Nestled in the heart of the Midwest and the center of the United States, Omaha is a city full of world class attractions. Omaha is home to Henry Doorly Zoo and Joslyn Art Museum. Full of cultural diversity and hospitality, there are hundreds of things to do in Omaha, NE to suit every member of your family. If you are looking to avoid the crowds, or explore some of Omaha’s hidden treasures, here are some lesser known attractions in Omaha. Whether you are a new visitor, or a long-time resident, explore one of the attractions below on your next outing.
First National’s Spirit of Nebraska’s Wilderness and Pioneer Courage
Covering more than six city blocks between 1400 Capitol Street and 1601 Dodge Street, First National’s Spirit of Nebraska’s Wilderness and Pioneer Courage encompasses the western heritage of Nebraska. Over 100 bronze sculptures representing the wagon trail and wildlife found on the way west through Nebraska are integrating into downtown’s urban setting.
Fontanelle Forest/Neale Woods
Wildlife, wetlands, prairies and forests abound in Fontanelle Forest/Neale Woods. Open year round, you can explore on the 26 miles of trails or enjoy the exhibits, gift shop and displays. Enjoy the outdoors and Missouri River viewing in this 2,000-acre forest.
Freedom Park Navy Museum
Explore on your own, or enjoy a guided tour on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays every month, at the Freedom Park Navy Museum. Here you will find Navy artifacts along with the USS Hazard and the USS Marlin parked alongside the Missouri River.
Malcolm X Birthsite
This 12-acre developing site is dedicated to the birthplace of Malcolm X. An official marker is erected on the Malcolm X Birthside. This is a beautiful plaza and educational site.
Nebraska Jewish Historical Society and Riekes Museum
Explore the culture and history of Nebraska and Western Iowa’s Jewish people at the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society and Riekes Museum. Delve into the photographs, exhibits and historical timelines of the Nebraska Jewish culture and local synagogues.
Omaha Children’s Museum
Interactive and full of fun, Omaha Children’s Museum is hours of fun for any child. Both permanent and traveling exhibits explore child development, science and art through a child’s perspective. Omaha Children’s Museum is open year round.
Prospect Hill Cemetery
Dedicate some time remembering Nebraska’s famous and infamous residents. With a section dedicated to Fort Omaha soldiers, Prospect Hill Cemetery is full of interesting monuments. The cemetery is open daily from dawn until dusk.
Cancer Survivor’s Park
Ending at a tower of light, Cancer Survivor’s Park is filled with life-sized sculptures. Be inspired during your time exploring and learning about the fight with cancer. Keystone Biking/Walking Trail to Bellevue Loop TrailExplore Omaha and the Missouri Riverfront along this 27-mile of pathway. Starting at 88th and Fort, this trail ends at Haworth Park in Bellevue.
Summer Concert Series
If you are in search of things to do during the summer months, check out Omaha’s nightlife and musical entertainment. Several of Omaha’s shopping centers and parks showcase local and national musicians during the summer months. Pick up a copy of the Omaha World-Herald for weekly events at places such as Rockbrook Village, Shadow Lake Towne Center, Village Pointe and Turner Park.
Next time you are visiting Omaha, or in search of a family outing destination, visit somewhere new. There are many hidden gems located in this Midwestern city. These are just a few of the lesser known things to do in Omaha, NE.