Papillion: Where progress is inevitable . . . and beautiful

Imagine stumbling upon a broad valley of luxurious grasses and wildflowers . . . and thousands of butterflies flying in the sunlight.

According to legend, this is what happened to fur trappers who came upon the area, causing one member of the exploring party to exclaim Papillon!—the French word for butterfly.

Papillion today continues to dazzle visitors with its ambience and charm. The community is especially well-known for its proximity to fantastic outdoor recreation including fishing, hiking, biking, picnicking, nature study, camping, and more.

Walnut Creek Recreation Area offers 450 acres of rustic and relaxing vistas, the centerpiece of which is a 105-acre reservoir. Sumtur Amphitheater at Walnut Creek is one of its kind in the area, offering seating for 600, superior acoustics, and a stage large enough to accommodate a 100-member band or orchestra. The outdoor amphitheater has productions, movies, and entertainment throughout the spring, summer and fall.

Papillion is also a family-friendly place with its Papio Fun Park and the Papio Bay Aquatic Center. The Papio Fun Park is a six-acre family entertainment center offering go-karts, miniature golf, batting cages, laser tag, an arcade, and a variety of group-oriented games. The Papio Bay Aquatic Center provides five acres of swimming and recreation, including a zero-depth pool, two waterslides, several diving boards, plus sand volleyball, and for smaller children a wading pool with butterfly slide and a sand play area. All that activity can make a person hungry—fortunately, both facilities offer concessions.

Another great family activity is Papillion Days, held every year in mid-June. Festivities include dancing, crafts, music, a parade, a carnival, and even fireworks.

For a taste of history, visit the John Sautter Farmhouse, the home of a German immigrant farmer during the late 1800s. Right next door, get a glimpse of an 1890 one-room schoolhouse. The Portal School is just one of the great sites to see in Papillion.

Shadow Lake Towne Center offers a wide selection of shopping opportunities and restaurants; plus year-round activities and entertainment with more than 70 stores, restaurants and services.

Welcome to the new Werner Park in Sarpy County - our brand spankin' new ballpark. It will be primarily used for baseball and is the current home of the Omaha Storm Chasers.

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