Nebraska State Park to Explore This Summer | Waterfall, Spray Park, & Creek

Nebraska Waterfall and CreekWe love a great waterfall to explore in Nebraska with kids! And the Platte River State Park, about 30 minutes south of Omaha, is an ideal spot to take the whole family for a Nebraska outdoor adventure.

Nebraska Waterfall, Spray Park, & Creek Near Omaha

The access trail to Platte River State Park Waterfall starts in the park’s lower left parking lot, and then you can take a path to the waterfall! And there is a creek for exploring, a spray park, trails for hiking and biking, spots to go camping, and more for the entire family.


14421 346th St. | Louisville, NE 68037-3001 (nestled in between Omaha and Lincoln, about 30 minutes south of Omaha on Highway 66).

Explore Platte River State Park with Kids

This is a nearby retreat for Omaha families with plenty to do for all ages. Explore:

  • Explore and splash around in the beautiful Stone Creek Waterfall (one of Nebraska’s picturesque waterfalls)
  • The Spray Park with several water features, 3 water slides, a waterfall, dump buckets and a fountain! We love that this spray park has two levels – the upper level is more for younger kiddos ages 5 and under and the upper level is for older kiddos. And there is plenty of shade for parents!
  • Crawdad Creek – what more can kids ask for than exploring in the mud! This creek has all kinds of creatures from insects, reptiles, fish – and kids are allowed to catch the minnows, tadpoles, crawdads, and frogs!
  • Hiking and Biking Trails – explore miles of these beautiful wooded trails. You can download the hiking trail path map here.
  • Guided Horseback Riding – $25 per person
  • Archery and Shooting Range at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex – This center features an archery range with a shooting tower.


Spray Park Hours:
Memorial Day through Mid-August: Daily, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Mid-August through Labor Day: Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Park Permits:
Nebraska Residents: $6 for daily permit, $31 for annual permit
Non-Residents: $12 for daily permit, $61 for annual permit

Spray Park
$3 per entry

Crawdad Creek:
Free entry *must have a valid park entry permit

For more information and to answer any questions you may have, visit Platte River State Park here. 

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

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