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My kids love picnics. Any night is a good night for a picnic–to them, at least. Weekday picnics? Tough. But I have a way to make quick, weekday picnics manageable and easy: Get a picnic meal to go at Hy-Vee and head to the nearest park.
We stopped by our usual Hy-Vee, picked out three sides to go with a 12-piece chicken meal, grabbed a 2 Liter of Coca-Cola™ and headed to Elmwood Park. Hy-Vee has a few meal deals that include a 2 Liter of Coke for $24.99. You can check out current store promotions here.
Our favorite picnic area in Midtown Omaha is at Elmwood Park. We like to pick a table in the shade near the playground.
Our quick, weekday picnic at the park was a success, even if I did forget plates!
Ready to get an easy meal to-go and find the nearest park? Here’s a list of the best Omaha parks that are near a Hy-Vee for quick and easy picnics.
Where: 802 S. 60th St.
What makes it a great picnic park: There are several picnic tables available, most are shaded. The playground was updated last year and is a hit with kids. There’s also a nice, short walking trail in the trees along a creek that leads to a small grotto. Plenty of green space to run and play sports.
Nearest Hy-Vee: 7910 Cass St., about 2.5 miles away
Note: This Hy-Vee is also very close to one of the few sandless playgrounds in Omaha, Stinson Park in Aksarben Village. It’s about 3.5 miles from Hy-Vee.
Standing Bear Lake
Where: 6404 N. 132nd St.
What makes it a great picnic park: This lake might be the best picnic-with-a-view spot in Omaha. It is out of the way for most people, but its remoteness is what makes it appealing.. There plenty of green space, a playground, and trails that are particularly nice for bikes. If you plan ahead, you can bring fishing gear and enjoy the lake.
Nearest Hy-Vee: 10808 Fort St., about 3 miles away
Where: 3808 S. 156th St.
What makes it a great picnic park: This pretty lake has two playgrounds, and miles and miles of trails for bike riding or long walks. There are a few picnic areas (many with covered shelters). The picnic area nearest the largest playground on the south side of the lake is covered.
Nearest Hy-Vee: 17810 Welch Plaza, about 2 miles away
Lawrence Youngman Park
Where: 192nd Street and West Dodge Road
What makes it a great picnic park: This is a large playground that is sure to tire your kids. There is a covered picnic area and the lake is nice to walk around or fish.
Nearest Hy-Vee: 1000 S. 178th St., about 4 miles away
Walnut Creek Lake & Recreation
Where: 11601 S. 96th St., Papillion, Neb.
What makes it a great picnic park: This Papillion park has a large lake with about 3 miles of paved trail, making it a fun spot for an easy bike ride. There is a playground and picnic areas, including some covered shelters.
Nearest Hy-Vee: 11650 S. 73rd St., Papillion, Neb., about 4 miles away
Want some additional idea for a good picnic in Omaha? Here are four more of our favorite Picnic Spots In Omaha (and they’re not all parks!).
Where’s your favorite park in Omaha for picnics?
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