The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is consistently rated as one of the top two or three zoos in the world. Dedicated to conservation, research, recreation, and education, the huge zoo is spread out over 130 acres and houses more than 960 species. It has the largest indoor rainforest in the world, the world’s biggest indoor desert and the world’s largest nocturnal animal exhibit. Highlights include wet caves, an aquarium with sharks and penguins and the largest geodesic dome in the world.
3701 S 10th St, Omaha, NE 68107, United States
TD Ameritrade Park Omaha
Omaha’s TD Ameritrade Park has been the home of the National College Baseball World Series since 2011. The series takes place each June and brings thousands of tourists and buckets of energy to Omaha. It’s also the home stadium for Omaha’s Creighton University baseball team, The Bluejays. This large stadium comfortably holds 24,000 people, so on a game night the mood is electric and, regardless of sports knowledge, you easily get sucked in. However, if sports really isn’t your thing, the park also holds several music concerts each year.
1200 Mike Fahey St, Omaha, NE 68102, United States
Heartland of America Park
This 31-acre public park is located in downtown Omaha, adjacent to Conagra Lake and the Missouri River. Gondola rides are available across the lake less than five dollars and multicolored fountains come to life at night, adding to the scenery. The lake also has a tour boat named General Marion, with tours available in the summer – and watch out for the resident swan couple, Romeo and Juliet!
800 Douglas St, Omaha, NE 68102, United States
Joslyn Art Museum
The free entry might draw you in, but it’s the beautiful atmosphere and impressive art galleries that make you stay. Joslyn is the principal fine arts museum in Nebraska, and the only museum in the state with a comprehensive permanent collection. A visit to Joslyn includes displays of over 11,000 works of art and sculpture, including works by Claude Monet and Veronese, plus outstanding collections by Renoir and Bouguereau. Temporary exhibits are added every year and patrons can enjoy strolling through the beautiful gardens on the property all year round, or just for the annual Jazz on the Green festival hosted in the gardens every July and August.
2200 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68102, United States
Walk across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge
Ever wish you could be in two places at once? Well, a trip to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge can make this possible. This 3,000 ft-long footbridge allows visitors to cross the Missouri River and stand in between the states of Omaha, Nebraska, and Council Bluffs, Iowa. A practical way to cross the immense river, the bridge also offers some beautiful photo ops of the surrounding areas, and with its elegant, twisting architectural design, it is worth a snap or two itself.
705 Riverfront Dr, Omaha, NE 68102, United States
Enjoy a day or night out in the Old Market
Old Market is an historic neighborhood in downtown Omaha. Follow the district’s cobblestone streets to enjoy the many restaurants, shops and galleries the Old Market has to offer. Highlights include the Spaghetti Works, an Old Market institution serving authentic Italian food since 1974, and the Passageway Gallery, showcasing the works of local artists. The market also hosts a variety of events, including writing workshops and gallery showings for local artists and enthusiasts.
The Old Market, Omaha, NE 68102 USA
Watch MMA at Ralston Arena
Ralston Arena is home to the Dynasty Combat Sports, a Western-based premier mixed martial arts organization that’s headquartered in Omaha. Here, fighters battle in a lively arena that houses thousands of spectators. Go for an experience you wouldn’t have in other large cities in the U.S. There’s a strong sense of community with these fights; locals show up in droves to support their Omaha fighters take on other competitors from the Northwest.
7300 Q St, Ralston, NE 68127, United States
Lewis and Clark Landing
History buffs are drawn to this public park right off the Missouri River, as it is said to be first landing spot of the Lewis and Clarke Expedition in 1804. The 23 acres hold several walking and biking trails which link to other parks and bridges, as well as statues and monuments including the Omaha Firefighter’s Memorial Monument and the second largest labor monument in the U.S. There are several fountains and plenty of tables with umbrellas, so when the sun is out its the perfect afternoon resting spot for the whole family.
The Durham Museum
Right in downtown is the Durham Museum, dedicated to showing and preserving the history of the western region of the U.S. Built on the old Union Train Station site in Omaha, the museum showcases the history of some of Omaha’s oldest companies and has locomotives, train cars and a streetcar on display.
801 S 10th St, Omaha, NE 68108, United States
Consisting of botanical gardens and an arboretum, Lauritzen Gardens spans over 100 acres and includes a 5,000 sq ft display hall with a visitor and educational center. The gardens hold many events throughout the year, including the Fall Chrysanthemum Show, where Omaha’s relationship with its sister city Shizuoka, Japan is honored through floral arrangements.
100 Bancroft St, Omaha, NE 68108, United States