17 Best Things to Do in Omaha, Nebraska

17 Best Things to Do in Omaha, Nebraska

With a population of over half a million, the city of Omaha has some of the most striking and memorable things to do and places to visit throughout the city. It is home to one of the best zoos in America, the Henry Dearly Zoo, apart from that the wildlife and nature sanctuaries are plenty and rich in numbers.

The parks are also deeply pleasing with a rich taste of history and touch of nature’s blessings. Omaha is also renowned for its cultural significance, the museums, art galleries and centers speak for themselves.

Omaha is also one of the most active American cities in terms of sports. The fun night life here does not run short with all the pubs, bars, night sports and jamming places. Hence, Omaha might just be a perfect choice for a trip!

Be Amazed at The Henry Dearly Zoo

Desert Dome in Henry Dearly Zoo
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The Henry Dearly Zoo got the Traveler’s Choice Award in 2020. This zoo is one of the most famous and internationally acclaimed zoos. Located in South Omaha, the zoo is known for housing and working with endangered species from all around the world.

If you plan to visit it, keep an entire day occupied for it. The list of animals to see is practically endless with specialized divisions created like “Asia Highlands” or “Desert Dome”.

There are indoor rainforests and gardens and almost every animal you can dream of from Indian peacocks to rhinos to anacondas. There are also water based areas with walruses, jelly fishes and endless other marine creatures.

Lose Yourself in The Beauty of The Durham Museum

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Come to the Durham Museum and let fine architecture take your breath away and at the same time leave you with a beautiful taste of history.

The museum was constructed in 1931 by the Union Pacific Railroad. It used to act as a point of Omaha’s headquarters and now remains a well maintained heritage historic landmark. It is a quintessential example of Art Deco style architecture in Nebraska.

Apart from this the museum offers a wide range of exhibits from music to restored train cars, antique store fronts, model train etc. There is also endless number of rich artifacts for tourists.

Get a Taste of Art at The Joslyn Art Museum

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Located at the Dodge Street of Omaha, the Joslyn Art Museum also comes under the Traveler’s Choice. The exterior itself is a treat to look at with the fine block cut finish and roman pillars all in peach tones, giving the whole monument a unique and sleek look.

There are sculpture gardens to begin with and as you enter you find this huge auditorium like space filled with golden lights and artifacts and well decorated passages waiting for you to explore.

The whole area is built with pink marbles. It is filled with art pieces, sculptures and paintings from far corners of the world.

Time for A Good Play at The Omaha Kid’s Museum

Omaha Children’s Museum
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Whether it is your child or the child in you, the Omaha Children’s Museum is a perfect place to have perfect fun. There are tons of exhibits both permanent and travelling ones, events all around the year, science shows and performances for and by the kids. It is by far Nebraska’s most visited museums and for the obvious reasons.

There are different areas like the Zooland, the Grass Patch, the playground of imagination and many more areas well equipped for their names.  There are fun dance areas with cool lighting and huge miniature cars for the children to take a ride on.

Walk Over the Amazing Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge

Bob Kerry Pedestrian bridge
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This massive and beautiful bridge is located at the river front in Omaha. This bridge also acts as a passageway between the two states of Nebraska and Iowa and you can literally stand with one foot in Nebraska and the other in Iowa. At night the whole bridge is lit up with colorful lights and it looks nothing short of absolute wonder.

Below it you can see the blue Missouri river and beside the shore is a museum to give you more information about it. Take your family to this bridge during the dusk time and take a long and nice walk with this mystic view.

Breathe in Nature at The Lauritzen Garden Omaha’s Botanical Center

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Located at the Bancroft Street, Lauritzen Garden is another treat to please your senses with. It is considered to be one of the finest botanical gardens in Nebraska with an addition of extremely aesthetic wooden sculptures scattered all around the center.

Another unique factor of this area is that there are numerous exhibits held throughout the year where art pieces are made out of plants and flowers! Surely a treat to watch! There is a tropical house and also a children’s garden for the little ones. On top of all this there is a bird garden to awe you!

Feel Your Spirit at The St. Cecilia’s Cathedral

St. Cecilia’s Cathedral
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The St. Cecilia’s Cathedral will make you feel like you are in medieval Europe. The huge palace like building is dark crème in color with a Spanish Renaissance resembling architecture. A mind blowing fact about this cathedral is that the stained glass windows here are from the 16th century!

There are beautiful sculptures outside of the Virgin Mary. The inside is again very classical in its appeal with huge golden arches, a well decorated tomb, hanging olden lamps, Roman pillars and dark wooden long benches.

Time for Activities at The First National’s Spirit of Nebraska’s Wilderness and Pioneer Courage Park

One of the most well maintained and decorated parks in Omaha, Nebraska’s Wilderness and Pioneer Courage Park is located at the Dodge Street.

The park remarkably portrays how the pioneers came to the west. Apart from the breath taking greenery and sets of gardens the entire area is loaded with magnificent larger than life sculptures of these pioneers.

The detailing of the humans and even the animals like buffalos are sure to blow your mind off! The rolling wagon train coming to the west to settle down is shown through a model and will feel just real!

A Day at Heartland of America Park

Heartland of America
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Every park is utterly unique in Omaha! The Heartland of America is named rightly as it is located exactly at the heart of the city of Omaha. Another place located at the Douglas Street, this park runs beside the beautiful Missouri River and is stretched over to a huge area of more than 31 acres.

The area provides one of the sweetest and most calming effects for couples or families wanting to spend some quality time. The riverside walking trails and sunset lilac skies make for a picture perfect combination.

There are also beautiful fountains inside the park itself opposite to which you can sit by the benches and spend a beautiful.

Calm Down Amidst the Fontenelle Forest

Fontenelle Forest
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After calming your senses at the soft parks it is time for some adventure and Goosebumps! The Fontenelle Forest and Nature Center is one place for thrill!

Stretched over an area of 1000 acres is a deeply forested zone including woodlands and hundreds of different patches of vegetation. Wildlife is also free and boundless here making sure that you get to watch or capture all those birds or other creatures into your lens.

You can go for photography, exploration or a simple stroll and apart from this there are year round programs and exhibits held from children and adults.

Sit by The Lake Standing Bear Lake

Standing Bear Lake
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Located at the North 132nd Street, the Standing Bear Lake is an area of spectacular water bodies. There is an unending list of activities you can experience. There is fishing for fresh marine creatures at the lake.

You can also go for an adventurous and fun boating ride with your entire family. Sitting by the lake grounds and having a nice picnic is another option. The walking trails here are some of the best in entire Nebraska.

You can also walk on water here! Yes, the lake has created a long bridge on top of it through both the ends giving the visitor a film like view!

Get a Taste of Royalty at The Joslyn Castle

Joslyn Castle
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Walk into a real life Disney Castle at the Joslyn Castle! This was owned by the entrepreneur George Joslyn and his beloved wife Sarah Joslyn. This out of the world castle is located at Davenport Street.

The exterior with its grey shade looks exactly like a middle age castle with the towers and tombs. The inside is no less either with the huge courtyards and chandeliers, candles, huge spiral staircases and endless amount of artifacts decorated on the separate rooms and halls.  

The grounds are filled with well-maintained flower gardens, all of which are open to visitors.

Feel Young at The Td Ameritrade Park

T D Ameritrade Park
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This sport complex is the one stop destination for absolute thrill and fun in Omaha. The T D Ameritrade Park is located at the Mike Fahey Street. Baseball lovers can possibly claim this place to be the best area in summers to watch baseball and college web series, in the whole world!

There is endless number of spacious seats all around the perfectly sized park. There is ample parking area outside. The park is renowned for the event of College World Series. Apart from that there are many sports practiced regularly practiced like balling and you can grab a quick bite from the food stalls all around.

Go Shopping and Touring at The Old Market of Omaha

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Omaha’s Old Market looks more like a medieval city than a market place. There is a whole ambiance attached to the environment. It makes sense because this market is actually a historic that Omaha has managed to preserve through the passing years.

Believe it or not the streets are still cobbled and many buildings are literally preserved! If you want to get to know the city as well as get your shopping done, this should be your spot. You can choose from the wide range of flower markets, veggies, antiques, cafes, book shops, jamming bars, breweries and more.

Relax at The Zorinsky Lake and Recreation Area

Zorinsky Lake and Recreation area
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Finding a soothing place to unwind yourself after the night long fun should be a must. The Zorinsky Lake and Recreation area provides the perfect set up for that.

It is a place for everyone, from toddlers to teenagers, couples to families. The entire area looks beautifully fall stricken with its yellow and orange trees shedding leaves at the lush gardens and turquoise lake beyond it.

There are loads of activities like trailing and picnic areas for families. Prairies too are available. There are playgrounds for the kids with rides. If you want to go on biking rides this is the place.

Look Through History at Father Flanagan’s Historic House

Father Flanagan’s House
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Located at the Dodge Street, the Father Flanagan’s House carries immense significance in the history of Omaha and touring the city deserves a trip to this place. The area holds different places inside the center like a beautiful church.

The museum has been redone and holds terrific American artifacts. The story of how Father Flanagan lived his life and ran the Boys Town comes alive !

Get a Good Dive with Your Family at The Fun Plex

The Fun Plex looks young and makes people of all ages feel young. This area is filled with some of the biggest and coolest rides of Nebraska and also houses some cool pools. There is a pool area for 21 plus people and there are pools for kids.

The list of rides goes on from roller coasters, toy trains, moving chair, break dances, rolling cups, wave pools, last drivers, toy houses, jumping areas, tubes, arcades, the Ferris wheel to water slides, space hole and many more.

The Fun Plex also has restaurants to make sure you don’t burn out from hunger after all that tiring fun. This is a must be how you end your day!