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8 Great Parks In Omaha

There was a great Facebook conversation going on about the best parks in Omaha. Everyone has an opinion about parks and what makes them the best: Sand vs. non-sand, themes, variety, location, crowd levels, and the type of playground it had. There were some consistently favorite Omaha parks, so I’ve compiled those and narrowed that list down with some of my picks, too.

Note: This post was written in 2018 and updated in 2023 to reflect the new playgrounds opened at Standing Bear Lake and Dream Park at Lake Manawa State Park.

If you’re bored with your neighborhood park, here are some of my family’s favorite parks in Omaha. These are all ones with playgrounds. **UPDATE: Since I wrote this, three parks in downtown Omaha have reopened and they each have super fun playgrounds! Check out Gene Leahy Mall, Lewis & Clark Landing, and Heartland of America Park (with the skate ribbon).

One of the most popular spray grounds in Omaha is in Benson Park, which also has a great playground for kids ages 12 and younger.

Benson Park & Spray Ground

Where: 7002 Military Ave.

Size: 217.3 acres

Why: This park’s playground is outstanding– and a no-sand playground to boot. It’s great in all seasons, but especially fun in the summer when the popular splash pad is open. The small lake is nice for a stroll and fishing is allowed.

Sand: No

Elmwood Park

Where: 802 S. 60th St.

Size: 216.4 acres

Why: This park’s playground was recently updated, with some nice climbing areas added to it. Elmwood is one of my favorite parks because of the open space and the trails surrounding it. Take a short walk through the woods to imagine a little escape from the city. And if you’re so inclined, there is a fitness area right next to the playground where you can sneak in some weight-bearing exercises in while the kids play (I’m never so inclined).

Tip: This is a great one to pair with a picnic and park date.

Sand: Yes

Hanscom Park is Omaha's oldest park, but its playground was updated in recent years.

Hanscom Park

Where: 3201 Woolworth Ave.

Size: 58 acres

Why: Omaha’s oldest park often gets overlooked by shinier new parks. However, its playground was updated in 2017, and it’s a great one. This park also has the perk of lots of gorgeous trees, a nice little lake, a pool, and a dog park.

Sand: Yes

Hummel Park

Where: 3033 Hummel Park Road

Size: 202 acres

Why: This is our favorite city park for hike! It also has the best special events (so check the city’s calendar from time to time). The playground consists of rather large metal slides. They look cool, and my kids love them, but if you’re a nervous parent, I’d stay clear until your kids are steady climbers.

Sand: No

Lawrence Youngman Park

Where: 192nd Street and West Dodge Road

Why: This lakeside park has a pretty sizeable playground, a boat ramp, and fishing is allowed. And the covered picnic area is a nice bonus.

Sand: Yes

Standing Bear Lake

Where: 6404 N. 132nd St.

Size: 685 acres

Why: I like Standing Bear Lake for the lovely trail, but it recently opened new playground with a Native American them. The good news is: It doesn’t have sand.

Sand: No

Zorinsky Lake Park

Where: 3808 S. 156th St.

Size: 1,023 acres

Why: This is my absolute favorite park to run the trails, and they’re good for bike rides, too. The trail to the west of 168th Street is so wooded, you’ll feel removed from the city. The main playground near the boat ramp is huge and a hit with kids.

Sand: Yes

Plus one great playground near Omaha

If you look beyond the Omaha metro, you’ll encounter more fun parks to visit.

Dream Park

Where: Lake Manawa State Park, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Why: This large, wooden park located in Lake Manawa State Park in Council Bluffs, Iowa, was originally designed by kids’ submissions of what the perfect playground would look like. In 2019, it reopened with an updated look and long-lasting material. There are several elements that draw from Council Bluffs history. Plus, it’s just awesome. Lake Manawa State Park also has trails and a small beach.

Unlike other parks on this list, Dream Park is in a state park that does charge an entrance fee for out-of-state visitors. It’s $5 per vehicle.

Sand: Yes

I’d love to know your favorite parks in Omaha! Please leave a comment with your favorites.

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Monday 30th of April 2018

Oh my gosh! Hummel Park looks so fun! I can see why its one of your favorites ;) Even as an adult, I could spend a whole afternoon there!


Monday 30th of April 2018

Right? If I didn't have my dog with me the last time, I would've climbed up the slide. I'd call it "research."


Monday 30th of April 2018

Great breakdown of the parks! I'm so glad you included pictures!


Monday 30th of April 2018

Thanks, Crystal!

Luisa Sanchez

Sunday 29th of April 2018

When is the Standing bear due to open?


Sunday 29th of April 2018

Hi Luisa - I heard it should be finished by the end of June, weather permitting.


Thursday 26th of April 2018

These parks look amazing. I wish I lived closer to take advantage of some of them!


Friday 27th of April 2018

Thanks, Jenn! The parks up in your neck of the woods are pretty fantastic, too. :)

Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids

Tuesday 24th of April 2018

These parks look awesome! And I'm loving the idea of the Great 8 series!


Friday 27th of April 2018

Thanks, Val! It's less commitment to find eight things to write about. lol

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