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Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska, which is in the United States of America. It is on the Missouri River border with Iowa, along US Interstates 29 and 80.

Downtown Omaha

Understand

Get In

By Plane

The primary airport that serves Omaha is Eppley Airfield. It is centrally located near the Iowa and Nebraska borders and is minutes from downtown Omaha. It is served by discount airline Southwest Airlines, as well as other major carriers. It has daily non-stop service to more than 20 cities nationwide, including Minneapolis, Phoenix, San Diego, Chicago and Denver.

By Train

Amtrak serves Omaha with the California Zephyr, which runs daily between Emeryville (in the San Francisco Bay Area) and Chicago. It has several stops along the way, with connections throughout America.

By Bus

Greyhound has daily service to nearby major cities including Denver, Kansas City, Minneapolis and Chicago.

Get around

The METRO AREA TRANSIT [1] has regular bus services serving around Omaha. Fares are $1.25-1.50.

See

Do

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  • Qwest Center Omaha Convention Center
  • Henry Doorly Zoo The Henry Doorly Zoo has been rated as America's best zoo by Reader's Digest numerous times. The zoo is large and interactive. Instead of a row of cages, the zoo has "environments" such as the large Desert Dome that can be seen far from the zoo. The Lied Jungle, the world's largest indoor rainforest, is also at the zoo. Visitors can walk in the canopies of a "rain forest" as well as on the forest floor. The two newest attractions at the zoo are the Kingdom of the Night cave (under the Desert Dome) and the Hubbard Gorilla Valley. An IMAX theatre is also at the zoo. The Zoo is located across the street from Rosenblatt Stadium so it's an ideal stop for CWS fans.
  • College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium Every June, college teams from around the nation gather in Omaha for the College World Series. The series is widely attended by fans and locals alike.
  • Old Market No visit to Omaha is complete without a stop in the Old Market. Do not let the cobblestone streets fool you. Although charming, this eclectic corner of the city lays claim to some of the best shops and restaurants in town. Enjoy Italian at Vivace, invite a special someone to The French Cafe or sip a microbrew at the Upstream. Small shops offer everything from alternative music to cultural clothing, even a year-round selection of Christmas decorations. Several art galleries are also located in the area.
  • Joslyn Art Museum Few visitors expect to find such an impressive art collection in the middle of the prairie. Masterpieces abound here. The permanent exhibit includes works by El Greco, Degas, Monet and Renoir. 19th- and 20th-century art receive a special focus. The museum building itself is a striking, architectural find. Thirty-eight different types of marble were used in construction. The exterior glows a light pink, setting the building apart from the rest of downtown Omaha. Admission: USD7 for adults, USD5 students and seniors, USD4 children ages 5-17. The Peter Kiewit Foundation helps make admission time 10a-noon on Saturdays.
  • Strategic Air & Space Museum (Exit #426 on I-80 southwest of Omaha)
  • El Museo Latino
  • Fontenelle Forest and Neale Woods Nature Centers (south and north of the city, respectively)
  • Vala's Pumpkin Patch
  • Oak View Mall
  • Mormon Trail Center Landmarks and monuments pay tribute to the religious pioneers who traveled the 1,300 miles of the Mormon Trail. The route took the Mormons along the northern edge of Omaha. This site, known as the Winter Quarters, is a significant stop; it marks the pioneers' winter camp of 1846. The more than 600 Mormons who died here due to the harsh weather are buried in a nearby cemetery. Free daily tours detail this historic trek. Admission is free.
  • Orpheum Theater Built in 1927, the Orpheum stage hosted the likes of W.C. Fields, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Al Jolson. The entire facility received a top-to-bottom renovation in the 1970s. Today, it is home to Opera Omaha, the Omaha Symphony, Broadway touring productions and music concerts. In recent years, Jerry Seinfeld, the Phantom of the Opera, Annie and James Taylor have all graced the Orpheum stage. The architecture and design of this historic theater is absolutely breathtaking. Tours are available at no charge, just call to make an appointment.
  • Heartland of America Park - Take a walk along the riverfront in this 31-acre park. Conveniently located in downtown Omaha, visitors will enjoy the breathtaking beauty of a lake and two fountains. The more modern, computerized Heartland of America fountain shoots water 300 feet into the air and features a colorful nighttime light show. A ride on the General Marion tour boat proves interesting, as well as fun. The ride costs just a quarter per person. Live concerts add to the relaxed atmosphere on Friday nights in June, July and August. Admission is free
  • Gene Lehey Mall - Nestled in the middle of downtown Omaha, this urban playground is a magnet for locals and visitors alike. Walking paths wind through grassy knolls; lagoons and waterfalls offer a soothing soundtrack to a summer's day; and a sandy playground and horseshoe pit gives a welcome break to all the relaxation. Just a few blocks from the Old Market, it is a great place to walk off a heavy meal. Admission is free.
  • Omaha Botanical Gardens Flora and fauna from around the world cover 75 acres just south of downtown Omaha. Visitors do not have to be experts to appreciate the beauty. This attraction focuses on educating both children and adults. First launched in 1982, the site now features the Robert H. Storz Family Rose Garden, an arboretum and herb garden. A children's garden offers additional activities. Plans are in the works to add a Japanese garden through a partnership with Omaha's sister city, Shizuoka, Japan. Admission: USD5 adults; USD3 children (6-12).
  • Joslyn Castle Take a trip back in time to 1903 with a visit to the exquisite family home of George and Sarah Joslyn, two of Omaha's most respected historical citizens. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this Scottish-Baronial style home boasts four stories and 35 rooms. This castle-like architecture is believed to be the only example of Scottish-Baronial in the entire US. The castle, originally built at a cost of $250,000, is located in the beautiful Gold Coast district and is across the street from the Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for senior citizens and students, and $1 for children ages 5-12.
  • Gerald R. Ford Birthsite and Gardens - Few people realize that former United States President Gerald Ford was born in Omaha as Leslie King, Jr. Visitors will learn of his name change and other presidential facts. The Betty Ford Rose Garden flourishes where Ford's boyhood home once stood. Twice destroyed by fire, only a replica now exists. Special displays feature White House memorabilia. The site is open year-round, but is especially beautiful in the summer months. Admission is free.
  • Union Pacific's Kenefick Park Across from the Botanical Gardens. See the worlds two largest engines displayed on top of a hill overlooking the Missouri river. This park lets you get up close and personal with Big Boy, UP's largest steam engine and Centennial, UP's largest diesel-fueled engine. If you're traveling on I-80 make sure to take a look to the North when you cross the Missouri, especially beautiful at night.
  • Malcom X Birthsite - A historical marker points out the birth site of African American activist Malcolm X. His family left Omaha in the 1920s. Decades later, community leaders launched a crusade for this memorial, which appears on the National Register of Historic Places. His home no longer exists; however, a marker stands on land at his former address. Although there really is not much to see, history buffs will find this memorial site in North Omaha a nice side trip. Admission is free.
  • Omaha Children's Museum - Here is a museum that not only appreciates a child's squeals and laughter, but also encourages them. The Toddler Farm gives children 4 and younger a place of their own, while imagination sets the tone in the creative arts and dress up areas. Young guests will realize the sky's the limit in the hands-on science gallery and television studio. Traveling exhibits make periodic stops. Admission: USD4 (2 and up), USD3 seniors.
  • Durham Western Heritage Museum Take a step back in time with a visit to this totally renovated art deco-style train station. This is believed to be the best example of art deco in the country. Formerly known as Union Station, the museum boasts over 65,000 square feet of exhibits including the Byron Reed Coin and Document Collection, The Trans-Mississippi Exposition Gallery, restored train cars, a teepee, an earth lodge and more. The Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Union Pacific Museum There is no better place to take a trip on the rails of history than in Omaha, where it all started. This museum details the beginnings of the Union Pacific Railroad and the role it played in westward expansion. Exhibits feature artifacts dating back to the 1860s when the first spikes were driven into the ground. Films and videos take visitors through nearly 150 years of development to our modern day train system. Admission is free. Please note that this museum is located in Council Bluffs, Iowa which is across the river to Omaha. It doesn't take long to drive there and easy to find. Also if you go there stop by the Squrill Cage Jail right next door.
  • Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Three open, airy galleries dominate this warehouse-style art studio situated just south of the Old Market shopping and restaurant district. The building also serves as studio space and housing for artists chosen from applicants all over the world. The Bemis School of Art offers classes for budding artists of all ages. This gallery is also available for rent and is a great place to host a party or reception. Admission is free.
  • Jazz on the Green - Join throngs of music lovers who enjoy live music under the stars each Thursday night throughout the summer. Local and regional musicians present programs ranging from reggae to swing at this annual concert series sponsored by the Joslyn Art Museum. Bring a blanket, picnic dinner, beverages and your dancing shoes! Be sure to get there early to claim your spot, "serious concert-goers" stop by at lunchtime to put out blankets to assure a prime place when the fun begins. Admission is free.
  • Shakespeare on the Green - This offering of Shakespearean works, a drama and a comedy running in repertory, draws more than 35,000 playgoers during its annual three-week run. Families toting picnic baskets, lawn chairs and bug spray descend on the grassy area in Elmwood Park just south of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) to enjoy Elizabethan-style entertainment prior to the dusk curtain time. This is one of Omaha's most popular summer events. All shows are free.
  • River City Roundup This annual event, normally staged in late September, celebrates Omaha's rich western heritage and interesting history in a carnival-like atmosphere that will appeal to the entire family. The Roundup, which takes place in the Quest Center in Omaha, includes a festival of events, a professional rodeo, stage shows, expositions, parades, kiddie rides and more. Each year, horseback riders from all over the region meet in western Nebraska and ride their steeds across the plains, ending in Omaha to kick off the event.
  • NCAA College World Series - In early June, the best collegiate baseball teams in the nation meet at Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium to slug it out for the National Championship. This series is truly an event, with thousands of baseball lovers making the pilgrimage each year. The series is always a sell out, so if you get the chance to catch one of these games, you are in for a real treat. Admission: Ticket prices per game vary according to face value, but if you are buying your ticket on the street, plan to spend more.
  • Omaha's Community Playhouse Make sure to visit the largest community playhouse in the country! It may be community funded but they are world-class in shows.
  • Go across the river and gamble in Council Bluffs.
  • Omaha Royals- Triple A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. See great baseball from Major League prospects at timeless Rosenblatt Stadium, the beautiful ballpark also home to the College world Series.
  • Omaha Lancers- One of the top Junior A franchises in North America. The Lancers are a member of the United States Hockey League Tier 1. Watch college and NHL prospects take the ice in the 6,700 seat Mid-America Center across the Missouri River adjacent to the Horshoe Casino and Bass Pro Shop.

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Work

Buy

  • Borsheims, [2] Owned by famed investor Warren Buffet Borsheims is the largest Jewelry and gift shop in Nebraska with and inventory of products that makes the Tiffanie's catalog look small.
  • Nebraska Furniture Mart [3] reputed to be the largest LazyBoy retailer in America.
  • Crossroads Mall
  • Oak View Mall
  • Regency Square
  • Village Point Mall
  • Westroads Mall

Eat

Omaha and much of Nebraska are known for high quality corn-fed beef. Below are a selection of locations to eat in Omaha.

budget

  • Qdoba, Mexican Grill, amazing burritos voted best of Omaha
  • Katie's, home-style greek food. ($9 per person, mid-town).
  • Venice Inn, Italian food in a kind of surreal atmosphere. Good food. ($12 per person, west).
  • Mister C's (closed), Italian food in a kind of surreal atmosphere. Eating at Mister C's as like having dinner with Hunter S. Thompson in Venice at Christmas. Good food, but environment is the reason to eat here. Same owner as Venice Inn. Eat here while you can: they're tearing it down in September, 2007. ($12 per person, north)
  • The French Cafe, French-inspired food, particularly known for their pepper steak. ($15 per person, downtown).
  • Zios Pizza, Natural Ingredients, huge calzones, great pizza!!
  • The Diner, classic American-style diner in downtown area.
  • Jaipur, East Indian food. ($12 per person, west)
  • The Garden Cafe, American-style cafe. Years ago they had the best "Omaha Hot Beef" sandwich and they advertised with the slogan, "We Love Food". Since then the ownership has changed and it's clear from what they serve that they no longer, "Love Food". The baking is still good, but the rest is not much better than truck stop fare. ($9 per person, multiple locations)
  • Smoke Pit BBQ & Lounge, Omaha's ribs and BBQ shack open til 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Reasonable prices and variety of sides. Located at 25th & Farnam, close to Creighton University. ($18 max).
  • King Kongs, Greek food and home of the Triple-Kong. Single-Kongs have 1/2 pound burgers, Double-Kongs have 1 pound, etc. Free drinks with a student ID ($12 max for a filling meal, on-Dodge).
  • Cici's Pizza, all you can eat buffet style: salads, pizza, dessert pizzas, and the infamous heart-attack garlic/butter bread sticks ($7, off-Dodge).

midrange

splurge

  • Gorat's Steak House, Gorat's believe they are serving the The Finest Steaks in the World but,to be honest, they are considered some of the best in America. Favored by Warren Buffett, a dear friend of the family and a valued customer.

Drink

  • The Upstream, (south of Spaghetti Works in the Old Market). Pool tables. On Wednesday nights they have $6 pizzas and $2 microbrews.

  • Lemon Drop, (36th & T St in South Omaha). Pool Tables and Live Music. Drink Specials.

Sleep

  • Best Western Kelly Inn, 4706 S 108th Street, +1 402 339-7400, Fax: +1 402 339-5155, [4].
  • Best Western Settle Inn, 650 N 109th Ct, +1 402 431-1246, Fax: +1 402 431-1398, [5].
  • Best Western Seville Plaza Hotel, 3001 Chicago Street, +1 402 345-2222, Fax: +1 402 345-2501, [6].
  • Candlewood Suites, 360 S. 108th Ave., +1 402 758-2848, [7].
  • Courtyard Omaha Downtown/Old Market Area, 101 South 10th Street, +1 402 346-2200, Fax: +1 402 346-7720, [8].
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel, 655 North 108th Avenue, +1 402 496-0850, [9].
  • Embassy Suites Omaha - Old Market, 555 S. 10th Street, 402-346-9000, [10].
  • Hawthorne Suites, 11025 M Street, +1 402 331-0101, Fax: +1 402 331-2782, [11].
  • Holiday Inn, 3321 South 72nd St, +1 402 393-3950, [12].
  • Holiday Inn, 11515 Miricle Hills Drive, +1 402 496-7500, [13].
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 17677 Wright St, +1 402 333-5566, [14].
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 10729 "j" Street, +1 402 339-8111, [15].
  • Motel 6, 10708 M Street, +1 402 331-3161, Fax: +1 402 597-0777, [16].
  • Omaha Marriott, 10220 Regency Circle, +1 402 399-9000, Fax: +1 402 399-0223, [17].
  • Residence Inn Omaha, 6990 Dodge Street, +1 402 553-8898, Fax: +1 402 553-8898, [18].

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Avoid South Central Omaha between Martha Street south and Leavenworth north after dark.

Avoid North Omaha north of Parker Street after dark.

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