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.
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.
Miller's Landing is a great place to enjoy the outdoors while having an educational experience. Located on the banks of the Missouri River just northeast of downtown, this park features a variety of riverfront trails that are great for walking as well as a pleasant picnic area that provides shelter from the sun or a rainstorm. There are also exhibits that tell the story of Lewis and Clark and their exploration of the lands making up the Louisiana Purchase.
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.
Though this stadium belongs to the Creighton University, it's located a little away from the campus. It gets its name from Rev. Fr. Michael G. Morrison, S.J.—former President of the university. Today it is home to the Blue Jay soccer team. The University has been running a unique campaign. Donor bricks are available for 100USD on which you can engrave a message. These bricks will be placed permanently on the concourse walkway, visible to the visitors.
Fairways averaging 200 yards keep play at a fast pace. Experienced golfers will find the mature greens quite manageable. The course dates back to 1934, making it one of the city's oldest. No on-site driving range is available, but a putting green helps players work on their short game. No credit cards are accepted.
Watch the mystery of natural events unfold before you at the Fontenelle Forest. This popular wooded area occupies 1400 acres of beautiful Nebraska forest and floodplains situated along the Missouri River. Sixteen miles of trails meander through picturesque land for hikers and birdwatchers. The visitor center offers interactive educational exhibits, a one-mile wheelchair-accessible boardwalk, a gift shop and more. Facilities for parties, meetings and receptions are also available.
This ice skating facility is fun for the whole family, with a standard size hockey rink, heated viewing area, adult drop-in hockey sessions, children's hockey leagues and more. Hitchcock also offers public skating, ice skating lessons, private ice rental and special hockey workshops stressing various strategies of play. Metro Classic Adult Learn to Play Hockey, a special program especially for adults 21 years and older, examines the basics of hockey taught by professional instructors.
Together, Omaha's Keystone Biking and Walking Trail and Bellevue Loop Trail make up a 27-mile paved pathway. Beginning on the northwest side of the city, the path follows Little Papillion Creek to the Cornhusker Highway. When the Keystone Trail connects to the Bellevue Loop Trail, you can then make your way along the Missouri River via Haworth Park. This trail is perfect for those looking to get a little exercise in the outdoors.
This city golf course features nine holes and bent grass with water in play. The par 35 makes it a solid game for golfers of all skill levels. As with many other small, public courses, there is no driving range or putting green. A clubhouse does offer refreshments and snacks. What it lacks in luxuries, the course makes up for in price.
Mature trees with thick overhangs line nearly every fairway. A slice or a hook here and you may have a difficult time staying on track for an even round on this par 68 course, which boasts a total yardage of 5003 from the men's tees. This public course sits in the center of the city, behind the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Maintenance crews typically keep the greens in superb shape, meaning your putts will always roll true.