On a hot summer day, there’s no better place to be than a water park, where you can splash in a wave pool, slide down a water slide, or float in a lazy river. Here in the Omaha area, we have plenty of exciting water parks, each with a variety of features and amenities designed for a day of non-stop fun for all ages.
Read on to learn more about the many water parks in the Omaha area, from an Alaskan-themed splash park at the zoo to massive water parks with slides, rivers and pools, both indoors and outdoors. Use our interactive map to find the water park nearest you!
Situated halfway between Lincoln and Omaha, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park is a year-round destination for families, offering just about any activity you could imagine! The aquatic center and indoor playground includes a swimming pool with two water slides, a diving area, a zero-entry wave pool, a sun deck, and a concession area. Extend your stay in Ashland by checking into the Peter Kiewit Lodge with guest rooms overlooking the Platte River valley. With a full-service restaurant, an arts and crafts center, a variety of cabins and camping opportunities, and hiking and biking trails, this is the perfect place to spend the weekend!
The Fremont Splash Station is a modern, family-friendly pool with something for everyone. This summertime facility in Fremont includes a body slide, a speed slide, a combination lap pool and wave pool, Hydro-Storm, an interactive train slide, a splash pad, a water walk, and a zero-depth entry to the pool. There is also a full-service concessions stand, a bathhouse, a family changing room, lockers, chaise lounge chairs, inner tubes, and lots of green space to enjoy! The Fremont Splash Station is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. from now until mid-August.
The waterpark at Fun-Plex is the largest water park in Nebraska, with a variety of features and attractions for all ages to enjoy! The adults will love swimming up to Nebraska’s only swim-up bar, and the kids will have a blast splashing around in the Typhoon Falls slide, the Lazzzy River, the Rockin’ Rapids slide, the Motion Ocean wave pool, the Makana Splash splash pad, or the Kiddie Pool! And new for the summer of 2022, the Double Trouble Drop Slides are two slides with a near vertical drop and crazy speeds! Pay for admission to this thrilling park for an entire day of adventure — or grab season passes if you think it will become a family favorite.
Believe it or not, the Holiday Inn in downtown Omaha has a popular indoor water park, featuring a leisure pool, an oversized hot tub, a splash pad, and a three-story water slide. Plus, there is an onsite restaurant, Burger Theory, which is the perfect place to grab a burger and a beer (from the 24 drafts on tap, including local brews!) before or after your visit. Passes to the water park and the indoor pool are not included in hotel reservations, so both locals and visitors may purchase a wristband for $20 per pass, per day.
The Papio Bay Aquatic Center is a popular summertime destination covering 5 acres of land with a zero-depth swimming pool, a children’s butterfly slide, sand volleyball courts, concessions, two water slides, a sand play area, wading pools, diving boards, and more! This is the perfect place to go swimming and experience all that Papillion has to offer in the summertime. Papio Bay is open daily from Memorial Day through the second Sunday in August. Admission is $6 for adults ages 17–54, $5 for kids ages 3-6 and adults 55 and older, and free for infants 2 and under.
Pirate Cove Water Park is a popular water adventure destination in Council Bluffs. The water park includes an enormous Z-shaped pool with a zero-depth area, play features, a diving board, two water slides (one covered and one open), a separate splash pool area, and a sand area. And one of the most unique features is the pirate ship with a slide! After swimming and splashing, grab some food and drinks from the concession stand and relax in the shaded seating area. Starting July 5, Pirate Cove Water Park is open daily from 12–6 p.m. and closed on Saturdays.
As if we needed one more reason to love the award-winning Omaha Zoo! Did you know there is a splash park tucked away in the zoo? Scott Alaskan Adventure is an Alaskan-themed exhibit with tons of sprays and spouts, and more than 75 bronze sculptures created by local artist Matthew Placzek. The sculptures include a variety of animals not currently at the zoo, including 30 jumping salmon, 25 puffins, 15 sea lions, three porpoising orcas, and three brown bears. And the centerpiece of Alaskan Adventure is the 18-foot-high humpback whale, which has water trailing from its long fins. The exhibit is free for zoo members and with paid general admission. It is open daily from 10 a.m.–4 p.m., weather permitting!
About 25 minutes south of Omaha in Plattsmouth, Twin Rivers Water Park is an amazing water park facility with a modern pool area and other family-friendly amenities. It has a large zero-depth to 3 feet swimming area with several water fountains, umbrellas and water toys. Plus, there is a moderate-depth swimming area ranging from 4–6 feet, as well as a 12-foot-deep diving area with a diving board. Some of the most popular features at Twin Rivers are the spiral water slide that empties into the 3-foot pool and the water speed slide, which catapults you into the 12-foot pool.
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Which of these Omaha water parks are you going to visit this summer?