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20+ Awesome Outdoor Waterparks Near Omaha

This summer, Fun-Plex unveiled the newest additions to its waterpark: Two nearly-vertical drop waterslides. First off, nope. But secondly, it made me realized I hadn’t really investigated outdoor waterparks near Omaha in recent years. So, inspired the news from our closest big waterpark, I decided to gather a big list of aquatic centers and waterparks near Omaha for those looking for a cool adventure.

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UPDATE: This post was first published in 2022, and has been updated in May 2024 with the season’s opening dates of each water park.

Outdoor Waterparks Near Omaha

Given the popularity of my story about indoor waterparks, I think it’s overdue to tell you all about the outdoor waterparks near Omaha. Here are the oudoor waterparks withing 4 hours of Omaha.

Cost:

  • $ – under $10 per person
  • $$ – $10-$20 per person
  • $$$ – $21-$30 per person
  • $$$$ – More than $30 per person
A water spray ground

Zorinsky Pool

Where: 3808 S. 156th St.

Distance from Omaha: Within city limits

What to expect: Zorinsky Pool is one of the Omaha public pools still open this late into summer. Which is a good thing, since it has a few extras that families love. Enjoy two large waterslides, plus kids’ water structure with a huge dumping bucket and a little slide.

The pool at Zorinsky opens for the season on June 3, 2024. Hours are: Monday through Friday from noon to 8 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.

Cost: $

Kids play at Pirate Cove Water Park in Council Bluffs, Iowa
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Pirate Cove Water Park

Where: 915 N. 21st St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Distance from Omaha: About 10 miles

What to expect: Another public pool with some extra perks, Pirate Cove is a pirate-themed pool with two slides, a pirate ship with a little slide, and a sand play area. Pirate Cove opens on May 25, 2024 for th season. The hours are Monday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. 

Cost: $

A boy floats in the lazy river at Fun-Plex in Nebraska
Fun-Plex

Fun-Plex

Where: 7003 Q St., Ralston, Neb.

Distance from Omaha: 15 minutes

What to expect: Fun-Plex has the metro’s largest waterpark, with several slides including two vertical drop waterslides that opened in 2022. There’s also a wave pool, lazy river, a small pool for younger kids, and a large spray structure. Fun-Plex opens on May 25, 2024 for the season.

Cost: $$$$ (includes both waterpark and rides; it is cheaper to go after 4 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays). Also, it’s cheaper to purchase admission tickets online than at the gate.

A toddler stands in a zero-depth entry pool

Papio Bay Aquatic Center

Where: 815 E .Halleck St., Papillion, Neb.

Distance from Omaha: About 20 minutes

What to expect: Papillion’s Papio Bay is a small aquatic center, so less water park and more like a public pool with some frills. There are two water slides in the main pool and a children’s butterfly slide. There’s also a sand play area.

Papio Bay opens for the season on May 25, 2024. The hours are:

  • Monday:  Noon to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Noon to 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Noon to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday: Noon to 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday: Noon to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: Noon to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon to 8 p.m.

Note: Papio Bay will close at 5 p.m.on July 4.

Cost: $

The spray ground at Platte River State Park
Platte River State Park

Platte River State Park

Where: 14421 346th St., Louisville, Neb.

Distance from Omaha: About 35 minutes

What to expect: Platte River’s water attraction is definitely more sprayground than waterpark as there is no actual pool. There are a few slides for small kids and a large water bucket for drenching a crowd. It’s much more appealing for families with younger kids than those with only older kids.

The spray-ground opens for the season on Memorial Day. The hours are daily from noon to 6 p.m. Starting mid-August, the spray-ground is open on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

Cost: $ (valid Nebraska State Park entry permit also required)

Water slides and water park are already at Mahoney State Park, but there is a lot planned as part of a four-park improvement plan to create Outdoor Venture Parks.
Photo courtesy Nebraska Tourism

Mahoney State Park Aquatic Center

Where: 28500 W. Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Distance from Omaha: 30 miles from Omaha

What to expect: Mahoney is one of the Nebraska’s mast popular state parks, making its aquatic center one of the state’s busiest. And for good reason: There’s a wave pool, two large slides, a regular pool ,and a fun kid’s water area with a dump bucket.

The aquatic center typically opens for the season on Memorial Day Weekend.

Cost: $$ (valid Nebraska State Park enrty permit also required)

A water feature at a kid's pool

Splash Station

Where: 2809 Fremont Drive, Fremont, Neb.

Distance from Omaha: About 40 minutes

What to expect: Fremont’s Splash Station caters to the whole family with a combo lap pool and wave pool, two large waterslides, an interactive train slide for kids, and Hydro-Storm. Plus, there’s a splash pad and water walk. The Splash Station is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Cost: $

A close-up photo of a water slide

Steinhart Aquatic Center

Where: 121 S. Steinhart Park Road, Nebraska City, Neb.

Distance from Omaha: About 45 minutes

What to expect: Impressive for a city-managed pool, the Nebraska City aquatic center adds water slides and a lazy river to the more traditional city pool amenities like diving boards. There’s also a zero-depth entry pool, and a small slide for younger swimmers. The pool opens for the season on May 27, 2024.

Cost: $

Star City Shores Aquatic Center

Where: 4375 S. 33rd Court, Lincoln, Neb.

Distance from Omaha: 1 hour

What to expect: Star City Shores another great public pool with some added frills, including a zero entry pool, interactive water features, waterslides, climbing structures and a sand play area. Opening date is May 27, 2024.

Cost: $

Families play at Pawnee Plunge in Columbus, Nebraska
Photo courtesy TripAdvisor

Pawnee Plunge Water Park

Where: 560 33rd Ave., Columbus, Neb.

Distance from Omaha: 1 hour and 35 minutes

What to expect: Pawnee Plunge is home to the state’s only FlowRider (a surf machine), but also has other big draws including four huge water slides (including a swirl bowl waterslide), a lazy river, climbing wall, interactive ship for kids, a spray area, and a regular swimming pool.

Pawnee Plunge opens on May 25, 2024 for the season. The hours are Mondays through Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and on Fridays through Sundays from noon to 7 p.m.

Note: The hours on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July are noon to 7 p.m.

Cost: $

Boy on a yellow water slide

Ponca State Park

Where: 88090 Spur 26 E, Ponca, Neb.

Distance from Omaha: About 2 hours

What to expect: One of the newest aquatic centers to open at a Nebraska Statte Park, Ponca’s center has a heated, zero-depth entry pool, 172-foot long water slide, climbing wall, diving board, and spray features. There’s also pool basketball and volleyball. 

Nebraska State Park aquatic centers typically open over Memorial Day Weekend.

AquaVenture in Norfolk, Nebraska
Photo courtesy TripAdvisor

AquaVenture

Where: 715 S. First St., Norfolk, Neb.

Distance from Omaha: About 2 hours

What to expect: The water park has several draws including a wave pool, water slides, and zero-depth entry to the pool. Kids will also like the play station, water cannon, and water walk. There’s also a regular pool with diving boards. AquaVenture opens for the season on Memorial Day Weekend.

Cost: $

Water slides and pool at Island Oasis Water Park in Grand Island, Nebraska
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Island Oasis Water Park

Where: 321 E. Fonner Park Road, Grand Island, Neb.

Distance from Omaha: About 2 hours and 15 minutes

What to expect: This water park has a huge, 350,000 gallon wave pool plus a lazy river. There are six water slides, including two that are six stories tall. There’s a children’s area that’s zero-depth entry with spray fountains and a small slide. Additional features include a sand play area, lily pad crossing, and a log walk.

Island Oasis opens at May 25, 2024. Regular hours are Mondays through Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m., and Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 8 p.m.

Cost: $

Adventure Bay at Adventureland
Photo courtesy Catch Des Moines

Adventure Bay

Where: 3200 Adventureland Drive, Altoona, Iowa

Distance from Omaha: About 2 hours and 10 minutes

What to expect: The Iowa water park has two claims to fame: It has Iowa’s largest wave pool and Iowa’s longest lazy river. There’s a lot to do at this water park besides those two, though, including several water slides, a splash pad and kid’s play area, and more.

Adventure Bay opens for the season on May 25, 2024.

Cost: $$$$ (includes admission to Adventureland)

Three water slides at Siouxnami Waterpark in Iowa
Photo courtesy TripAdvisor

Siouxnami Waterpark

Where: 770 Seventh St. NE, Sioux Center, Iowa

Distance from Omaha: 2 hours and 20 minutes

What to expect: This an a year-round activity center that happens to have a pretty sweet indoor and outdoor aquatic center. Outside, the pool has a climbing wall and the Iowa’s only aqua zipline. There are also three water slides and a lazy river.

The outdoor waterpark opens for the season in late May. Summer hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1 to 8 p.m., Wednesday from 1 to 6 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

Cost: $

A girl slides down a red and white slide at King's Pointe
Photo courtesy TripAdvisor

King’s Pointe Waterpark Resort

Where: 1520 East Lakeshore Drive, Storm Lake, Iowa

Distance from Omaha: 2 hours and 20 minutes

What to expect: King’s Pointe Resort has two waterparks (one is indoors), featuring five slides and a lazy river. As a bonus, King’s Pointe is located next to a swimming beach on the lake. The outdoor water park is expected to open for the season over Memorial Day Weekend.

Note: The water park will be closed on July 13 for a swim meet.

Cost: $$

Kid on green water slide

Aquacourt Water Park

Where: 2200 W. Third St., Hastings, Neb.

Distance from Omaha: About 2 hours and 25 minutes

What to expect: Aquacourt Water Park is a public pool with extra attractions like a couple slides, a wave pool and a lazy river. There’s also a splash spray ground for little kids, zero-depth entry pool, and log rolling. The water park opens on Memorial Day Weekend.

Cost: $

Water slides at Oceans of Fun

Oceans of Fun

Where: 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave., Kansas City, Mo.

Distance from Omaha: 2 hours and 50 minutes

What to expect: When the tropical-themed water park in Missouri opened in 1982, it was the largest in the world. It’s still pretty impressive with more than a dozen of water slides (many at the thrill-ride level); a huge wave pool; Coconut Cove, Splash Island and Paradise Falls for kids; and a great lazy river.

Oceans of Fun opens for the season on May 25, 2024.

Cost: $$$$ (includes admission to Worlds of Fun as well)

Girl on red water slide

Marshalltown Aquatic Center

Where: Marshalltown, Iowa

Distance from Omaha: About 2 hours and 50 minutes

What to expect: Marshalltown Aquatic Center has water slides, a lazy river, and a separate zero-depth entry pool. The 2024 season runs June 1 through Aug. 25.

Cost: $

Exterior of Bridges Bay Resort in Arnolds Park, Iowa
Photo courtesy Bridges Bay Resort

The Waterfront at Bridges Bay Resort

Where: 630 Linden Drive, Arnolds Park, Iowa

Distance from Omaha: 3 hours and 15 minutes

What to expect: If you go to the Lake Okoboji in the summer, expect to spend time at the lake. But if you’re staying at Bridges Bay Resort, your kids will also want to hang out at the water park. There are three slides and a swim-up bar.

The resort’s indoor water park, Boji Splash, is the big draw, though, and has spray ground, pool, whirlpool, and a 500-gallon dump bucket. The outdoor pool area typically opens the Saturday before Memorial Day, weather permitting. The 2024 outdoor pool hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $$$

Girl on a pink pool float

Beach Ottumwa

Where: 101 Church St., Ottumwa, Iowa

Distance from Omaha: About 3 hours and 25 minutes

What to expect: This Ottumwa water park has three slides, a 300,000-gallon wave pool, and a children’s play area with slides and interactive water features. You an also head indoors where there’s a pool and another slide.

Cost: $

The lazy river and water slides at Lost Island Water Park in Waterloo, Iowa
Lost Island Water Park

Lost Island Water Park

Where: 2225 E. Shaulis Road, Waterloo, iowa

Distance from Omaha: About 4 hours

What to expect: You can spend an entire day at Lost Island with its 11 large waterslides, four kids areas, a wave pool, and a large, tropical lazy river. The water park opens for the season on May 31, 2024.

Cost: $$$$ (buy online to get the best price)

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debi

Friday 17th of May 2024

Is it true that there is a water park in Nebraska City?

Kim

Friday 17th of May 2024

I'd heard the Steinhart Aquatic Center is a great place, with a lazy river and water slides, but I haven't been.

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