Bellevue was originally the Sarpy county seat of the government in Omaha, Nebraska before it was moved to Papillion in October of 1875. Incorporated in 1855, Bellevue is known as the 2nd oldest settlement in Nebraska. Located just 15 miles or so due south of downtown Omaha, Bellevue is a small suburb with about 50K residents. It is bordered in the east by the Missouri River. With its own University and home to the Sarpy County Museum, the area is rich with history and culture. It is also a Mecca for things to do such as shopping, recreation, and more.
Centrally located close to all the best that Omaha has to offer, Bellevue is one of the easiest places to access Fontenelle Forest. A 1,400-acre forest, it includes miles of hiking trails, a beautiful nature center, annual children’s camp activities, and more. With a newly renovated gift shop and day-trip facilities like picnic areas, this destination spot is a family-friendly experience for all ages to enjoy. Listed as a National Natural Landmark and a National Historic District, the forest includes hardwood deciduous forest, extensive floodplain, loess hills, and marshlands. Visit Bellevue, Omaha for an enjoyable, family vacation.