16 acres of water fun, with mini golf, Go-Karts, and more mixed in. Head to one of many area spraygrounds in between meals and big fun to keep the kiddos happy.
Genius idea: Create your own ice cream tour. Coneflower Creamery crafts their artisanal ice cream and treats. Ted & Wally’s slow churns their super-premium made from scratch ice cream with 18 percent butterfat. Mail order favorite eCreamery serves 16 staple flavors of specialty ice cream, gelato and dairy-free sorbet in their two parlors.
Summer heats up with late night fun across the city. ‘80s-style nightclub Throwback Arcade Lounge’s LED dance floor will keep you dancing all night long. The Max is a can’t-miss high- energy gay bar and dance club, and Beercade and Beercade 2 merry enjoying a beer and playing Skee-Ball. Classy Barnato keeps things fresh with live music and exquisite craft cocktails.
When you’re on the lookout for chance encounters and rare moments, some of the best memories can emerge. In Omaha this summer break, be ready to experience joy from out of nowhere. For more ways to experience Omaha, click here.