Since its founding in 1854, Omaha has grown into a city that draws in new residents and visitors alike. There are five Fortune 1000 headquarters based in Omaha, and the city’s Henry Doorly Zoo brings in hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, and is known as one of the most popular attractions in all of Nebraska, seeing over 25 million guests in the last four decades alone.
Omaha’s park system was ranked 12th in the nation on a 2014 list. The city’s oldest remaining park was established in 1872, and the largest single park covers more than 1,400 acres of land. The Lewis & Clark Landing is a park that sits just north of downtown and features open spaces, paved walkways, and historic exhibits based on the 1804 expedition. If you are looking for a nice place to walk your dog, take in the sights at this park or explore the trails that connect it to Miller’s Landing and the Heartland of America Park.
Canine park visitors will definitely want to stop by Hefflinger or Hanscom Dog Parks. These parks were created by the Omaha Dog Park Advocates in cooperation with the city, and they have everything a dog needs to have some fun in the sun. With two fenced-in areas for large dogs and one for smaller dogs, these parks ensure that all pups can play safely and happily.
If you're looking for a fun way to spend the day with your pup, Westside has some great options. The entrance to Big Papio Trail can be found in Westside. This Rails to Trails funded railroad-turned-walking-path goes through almost 10 miles of city terrain. Leashed hounds are welcome on the paved pathway, that both starts and ends in a lush, green park! These grassy areas are perfect for pit stops or water breaks, but you'll have to bring your own as there aren't any public fountains. As with all Rails to Trails projects, the entrance has nearby parking and an info map available online. Why not get outside and enjoy the city scapes with your favorite furry friend in the Westside neighborhood?