Downtown Omaha Neighborhood Guide


Wellness is around every corner in Omaha.: Photo by: f1monaco31/iStock/Getty Images Plus collection/Getty Images

You’ll feel right at home in Omaha, Neb., which pairs big-city dining and cultural attractions with Midwestern-style, small-town hospitality.

The EVEN Hotel Omaha Downtown gives you ready access to the Centurylink Convention center and other major attractions, and the ability to stick to your health and wellness routines. You can sip a green smoothie or custom-made salad from the Cork & Kale Market and Bar, work out at the state-of-the-art, in-house Athletic Studio, and relish a sound sleep in your comfy, eco-friendly room.

Here’s a guide to gyms, fitness classes, healthy eating and some of the best trails — all within a short distance of the hotel:

Great Downtown Gyms

Pinnacle Fitness Club is the king of all gyms in downtown Omaha. Take classes from Barre to kick boxing, churn out laps on the indoor track or in the 25-yard pool, and unwind from your workout in the sauna and steam rooms. A one-day pass costs $6.

Not an Anytime Fitness member? No worries. Get a free, seven-day pass to the location on Jones Street right by Old Market, the historic district of downtown Omaha. Squeeze in your weight reps and cardio workout in your busy schedule — true to its name, the gym is open 24-7 making it possible for you to get in that early a.m. session.

Must-Try Fitness Classes

Pranam Yoga Shala studio offers a wide array of breath and alignment-based classes to work out the travel kinks. The studio is donation-based and features several special, free classes geared toward yoga rookies.

At Pinnacle Fitness Club, you can take a core strength program each Monday that incorporates body weight movements to target your core and sculpt your abdominals. This class will help you erase desk-job pain, improve posture and hone in on the area we often let slide when we travel — our core.

Healthy Eats

Kitchen Table is a must-visit lunch spot in downtown Omaha. With several farm-to-table vegetarian, vegan and healthy food options, this place rocks. If you’re a salad lover, try the Royal Market Grain, a combination of red cabbage, brown rice, sorghum, dukkah and apples, in a blue cheese vinaigrette.

If you have a sweet tooth or love a hearty sandwich on artisan bread, make Culprit Cafe your midday pit-stop. Savor a plate from their healthy breakfast menu, or pick up a sandwich made with in-house bread, such as the cured salmon with fried capers, red onion and greens on pretzel bread. Sample a green juice from the daily juice specials, or a glass of kombucha tea, with rotating flavors also made in-house, on draft.

Amazing Trails

The asphalt Omaha Riverfront Trail runs along the Missouri River, and features several beautiful river overlooks along the way. Whether you’re feeling a quick three-mile jaunt, or the full 20, it’s a prime location for biking, running or walking. Pick up the trail at the Heartland of America Park, in central downtown.

The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge is a 3,000-foot walkway spanning the Missouri River that provides access to more than 150 miles of nature trails for hiking, biking and running. Don’t have a ton of time? The bridge’s path is worth it in river views alone.

About the Author

Patty Hodapp is a Boulder, Co.-based journalist who covers gear, outdoors, adventure sports, travel, fitness and yoga.