If you’ve got a couple hours to spend at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield, here are three things to do in Omaha that are near the airport. They’re so close and easy to find you can get there and back quickly, and best of all, they’re free!
I recently flew into Omaha, and had about three hours to kill. Having never been to Nebraska before, I wanted to see some sights, so I was looking for things to do that were near the airport.
My “chauffeur” was up for exploring, and we took to the roads. I was thrilled to discover some attractions close enough to the airport that we could visit, and wouldn’t take much time.
Here are three things to do in Omaha that are near the airport.
Levi Carter Park. This park is about a 10-minute drive from the airport. It’s pretty, big and has a lot to offer. This is a great place to relax from the hustle and bustle of air travel and airports. Amenities include a playground, ball fields, a marina, fishing, waterskiing, paths, picnic areas and a pavilion, as well as restrooms.
Levi Carter Park is located at 4405 Carter Lake Dr.
After leaving the park, we still had time on our hands, and were looking for more things to do in Omaha near the airport. We drove down Abbott Street, which is the street the airport is on, and discovered a perfect tourist photo opportunity.
Along the street you’ll see several large red tower-like structures, with a base that says Omaha. According to the Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau, there is no official name for these structures, but they are really tourist perfect. There are several, so if you miss one, you’ll have another chance to stop and get your picture. Stopping to get your picture taken at one of these is a great thing to do in Omaha that’s near the airport.
After this stop, we drove a bit, and ended up by the Qwest Center, which has an amazing amount of public art out front. These art pieces are playful, really interesting to look at, and another good photo opportunity.
The Omaha Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has a list of seven public art pieces located at the Qwest Center, and there are many more at other locations in and around the airport as well. Checking out the public art at the Qwest Center is another pretty cool thing to do in Omaha near the airport.
The Qwest Center is located at 455 N. 10th St.
Next time you’re in Eppley Airfield with time on your hands, if you want to get out of the airport, you’ll know there are at least three-free-things to do in Omaha near the airport. You don’t need long-you can see any of the places mentioned above in about an hour.
City of Omaha Parks and Recreation Department
Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau