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9 Free Things To Do In Omaha, NE

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Maybe you’re a proud resident who already owns a home in Omaha, or perhaps you’re getting ready to call this city your new home – either way, you’re in for a treat! This Redfin guide is tailor-made for you, showcasing 9 free activities that will help you make the most of your time in this vibrant city, without breaking the bank. 

From discovering tranquil parks to immersing yourself in the local culture, we’ve compiled budget-friendly options that ensure you can enjoy living in Omaha, without worrying about your wallet. Let’s dive in. 

A reflection of Omaha at dawn.

1. Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

The 3,000-foot-long Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge opened in September 2008 and spans the Missouri River. This iconic bridge offers breathtaking views of the cityscape. It’s a favorite spot for locals and visitors, perfect for a leisurely walk, jog, or even a peaceful bike ride.

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2. Joslyn Art Museum

Immerse yourself in artistic treasures at the Joslyn Art Museum, where the permanent collection spans centuries and cultures. The museum provides an enriching cultural experience from classical to contemporary works at no cost. The museum is currently closed for refurbishment; however, once it reopens, you’ll want to check out the art and sculpture gardens. Remember that temporary exhibits may be subject to a charge before entry.

People in art gallery

3. Heartland of America Park

Among the apartments for rent in downtown Omaha, discover this tranquil park with a shimmering lake, picturesque fountains, and meandering trails. Pack a picnic, enjoy the serene ambiance, and catch occasional events and light shows. The Heartland of America Park recently underwent major transformations and now features a skate ribbon, amphitheater, bocce courts, and more.

4. Old Market District

Wander through the charming Old Market District with its cobblestone streets, over 45 boutique shops, and local eateries. Discover unique crafts, antiques, and art, and soak up the district’s historic charm. Every Saturday, the Old Market District is home to one of Omaha’s largest farmers markets, where you can shop locally sourced produce and more.

Aerial view of bridge over Missouri River, Omaha, Nebraska

5. Fontenelle Forest

While some trails may require a fee, Fontenelle Forest offers 1,500 acres of complimentary access to specific hiking trails. Explore lush woodlands, diverse ecosystems, and reconnect with nature just minutes from the city. Fontenelle Forest hosts several events such as Critter Talk, Perseids Meteor Shower Viewing, Sunset Hike, and more.

6. Omaha’s public art

Embark on a free, self-guided artistic journey across the city. From captivating sculptures to vibrant murals, Omaha’s public installations provide an accessible and compelling outdoor gallery experience. Amongst the hundreds of pieces to discover are a sculpture of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the aha-MO steel bench, and the Fire in the Hole sculpture by John-Barlow Hudson.

7. Bob Devaney Sports Center Outdoor Track

Located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, the Bob Devaney Sports Center Outdoor Track is a great (and free) place to spend some time in Omaha. Whether you’re a dedicated runner or simply seeking an invigorating stroll, the track welcomes all to enjoy its well-maintained lanes. With its scenic surroundings and the echo of cheering crowds still felt in the air, the Bob Devaney Sports Center Outdoor Track offers not only a place to exercise but also a connection to the rich sports heritage of Nebraska.

Shot of a young athlete out running on the track

8. Hummel Park

Venture just outside Omaha to Hummel Park for a free escape into nature. Hike the trails, breathe in the fresh air, and discover the park’s serene beauty and panoramic vistas. Hummel Park is also home to disc golf and several other yearly events, such as children’s camps and mud runs.

9. Visit various farmer’s markets

Immerse yourself in Omaha’s culture by visiting its vibrant farmer’s markets. Sample fresh produce and artisanal products and interact with local vendors, all while enjoying a lively and community-focused atmosphere. A few notable markets include Omaha Farmers Market in The Old Market and Aksarben Village, Farmers Market Council Bluffs, and Legacy Farmers Market.

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