Explore with Kids: Guide to The Riverfront in Downtown Omaha

The Riverfront | Omaha, NE

The Omaha Riverfront is a must-visit for locals and visitors alike! The Riverfront combines three parks in one in the heart of downtown Omaha. After major renovations, the three parks connect and serve as a gathering space between the historic Old Market and downtown Omaha.

Be sure to check out Heartland of America Park and Lewis & Clark Landing too!

Omaha RiverfrontLocation:

900 Farnam Street | Omaha, NE 68102

Gene Leahy Mall

A longtime and iconic feature of downtown Omaha, Gene Leahy Mall is the most urban of The RiverFront’s three parks, spanning from 13th to 8th streets between Douglas and Farnam streets.

There is so much to explore at the Gene Leahy Mall, between events for families at the park, a large green space with a pavilion for concerts, water features, playground area, food trucks, and ping pong tables – this is a retreat in the heart of the city for everyone of all ages!


Favorite Features for All Ages

  • There are tons of events (mostly free!) at the Riverfront. We have loved the FREE Art Jam in the Park inspired by Joslyn Art Museum’s collections running every Thursday at 11am in June & July. You can find all other events here. 
  • Great for the big kids and tweens: chairs in the shade for reading/studying, hammocks (our tween listened to music while younger siblings played at the playground), and games of ping pong.
  • Great for the littles (age 5 and below crowd): there are infant swings at the playground for the littlest crowd, plenty of playground features like slides and climbing structures, and our favorite – the splash park!
  • Slides galore! Goodness, our kids ranging in ages love these slides. There are some over near the splash park (those go quite fast) and smaller slides within the playground structure).
  • There is a Little Library which we always love!
  • The best part is there is access to restrooms and a spot to fill little water bottles inside the playground area.


There is parking all around the Gene Leahy Mall, and you can download the Park Mobile app either by scanning the QR code on the meters or downloading ahead of time. Here is more information on Park Omaha.

It’s pretty easy and costs $2 for 2 hours. *Make sure to add more time if you plan to stay longer (we made the mistake of letting the time lapse and had to go park in a different zone). 


We are so lucky to have the Riverfront in Downtown Omaha. If you have any questions, be sure to check out this extensive FAQ.

Be sure to check out more things to do this summer in Omaha!

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