Park-Hop In Omaha

Family riding bikes on a wooded park path

Finding activities that everyone in your family will enjoy can be a challenge. If the activity appeals to older kids, younger ones might feel left out. If it’s geared toward the younger set, parents and teens may be bored. The solution? Park-hop your way around Omaha on a tour of some of the area’s best parks that cater to all ages. The Omaha area is dotted with parks of all kinds, with a huge range of outdoor fun to be found. Explore just a few of the best ones and then plan a family outing that’s going to please them all!

Zorinsky Lake and Recreation Area

This park sprawls across almost 1,000 acres and has something for everyone. There’s a playground for the kids, open space for running or lawn games, lots of trails and paths to explore, and boating access. Make a day of it by packing a picnic to enjoy in a shady spot on the grounds or in one of the convenient picnic shelters. Writes one frequent visitor: “Good memories here. Also well kept with lots to do. Public restrooms, tables, and playground so you can bring the family. Beautiful beautiful trails.”

Benson Park

Spanning 217 acres, Benson Park is one of the most popular parks in the Omaha area. Featuring a playground, floral displays, courts for basketball and tennis, and a lagoon lapped by a 5/8-mile trail, the park offers plenty of fun diversions for the whole family. “Favorite park to go take a walk,” writes a reviewer. “Nice calming atmosphere with lots of trees and a beautiful pond.”

Standing Bear Lake

Nature lovers of all ages will enjoy the offerings at Standing Bear Lake, which is threaded with shaded trails bordering the glistening water of the 135-acre lake. This is also a great spot for fishing, boating, and paddle boarding. One reviewer had this to say: “Standing Bear Lake is such a great place to walk or run around! I love this little haven in the middle of Omaha!”

Mount Vernon Gardens

At just under 32 acres, Mount Vernon Gardens is a comparatively small park. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in beauty. The lovely grounds are set atop a bluff over the Missouri River, boasting panoramic views. Meandering paths wind through well-manicured lawns and vibrant flowers. This makes a perfect spot for a leisurely picnic lunch as you soak up the serene surroundings. It’s also a picturesque setting to snap some family photos.

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