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Places to Go, Things To Do In Omaha

Check out the 2021 Visitors Guide from Visit Omaha.

Taste of Omaha

June 3 - June 5, 2022 (Be careful not to break silence)

The Annual Taste of Omaha is a free celebration of local restaurants and businesses. See more specifics at their homepage.

Omaha Summer Arts Festival

June 10 – June 12, 2022 (Be careful not to break silence)

The Summer Arts Festival showcases local artists, musicians, and even has a tasting event of its own. You can find details on all the events at their website.

College World Series

June 17-June 26/27, 2022

If you come to Omaha for a summer and don’t turn out for the College World Series, you will miss out on an integral part of baseball history! These guys play their hearts out for the love of the game! The CWS takes place in the TD Ameritrade Stadium. To learn more about the game schedule, visit their website.

 

Local Attractions

Omaha Storm Chasers

The AAA baseball team in Omaha. You can see them play at Werner Park, located off of I-80 West at the Hwy 370 exit. For game times, call them at 402-734-2550 or visit their website.

Lauritzen Gardens

Omaha’s premier botanical garden. A beautiful place to pray and wander, you can visit them at 100 Bancroft Street. Find out more about their current showcases by calling their office at 402-346-4002 or visiting them online.

 

Film Streams

A nonprofit organization dedicated to showcasing a variety of cultural films. From old classics to new films, there is always something to discuss and view at Film Streams. Two locations, one just a short walk from campus on 1340 Mike Fahey Street, the other about a 10 minute drive at 4952 Dodge Street, you can call them at 402-933-0259 or view their website to learn what’s currently showing.

The Henry Doorly Zoo

A must-see and named the #2 Zoo in America by USA Today in 2019.  The zoo is located on 3701 South 10th Street. Call 402-733-8401 or visit the website for more information.

Durham Western Heritage Museum

Consider visiting if you are a history buff. Information on temporary and permanent exhibits can be found at their website. The museum is located on 801 South 10th Street (about 10 minutes from Creighton’s campus). Their phone number is 402-444-5071.

Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

This footbridge opened on September 28, 2008. It is 3,000 ft long (the longest pedestrian bridge to link two states), with 150 miles of trail on either side of the river. Great for a walk or to view the mighty Missouri River! Approved parking places are: the Lewis and Clark Landing, Millers Landing, Heartland of America Park and on nights and weekends, the National Parks Service Building.

Restaurants

Too many good ones to list! Your task is to ask any locals you meet, “What’s your favorite restaurant?” Then you can spend the summer deciding for yourself.
Food within quick walking distance of campus include McDonald’s and Subway (along 24th and Cuming Streets) or the café at the Joslyn Art Museum (24th and Dodge).  You can grab a burger at The Session Room (1502 Mike Fahey Street), a taco at Hook and Lime (735 N. 14th Street), or check out The Matt or Liberty Tavern (Hilton Hotel), both just west of the CHI Health Center on 13th and Cass Streets.  The Old Market is just a little further south and has numerous restaurants from which to choose.

Golf Courses

Nearby golf courses include:
Benson (5333 N. 72nd Street) 402-444-4626
Elmwood (6232 Pacific Street) 402-444-4683
Shoreline (210 Locust Street, Carter Lake, IA) 712-347-5173
Warren Swigart Par 3 (3865 Parkview Drive) 402-444-4623
Milt’s Golf Center Par 3 (6402 Q Street) 402-731-2001
Dodge Riverside Park (2 Harrahs Blvd, Council Bluffs, IA) 712-328-4660

The Great Outdoors

To walk to a park (about a mile away), go east along the commons to 20th Street, go right/south on 20th to Douglas, then turn east again (left) on Douglas. The Gene Leahy Mall starts at 14th and Douglas. This linear park runs all the way to the river, where it connects with Heartland Park and Lewis and Clark landing.

Gifford Park (about a mile away) is between 33rd and 35th Streets from east to west and between California and Cass Streets from north to south.  It has a baseball field and tennis courts. 

Memorial Park is at 62nd and Dodge, and Elmwood Park starts near 64th and Dodge Street and runs southwest to Pacific (behind the University of Nebraska at Omaha).

Find other Omaha green spaces here.
If you need to see some trees, Fontenelle Nature Association has nature centers and trails north and south of town. For further information call 402-731-3140 or look them up online.

Two pretty State parks within 30 minutes of Creighton are Mahoney and the Platte River. Go here to find out more.

See the city’s pages for information on public tennis courts and trails. Good trails for running, biking and rollerblading include Field Club, Keystone, Papio, and a short one at Lewis and Clark Landing. The Wabash Trace Tail is unpaved and runs more than 60 miles through southwest Iowa (call 712-246-4444 or see their website for more information).  

Other Events

For more events, check the Thursday “GO!” section of the Omaha-World Herald each week or go online for further options of what to do in Omaha.

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