Visiting Omaha: Things to Do in Omaha for Families

Visiting Omaha for FamiliesWhether you’ve lived in Omaha your whole life or are visiting for the first time, there are so many things to do see and do! The Zoo is what most people think of when they visit Omaha, and it’s awesome! But there is plenty more to see, do, and explore around Omaha. 

Don’t forget to bookmark this for the next time you have out-of-town guests! 

The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Omaha for Families

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Where to Stay in Omaha

If you’re traveling with kids, a hotel with a pool is a must! Here are some great hotel options for families in Omaha. 

Hotels near downtown Omaha

Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel

This boutique hotel is in the heart of Omaha, close to the Zoo, downtown, museums, and more. And the outdoor pool (and bar) is a hit with kids and adults! 

Embassy Suites by Hilton Omaha Downtown Old Market

Includes a free made-to-order breakfast, indoor pool, and complimentary evening reception.

Holiday Inn Omaha Downtown

Centrally located and offers a free shuttle to the airport. The indoor pool includes a small waterpark. 

Where to Play in Omaha

Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

As the #1 tourist attraction in Nebraska, the Omaha Zoo is a must-visit. From the indoor rainforest and the desert dome to the sea lions and aquarium with a 70 foot shark tunnel, you could spend days exploring all it has to offer. Check out our tips for making the most of your visit

Kiewit Luminarium

This hands-on, interactive science museum is a must-visit if you have kids! It features a creative makers area, indoor play structure, and technology, physics, and biology exhibits as well as a local cafe and gift shop. 

The RiverFront in Downtown Omaha

You can easily spend several hours at The Riverfront, which combines three parks in one in the heart of downtown Omaha. From slides and climbing structures to green space and hammocks, both kids and adults can play and relax here. 

RELATED CONTENT: Looking for more options? Check out our Indoor Play Guide

Walk the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

If you’re downtown, take time to walk across “The Bob” bridge that spans the Missouri River and lets you have a foot in both Iowa and Nebraska. Enjoy great views of the downtown Omaha skyline and play at Belles Playground on the Council Bluffs, Iowa side. 

Check out a Museum

History buffs and train lovers alike will enjoy The Durham Museum, located in Omaha’s Union Station. If you have kids ages 2-6, the Omaha Children’s Museum is a great place to play and explore. 

Where to Eat 

Coneflower Creamery

If you have a sweet tooth, Coneflower Creamery is a must-visit! The handmade ice cream is made fresh with local ingredients and the seasonal menu features unique flavors like lemon bar and sun-ripened strawberry in addition to classics like vanilla bean, dark chocolate, and cookies and cream. 

Check out more of our favorite ice cream shops in Omaha

Spaghetti Works

Featuring all you care to eat pasta dishes, a classic salad bar out of a model-T truck, and a large patio, this family-friendly restaurant located in the Old Market is a crowd-pleaser. 

Pitch Pizza

From breakfast pizza to classic hand-tossed pies, there’s something for all appetites at this popular pizza joint. 

Be sure to check out more things to do in Omaha with kids!

Andrea Cooley
Omaha Mom is written by moms, for moms. We provide genuine parenting resources, events and community through connecting and empowering local Omaha Moms.