If you are looking forward to do something different this holiday season then you should definitely visit Omaha. Home to the world’s largest indoor desert and underground caves, the largest city in Nebraska, promises some real fun.
For contemporary art lovers, like my wife ,this place is heaven, with public art displays spread across the entire city. The beautiful art galleries and interactive art houses give you a glimpse of Omaha’s creativity. Also, if you are keen on knowing some historical tid bits then checkout some interesting museums in the city.
1. Head to the Henry Doorly Zoo
There is no other zoo like the Henry Doorly and we were in for a terrific experience. The zoo houses world’s largest indoor desert and largest glass dome. We enjoyed watching gorillas, orangutans, tigers in this well laid out zoo. However, we did not find adequate lunch options so it is better if you carry your own snacks.
2. Visit the Joslyn Art Museum
The European style exhibits are nice and the building is lovely. The art pieces from Monet are worth seeing and the museum has something for everyone’s taste. The café serves some nice food and we liked the gift shop which has some good options.
3. Go to Downtown Omaha
The downtown area is witnessing a burgeoning restaurant scene and has some great food options. It is also a popular location of headquarters of some world famous companies. The sparkling lights add to the vibrancy.
4. Checkout the Durham Museum
Almost an hour away from JoslynArt museum, this place provided us a hands on learning experience. The museum is housed in the old Union Train Station where the trains used to take the soldiers to the West Coast during WWII. The lovely exhibits give you interesting info on the neighborhoods and some famous citizens. The real working soda fountain is a must watch.
5. Go to TD Ameritrade Park
For baseball fans like me, this place is a must visit. The park has an excellent location and it’s a walking distance to the Old Marker and the Gene Leahy Mall. There are ample of seats and nice food options. We loved watching a concert here and the acoustics were amazing.
Where to Stay
We stayed at the Embassy suits in the old market area. The old market in downtown city is a good place for an evening stroll and has a number of hotels and inns. However, it has limited shopping options. Other good places to stay are Hampton Inn and Suites, Residence Inn, Hilton Garden and Magnolia.
Where to Eat
Omaha is famous for its dozens of steakhouses and there are ample of sidewalk cafes and burger joints where you get good food. My wife just loved Wave Bistro for its delectable delights and amazing décor. The service was quick and for those who love seafood this place is worth visiting. The Grey Plume is another reasonable place with a good ambiance.