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Papillion, Nebraska

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. The people of Papillion are particularly excited about the Walnut Creek Amphitheater, which is currently in progress. When completed, the theater will be the only one of its kind in the area, offering covered seating for 600, superior acoustics, and a stage large enough to accommodate a 100-member band or orchestra.

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.

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