By Jenna Cusick
If you think that Omaha is boring and doesn’t have much to offer, then you aren’t looking hard enough. Omaha has plenty of things to do if you look in the right places. Besides the famous Henry Doorly Zoo and the College World Series that brings people from around the United States, Omaha has more than enough to keep people entertained for a while. Here are some of the most fun things to do in Omaha this spring!
I’ll take you to the Donut Stop
Whether it’s a Girl’s Night Out, some forced family fun, or a photo shoot with friends, the Old Market is the place to go. From dozens of top-notch restaurants to carriage rides to the beautiful scenery of the famous Old Market passageway, the Old Market has it all. A lesser known treasure the Old Market has to offer is the Donut Stop. It has various donuts for 50 cents a piece and board games for days. Note that this is a cash only store. It is open from 7:45 p.m.- 1:15 a.m. on Mondays, 5 a.m.- 10 a.m. and 7:45 p.m.- 1:15 a.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays, 5 a.m.- 10 a.m. on Saturdays, and closed on Sundays.
Louisville Lake provides the perfect Omaha escape
Next time the sun is out, take a day trip to Louisville Lake! In the small town of Louisville just outside of southwest Omaha, it is perfect for a picnic among the cotton trees, to float around in inner tubes, or just a day for tanning. Louisville Lake is the perfect escape from Omaha a mere 30 minutes away. It is just secluded enough to be relaxing but with enough action to be interesting. After a day of swimming, head to the nearby Old Fashioned Blake’s Soda Fountain. Their menu includes breakfast items, hand dipped ice cream, ice cream soda’s and phosphates, malts and shakes, and daily lunch specials. It’s open 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Their old-fashioned ice cream treats are perfect to help you cool down after a day in the sun.
Hooray hooray, it’s Farmers Markets day!
The days of Omaha Farmers Markets are upon us! Both the Old Market and Aksarben Farmers Markets have tons to offer. From jewelry and bubbles to lemonade and cannolis, they really do have it all. The Old Market Farmers Market opens May 5 and is open until Oct. 13 every Saturday from 8 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. The Aksarben Farmers Market opens May 6 and is open until Oct. 14 every Sunday from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. I have purchased some of my favorite jewelry and gifts for friends from farmers markets, and it is one of my favorite spring activities! The vendors have more unique items than in any store I have seen. I suggest checking out the bubble wand and homemade popsicle stands at the Aksarben Farmers Market.
Hey Marian girls, can we go thrift shopping?
If you are looking to save big this spring, Omaha has plenty of thrift shops to offer. Located in Dundee, Scout Dry Goods and Trade is an eco friendly thrift store named after the character in To Kill a Mockingbird. The owner buys clothes and accessories from customers and sells them back at bargain prices. On Sundays, they have $1 sales- with bins of items for only $. If you are a shop-’til-you drop kind of girl, this is one place where you can buy tons to add to your closet without spending much; shopping doesn’t get better than that!
These are just a few of many things that you can do to combat boredom in Omaha. Our city has much more than just cornfields, cows and Nebraska football games. From restaurants and coffeeshops to fun-in-the-sun activities to farmers markets, Omaha has many unique things to do. If you look hard enough, it is never boring, you just have to be a little creative. Next time you are bored, channel your imagination, and go find something fun to do with your friends!