Central Omaha is home to a very culturally diverse population as well as a number of historical buildings and neighborhoods. Many people live, work, and love the midtown district for the energy it embodies. On a walk down the streets, you are sure to encounter something of interest. The area is home to a number of museums, many historic buildings, and has a very rich food culture for you to enjoy. Central has a healthy retail district and is home to two colleges. You will not find a lot of pet stores or veterinarians in the neighborhood, but to the west, there are more that can be accessed.
Omaha has a humid continental climate that includes hot summers and thunderstorms and cold winters with some snow. Good planning to rule out dangerous weather such as thunderstorms and extreme heat will ensure good walks with your favorite furry companion.
Elevations in Central Omaha stay pretty consistent but there are some areas where you will find gentle hills to climb. The small changes in elevation are ideal for dog walkers because they can become the focus of a gentle stroll meant only for fresh air. They can also be a great way to increase the intensity for those who are concerned about heart health and weight. Add a bit of extra weight or increase the intensity to adjust the level of workout you get.
There is also enough of Central that is flat so you really do not need to climb any hills if you really don’t want to. Concrete sidewalks are common in Central, but most of them also have a grass shoulder that can keep sensitive paws off hot sidewalks. Be on the lookout for streets that have lots of trees because these can keep walkways shaded and concrete cool enough to walk on.
Most areas within Central Omaha have access to a park of some kind and while none of them are huge, they do serve for a nice break from walking city streets. Walnut Hill and Bemis Parks both have paths, trees, and ample grass for your pup to play on. If you happen to be walking by, the big trees are a great place to take a quick break from the hot summer sun.
Towards the center of Midtown is Gifford Park. This park has a nice walking path, plenty of trees and grass, and even a community garden. Turner and Dewey Parks are on the southeast boundary of central Omaha. This is a great destination as there are places to get your favorite friend something to drink and there is food nearby if you want a bite to eat. Both of these parks also have walking paths if you still want to get your steps in.