If you have never been to Omaha, Nebraska, you are in for a special treat. There are so many fabulous things to see and do that you may have trouble deciding what to do first.
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3701 South 10th Street
Plan to spend a whole day at the zoo. It is that good. The zoo is enormous. Most exhibits are large and well-lit and have viewing areas inside and outside. Get there by 10:00 AM and you may be lucky enough to see the big cats being fed. Elevators are available to take visitors to the different levels of multi-level exhibits.
The Scott Aquarium is located at the Omaha Zoo and offers the experience of sharks, stingrays, and various other fish swimming overhead while visits walk through. The summer of 2016 heralded the opening of the African Grasslands, a 28-acre exhibit that will house white rhinos, elephants, lions, cheetahs and much more.
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100 Bancroft Street
Lauritzen Gardens offers 100-acres of gardens. Walk along the Woodland Trail or follow the trail past the Woodland Waterfall to the Model Railroad Garden, Children’s Garden, or any of the 20 gardens available. Visit the Marjorie K. Dougherty Conservatory for a beautiful display of tropical plants interspersed with works of art. After all that walking, lunch sounds like a great idea. Visit the Café for a wonderful lunch of fresh sandwiches, chips, or special of the day with a nice cold iced tea.
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801 South 10th Street
This beautiful history museum is located in the old Union Station in Omaha. Adults and children will love the interactive hands-on displays. From a replica of the Buffett and Son Grocery (think Warren Buffett) to train cars to the beautiful terrazzo tiles on the floor this museum is chock full of things to see and do. Visitors should schedule a whole day at the Durham.
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14100 Crawford Street
Boys’ Town in Omaha is a National Historic Landmark district. Stop at the Visitors Center for the CD or QR code self-guided tour of the entire grounds. Before you leave the Visitor Center, make sure you see the world’s largest ball of postage stamps. It weighs over 600 lbs. The backdrop is a mosaic made of postage stamps. It’s an awesome display.
Continue on the tour with a stop at The Hall of History, which is an incredible display of Boys’ Town history including a short film about how Boys’ Town came to be. Despite the name, since 1979, Boys’ Town has been open to girls as well as boys.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Located on Riverfront Drive off I-480 in Omaha, Riverwalk offers Lewis & Clark Landing, Lewis & Clark Historic Trail and Visitors Center, and the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge (commonly called Bob the Bridge).
Bob is a 3000 ft. bridge floating over the river held by cables and two towers. It sways as people and pets make their way over it. In the middle of the bridge, visitors are standing in Nebraska and Iowa at the same time.
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Heartland of America Park
800 Douglas Street
Take a gondola ride to get a close up view of the Heartland of America Park fountain as it spouts water 320 ft. into the air. You can also walk along the river trail. It is located near the Old Market in Omaha.
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A multi-block area of old warehouse buildings has been transformed into a happening place with wonderful vibe for visitors. The Omaha Visitors Center is located here at 10th and Farnham. Be sure to make a stop to get information on all the things going on in Omaha.
For shopping, eating, drinking, and browsing, the Old Market is the place to go. It is busy at all times of the day and night. The variety of eateries, art studios, pubs, and clothing stores is amazing. It is also within walking distance of the Durham Museum and downtown hotels.
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1205 Howard Street
Plank is part of the Flagship Restaurant Group which includes: Plank Seafood Provisions, Roja Mexican, Blu Sushi, and Blatt. Its oyster bar offers several types of oysters prepared a number of ways. The oysters are flown in daily. During happy hour (3:00 pm – 6:30 pm), drinks are discounted and the happy hour menu offers a nice selection of their chef inspired appetizers and meal items.
The dinner menu offers a full selection of the fresh seafood that is their forte. Try the Anchor Steam Battered Fish & Chips. It features white cod, natural cut fries and a malt vinegar aioli. Save room for dessert because they have some great ones.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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409 South 12th Street
Open for breakfast and lunch only
The Diner is exactly what you imagine a diner to be. Shiny chrome, deep red booths and art deco tables and stools. The food is delicious and cooked to order. The breakfast menu offers bacon with maple/brown sugar rub and it will make you dream of it long after you have gotten home from Omaha. The prices are budget-friendly. If you want to experience true diner food, you need to visit The Diner.
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1615 Howard Street
The Magnolia is a beautiful boutique hotel perfect for business, romantic weekend, wedding or family getaway. Visitors to the Magnolia will be impressed with the friendly, efficient staff. Complimentary beer and wine reception and fresh cookies and milk served in the evening make this hotel the place to stay in Omaha.