4 Affordable Things to Do in Omaha in 4 Hours

Linda Leier Thomason

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About This Trip

Have a free Sunday and need something to do? Visit Omaha. If you are lucky enough to call Omaha your home, get out and visit, or re-visit, these sites and participate these activities.
We recently did these 4 things in 4 hours on a Sunday. Click on the bold links to find more information while planning your Omaha outing or a weekend trip to Omaha.
Omaha Farmer’s Market at Aksarben Village
9am-1pm Every Sunday May 7-October 15, 2017
Tips for a Great Outing
Go early for free street and garage parking.
Find a list of vendors on the Market’s website-link in bold green above.
Patience required. Be prepared to dodge dogs and strollers.
Bring your own bags for produce (recycled grocery store bags, etc.) and a bag to put all merchandise into.
Wear comfortable shoes. After shopping, walk the trails or stroll through the College of St. Mary.
Tip the musician(s).
Take dollar bills so vendors don’t run out of change.
Bring sanitizing hand wipes. Napkins provided, but these wipes are useful for post-restroom and after eating sticky pastries.
Don’t eat samples without real intent to buy.
Be open to trying new things, especially vegetables you’ve never tasted.
Enhanced the Market by
Vendors hand out recipes-how to use items being sold, especially unique vegetables.
More vendors preparing & selling food for consumption on-site.
Healthier prepared food options; heavy on pastries.
Cooking demonstrations-how to use kohlrabi, okra, etc.
Multiple entertainers throughout the market.
Fee based pony rides for children.
Petting zoo.
Hoola-Hoop contests, etc. to engage crowd.
Gerald R. Ford Birthsite and Gardens
Little Known Facts about 38th President of USA
Born July 14, 1913 at 3202 Woolworth Avenue, Omaha, NE.
Named Leslie King, Jr. at birth.
Parents divorced and mother moved to her parent’s Grand Rapids, Michigan home.
Renamed Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. when adopted by stepfather in 1916, at age 3.
Most commonly known as being from Michigan.
Property Facts
3202 Woolworth Avenue was 3-stories and 14 rooms
1971 home burned
In 1974, James M. Paxson, prominent Omaha businessman, purchased it with intent to build memorial.
Kiosk has 4 historical narrations available.
Site dedicated in 1977
Rose garden added in 1978
Maintained by Omaha Parks and Rec Department
Free entrance
A Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center sits adjacent to birthplace
The Gerald Ford exhibit is open to the public Monday thru Friday, by appointment only. Call 402-595-1180 or email grfcc@nebraska.gov.
The conservation labs are not open for public tours.
The Ford birth site gardens are available for rent by calling 402-444-5900
Hanscom Park is across the street and has a pavilion available for rent
Gene Leahy Pedestrian Mall
1302 Farnam Street, downtown Omaha
Located just to the north of the Old Market in the downtown area. The park sits between the Heartland of America Park on its eastern edge and the W. Dale Clark Library to the West. It is sandwiched between historical buildings and contemporary design, making the surroundings visually interesting.
Interesting Tidbits
Also known as Central Park or The Mall
Named after former Omaha Mayor Eugene A. Leahy
6 acres
Open 5am-11pm
Free entrance
Playground with steel slides-bring cardboard to go faster
Walking paths
Lagoon with waterfowl
Sculpture art
Picnic areas
Visit during holiday season when lit up for the season
Homeless citizens do occupy the area
Café 110
1299 Farnam Street, Suite 110, corner of 13th and Farnam, near Gene Leahy Mall entrance
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8am-2pm; Closed Saturday; Sunday: 9am-12pm
One of best, most affordable breakfasts in Omaha.
Known for coffee, tea, Espresso, smoothies, in-house made soups, sandwiches and salads along with a salad bar, fresh fruits and vegetables.
Space is energetic and creative. There is a loft upstairs for reading, etc.
Service friendly and efficient.
Opened in March 2012 by owner Allan Zeeck. He previously owned Benson Grind.
Offers off-site catering and live music.
Space can be rented for private parties and events, especially popular during Christmas holiday when Gene Leahy Mall is lit. Reserve early.
Omaha offers a lot of variety for residents. Find your favorite things to do.
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