May 30, 2014

Water Fun In Omaha For Every Budget + Summer Blog Hop

Update: Hydrant parties updated for 2016

Need to ideas for staying cool in Omaha this summer? This city is loaded with options: pools, splash gardens, water parks, etc.

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For all budgets, here’s our list of where to go to stay cool in Omaha:


Spraygrounds – Omaha Parks and Recreation Departments offers FREE spraygrounds that are open Memorial Day to Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. They are found at:

Fontenelle Park, 4405 Fontenelle Blvd.

Kountze Park, 1920 Pinkney St.

Orchard Park, 66th and Hartman

Upland, 3104 Jefferson St.

Morton, 5724 S. 41st St.

Westwood Heights, 12334 Seldin Drive

Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge Plaza, 705 Riverfront Drive

Other Spraygrounds: Head over to Council Bluffs’ Bayliss Park to find a small sprayground by the fountain. Head to Shadow Lake Towne Center in Papillion for their sprayground. First National Bank Tower in downtown Omaha has a sprayground that I can vouch for kids enjoying, and there’s one in front of the Omaha Children’s Museum as well.

Hydrant parties – Omaha has hydrant parties around the city three times a day on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Here is the schedule:

July 8

Noon, 65th & Manderson

1:30 p.m. , 40th & Webster St.

3 p.m., 35th & Davenport St.


July 11

Noon, 3920 John Creighton Blvd.

1:30 p.m., 58th & Ohio St.

3 p.m., 53rd & Hamilton


July 13

Noon, 96th & Boyd Cir

1:30 p.m., 99th & Ellison Ave.

3 p.m., 93rd & Ellison Ave.


July 15

Noon, 440 S 20th St.

1:30 p.m., 25th & J St.

3 p.m., 28th & Harrison St.


July 18

Noon, 14850 Laurel Ave

1:30 p.m., 14622 Nebraska Cir.

3 p.m., 2616 N. 102nd Ave.


July 20

Noon, 22nd & Woolworth

1:30 p.m., 5115 Hickory St.

3 p.m., 5400 S 51st Ave.


July 22,

Noon, 46th & Poppleton

1:30 p.m., 1300 S. 27th St.

3 p.m., 10th & William St.


July 25

Noon, 29th & Bondesson St.

1:30 p.m., 14th Ave & Ellison

3 p.m., 33rd & Sprague St.


July 27

Noon, 10242 Mockingbird Dr.

1:30 p.m., 2304 S. 135th Ave.

3 p.m., 109th & Martha


July 29

Noon, 78th & Hascall St.

1:30 p.m., 4808 Cass St.

3 p.m., 106th & Spring St.


August 1

Noon, 9270 Cady Ave.

1:30 p.m., Gallagher Park

3 p.m., 7819 Aurora Dr.


August 3

Noon, 29th & Bondesson

1:30 p.m., 5701 N 16th St.

3 p.m., 28th & Titus


August 5

Noon, 5105 S. 37th St.

1:30 p.m., 4808 Cass St.

3 p.m., 4314 Burt


Events – Splash Bash at La Vista Community Pool on June 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. (DJ, games, free food)


Lake Manawa State Park – A close beach getaway in the metro area lies in nearby Lake Manawa State Park in Council Bluffs. Sandy beach and calm lake waters await. You get in for the price of a vehicle’s day-pass into Iowa State Parks, plus beach admission: $3 for 12 and older, $2 for ages 4-11 and FREE for children younger than 4.

Paddleboat – The nearest paddleboat rental is Platte River State Park. A half-hour rental is $8. Website

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Kroc Center – Check out the aquatic center at the Kroc Center – it has two slides (one just for little kids) and a small lazy river. A family of four can get a day pass for $24 ($7 per adult, $5 per kid).

Omaha Pools – A family of two adults and four children can visit any of the Omaha public pools for less than $20. Save money and purchase a household pass for $175; punch cards are $50 and are good for 10 adult admissions or 20 youth admissions to any pool. Outdoor pools in Omaha areGallagher LeisureMiller Water ParkCamelot TraditionalElkhorn TraditionalLee Valley TraditionalRoanoke TraditionalElmwood LeisureHanscom LeisureHitchcock TraditionalKaren TraditionalSpring Lake TraditionalCryer TraditionalDeer Ridge LeisureOak Heights LeisureZorinsky Aquatic CenterIndoor pools: Montclair, Mockingbird and Common Ground

Council Bluffs pools – A family of four can get into Pirate Cove Water Park for $20 (use of water slides) or Katelman Water Park for $16. Save money with a season pass for the family, and get into both all season long for $200.

Other pools: Some state parks offer swimming pools. In addition to the park entry fee, expect to pay less than $15 for a family of four to swim. Platte River State Park is $4 for adults, $3 for children and FREE for children 3 and younger.

RiversWest Park – The launch site for a outfitters on the Elkhorn River is also a little beach area known for camping, music festivals and outdoor movies. You can pay a $5 entry fee per person (kids 12 and younger are FREE) and enjoy the water. Website See the listings below for tubing and tank rentals from this park.

Fun Plex – Fun Plex includes the water park and unlimited rides in one admission pass. Enjoy the Makana Splash, Motion Ocean, Lazy River and slides for $25.95 for guests 54” and taller and $17.95 for guests 54” and shorter. Kids 2 and younger are FREE. And price is significantly cheaper if you go between 4 and 8 p.m. Website 

Alaskan Adventure at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium – The zoo’s huge Alaskan Adventure splash garden is a destination itself within the zoo. Admission to the zoo is FREE for members and children younger than 2; $18.95 for ages 12+; $17.95, military adult (12+) and seniors; $12.95, children ages 3-11; and $11.95, military children ages 3-11.

Coco Key Water Resort Omaha – For indoor water fun, head here. There are three waterslides, a fun activity pool, Adventure River, and slides and a zero-depth entry area for younger kiddos. A day pass during the is $20 per person 12 and older, $15 per person 3-11, and FREE for 2 and younger. The cost goes up if you visit Friday through Sunday.

Tubing down the Elkhorn River – Families and groups can take a short or long float trip down the Elkhorn River for $20 per person through Tubing & Adventures. Kids have to be at least 8 years old. Uncle Scott Outfitters is another tubing outfitter for Elkhorn River. Price options are $20 and $25 per person, depending on whether you want lunch and games included.

Tank Down the Elkhorn – Another option to cruise down the Elkhorn River in style is to go by (water) tank. The cost is $140 for four adults in a tank (or go on a weekday for $120). Website

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