Free activities in Nebraska
Nebraska is kind enough to offer an assortment of free activities for every personality, from the art lover to the outdoorsman.
Lewis and Clark Landing
The historic adventures of Lewis and Clark are remembered in Omaha on the 23-acre landing alongside the Missouri River. Best enjoyed on a nice day, many outdoor concerts and festivals are held here as well as Lewis and Clark interpretive exhibits. You will also find the Omaha Firefighter's Memorial Monument here.
Location: 515 N. Riverfront Drive, Omaha, NE 68102
Old Market's quaint ambiance — think horses and carriages clinking down the streets — is a favorite destination for shopping, grabbing a bite to eat or simply people watching as there are over 80 shops and 30 pubs and restaurants. Opt to take the Gallery Walk and browse the 20 galleries, take a historical tour or stop in for an IMAX movie.
Location: Omaha's Art and Entertainment District
Zorinsky Lake is an outdoorsman's dream with the endless recreational activities on 225 acres. Ideal for families, there are two modern playgrounds — including one for the toddlers, a football field, baseball diamonds, soccer fields and bicycling trails. Be sure to pack your hiking shoes for exploring or fishing poles since there is a fishing dock. You'll also find boating, horseback riding and fantastic wildlife viewing.
Location: 9901 JJ Pershing Drive, Omaha, NE 68112
As base to an international artist-in-residence program, this center is home to artists from around the world. The Bemis Center galleries, free to see, feature contemporary visual art exhibitions.
Location: 724 S. 12th St., Omaha, NE 68102
Lauritzen Gardens is one of Omaha's most scenic areas. Resting on 100 acres are rose gardens, a Victorian garden, a children's garden and an arboretum. Bring a book, the family or your sweetheart to experience this lovely botanical garden free of charge on particular days. Check out the gardens for free on National Public Gardens Day or during the Arbor Day weekend.
Location: 100 Bancroft St., Omaha, NE 68108
Rates: Free on particular days