Archery tag, axe throwing, soccer bowling—unusual and strange sports are all the rage these days, with arcades and studios dedicated to these “extreme” sports popping up all over Omaha lately.
In addition to being great ways to spend an afternoon or full-day, these activities make for excellent date night ideas, family reunion opportunities and team-building exercises. So, if you’re ready to get a little “extreme,” we’ve rounded up a few cool and unusual sporting activities that you can try for yourself in the Omaha area!
Over the past few years, we’ve seen axe-throwing studios opening up all across the country, and that includes Omaha! Here, you can throw axes at not one — but three — different places across town. The first is Flying Timber Axe Throwing, a favorite recreation center with high-tech targets and a local craft beer bar. Craft Axe Throwing is another axe-amusement center on Leavenworth Street, offering dartboard-like targets and fantastic instructors. And if you want even more axe throwing, don’t miss Axe Games, another favorite offering multiple throwing lanes, beer and hard seltzers.
If axe throwing isn’t your thing, but you still want to try your hand at a unique sport—try archery games! Think dodgeball with bows and arrows. Archery Games (owned by the same people behind Axe Games) gives two teams the chance to battle it out with bows and foam-tipped arrows in a large arena. The objective? To tag all of the opposing players with arrows and eliminate them from the game. Click here to learn more and to sign up for your first game!
The Amazing Pizza Machine sounds like a kids’ dream just by looking at the name of the establishment. And it really is! This 60,000-square-foot, all-indoor restaurant and entertainment center features rides and attractions including laser tag, go-karts, bumper cars, the Frog Hopper, a roller coaster, and more than 170 arcade games. They also feature an unusual, “spaghetti” bowling alley, perfect for little ones. This fun-sized bowling game features mini pins, mini balls and mini lanes open to both kids and adults. There is no minimum age or height requirement so bring the whole family and enjoy this unique new sport!
The past year and a half have been pretty tough. Why not take out some of that growing frustration on unassuming household items? Le Smash is a “smash studio” or “rage room” located in Bellevue that lets you spend the afternoon destroying things, from treadmills to computers and bulky furniture. Locals can donate unused or broken items to Le Smash and have them put to good use—helping you get all your stress and anger out. Click here to book a smash session for your next family gathering, friend hangout, office team-building exercise or date night!
Just as funny-looking as it is fun to play, Bubble Soccer gives you and your group the opportunity to don inflatable padding and knock each other around while running around an indoor or outdoor field. This sport looks super silly but is also a great team-building exercise, working exactly like traditional soccer with the ultimate goal of getting your ball into the other team’s net. Currently, there are no facilities where you can pay to play this interesting sport in Omaha, but you can rent the inflatable padding yourself from Big V’s for an hourly fee. While you’re at it, consider ordering their hilarious Human Hamster Balls as well!
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While almost everyone loves jumping up and down on a trampoline, only some are lucky enough to have one in their backyard. That’s where trampoline parks come in! These indoor activity centers allow you to fly high while also staying safe in a monitored facility complete with hundreds of trampolines, nets, foam pits and more. There are a few places you can jump to your heart’s content in the Omaha area, including Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Urban Air and Altitude—each offering different courses, features, classes and more.
Rock climbing is a fun sport for people of all ages, challenging both the mind and the body! Kids seem to be especially good at it because of their fearlessness and flexibility—so don’t feel too bad if your kid scampers up the wall at twice your speed. You can try your hand at indoor rock climbing at Approach Climbing Gym, a full-service gym with more than 6,000 square feet filled with climbing walls and over 150 different routes and problems.
Beware, this one isn’t for the faint of heart—or those who are afraid of heights! Ziplining is a fun and exciting activity that allows you to zip across a large distance while hanging from a line high in the sky. While it sounds scary, ziplining is fun for all ages! There are two spots to do this near Omaha: Go Ape Zipline and Adventure Park in Ashland and TreeRush Adventures in Bellevue. Go Ape is nestled inside Eugene T. Mahoney State Park and features super long ziplines more than 40 feet high! TreeRush Adventures is an aerial adventure park that offers countless opportunities for you to climb and zipline through the trees in Fontenelle Forest.
Scuba Diving in Omaha? You bet! While we are fairly landlocked here in Eastern Nebraska, that doesn’t mean you can’t knock “scuba diving” off your bucket list! Diventures is a state-of-the-art facility that includes a 25-yard heated pool and deck where you can learn how to swim, dive and even purchase your own scuba diving gear. Click here for pricing information and to make your reservation!
Ready to get EXTREME?
Which of these “extreme” sports are you planning to try first? Let us know in the comments below!