Five Surprisingly Fun Things to do in Omaha Nebraska

When many people try to picture Omaha Nebraska, corn fields, cows and boredom might come to mind. But, if you find yourself in the Omaha area, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. The region does, in fact, consist of so much more than you might expect. Food, culture, history and fun await if you know just where to look and the time of year to visit. Here are just five of the countless ways to have a surprisingly good time in Omaha.

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art

If culture and beauty is on your list, then the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art is a must see destination in the Omaha area. With a wide array of exhibits and exhibitions, there are many ways for an art lover to spend time enjoying the contemporary art on display. There is even occasional art benefit auctions at the venue. So what are you waiting for? Take a look at the events calendar, and stop by for a wonderful day of exploration.

The Old Market

If history and stately architecture get you excited, then the Old Market is a great area of town to explore. Here, you can walk the streets while admiring the many historical brick buildings. You may also want to check out the many unique shops and dining establishments that are located in this area of town. For food, Spaghetti Works and Jams are often patron favorites.

Jazz on the Green

If music and the outdoors are on your "favorites" list, then why not combine the two at the summer, seasonal Jazz on the Green event. This is often a favorite for locals and visitors alike and typically takes place on Thursday nights beginning in July and ending in August.


When it comes to green spaces, outdoor beauty, and golf, there is certainly no shortage of any of these things in the Omaha area. There are a number of thoughtfully designed and award-winning golf courses to try in the area. To explore the many golfing options, check online, or better yet, ask a local. Elmwood on Pacific is a favorite public golf course in the area.

Enjoy History

Are you a history buff? Or maybe you just like learning new things. Either way, Omaha has a number of historical sights, like Father Flanagan's Boys Town, and the Lewis and Clark Landing on the Missouri River. So take some time and learn about all that Omaha has to offer.

Although Matt Bendell has lived in Orlando for more than a decade, he has strong roots in the Midwest, both in Nebraska and in Minnesota. Over the years, he has freelanced for various lifestyle publications. He currently produces a daily radio program for a large, non-profit organization.