Local Outdoor Photography Spots | Omaha and Lincoln

Local Outdoor Photography Spots | Omaha and Lincoln

Here at Rockbrook Camera, we often get asked where the best places to take pictures in the Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska area and Council Bluffs, Iowa region. With our sales team and customer's help, who happen to be active photographers, we've curated a list of some of our favorite outdoor photography spots!

Omaha | Landscapes & Wildlife

Image by Bill Koley at Heron Haven

Heron Havens
11809 Old Maple Rd. Omaha, Ne.
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Standing Bear Lake  
6404 N 132nd St, Omaha, NE 68164

Chalco Hills Recreation Area  
8901 S 154th St, Omaha, NE 68138

Lake Zorinsky  
3808 S 154th St, Omaha, NE 68144

MT. Vernon Gardens  
6011 S 13th St Omaha, NE 68107

Fontenelle Forest    (Entry Fee)
1111 Bellevue Blvd. N. Bellevue NE 68005

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium  (Entry Fee)
3701 S 10th St, Omaha, NE 68107

Lauritzen Gardens   (Entry Fee)
100 Bancroft St, Omaha, NE 68108


Omaha | Urban Locations

Image by J. Michael McBride in Omaha

Downtown Omaha 
The Historic Old Market and Beyond

The RiverFront
3 Downtown Parks:
Gene Leahy Mall, Heartland of America Park, & Lewis & Clark Landing

Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge
705 Riverfront Dr, Omaha, NE 68102

Midtown Crossing
31st & Farnam

Blackstone District
36th & Farnam

Downtown Benson
Military Avenue and Maple Street

Florence Neighborhood
North 30th Avenue

Dundee-Happy Hollow Historic District
It covers the area between Harney Street on the south, Hamilton Street on the north, Happy Hollow Boulevard on the west, and 46th Street on the east.

St La-Veinticuatro Corridor
24th & L St.


Between Omaha & Lincoln | Landscapes & Wildlife

Image by Aaron Frey

Two Rivers Recreational Area (Park Permit Required)
27702 F St, Waterloo, NE 68069

Schramm Park (Park Permit Required)
20874-21146, NE-31, Gretna, NE 68028

Platte River State Park (Park Permit Required)
14421 346th St, Louisville, NE 68037

Mahoney State Park  (Park Permit Required)
28500 W Park Hwy, Ashland, NE 68003

Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari  (Entry Fee)
16406 292nd St, Ashland, NE 68003


Lincoln & Vicinity | Landscapes & Wildlife

Image by Kim Fogle

Wilderness Park
South 1st Street, Lincoln, NE 68512

Pioneer Nature Park   (Donations Suggested)
3201 S Coddington Ave, Lincoln, NE 68522

Holmes Lake
70th & Normal, S 70th St, Lincoln, NE 68506

Nine Mile Prairie
Lincoln, NE 68524

Oak Lake
Sun Valley Blvd & Charleston, Lincoln, NE

Conestoga State Recreation Area   (Park Permit Required)
S.W. 98th and W. Pioneer, Denton, NE

Spring Creek Prairie
11700 SW 100th St, Denton, NE 68339

Branched Oak Lake (Park Permit Required)
West Oak, NE 68428


Lincoln | Urban Locations

Image by Mike Flowers

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
East Campus

University Place
North 48th St.

Downtown Lincoln

Bethany Neighborhood
North Cotner Boulevard

Havelock District
Havelock Avenue

Haymarket District
335 N 8th St B, Lincoln, NE 68508

Sherridan / Near South Neighborhood
Along Sherridan Boulevard Between South St. & Calvert


Western Iowa

Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park
4250 River's Edge Parkway, Council Bluffs, IA

Bayliss Park 
100 Pearl St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Lincoln Monument Park
Lafayette Ave, Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Hitchcock Nature Center
27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek, IA 51542

Vincent Bluff State Preserve
2200, Thallas St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Lake Manawa State Park
1100 South Shore Drive, Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Folsom Point 
South of Council Bluffs near the Mills-Pottawattamie County Line

Waubonsie State Park
2585 Waubonsie Park Rd, Hamburg, IA 51640

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge
1434 316th Ln, Missouri Valley, IA 51555

The West Nishnabotna River Water Trail

There you have it, our list of some our favorite spots in and around Omaha, Lincoln and Council Bluffs. We know there are a lot of other great spots to explore beyond this list. If you have a secret spot (or not so secret spot) you'd like to share with us, send a message on Facebook or drop us an email!

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