Maybe you’ve visited Papillion before, have just passed through, or are lucky enough to call it your hometown. Regardless of your relationship with this railroad town, we’re sure you can agree that it is something special.
You may not know it, but its name is derived from Papillion Creek that runs through the town, which was named from the French word for butterfly. According to stories passed down, early French explorers named the creek as such because of the abundance of butterflies found alongside its banks.
Now, why are we talking about butterflies and the origins of a neighboring community? We’re so glad you asked. Because…
Papillion is the Community of the Month for January!
We will be focusing on one particular community each month over the course of this year on our blog. Hopefully, this series will ignite a new love for some unexplored places, or confirm the reasons why you already love an area.
So travel with us to the beautiful town of Papillion — or endearingly referred to as “Papio” by its residents — for a quick tour.
With a population just over 19,000, Papillion has been nationally recognized as the #2 best small city in America for its livability, affordability, educational system and environment for raising a family.
There are several areas of lush, green grass spread out throughout Papillion, such as Walnut Creek Lake and Recreation Area where you can go fishing, boating, hiking, biking, picnicking and camping. There’s also the centrally located, 70-acre Halleck Park that hosts walking trails, athletic fields and courts, playgrounds, shelters and a large pavilion. This truly is the “Central Park” of this town.
Nestled amongst these parks — and various others — is a thriving residential community. Homes vary from traditional to new-construction, and each provides a wonderful environment for raising a family. In fact, we recently peeked inside a Papillion home and liked it so much that we decided to steal their look!
Speaking of home, Papillion’s Werner Park is now home to the Triple A Omaha Storm Chasers. It is here that you can take in all the sights, sounds and emotions of a live baseball game right in your backyard.
Or become part of the action by playing a round of golf at Eagle Hills and Tara Hills Golf Courses, which are both 18-hole championship-rated facilities.
Stroll through the shopping metropolis that is Shadow Lake Towne Center or venture to some local shops, such as Absolutely Her, an upscale consignment boutique.
After all the shopping, you’re bound to work up an appetite. If that’s the case, grab a bite at SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza or wind down with a beer or cocktail at Nebraska Brewing Company.
Whatever you do while out exploring this beautiful town, be sure to let us know what you love about Papillion! Every person sees the same place from a different perspective. We want to know yours!
PHOTOS COURTESY OF: City of Papillion, Panoramio, Visit Nebraska and Nebraska Brewing Company