Opened in 1959, the Strategic Air & Space Museum can be found in-between Lincoln and Omaha nearby Interstate 80. There are more than 300,000 square feet of exhibits, educational and event spaces to see and experience. Its mission is to commemorate the aircraft from the Strategic Air Command (SAC), as well as continue to honor and support the nearby Offutt AFB. There are aircraft, artifacts and programs to tech people about the SAC mission and history. Tours are often given to local school children and other parties.
Freedom Park is in East Omaha located at the Greater Omaha Marina. It's an outdoor park and museum where aircraft and artillery is displayed, as well as the WWII minesweeper, the USS Hazard (AM 240) and a submarine, the USS Marlin (SST-2). There is also an Anchor and Propeller Garden and shipboard rocket launchers on display. At the time of this writing, the park was closed indefinitely for flood cleanup. Admission is free and private tours are given by appointment.
Fun-Plex is another great place in Omaha to take the whole family. Located at 72nd and Q streets, Fun-Plex is an amusement ride and water park where visitors can ride a roller coaster, play miniature golf, ride go-karts, or have fun on the water slides. There is even a camp program for the kids where they can have fun, plus learn how to be park and ride attendants. Visitors under two are free with a paid adult and everyone else can buy either an old day ride pass or single tickets.
If you love shopping, checking out galleries, eating at restaurants or having a beer with a friend at a local tavern, then come to Old Market in Omaha. It's an area of the city dedicated to history and happenings. There are old-fashioned brick paved streets left from centuries past, as well as a chance to ride a horse drawn carriage, see street performers, or enjoy local events and displays.
If you are interested in learning more about US presidents, then come to the Gerald R. Ford Birthplace and Gardens in Omaha. The house is at 3203 Woolworth Ave, which was the house where his paternal grandparents, Mr. Charles Henry and his wife, Martha, lived and where Ford lived for a few weeks of his life as a baby. There is a memorial and conservation center dedicated to the former president of the US. The Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center is next door, which was created by the Nebraska State Historical Society that has a display of Ford collectables.
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...