Take a short road trip to Omaha this fall and discover new adventures, including treetop zip lines in one of the largest urban forests in the country, a 3-acre corn maze, the world’s largest indoor desert, a festival boasting hundreds of vintage vendors, and a bridge with its own troll.
With more than 400 acres of family fun, Vala’s Pumpkin Patch is one of the largest fall attractions in the Midwest. You will find more than 50 themed attractions, including the Haunted Trail and Farmhouse, Pigtucky Derby Pig Races, Graveyard Golf, Spookley's Play Yard, the Lost Pumpkin Mine and train rides. The whole family can work together finding their way through the massive 3-acre corn maze before shooting it out in a three-story barn with Nerf-style sponge balls. Challenge the kids on the track in the Pumpkinapolis 500 and then take a break with their old-fashioned hayrack ride. Just be sure to save time to pick your own pumpkins from their fields and taste some of their popular homemade treats such as roasted turkey legs, salted caramel apple pie and kettle corn made in a real kettle on site. Visit ValasPumpkinPatch.com for more information.
You haven’t seen a zoo until you’ve been to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. From rainforests and deserts to glaciers and beaches, your family can travel the world by stepping into the zoo. The new Owen Sea Lion Shores exhibit features a 275-thousand-gallon pool and 40 feet of underwater windows allowing visitors to be nose to nose with sea lions. The zoo is full of opportunities to engage with wildlife. The Skyfari chairlift will take you through the zoo that’s home to more than 35,000 animals. Visit OmahaZoo.com to plan your adventure today.
No big box stores here - just handmade arts, antiques and, well junk, on display from more than 180 small business vendors from around the country. Junkstock held at Sycamore Farms, a 135-acre century-old horse farm, is one of the best vintage festivals around for outdoor shopping, live music and an assortment of food trucks. Held the first two weekends in October, head to Junkstock.com to learn more.
Relax and enjoy the quiet of nature from the trail or while swinging from the treetops – either way Fontenelle Forest delivers. Just minutes from downtown Omaha, the region’s premier nature center has nearly 2,000 acres of forest, prairie and wetlands along the Missouri River. If that’s too tame and you need a little more outdoor action, TreeRush Adventures at Fontenelle Forest will have you climbing, zipping and swinging through trees. Think Tarzan without the gorillas. Visit FontenelleForest.org and TreeRush.com to book your adventure today!
Get ready to meet Omaha’s newest and bluest resident. OMAR the Troll is waiting to welcome you to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge (every bridge needs a troll). Bob, as his friends know him, is a one-of-a-kind pedestrian bridge magically suspended over the Missouri River connecting Nebraska and Iowa. Stand in just the right spot and you can stand in two states at the same time – a great bucket list addition. The 3,000-foot swaying bridge gives visitors a spectacular view of the Omaha skyline and connects more than 150 miles of nature trails. Walk across Bob and you have completed a 0.9K – that’s right, you too can be an official marathoner, sticker and all. Free Bob marathon stickers are available at the Omaha Visitors Center. Discover more at BobTheBridge.com.
To learn more about Omaha’s activities and attractions, go to VisitOmaha.com and plan your trip today.