Guide to Living in Gretna, Nebraska

By: Ryan Renner, Realtor
By: Ryan Renner, Realtor

I have helped many families moving to Omaha. Contact me if you have any questions about the Omaha area or need help buying a home.

Gretna is located on the very southwest edge of Omaha around the intersections of Highways 6 and 370, in Sarpy County.

Where is Gretna?

Gretna is in the far southwest corner of the Omaha metro area.

It is in Sarpy County and

The best way to navigate Gretna is via Highway 6. Most suburbs, businesses, and shopping centers are located off of this highway.

Commuting to Omaha

If you work in midtown or downtown Omaha, then Gretna will have one of the longest commutes in the area.

During rush hour, it could take 25-45 minutes to get to work. You will be battling with everyone else heading that way for work. The closer you live to the interstate (I80), the faster the commute will be.

Commuting to work in Papillion is pretty fast. And Highway 370 makes it easy to commute to Offutt Air Force Base although it will still take about 30 minutes depending on traffic.

If you work in Lincoln, Gretna is a wonderful option. You can get to Lincoln in about 30-40 minutes.

Property Taxes

In general, property taxes are higher in Gretna because of newer subdivisions and the higher tax levy of Gretna Public Schools.


There are no major hospitals in Gretna.

CHI Health Midlands and CHI Health Lakeside are about a 15-20 minute drive from Gretna.

But, there are numerous clinics in Gretna including CHI Health Clinic Gretna, Methodist Physicians Clinic, and Children’s Physicians Gretna.


Gretna Public Schools serves over 5,000 students.

The fast-growing school district includes seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school.

Because of its growth, Gretna will be opening a second high school in 2023.


One of the larger things Gretna is popular for is the Nebraska Crossing Outlet mall.

Nebraska Crossing Outlet Mall
Nebraska Crossing Outlet Mall
Photo of Downtown Gretna

Parks & Recreation

Chalco Hills

Platte River State Park

And Gretna has 4 city parks.

Things To Do

Schramm Education Center– (formerly the Aksarben Aquarium) conveniently located on the banks of the Platte River between the cities of Lincoln and Omaha, boasts the largest exhibit of native aquatic species in Nebraska. The facility offers a unique aquarium and terrarium, an interactive classroom, and the World-Herald Auditorium. Additionally, visitors can access the ponds, nature trails, and historic fish hatchery at Schramm Park, located directly east of the facility.

Vala’s Pumpkin Patch is by far the biggest and most popular pumpkin patch in the Omaha area. It sits on 212 acres with nearly 55 acres of pumpkins. This place has been an annual tradition for families for over 30 years. Guests can enjoy hayrack rides, pumpkin picking, live entertainment, seasonal treats, haunted houses, bonfires, and more.

Vala's Pumpkin Patch
Vala’s Pumpkin Patch

Holy Family Shrine – An architectural and spiritual attraction on the south side of Highway 370 in Gretna. The Holy Family Shrine does not host any weddings, funerals, baptisms, renewal of wedding vows, proposals, and anything connected with wedding parties.

If you are into golf, check out Tiburon Golf Club and Lost Rail Golf Club. Lost Rail opened in 2022 but it is a private club.

City Services

Black Hills Energy

City of Gretna Water


Gretna Sanitation

City of Gretna

About Your Guide
Ryan Renner - Omaha Relocation Guide

My name is Ryan Renner and I’m a real estate agent in Omaha. I’ve helped many families relocate to Omaha. While helping people relocate, I would get similar questions over and over again. This site addresses many of those questions and more.

Reach out to me if you are moving to Omaha and need help.