Note: This article has been updated as of October 11, 2017 to reflect current information.
Figuring out where to go on a date is tricky. Whether you’re on a first date or out with your sweetheart of 20 years, there is so much to do in Omaha from romantic boat rides to thrilling murder mysteries! We rounded up some of our favorite daytime and nighttime date ideas with the hope that we can help narrow down the search for you just a little.
So, send this post to your significant other as a subtle hint, or plan a night to surprise them instead. The bottom line is that this weekend, you and your dearly beloved should switch up the standard dinner-and-a-movie routine and soak in all that Omaha has to offer!
Top Omaha Date Ideas include:
Photo courtesy of Farnam House Brewing Company and Brian Collins
Omaha is home to so many incredible craft breweries, each with a different style and personality. A self-guided brewery crawl is flexible, and allows you the time to enjoy each space (and share a beer or two) with your sweetheart. We recommend taking a Saturday to hit up a few of your favorites, and also try something new! Use Omaha’s ultimate craft brewery guide to plan a route, and then let us know which one you liked best in the comments.
Whether you’re a die-hard Geek who Drinks or just looking for a fun night out, trivia is a great way to bring out your competitive side with a date. You’ll have the chance to work together to answer tough questions — and win or lose, you’ll definitely have a few laughs by the end of the night! Trivia nights occur almost nightly in Omaha’s most popular pubs and restaurants, and the question topics range from geography to pop culture to sports.
Not sure where to start? Use our complete guide to 19 trivia nights in the Omaha area.
Photo courtesy of Krug Park
Benson is known far and wide as the hippest neighborhood in Omaha. In fact, it was even named the most “hipster” neighborhood in the state by BuzzFeed! The area surrounding Maple Street boasts a vibrant culture that is tough to come by — making it the perfect place to spend a day with a loved one. Spend the morning in a coffee shop, work up a sweat in a yoga class, or indulge at one of the area’s restaurants, breweries or bars. You can finish off the day with a show at the Waiting Room — one of Omaha’s best music venues. We created a complete 24-hour itinerary to get you started. Enjoy!
Photos courtesy of Pitch Pizzeria
If you find yourself on a date during an awkward day of the week — say Monday or Tuesday for example — we’ve got you covered. Crack open a bottle of wine and bite into a scrumptious pizza at Pitch Pizzeria for a mere $30 total on Mondays starting at 3 p.m. and Tuesdays starting at 11 a.m — and we’re not talking about some basic pepperoni or cheese pizza. You can in fact choose from a diverse list of pizza options from the happy hour menu. We’re drooling at the thought of a bianco verde pizza topped with ricotta cream, prosciutto, caramelized onions, arugula and fresh mozzarella, but the wine selection is equally amazing! Regardless of your wine preference, you can choose a bottle that will perfectly complement your pizza choice.
Photos courtesy of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium
For a fun daytime adventure date, there’s no place like the zoo. Visiting Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is the perfect excuse to act like a kid again, and have a blast with your date in the meantime. Here, you’ll have the chance to meet face-to-face with thousands of animals from all over the globe and explore 130 acres of exhibits and gardens, which include seven acres of indoor exhibits. Lost? No problem. Download a map to get a lay of the land.
So grab your date’s hand as you take a peaceful — and sometimes surprising — stroll through Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. And make sure to grab a bite from one of the various booths and restaurants on site, because what date doesn’t involve food?
The zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, but pay attention to the admission fees and hours for specific early closing days or special events, as these hours may change.
Another daytime date destination to consider is the Joslyn Art Museum. It’s a great choice for a slower-paced outing, particularly on a cold or rainy day. So if the weather looks risky and soggy shoes and loud lion roars at the zoo aren’t your cup of tea, maybe consider a date exploring exhibits not filled with animals.
Some of the museum’s more notable exhibits include a highly regarded collection of Greek pottery, Renaissance and Baroque masterworks by Titian, El Greco, Veronese, Jacob Van Ruisdael, and Claude Lorrain; noteworthy nineteenth-century French paintings by Jules, Breton, William Adolphe Bouguereau, and Jean-Léon Gérôme; and Impressionist masterpieces by Camille Pissarro, Auguste Renoir, and Claude Monet.
None of those names ring a bell? Don’t worry. You don’t have to be an art scholar to enjoy the beautiful sights at this breathtaking museum. All you need is a companion to comment on paintings and sculptures alongside you.
One of our favorite things about this museum is the price you pay — well, the absence of it! Admission to the Joslyn Art Museum is now free thanks to a generous grant from The Sherwood Foundation. So there should be nothing stopping you from adding this museum to your date night bucket list.
Photos courtesy of Blatt Beer & Table and Omaha Magazine
Impress your date with the opportunity to be in two places at once. If you’ve been in Omaha for more than a day, you’ll know all about Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge and how it connects Nebraska and Iowa with one gorgeous chunk of metal and concrete. Make Bob the Bridge your final date destination, but make sure it’s not on an empty stomach! Preface this journey to a completely different state with a delightful lunch or dinner at Blatt Beer & Table.
Blatt Beer & Table offers happy hour on a daily basis, and as they proclaim, the beer is great and the company is even better. We certainly agree, and we would even add that the food does not fall short of their quality standards.
It’s a 30-minute walk from Blatt to Bob, but we think this is the perfect amount of time to confess your love to your date, dream of your future together, name your hypothetical kids and enjoy Omaha streets in the meantime. And for the sake of convenience, we’ve even mapped the route out for you.
If 30 minutes is just too long of a commute for you, eat at a restaurant in Old Market instead, which will knock a whopping two minutes off that daunting walking time.
Whatever you choose, just make Bob the Bridge your destination and the evening will turn out fine. Bob is the first to admit that he is really just 3,000 feet of cheap date.
Photo courtesy of the Dinner Detective
Solve the mystery of “whodunit?” at the Dinner Detective, America’s largest interactive murder mystery dinner show. There’s nothing like a good mystery to make the night exciting and memorable for you and your date. Who knows? Maybe your date is the culprit!
The Dinner Detective allows guests to guess who the murderer is while feasting on a wonderful four-course dinner. However, their style is different than a typical murder mystery dinner setting. They hide non-costumed actors in the restaurant and the entire show takes place in the present day and in real time, which makes the experience feel all the more real and interactive.
The show takes place every Saturday, and tickets go quickly! Make sure to check out the schedule and buy your tickets ahead of time. There’s enough mystery going on already — no need to wonder if you’ll get in the door!
Photo courtesy of Funny Bone Comedy Club
If solving a murder mystery sounds a bit too serious for you and your date, laugh it off at Funny Bone Comedy Club instead.
It’s a classic comedy club experience. Choose a night that works best for your schedule, check out the comedian you will be laughing at (or with) and grab your tickets. Maybe you’ll even be lucky enough to visit Funny Bone during their Clash of the Comics, a comedic battle between local and regional comedians.
Take bites between laughs as you feast on Funny Bone’s full menu available an hour before showtime and throughout the show. Or take a trip to their full-service bar and enjoy a drink or two during the show.
At the end of the day (literally), this makes a wonderful Omaha date night outing. You can’t beat the joys of laughing alongside your loved one with a forkful of scrumptious food and a drink in hand.
Photos courtesy of Heartland Gondolas
One of the hidden gems in Omaha’s date night scene is the opportunity to see the city by boat at Heartland of America Park. Heartland Gondolas offer rides for 2-6 people in authentic Venetian gondolas through the park’s 15-acre lake. You can snuggle up for a romantic private ride or join a group for a fun adventure. To make a private reservation, simply contact Heartland Gondolas via email, phone or Facebook.
It’s also good news that their rates are reasonable! It costs $10 per couple for a 15-20 minute ride to the south part of the Conagra Lagoon and children under 12 years old are free if accompanied by a paid adult. For a private cruise, it costs $20 per couple or $35 for an extended 30-minute cruise through the lake.
We do have some bad news though! Heartland Gondolas only operates between the months of May and September. But that just means you can make plans well in advance to visit them next spring and summer!
Photo courtesy of Williams-Sonoma
Show off your culinary expertise and turn up the heat by taking a cooking class for your next date. Williams-Sonoma offers cooking classes at its Regency Court location, and all locations across the country, for that matter.
Enjoy a free technique class or pay for a more extensive 1 ½ to 2-hour cooking class. Each class includes a cooking demonstration, generous samples of featured dishes and printed recipes you can bring home with you. There is something new happening in the cooking class department each month at Williams-Sonoma and prices vary depending on store location, so it’s best to contact the Regency Court location to get the latest details closer to the date of your…date.
A cooking class might test your culinary patience, so remember — if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen!
Photo courtesy of That Pottery Place
You might have a confusing date night dialogue if you’re headed to this next place:
“We’re going to That Pottery Place on Dodge Street.”
“What pottery place?”
“That Pottery Place. That’s the name of the place.”
Once you straighten out this confusion, That Pottery Place will be another fun and interactive place for a daytime or early night date. Have fun during the process of painting your own pieces of pottery and have a keepsake to bring home to help you remember your fun experience.
It only costs $8 a day for up to two projects, plus the cost of the pottery selected. The $8 studio fee covers paint, glaze and firing for up to two projects — and two is the perfect number for you and your date!
Photo courtesy of Wantickets
There is a bonding quality to music that is unlike anything else. So attending a concert at The Slowdown is a great way to spend your next date night. Peruse The Slowdown’s upcoming shows and pick one that suits your musical style. Regardless of the show you choose, enjoy half-price taps and $1 off everything else during their happy hour after every show.
Because of its central location just north of downtown Omaha, you can enjoy dinner or other festivities in the Old Market area then top your night off with a fun concert at The Showdown. Who doesn’t love a good concert? You’re sure to have a blast!
What did we miss?
Let us know what your personal favorite Omaha date activity is! We love learning about new places and adding things to our bucket lists.