Hotel at a Glance: Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center
Some hotels boast that they’re just a few miles away from the water park, but at this family-oriented Ramada, the water park is just a few steps from your guest room. Youngsters can zip down 40-foot water slides and grownups can unwind in a giant indoor-outdoor hot tub. The indoor, 60,000 square-foot CoCo Key Water Resort stays open year-round, and admission is included with most of this deal’s options.
- Onsite restaurants grill juicy burgers and serve American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Morning pick-me-up: For guests staying Sunday night, grab a coffee and breakfast from the onsite shop, Brewed Awakening. For guests staying Friday and Saturday nights, enjoy an included breakfast at The Claim House.
- Stay connected with free WiFi in the guest rooms.
Omaha, Nebraska: Historic Downtown with Vibrant Arts and Dining Scenes
The largest city in Nebraska, Omaha is located near the Iowa-Nebraska border, on the western shore of the Missouri River. The city has been praised as an affordable place to visit and live; The Huffington Post named Omaha the top “Best Bang for Your Buck” city in 2012. Most of the city’s restaurants and bars are concentrated in the historic Old Market district, a cluster of cobblestone streets and turn-of-the-century buildings located downtown. There’s also a lively cultural scene here, from Broadway shows and jazz concerts at the Orpheum Theater to large-scale sculptures and ceramics courtesy of resident artists at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.
Visitors can learn about the city’s history at The Durham Museum. Housed in Omaha’s former Union Station—a beautiful art-deco building built in 1931—the Smithsonian-affiliated museum is the place to see 1940s storefronts, explore vintage train cars, and drink a strawberry phosphate from the authentic 1931 soda fountain.
Situated 5 miles east of downtown, the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge stretches 3,000 feet across the Missouri River, to Iowa. There’s a plaque that indicates the point at which the state lines meet; you can literally have one foot in Nebraska and one in Iowa at the same time. At night, the bridge is illuminated by an array of multicolored lights and offers a dazzling view of the Omaha skyline.