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An Afternoon on the Riverfront in Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs is located on the eastern side of the Missouri River, and we have several activities along the riverfront to fill an afternoon quickly! Whether you're with the whole family, out for a solo adventure, or exploring the area for the first time, this guide will ensure you unleash all the river has to offer!

Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park

Father and son playing catch in front of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge
Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park

Council Bluffs' premier riverfront spot is Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park! This is a perfect spot to enjoy an afternoon with plenty of public access green space, stunning views, and a brand-new playground. The park serves as a gateway to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, allowing you to stand in two states simultaneously as you cross the Mighty Mo!

Group of children playing on the playground at Belles Play Garden
Belles' Play Garden at Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park

Belles' Play Garden is a recent addition to the park, featuring a series of Missouri-River-inspired play and educational elements. You won't miss the 15-foot tall pelican play feature where kiddos can climb, slide, and enjoy the lookout perch.

The park is home to an assortment of community events. Be sure to check out our calendar of events to see what's happening on the riverfront!

Woman with child on her shoulders as they stand on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge
@lex.kelly_ on Bob the Bridge

Cross the River to Meet OMAR the Troll!

After you cross the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge into Omaha, don't forget to stop and meet OMAR the Troll, under the bridge! This friendly troll loves selfies, so don't forget to snap a shot.

Explore the Iowa Riverfront Trail

Experience the Missouri River by walking, biking, or skating the Iowa Riverfront Trail. It features excellent views and is accessible at Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park. Use the trail for biking across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge or using it to explore the Narrows River Park, where you can fish, watch the river flow, or enjoy a picnic.

Don't have a bike with you? No worries! A Heartland Bike Share rental kiosk at Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park allows you to rent electric bikes.

Dine at Mercy Thai

Chicken pad thai dish from Mercy Thai
Chicken Pad Thai at Mercy Thai

Newly opened, Mercy Thai is just a short walk from the River's Edge Park and serves delicious authentic Thai cuisine. Dine in or order takeout to enjoy at the park!  

Explore the Brand-New Kiewit Luminarium in Omaha

Dozens of people exploring he atrium of the Kiewitt Luminarium
Photo courtesy of Visit Omaha

Just a quick walk across the bridge to Omaha is the brand-new Kiewit Luminarium. The Luminarium makes science accessible to all through hands-on exhibits and innovative programming. Visit their website for more information on opening, hours, and programming!

UNleash the Rest of Council Bluffs!

Looking to see what the rest of Council Bluffs has to offer? There are so many unforgettable activities, events, and attractions to visit. Uncover a special day by browsing our website and utilizing our trip planner tool!

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