West Omaha

During the 1970s Omaha urbanites began expanding west toward the Millard and Elkhorn areas. You’ll find the city becomes younger the further west you travel – many neighborhoods still under construction west of 168th Street.
Elkhorn, Nebraska

Suburbs, schools, strip malls and shopping centers are peppered throughout west Omaha – in fact, they are quite spread out; you will want a car to visit popular areas of West Omaha such as L Street Marketplace, Oak View, Shoppes at Legacy or Village Pointe.

What is considered West Omaha?

Most locals would tell you that “West O” is anything between Harrison and Fort Streets, and 120th to 180th Streets. Beyond these streets you’ll find yourself in Gretna, Bennington, Papillion or Ralston; all considered part of Greater Omaha – just not within city limits.

Navigating West Omaha:

Main roads for quickly getting around west Omaha are: (Going East to West) Maple; Dodge; Pacific; West Center/Industrial; L/Military; Q St. and Harrison. (Going North to South) 180th; 168th; 156th; 144th; 132nd and 120th. Expressway: Dodge’s Expressway runs west from Westroads and Regency Malls (102nd Street) to 192nd Street.

Safety:

Locals would consider West Omaha the most safe and family-friendly area of Omaha. Dangerous crime here is nearly non-existent. Children should feel safe walking to and from school, and if you exercise common sense, there is nothing to fear when out after dark.

Hospitals:

Methodist Physicians Women’s Clinic

CHI Health Lakeside Hospital

Boystown National Research Hospital

Schools

There are two public school districts to choose from in West Omaha, Millard Public Schools & Omaha Public Schools. The majority of Millard Public Schools are southwest and much newer than most Omaha Public Schools. There are also a variety of private schools available in West Omaha, though the most prestigious are east of 90th Street.

Business:

Outside of Downtown Omaha, much of the noted business areas live along Dodge Street. Just off-of or west of Interstate-680, popular business areas include: Old Mill, Linden Market, Miracle Hill Plaza, First National Business Park, Village Pointe, Shops of Legacy, Lakeside, Old Millard, Harvey Oaks, Oak View Mall and Westroads, Regency, One Pacific Place and Rockbrook Village. In addition to office buildings and car dealerships, these areas are filled with small-businesses, banks, gyms, salons, grocers, boutiques and restaurants. No matter where you go in Omaha, there is likely a popular gym, great restaurant and Target or HyVee nearby.

Parks & Recreation:

Omaha certainly experiences all four seasons to their fullest. Though there isn’t a mountain or beach near this city, West Omaha is full of great parks, lakes and other recreational areas. During the cool-warmer months (March-October), locals enjoy riding bikes or playing in softball leagues at Tranquility Park. Chalco Hills, Standing Bear Lake and Zorinsky Lake are the three larger recreational areas in West Omaha. Each of these lakes flourishes with wildlife and great trails for jogging or dog walking. Each lake also has public docs for fishing, kayaking, canoeing or paddle boarding, as well as large picnic areas with grills. Sand volleyball is also a popular warm-season activity for adults in Omaha; various bars host leagues each summer. During the colder months (Nov-Feb), many like to sled, ice skate, ice fish, even snowshoeing for good fun and exercise. Miracle Hill Golf and Tennis has 8 indoor tennis courts and Tranquility has indoor ice rinks for leisure and hockey.

 

Golf

One thing is certain, golf and golf clubs have become a big part of the West Omaha lifestyle. There are numerous courses and clubs to choose from, many are the foundation for some of West Omaha’s most beautiful neighborhoods. Public courses include: Tiburon, Miracle Hill, Pacific Springs, Indian Creek, Stone Creek, The Knolls, Westwood and Eagle Run. Private courses include: Shadow Ridge, Champions Run, Happy Hallow and The Players Club.

Entertainment:

Live Music/Djs – Omaha’s music scene shocks most visitors. Much of the most popular venues are near Midtown or Downtown Omaha, however, there are a variety of bars and pubs that host live bands and DJs such as: Rehab Lounge, Cove Lounge, Two Fine Irishman and Parliament West.

Village Pointe Shopping Center: Funny Bone Comedy Club, Summer Vibes Concert Series, Food & Wine Festival.

Farmer’s Market: Village Pointe Shopping Center hosts a farmer’s market on Saturdays from 8:30am-12:30pm from May through October.

Fairs & Festivals – Junkstock, Food & Wine at Village Pointe; Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival; Millard Days Carnival & Parade.