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Top Things To Do In Omaha

The Greater Omaha area is home to nearly 1.3 million people and often referenced as the Gateway to the West. In 2009, Forbes recognized Omaha as Best Bang-For-The-Buck City and Fastest-Recovering City in America after the recession. Learn more about the city's rich pioneering history at world-class museums and cultural centers, eat at some of the best restaurants downtown, and explore the city’s natural wonders.

See the most popular attractions in Omaha ranging from museums to historic trails. The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is centrally located and known for its leading conservation efforts, a massive cat complex, and indoor habitat recreations like the jungle or desert.

The best things to do near Omaha:

  • Boys Town, a national historic landmark district
  • Durham Museum, housed in the former Union Station
  • Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, 3,700 mile-long trail that passes through 11 states
  • Lauritzen Gardens, public botanical gardens and arboretum
  • Florence Mill, oldest mill in Nebraska now doubles as a museum and art gallery with a locally-sourced farmers market on Sundays

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Chris Mitchell Virtual Jazz Concert (Through August 1)
Chris Mitchell Virtual Jazz Concert (Through August 1)
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Through 08/01/20: One General-Admission Ticket to Any Virtual Show with a Digital Download of the album I Found Forever
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"One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendship, and Shoes" Through July 31
"One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendship, and Shoes" Through July 31
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Through 07/31/20: One Viewing
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Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Stand-Up Comedy Show (June 25–August 20)
Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Stand-Up Comedy Show (June 25–August 20)
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06/25/20 at 9 p.m. ET: One General-Admission Ticket
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$139 for Murder Mystery Dinner & One Night Stay for Two at Periwinkle Place Manor B&B ($270 Value)
$139 for Murder Mystery Dinner & One Night Stay for Two at Periwinkle Place Manor B&B ($270 Value)
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Murder Mystery Dinner for Two with a 1-Night Stay at Periwinkle Place Manor B&B and Breakfast
Livestream Name that Tune, Dueling Pianos, or Piano Bar Bingo (Through August 29)
Livestream Name that Tune, Dueling Pianos, or Piano Bar Bingo (Through August 29)
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Name that Tune
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Virtual Stand-Up: Comedy's Best Kept Secret Tour 2020 featuring Dan Frigolette (May 22–July 31)
Virtual Stand-Up: Comedy's Best Kept Secret Tour 2020 featuring Dan Frigolette (May 22–July 31)
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$41.49 $6.00
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7/17/20 at 12 a.m. EST: One General-Admission Ticket
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Jazz Age Jeopardy: Virtual Interactive Murder Mystery Experience
Jazz Age Jeopardy: Virtual Interactive Murder Mystery Experience
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$275.00
Through 07/31/2020: Admission to Virtual Show for Up to 10 People
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Chippendales@Home! Virtual Party
Chippendales@Home! Virtual Party
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30-Minute Party for Up to 9 Guests + Souvenir Video
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NF Tickets (Rescheduled from May 11, 2020) - Aug 16, 8:00 PM
NF Tickets (Rescheduled from May 11, 2020) - Aug 16, 8:00 PM
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NF Tickets (Rescheduled from May 11, 2020) - Aug 16, 8:00 PM

The Missouri River also acts as a Nebraska-Iowa state border. Stand in two states when you cross the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.

Popular attractions near Omaha include:

  • Touring Joslyn Castle, once home to George and Sarah Joslyn built in 1903
  • A history or district tour with Nebraska Tour Company
  • Spacecraft exhibits, planetarium shows, and more at Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum
  • See upwards of 110 different flower species at the home and gardens of Civil War General George Crook
  • Learning about pioneer life at the Mormon Trail Center

With so many fun daytime activities in Omaha, it’s important to allot time for each city district. Midtown Crossing is a must-see district filled with unique shops, top-rated restaurants, and live entertainment ranging from music performances to outdoor movie showings.

Exciting activities near Omaha include:

  • Shop at boutiques in small business districts like Shops of Legacy or Countryside Village
  • Take a walk through the Berniece Grewcock Butterfly and Insect Pavilion, a total immersion exhibit at the zoo
  • Book a Heartland History Tour, themed to send you back in time
  • Catch a horse race at Horsemen's Park
  • Learn about the Omaha World-Herald printing process on a John Gottschalk Freedom Center tour

Popular nightlife destinations in Omaha include concert venues, cocktail bars, local craft breweries, and casinos. Shop and eat in Omaha’s Old Market Entertainment District, a historical neighborhood now bubbling with shops, restaurants, and popular bars.

Other things to do tonight in Omaha include:

  • See live performances at The Waiting Room Lounge or Slowdown, two local Omaha venues
  • Gamble at the best casinos in Omaha like Horseshoe, Ameristar Casino, and Harrah’s
  • See film as an art form at Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater, a nonprofit arthouse cinema
  • Watch the Heartland of America Park and Fountain show
  • Get your microbrewery fix in the Blackstone District, a revitalized historic neighborhood

Tooling around Omaha with the kids is never a dull time. Browse fun museum exhibits, live theater performances, and other things to do with kids in Omaha.

Family-friendly things to do near Omaha include:

  • Spend the afternoon exploring exhibits at the Omaha Children's Museum
  • The Joslyn Art Museum also has interactive exhibits for children
  • See a kid-friendly, live theater performance at Rose Theater
  • Cool off at the splash park on the Omaha side of Bob Bridge
  • Sign the kids up for Hummel Day Camp, an outdoor nature-based program at the Hummel Park Nature Center

Omaha also has several reputable theaters and art centers. The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts spearheads an international artist-in-residence program to support the dreams of young artists. Other indoor art exhibits in Omaha can be found at Hot Shops Art Center and Love’s Jazz and Art Center.

Things to do indoors in Omaha include:

  • Grab a drink at Lucky Bucket Brewery, locally recognized as one of the best microbreweries in Omaha
  • Midwest Paranormal History Tours
  • Explore Latino and Hispanic art and history at El Museo Latino
  • Schedule a day of relaxation at a top spa or resort in Omaha
  • Visit the aquatic center and indoor play place at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

Omaha is filled with exciting activities for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy. For Nebraskans, this often includes bird watching. Some of the best bird watching locations include Hummel and Dodge Park, Boyer Chute, Neale Woods, and Fontenelle Forest.

Active things to do near Omaha include:

  • Fishing, boating, and off-roading at Keystone Trail
  • Hiking along the West Papio Creek via the West Papio/Zorinsky Trail
  • Guided paddleboard tours at Lake Zorinsky or Standing Bear Lake
  • A ride on Screaming Eagle Zipline, the fastest, longest zip line in the Midwest
  • Exploring multi-use trails, swimming, archery, and more at Platte River State Park