Happy Valentine’s Day! This special day focused on love is the perfect excuse to confess our undying love for the city of Omaha and its surrounding communities, including Council Bluffs. And who better to share the love than our roster of agents? After all, our agents know this city inside and out — and have spent a lot of time and energy helping others find their home here.
There is so much to love about the Omaha area, from its thriving food scene and live music to our vast parks and gardens. So let’s take a moment to examine just a few of the city’s most loveable qualities. Consider this our love letter to Omaha!
Between outdoor events like Jazz on the Green and indoor shows at venues like The Waiting Room, there are so many opportunities to hear live music in Omaha.
“My family and I love all the opportunities to listen to live music in Omaha. Jazz on the Green in Turner Park is one of our favorite summer outings.”
The Small Communities Within the City
You’ll find a variety of smaller communities and neighborhoods within Omaha, which give this large city a small-town feel. Plus, some of the city’s best restaurants and shops are tucked away in these enclaves!
“One of my favorite things about Omaha are the small communities within the city: Dundee, Blackstone, Old Market, Benson, and Little Bohemia. These areas host some of the city’s best restaurants and small boutique shopping. Whenever I head to one of those areas I know I will have a great meal and find unique wares.” — Molly Hunt-Spisak
The Bike Trails
“I love our bike trails along Papio Creek! My favorite is the stretch through Papillion, where I enjoy riding through Halleck Park on my way to the Walnut Creek Recreation Area.” — Mary Marinkovich
The Variety of Things to Do
You’ll never run out of things to do in Omaha, no matter your age or interests.
“We love the variety of high-quality entertainment & sites including our world-renowned zoo, Old Market, fabulous restaurants, museums, theatres — Omaha has it all! A true blessing is having access to the latest and highest medical care available and low cost of living. Why live anywhere else?” — Julie Hayes
Big City With Small-Town Feel
There is a real sense of community in Omaha. And while we have all the amenities and conveniences you expect from a big city, like an airport and a Costco, we still haven’t lost our small-town feel. Don’t be surprised if you run into someone you know at the grocery store!
“I love Omaha because it has big-city amenities with a small-town feel. My family and I enjoy spending time with neighbors and the people in our school and church communities. It feels like family.” — Nathan Moseley
The Fun Nightlife
After dark, Omaha has a thriving nightlife scene, with many cocktail bars, breweries and entertainment destinations bustling with visitors and residents alike.
“I love the fun nightlife that Omaha brings! My favorite spot is Beercade, an arcade bar full of various pinball machines, classic arcade games and skeeball. What more could you ask for? There are two locations, one in Benson and another Downtown, that make a night out that much better.” — Jacqueline Szatko
Our Parks + Lakes
One of the most common responses had to do with our parks and lakes — and it’s easy to see why. Just take a stroll along the paths circling Lake Zorinsky or look out over Flatwater Lake at sunrise. Or explore one of the 50+ recreation areas in the state, including a number of beautiful state and national parks.
“I love our beautiful lakes! Flatwater Lake is my favorite, where you can enjoy the beautiful sunrises and sunsets.” — Kori Krause
“I love to do the 2-mile walk around Whitehawk Lake at 194th and F Street. Beautiful waterfowl!” — Duane Sullivan
“I love the trails around Omaha and the beautiful lakes they traverse. Lake Zorinsky is the one I spend the most time exploring on my bike.” — Leslie Swartzbaugh
“I love Quail Hollow Park, Black Elk Park and Mission Park, where I enjoy taking my dog for a walk. We walk every morning bright and early. We have even ventured as far as Ed Zorinsky Lake and Recreation Area or Chalco Hills Recreation Area. Bella, my yellow lab loves to walk — the longer the walk, the better!” — Chris O’Brien
There is so much to see just outside of Omaha as well, including the city of Council Bluffs just across the river and other surrounding communities, such as Elkhorn or Papillion.
“I love the 100 Block in Council Bluffs. I enjoy sitting outside while enjoying dinner at one of the many great restaurants.” — Tami Ladd
“My family’s favorite summer tradition is Dairy Chef in Elkhorn. They have the absolute best towering soft-serve ice cream cones. There is always a line, but nobody cares because it goes fast and you get to see all your neighborhood friends.” — Nicole Riddle
Winter, spring, summer or fall — there are so many things to do with kids in the Omaha area, from playgrounds and parks to the renowned Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. Plus, with a great school system and a variety of excellent suburbs in the area, this is a great place to raise a family.
“I love living in Omaha because it is very family-friendly. The fabulous parks, zoo, museums and schools are just a few reasons we decided to make Omaha home. We love being able to access most of the city in about 20 minutes (or less!).” — Ali Rensch McBride
The Kind People
Nothing is as important as the people. And we sure have some kind folks here in the Midwest. In both Iowa and Nebraska, you’ll find exceptionally inviting people who genuinely care about the answer to “how are you?”
“I love the people, the four seasons, and the community. It’s just a great place to call HOME!” — Lisa Jansen Bartholow
“We are consistently growing and thriving! I especially enjoy showing newly relocated homeowners why we’re known for our ‘Iowa kindness’ and ‘Nebraska smiles’ – unique qualities of the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area.” — Leria Bray
The Zoo + Gardens
We take great pride in our zoo — and for good reason! Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium has consistently ranked amongst the top in the nation, coming at the #3 spot on USA Today’s list of the Best Zoos in 2021.
“We love the Henry Doorly Zoo. Every time we go we see something different or that we had missed or new animals — especially new babies. We also love the gardens, including Lauritzen Gardens and the Omaha Botanical Center. Always beautiful and peaceful for a walk. Holidays and events are special to check out too.” — Suzi Modlin
The Sports Culture
Omahans care about a lot of things — and sports are pretty high on the list. The Mavs and Bluejays keep us entertained during the winter, between ice hockey and basketball, and during the summer, there’s no better way to spend the evening than at Werner Park watching the Storm Chasers.
“Sports are wonderful with great venues for so many. We especially enjoy hockey with the Mavs and baseball at Werner Park. But there are all sorts of sports to enjoy here! We have so much fun seeing our favorite athletes moving on to bigger professional lives…and we watched them play up close and personal!” — Suzi Modlin
The Food Scene
We may be known for our steaks, but there’s so much more than meets the…mouth. Whether you’re craving Italian or Indian food, or something casual or fancy, you’ll find it here. Sample a variety of our city’s best flavors with one of these food and drink flights!
“I absolutely love the food and craft beer/cocktail scene in the Omaha area. There are so many talented chefs and mixologists, it’s hard to go wrong. Railcar has always been a personal favorite. It’s equally appropriate for a night out with friends or a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. Cheers and enjoy.” — Greg Kraemer
Everything is Close
We’ve all visited cities that take forever to maneuver, with destinations scattered throughout a massive urban sprawl. Not here! Although Omaha has experienced growth over the years, it still doesn’t take long to get from point A to point B.
“Omaha is an easy city to get around in. Being born and raised here, it’s still a city that doesn’t take much more than 20 minutes to get from one end of the city to the other.” — John Kortus
What do you love most?
What are your favorite things about Omaha? Now is the time to share the love!