Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is a great place to bring the whole family. It has one of the biggest complexes for big cats like lions and tigers, as well as the biggest exhibits of nocturnal animals with its own indoor swamp, the biggest indoor rainforest and indoor desert. There are also exhibits with animals like bears, gorillas, a butterfly and insect pavilion and much more to see and do. More than 25 million people has come through the gates of the zoo since it opened more than 40 years ago.
If you love artwork, don't miss the Joslyn Art Museum, considered as Nebraska's principal fine arts museum. It opened in 1931 as a memorial to local businessman George A. Joslyn. The museum hold a permanent collection featuring works done by artists including Paolo Veronese, Titian, and El Greco, and more and also has artwork from the 19th and 20th centuries from both American and European artists like Pierre-Auguste Renoir and William-Adolphe Bouguereau. There is also a sculpture garden with more than an acre of sculptures situated in a garden setting.
Heartland of America Park is 31 acres of public park property located in downtown Omaha on Douglas Street. Visitors can walk along the paved trail and see one of three beautiful fountains, including one that shoots water more than 300 feet and has its own show at night and a 1800s Waterworks Fountain. There is a lake where one can take a tour in the summer, and see swans that live on the lake. Other exhibits include a memorial to the 1898 Trans-Mississippi Exposition, and it's also the site of the city's yearly Taste of Omaha festival.
Families with kids shouldn't miss the Omaha Children's Museum, which came about in 1976. The museum is a hands on facility where kids can learn about the world through dozens of exhibits, programs, workshops, and special events. If you are in the area for a longer period of time, there are also summer camps and other overnight museum adventures, as well as a chance for you to hold your child's birthday party at the museum. It's a fantastic place for parents and children to discover the world together.
The Durham Museum is located in downtown Omaha at 801 South 10th Street in the old Union Station building. The museum's focus is to preserve and display the US's western history. Its permanent exhibits include historical data and displays on the 10 passenger train depots that were in Omaha, as well as replicas of items from the Omaha Indian tribes such as an earth lodge and rawhide teepee, and worker's cottages from the mid-1880s where blue collar workers in the state lived, and more. Plus, there are ever-changing temporary galleries from other museums in the US.
People can't seem to agree whether the Cornhusker State is in the Midwest or the Great Plains, but every visit is sure that it offers the best of both environments. You can find historic trails dating back to the Gold Rush or Lewis and Clark's expeditions...