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Staycation options in Omaha on a budget

Posted at 9:21 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 01:19:39-04

If your plans got canceled this summer, it may be the perfect time to consider a staycation or vacation opportunities right in our own backyards.

"It is heartbreaking when you have to cancel a vacation. But it's also a great opportunity to rediscover Omaha," said Tracie McPherson, Director of Communications for Visit Omaha.

People can rediscover Omaha gems as they slowly start opening back up.

"It's just good to get out in the fresh air and again we have lots of opportunities to do that," McPherson said.

Omar the Friendly Troll sits right under the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge and is a picturesque opportunity for the little ones.

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo is now open to visitors with some social distancing recommendations put in place.

Lauritzen Gardens opened up just a few weeks ago. Even though there are some changes like requiring face masks in the buildings, it's still a great way to get outdoors and relax.

"Lauritzen Gardens is beautiful and peaceful. I think that's what all of us could use right now is a little peace," McPherson said.

A little peace and a whole lot of adventure.

"You could also do Fontenelle Forest. They have that two mile boardwalk that makes it easy if you're pushing a stroller," McPherson said.

Many of these attractions, like the Bob Kerrey Bridge and local art murals around town, are free so you don't have to stretch your dollar.

"The art scene in Omaha is amazing. So take some time and do a public art tour," McPherson said.

This summer may not be typical but it still has the opportunity to be great.

"It may not be the vacation you had planned but again it's an opportunity to rediscover your city," McPherson said.