Whether you live in Papillion, haven't been in a while or haven't given it a chance, there's something for everyone in Sarpy County's butterfly-named town.

We asked around and composed a list of some of the most underrated things to do in Papillion.

The Papio Trail

Papio Trail

The bike and pedestrian trail follows the Papillion Creek diagonally through town, linking up with the Keystone Trail on the east end of Papillion. Whether you're looking for a workout, a shortcut across town or some peace and quiet, it's a pleasant ride.

Bark in the Park

Bark in the Park

On Wednesdays during the baseball season, Werner Park's Omaha Storm Chasers open up a few sections for dogs (who get in free!). A bonus: Hot dogs are 25 cents those nights.

SumTur Amphitheater


Papillion's outdoor concert venue has a little bit of everything, from big shows like Willie Nelson or Twenty One Pilots to free movie nights. It's a venue where you can choose your own adventure.

Le Smash

Le Smash

On the western edge of Bellevue, just blocks from Papillion, a new rage room opened earlier this year. Pay a fee and go break stuff. Let out all that pent-up Nebraska Nice fury.

Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Ranch

Berry Farm

It may have Bellevue in the name, but it has a Papillion address. For the uninitiated, it's a family-owned pick-your-own-berry farm and pumpkin patch. Like Vala's Pumpkin Patch in Gretna, it's a local favorite during the fall.



Kros Strain, Pint Nine, Lucky Bucket, Nebraska Brewing and Infusion all have tasting rooms in northwest Papillion or in close proximity, making that part of the metro a craft brew hub.

Twisted Vine Wine & Tap

Twisted Vine

This spot in main street Papillion offers music trivia bingo, food trucks and live music, plus more than 100 varieties of wine and several local craft beers on tap.

Walnut Creek Recreation Area

Walnut Creek

The 450-acre recreation space includes an equestrian trail, a boat dock, a native prairie, camp sites and a 105-acre lake stocked with bass, catfish, bluegill, crappie and sunfish. Walnut Creek is getting an upgraded dog park, set to open officially in spring.

Papillion Days

Papillion Days

With carnival rides, eating contests, a parade and tons of vendors, the annual June Papillion Days is a can't-miss.

Bubble Run at Werner Park


On Oct. 13, the ballpark will host a 5K run with giant clouds of run-through bubbles. Whether you're striving for a quick time or just want to splash in a massive poof of bubbles, it should be a good time. 

Footgolf at Papio Greens


It's golf but with a soccer ball and a much bigger cup. Papio Greens has a dedicated 18-hole FootGolf course.

Papio Fun Park

Papio Fun Park

The amusement center has a go-kart track, plus mini golf, batting cages, laser tag, spaceball, jumpshot and arcade games.

Haunted Hollow

Haunted Hollow

For one month a year, the rickety old farmhouse in nearby La Vista is a must-visit, not only for its haunted house, chainsaws and other haunted attractions, but also for its nightly scary movies.

Ming's Restaurant


Every part of town has the local favorite Chinese restaurant, and Ming's runs away with the honor in Papillion.

Great Nebraska Beer Fest

Great Nebraska Beer Fest

The annual mid-August beer festival at Werner Park is dubbed "A celebration of American Craft Beer with a spotlight on Nebraska and regional breweries." The festival offers a discounted ticket for designated drivers, who can still enjoy live music and the atmosphere.

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