Papillion, a French word for Butterfly, is a city in Sarpy County, Nebraska, that was named after a local creek. Claimed and named by French explorers in the 18th century, this creek flows through the city. Part of the larger five-county metro area of Omaha, it is one of the Paris-inspired cities in the mid-west. It is said that explorers named it Papillion after seeing thousands of butterflies flying along the grassy banks of the creek. Named by Money Magazine as the 5th best place to live in 2011, Papillion was developed as an 1870’s railroad town and is designated as the county seat.
One of the most visited hotspots in the area is Halleck Park. With over 70 acres of beautifully groomed parkland, it boasts extensive walking trails, huge and impressive athletic fields, state-of-the-art playgrounds, multiple picnic shelters, and a large pavilion for groups. Dogs are allowed on leashes in the park as well. The main walking trail around the park offers 1.1 miles of concrete and asphalt that is 7 feet wide and accessible to those with disabilities. With a gorgeous lake in the middle and mature trees surrounding the park, it is an amazing day-trip to enjoy for the entire family.