Vacation on a Budget in Omaha

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Omaha is a perfect family-friendly destination! In addition to the amazing Zoo (ranked by many as the TOP Zoo in the country!), fun Children’s Museum, historic Durham Museum, and beautiful Fontenelle Forest, there are many activities and events you can enjoy in Omaha for FREE!

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FREE Summer Activities in Omaha

Visit our FREE Summer Fun Guide where you can find many free or inexpensive family activities and events this summer including movies, concerts, community celebrations, summer reading programs, family fishing events, and more!

Spraygrounds

One of our favorite summertime activities is playing at spraygrounds and splash parks! Choose from many in the Omaha area, with most opening Memorial Day Weekend!

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FREE Upcoming Events

Visit our Omaha Kids Calendar for many FREE Upcoming family-friendly events!

Joslyn Art Museum

Joslyn Art Museum offers Free general admission every day!  While there, be sure to stop by the Joslyn Art Museum’s Peter Kiewit Foundation Sculpture Garden which is open year-round from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., and admission is free.

Downtown Parks

Walk around the park and enjoy the spectacular fountain and light show at the Heartland of America Park. Take a walk on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, and enjoy the amazing view of downtown Omaha. Enjoy a peaceful walk along the Missouri River at the Lewis and Clark Landing.

Old Market Area

The Old Marketa favorite among locals and visitors, is an historic area in downtown Omaha featuring shopping, restaurants, boutiques, nightlife, galleries, horse-drawn carriages, street musicians, all surrounded by cobblestone streets.  First Friday Old Market, held on the first Friday of each month from 6-9 p.m., is a free event celebrating local creativity.

Parades and Festivals

Enjoy parades, community cookouts, games, dances, live music, fireworks, plus more at many Omaha Area Community Celebrations! Plus, enjoy some other local favorites including the Summer Arts Festival (June 6 - 8), Sand in the City (June 7 – 8), YMCA Healthy Kids Day (June 14, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Aksarben Village), College World Series (June 14 – 25 (Opening Celebration Day and CWS Fan Fest)), Bank of the West Celebrates America (June 27).

Railroad Days

July 12-13, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Although not free, it is a wonderful deal with purchase of an All Aboard Pass for $15/family (max. 2 adults  + $5 addl. adult) which includes admission and transportation to all locations – Durham Museum, Lauritzen Gardens, Union Pacific Railroad Museum, RailsWest Railroad Museum, and the Historic General Dodge House.

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