February 16, 2016

Cheap Date Ideas In Omaha

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The other night, Mr. Wonderful suggested we catch an improv show at The Backline in downtown Omaha. For $5 each, it was a great night of entertainment, especially if you are a fan of “Who’s Line is it Anyways?”

Check their calendar because some shows are even less than $5. We were there on an improv night with Big Canvas, but sometimes they have stand up. It’s first come, first served for tickets, and it’s smallish place. We were there on a Saturday night and it was a full house. 

I scoured the interwebs to get some more ideas, and I’m sharing the best ideas for a cheap date night in Omaha.

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Reddit Omaha Tips

A thread on Reddit not too long ago sought ideas for cheap dates nights. Some suggestions for a low-cost dates were actually ones I’ve done, including a simple stroll around the Old Market (FREE) with a stop at Ted & Wally’s for ice cream. You can window shop, stop to listen to a street busker or sit and people watch. With the recent fire, the locally-owned shops and restaurants would appreciate your patronage.

Another totally FREE date suggestion was go to Joslyn Art Museum. It’d be a daytime date, but looking at great art with someone special is a lovely way to spend the day. When the weather’s nice, you can bring a picnic to enjoy out in the sculpture garden.

Another suggested heading to Soaring Wings Vineyard in Springfield, Neb. I keep forgetting about this nearby winery. Wine tasting is $5 (they also brew beer). I love the view out there, and some weekend nights, they have live music.

A Reddit user suggested swing dancing: “If you want to learn to dance Omaha Jitterbugs has swing dancing for $5 and they have lessons starting at about 8:00 on Friday night and is usually pretty fun. Make sure you dance with other people though as well as each other. It’s a blast and i’d go a lot more if I lived closer to Omaha….Dances are on 24th and Douglas at the Eagles Club.”


Omaha Bloggers Free Date Suggestions

If you read my blog much, you’ve probably come across the Bloggers From Omaha Series – and in that series, I ask the featured blogger what they’re favorite FREE thing to do in Omaha is. Most of them make for a good date night. Here are some of their suggestions:

Kitty & Kevin – Kitty said her favorite is Jazz on the Green, which runs for six Thursdays in the summer (starting the Thursday after the Fourth of July). Pack a picnic, bring a bottle of wine and enjoy the music and atmosphere. The couple also loves strolling the Omaha Farmers Market

Leo Adam Biga’s My Inside Stories – Leo had a couple of favorites, but one not mentioned by any other blogger was Shakespeare on the Green. I try to make it to one show a year, usually the comedy. Like Jazz on the Green, pack a picnic and drinks for this one.

The Bauble Blog – One of Leah’s top picks was the Omaha Summer Arts Festival. The festival is all day long, but in the evenings, you can hear great live music in the beer tent. Fun times!


More ideas

A little tip for those who shy away from art galleries: Show openings are FREE and often you’ll find FREE wine and appetizers. Visit a lot of galleries at once during First Fridays events in Benson and the Old Market. You can pop into a lot of these galleries during business hours for FREE, especially in the Old Market, too. Combine that stroll around the Old Market with a couple gallery stops.

Art centers like KANEKO and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in the Old Market are also FREE, though hours tend to be more daytime than evening, unless there’s an exhibit opening. Don’t forget Modern Arts Midtown on Dodge Street.

Tuesdays a good night to go to a movie. Movie tickets are $5 on Tuesdays at Aksarben Cinema, and at chains like Alamo Drafthouse Omaha, AMC Theaters and Marcus Theaters (Marcus Theaters sometimes does special movie series, like the Musical Series that just ended, and tickets to those screenings are also only $5).

You can get pretty cheap berm tickets to Omaha Stormchasers games. Save money on parking by parking in the gravel lot for FREE. And time it with a promo and your dinner or drinks could be pretty cheap.

There are gondola rides at Heartland of America Park in the summer. For a boat ride, it’s $10 a couple; of course, if you want it to be a private ride, pony up a little more dough. I’ve never done one of these gondola rides, but I can say that you’ll want to make sure you time it on a day that’s not windy.

Omaha Community Playhouse offers a series called Alternative Programming. It’s completely FREE to attend. Usually it’s a staged reading and sometimes it’s an finished script, sometimes it’s a chance to peek inside the creative process of developing a script.


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