1801 S. 35th Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Phone: (712) 323-9760
Fax: (712) 323-6490
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, because 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 for the little ones.
No visit to Omaha is complete without a stop in the Old Market with its cobblestone streets. 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.
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. Live concerts add to the relaxed atmosphere on Friday nights in June, July and August. Admission is free.
In Omaha on the banks of the Missouri River, the spot where Meriwether Lewis and William Clark landed during their exploration of Nebraska is named after them. Today the area has grown and developed into a popular visitor destination. The riverfront is full of beach tables and umbrellas making the scene colorful. The landing is connected to CenturyLink Center Omaha by the Martin Luther King Jr. Pedestrian Bridge. It's home to the Omaha Riverfront Jazz & Blues Festival.
Sokol Underground has been hosting some of the best music shows in Omaha. Although it's located under the famed Sokol Auditorium, Sokol Underground has a charm of it's own and stands proud on it's own merits. Run by a concert promotion company called 1% Productions, Underground hosts many music shows of diverse genres.
Named for former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey, who secured over $18 million of funding for the project, this Pedestrian bridge spans the width of the Missouri River from Omaha, Nebraska to Council Bluffs, Iowa. Construction began on October 26, 2006 and the bridge was officially opened to the public on September 28, 2008. The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge was the first of its kind to link two states, and allows pedestrians to stand 60 feet above the river while traversing the 3,000-foot-long structure. Since the bridge is located over the dividing line between Nebraska and Iowa, visitors can literally stand with one foot in each state!
Nestled amidst the architectural variety of downtown Omaha, this park and urban playground is a magnet for both locals and visitors. Home to the annual Holiday Lights Festival, this 10 acre well-designed attraction has walking paths, lagoons, waterfalls, amphitheater, sculpture and gardens.The sandy playground and horseshoe pit mean more fun for kids. Just a few blocks from the Old Market with free admission, it is a great place for just a stroll.
The Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo is one of the most family friendly tourist destination in the entire country, and after visiting you will figure out why. Where else can you stroll through the world's largest man-made jungle, view sharks and other deep sea inhabitants through a glass-enclosed, walk-through tunnel, take a Lozier IMAX Theatre adventure to the top of Mt. Everest, and view hundreds of birds flying freely in a mesh aviary the size of four football fields? After doing all of this in one afternoon, the little ones will be really ready for a long nap.
The Omaha Public Library W. Dale Clark Main Branch is one of the city's most popular libraries. Not only for the structure of the building that was built in 1976 but that the library is stocked with a plethora of authors, genres, categories and kinds of books and more. Each floor at the library caters to a different need and the drop-off location for the books is free standing and on the west side of library on east side of 15th Street. The great thing about the Omaha Public Library is that you can open an account with them to have access to their collection, check what you've borrowed before, see what new stock they have and more. They have a separate teen center and kids center and you can also download movies into your account. Do contact for further details.
First National's Spirit of Nebraska's Wilderness and Pioneer Courage Park depicts Omaha's pioneer history in grand fashion. This park is made up of five blocks of downtown which have been filled with stainless steel and bronze statues. Sculptors Blair Buswell, Edward Fraughton and Kent Ullberg have created these sculptures, which includes a stampeding group of bison and a large wagon train. This area is a great place to take the family and let the kids enjoy themselves.
This is the place for railroad enthusiasts. Showcased here is Union Pacific's famous steam locomotive dubbed Big Boy. Visitors will also see the largest diesel locomotive ever built. Along with the sights comes a history lesson. Audio recordings share the story of how these huge machines came to be. Admission is free. The park is located just one mile north of downtown Omaha.
Built in 1880, Trinity Cathedral is one of the city's oldest churches. Designed in the Late Gothic Revival style, the church is a treat for architecture enthusiasts. Notable features include the imposing tower as well as the stunning stained-glass windows. For those keen on knowing more, the church operates a museum on the second floor that preserves its historical legacy. Check website for worship times, visiting and more information.