My friends and I often discuss how lazy we are….that we never go and see the historic or tourist locations in our own home town. I am absolutely the worst about this……as much as I love to travel you would think that I would be better about that….especially since I have lived in some pretty cool places! I grew up in Annapolis and never really did the “tourist” thing there…..there are a lot of places in Annapolis that I would like to go back and check out. Last year I spent 10 months in Alexandria, VA which is on the outskirts of DC……I did nothing! I was so busy with my “life”. Now that I am in Omaha I am realizing how many things that I missed when I lived here back in 2003.
Since I am low on funds I have made up a list of FREE things to do in Omaha that I will be exploring FIRST. Then I will move on to the CHEAP things to do 🙂
The other day I went and visited The Boys Town Museum and the Boys Town Chapel. Living in Omaha you hear about Boys Town all the time….but for me it was just a matter of seeing the signs all over the place for advertising….I never really knew the significance of the place. I wasn’t around when the movie came out in 1938. The museum was a lot nicer than I really expected it to be and the Chapel was gorgeous. You can easily do the museum in 30 to 45 minutes (depending on how detailed you are on reading every single word). This would be a great place to bring slightly older children (I had a 7 year old with me and she was mildly interested but bored quickly)….small children will not be real interested. There is a bus that you can climb into and explore which was really fun for the 7 year old but the rest of it was only mildly interesting to her.
If you have small children there are several splashparks around. This is a great alternative to crowded public pools. My friend and I found one in Millard on Seldin Drive and spent a few hours there with his daughter. I wish these had been around when my children were small. The smallest child could play without too much danger….certainly no drowning. There was plenty of grass and open spaces for families to spread out blankets and have picnics and that is just what we did. There is also a regular playground and porta potties!
Today I am going to go explore the Mormon Trail Center…..yet another thing I never explored when I lived here…..and it’s FREE!! Saturday I am going to go to the Joslyn Art Museum to see the Egyptian Exhibition. Saturday mornings from 10 to noon the Joslyn is open to the general public for FREE.
Below I have listed some other free things to do in Omaha…..I will be exploring them over the next few weeks.
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Visitor Center
Gerald R. Ford Birth Site & Gardens
Jazz on the Green
Playing with Fire Concert Series
Shakespeare on the Green