Omaha, Nebraska, is a city that's filled with entertainment. Whether it's a good meal or an afternoon's outing, there are hundreds of options available in the city. This Omaha guide to things to do can give those looking for a few good places to spend a bit of time a few pointers to what's out there.
Film lovers looking for things to do can enjoy a wide range of indie movies at two of the city's theaters, Film Streams on Webster St. and the Dundee Theatre on Dodge. Film Streams is a nonprofit movie house that features independent cinema, documentaries, foreign and classic films. Dundee is an old-fashioned movie house with a single screen. Like Film Streams, Dundee also shows a variety of movies that are rarely seen in mainstream cinemas, with an emphasis on indie movies and classics.
Those looking for family-friendly things to do in Omaha can visit the Henry Doorly Zoo. The geodesic dome located on 10th St. houses some of the best exhibits in the U.S. and is immensely popular with city residents. The exhibitions include an orangutan forest, aviary, a desert environment beneath the dome and an aquarium with a 70-foot shark tunnel. For those wanting to experience a bit of history, the Durham Museum should provide plenty of entertainment while educating visitors about the history of the area. The first floor is a restored train station, complete with vintage trains. In the rest of the museum there are temporary and permanent exhibits, many covering the history of Omaha extending well before the founding of the city.
This city has a large and diverse population with diverse tastes in food. Laos Thai Market offers one of the best food deals in town, with large portions of inexpensive, authentic Thai dishes. Lunch at the Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant is something else that should be on anyone's things to do in Omaha list. The Combination Platter is a perfect introduction for those new to Ethiopian cuisine. No Omaha guide would be complete though without listing Big Mama's Kitchen as another must try restaurant, with its offerings of mouth-watering soul food.