July 3, 2017

Urban Walking Labyrinth In Omaha

My family stumbled upon a map for the Urban Walking Labyrinth at Urban Abbey.

Curious thing to find, right? Sounded like an adventure.

My son was the map keeper and read the quotes at each stop of the Urban Walking Labyrinth.

On a whim, we decided to try it out.

Was it a walk full of adventure? Not so much.

Did we see things in our own city that we hadn’t noticed before? Definitely.

Side note: If you haven’t been to Urban Abbey, go check them out! It’s a bookstore/cafe/gathering place in the Old Market, and I love it.

About the Urban Walking Labyrinth

My kids using two maps to complete this walking tour through the Old Market.

The map for the labyrinth in Omaha guides you on a simple walk around the Old Market. There’s no actual labyrinth hidden in Omaha. At each stop, the map has a quote for you to read and ponder. Like a labyrinth, though, you don’t walk a direct route from start to finish.

“Walk slowly. Don’t rush. Each step brings you to the best moment of your life, the present moment.’

-a quote by thich nhat nanh to be read at the J’s on Jackson stop of the walk

The quotes you read along the route were about love, peace and kindness, with a nondenominational religious slant. Our kids are a bit young to get all philosophical with us, so we didn’t dwell much at each stop.

If you haven’t been to the Old Market in a while, this is a good way to discover or rediscover some places. We found a wall of records that my kids had never noticed, and I’ve honestly, just overlooked all these years.

Have these bent records been on this wall this whole time? I’ve lived and worked near the Old Market for more than a decade and I do not recall. Find them on the southeast corner of 12th and Jackson streets.

This is a walk best done on your own, if you ask me, or at least, with other contemplative adults. Maybe your kids like maps, maybe they’re little philosophers… go ahead and bring them! This walk is more of an excuse just to explore the city in a different way.

Want another downtown walk idea? Check out my post on the Omaha Art Walk!

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