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Fun Things to do in Omaha


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Today, Omaha is the home to the headquarters of four Fortune 500 companies: mega-conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway; one of the world's largest construction companies, Kiewit Corporation; insurance and financial firm Mutual of Omaha; and the United States' largest railroad operator, Union Pacific Corporation.


Best time to go

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Omaha for warm-weather activities is from early June to mid September.


Fun city facts and activities

    Known for the pretty great zoo that calls the city home, Omaha also happens to offer locals and tourists alike a whole slew of things to do on a daily basis that will keep anyone occupied. From funky bars to great patios made for people watching and old neighborhoods that have been transformed into cool hangout spotsall filled with great hotels, art galleries, restaurants and music venuesthe city is, simply put, pretty awesome. Dont forget to check the calendar for great hometown annual events, including the annual College World Series, which gives even the locals an excuse to take in baseball and tailgates, and the Maha Music Festival, which grew from a one-day to a two-day event this year. Get ready to explore Omaha properly... and fall in love with it.
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Neighborhoods to explore

    Aksarben Village
    Old Market
    La Vista

Food Specialties

    Omaha is known for its delicious beef and, of course, youll find plenty of it in this midwestern townboth served in old school and new school ways. But the local foodie scene is diverse and vibrant, aided by the fact that Omahans actually love to eat out. Almost every eatery on our list offers an amazing menu focusing on local, seasonal ingredients at a fair price. So get out of that hotel, tackle our guide to the best things to do around town and then set on to explore the citys oh-so-delicious restaurant scene. Bon appetit!

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Free or cheap things to do

1. Visit the Henry Doorly Zoo: This zoo is one of the most impressive in the United States, boasting an impressive array of animals, exhibits, and interactive experiences.

2. Take a Cruise on the Missouri River: Cruise the Missouri River on the Lewis & Clark Riverboat, offering a unique way to explore Omahas riverside views.

3. Check out the Strategic Air Command Museum: This museum is dedicated to the Air Forces Strategic Air Command, featuring a variety of exhibits and interactive experiences.

4. Explore the Omaha History Museum: Learn about Omahas rich history at this museum, featuring artifacts and exhibits from the citys past.

5. Attend a Concert at the Orpheum Theater: Built in 1927, the Orpheum Theater is one of Omahas most historic venues, offering a variety of concerts and events.

6. Play a Round at the Indian Creek Golf Course

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Kid friendly

Fun things to do in with kids

Free or cheap things to do

1. Omahas Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
One of our favorite places to visit year-round, the Zoo features an Aquarium, Desert Dome, Nocturnal Exhibit, Childrens Adventure Trails, Lied Jungle, Butterfly Pavilion, Gorilla Valley, and so much more.

2. Mahoney State Park Hiking/walking/biking trails, aquatic center, observation tower, horseback riding, arts and crafts center, marina, overnight accomodations and more. In Winter, enjoy sledding and ice skating. One of our favorite places is the indoor activity center (currently $2/person + daily park pass). Daily / Annual Park Entry Pass Required.

3. Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum See a variety of permanent and featured exhibits and special events throughout the year.

4. Wildlife Safari Park Drive-through and see elk, bison, deer, and more. In the middle of the park, you can get out of your car and walk to see the bears, wolves, petting corral, and eagle aviary. Hiking trails also available.

5. Platte River State Park Highlights include Waterfall trail (small waterfall, but easy trail and fun for kids), pool, hiking trails, two observation towers, paddle boats, overnight accommodations. Daily / Annual Park Entry Pass Required.

6. Omaha Childrens Museum
Full of hours of fun for kids with permanent exhibits including Maker Space, Creative Arts Area, Grocery Store, Hospital, Bank, Wiggle Room (ages 0-3), Science Show, and our favorite The Ball Room Super Gravitron, a massive ball machine, that is fun for all ages.

7. The Durham Museum
Do your kids love trains? Visit the Durham Museum located in Union Station and see a variety of exhibits highlighting the history of the region, and special traveling exhibits. We love the walk-through trains and watching the model train display.

8. Joslyn Art Museum [CLOSED UNTIL 2024]
Enjoy free general admission (additional charge for some special exhibitions) and visit this beautiful art museum. Children especially love the free ART WORKS interactive space, offering an opportunity to explore, create, draw, and imagine.

9. Special Events and Performances
Omaha is full of family-friendly events throughout the year including College World Series, Festivals, Community Celebrations, Outdoor Movies, Parades, and more.

10. Experience one of the many Hiking and Walking Trails in Omaha
Enjoy one of many Omaha Parks including Lake Zorinsky, Chalco Hills, Heartland of America Park with its beautiful fountain, Memorial Park, and Seymour Smith Park.

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City data and FAQ 

What is Omaha most known for?

Omaha was formerly known as an overgrown cow town, owing to the large and smelly stock yards that once covered a big part of the South side. Today, the stockyards are gone and Omaha is a growing city, famous as the home of investor Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway, the headquarters of Union Pacific Railway, ConAgra,TD Ameritrade, and Mutual of Omaha. The College World Series baseball tournament plays in a new stadium downtown. Built on the strong work-ethic of it's citizens, many of whom originally from rural areas of Nebraska and surrounding states, this culturally diverse city is moving forward with a lower than average cost of living. Strategically located in the center of the nation.
Fred Castens

The College World Series, however our great city has many great places and activities.
Linda Haglestien Lives in Omaha, NE

Omaha, Nebraska is best known for a few things. 1. It is the home of the College World Series, which takes place in T.D. Ameritrade Park. 2. It is the home of one of the richest people on the planet, Warren Buffett. 3. I t is the home of the Henry Doorly Zoo, one of the largest and most advanced zoos on the planet.
Steve Burton Lives in Omaha, NE

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is an amazing place to visit. If you go to Omaha in June, the College Baseball World Series is held in Omaha every year. Offutt Air Force Base is located just south of Omaha, it was home to the US Strategic Air Command (SAC) during the cold war. In the 19th Century, Omaha was the jumping off place for the Oregon Trail, there are some historic sites and museums from the westward expansion.
Bill Brown

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