10 Best Things to Do in Omaha, Nebraska

Art museums, zoos, botanical gardens, you name it. Omaha is the largest city in Nebraska and is alive with culture, events, and unique attractions. With both scenic areas and exciting urban spaces, visitors and locals get the best of both worlds. Next time you’re looking for something to do, check out these 10 awesome experiences in Omaha. 

Henry Doorly Zoo

The Henry Doorly Zoo is a primary tourist attraction in the city of Omaha. It has more than 10 different exhibits that feature the desert, the jungle, African grasslands, Asian highlands, and more. Admission rates for the zoo vary according to season, with summer being the highest priced and winter being the least.

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Lauritzen Gardens

“Escape to an urban oasis,” Lauritzen Gardens’ website tells you. The gardens encompass a living-plant museum filled with four-season plant displays. Throughout the year there are different art displays exhibited at the gardens as well as diverse events hosted there. Visit the website to check what events are happening or upcoming.   

The Durham Museum

Established in one of Omaha’s unique venues, Union Station, The Durham Museum provides a window into the history of the Omaha region as well as various traveling exhibits with topics like culture, science, and industry. Admission is affordable at $11 for adults, and free admission for museum members. 

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Heartland of America Park

Nestled in the Heartland of America Park is the Heartland of America Fountain, with a 320-foot water jet and light show. Explore the Lewis and Clark Interpretive exhibits, and view the World War II and Airborne Memorial sculptures. Art and history fans alike will enjoy the experience of touring the Heartland of America Park.

St. Cecilia’s Cathedral

Choose a time to visit during scheduled masses or explore on your own time, one Nebraskan day. The cathedral began as an idea and a drawing in 1905. It wasn’t until 1980 that Saint Cecilia’s Cathedral became a landmark and one of the most outstanding cathedrals in the United States, according to the website.  

Spirit of Nebraska’s Wilderness Park

A unique and interesting attraction, the Spirit of Nebraska’s Wilderness Park hosts 67 bronze and stainless-steel artworks by Kent Ullberg of Corpus Christi, Texas. The artworks are a monument to wildlife; they contain three bulls, several yearling bulls, two cows with their calves, and Canada geese in flight. The works are incorporated to the city around them, and placed perfectly for passerby to engage with.

General Crook House Museum

This home is authentically restored and was originally owned by General George Crook at Fort Omaha. The home was built in 1879, and it now depicts what life was like for a commanding office living the frontier life in the 1880s. Make a day of it, and explore the book and gift shops, exhibits, and library and archives facility.

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TD Ameritrade Park

Visit the TD Ameritrade Park during a home game for the Creighton Bluejays baseball team or visit the website to see other games that will be hosted at the stadium. The stadium can seat as many as 24,000 guests, and if you’ve got first-row seats, home plate is only 52 feet away, according to the stadium’s website.

Joslyn Art Museum

At the Joslyn Art Museum you can consume hundreds of individual pieces of artwork that are part of the museum’s permanent collections as well as temporary exhibitions. Ancient art? They’ve got you covered. Modern and contemporary more up your alley? They’ve got that too.

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Pioneer Courage Park

Omaha is home to a surprising amount of art sculpture parks. Pioneer Courage Park is home to creations by Blair Buswell of Highland, Utah, and Ed Fraughton of South Jordan, Utah. The sculptures are of four pioneer families and their covered wagons heading westward from Omaha.  

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