Omaha is in the center of the United States and the heart of the Midwest – merging the best in Midwestern hospitality with the energy of a city on the move. Enjoy Omaha by taking part in its many free things to do.
1. Stroll across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. This one-of-a-kind 3,000-foot-long suspension bridge is art over water – offering visitors an almost air-borne experience. The longest pedestrian bridge linking two states, “Bob the Bridge” stretches across the Missouri River and connects nearly 150 miles of walking and biking trails. Visitors stand in the middle of “Bob” with one foot in Nebraska and the other in Iowa, it’s a great photo opt!
2. Experience the struggles of the Mormon Pioneers during the trek from Illinois to Utah in the 1800s at the Mormon Trail Center. Walk through a full sized log cabin, pull an authentic handcart, climb into a covered wagon and more.
3. An Omaha summer tradition, Jazz on the Green offers the ultimate outdoor jam session featuring national and local jazz musicians playing on the beautiful Turner Park lawn at Midtown Crossing. Visitors can pack a picnic or grab some take-out from one of the area restaurants.
4. Let the smooth Blues carry you away at the Playing with Fire concert in July. The free concert offers the perfect musical atmosphere nestled against Omaha’s Riverfront.
5. Stroll through the 31-acres of Heartland of America Park, with its 300-foot water and light show in the spectacular fountain. Take a romantic gondola ride and take in the beauty of the surrounding park.
6. Visit Omaha’s artsy urban area and experience art exhibitions that will stretch the limits of your imagination at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. This ever-changing, always impressive museum/gallery is known internationally for its art-in-residency program.
7. Art stampedes through downtown Omaha and its buildings. First National’s Spirit of Nebraska’s Wilderness and Pioneer Courage Park consists of more than 100 individual bronze pieces that range from 400 lbs to six tons. The sculpture tells a story of what happens when a wagon train startles a herd of buffalo, creating a stampede right through buildings, which then flushes a flock of geese which fly through the 40-story First National Tower.
8. Walk into history at Boys Town’s expansive campus. The national landmark, museum, historic chapels, gardens and Father Flanagan’s home are all preserved in time inside this world-renowned village. An especially exciting time to visit, as Father Flanagan begins the canonization process into sainthood.
9. Omaha’s Old Market Entertainment District is a historic warehouse district transformed into a bustling nightlife, shopping and dining destination. Stroll cobblestone streets lined with unique shops, pubs and restaurants.
10. The South 24th Street Walking Tour offers visitor an educational trip through the nationally registered commercial district in Omaha. Lined with authentic shops, restaurants and art – the flavor and culture comes to life.