Things to do in Omaha

Things to do in Omaha #1:

River City Star is Omaha’s top riverboat cruise. You can find it on the Omaha Riverfront. Just head north of downtown and look for Miller’s Landing.

Enjoy spectacular views of the historic Missouri River and Omaha’s exciting new waterfront. River City Star sails both day and night. There are different styles of cruises to choose from to fit your taste.

They all aim to have you relax and experience the leisurely pastime of cruising on Missouri River. Public and private sightseeing cruises; luncheon and dinner cruises; themed cruises; casual and fine dining.

Things to do in Omaha #2:

Omaha has over 80 Performing Arts Theater and Galleries. Here are a couple fine examples.
  • The Artists Cooperative Gallery Ltd is considered by many to be Omaha’s premier fine art gallery. For decades they have been presenting artwork by a wide variety of artists in Omaha’s Old Market area.
  • The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is an international artist-in-residency program located in the historic Old Market area. It was founded by artists and showcases artists from around the world. The artists live and work on the premises and show their works in three gallery exhibitions.
  • El Muse Latino is the premier Latino art and history museum in all of the Midwest. Stop in and see exhibits, workshops, lectures and demonstrations.
  • Enjoy the free jazz concert series “Jazz on the Green” at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha and also “Jazz in June” at the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery in Lincoln. These series best enjoyed while lounging on blankets.
  • Take pleasure in contemporary and traditional American Indian music and dance. These focus of entertainment and learning at the Native American Music Festival.

Things to do in Omaha #3:

Another way to make your Omaha vacation ideas appealing to the kids is a visit to Wehrspann Lake at Chalco Hills Recreation Center. Here the kids can burn off that access energy with fun outdoor activities. There are 12,000 acres and you can explore it all using the nature trails that wind through the park.

These trails are also good for bicycling. About one-quarter of the area is taken up by Wehrspann Lake which is a man-made reservoir. Enjoy a family picnic by the lake and then try fishing from the pier. If you are visiting in the winter than the Chalco Hills Recreation Center is popular for cross-country skiing. As you explore the park you will likely encounter wildlife. There’s a large bird population and white-tail deer.

Things to do in Omaha #4:

The Durham Western Heritage Museum is housed in the old Union Station building which was built in 1931 and considered to be one of the finest examples of art deco architecture in the country. In its day it was the epitome of "modern" and millions of rail travelers used the facility. The museum today presents a history of Omaha featuring the train cars that fueled it heyday and artifacts from Omaha’s past.

There’s an old soda fountain that’s been restored. Also, the coin collection donated by Byron Reed in 1891which features some of the most valuable coins in the world. Exhibit subjects range from industry to history, culture and science – something for everyone.

Things to do in Omaha #5:

If you are looking for golf vacation ideas, Omaha has some nice golf courses to choose from.
  • Benson Park, on 72nd Street is hilly and scenic making use of the creek and large trees to challenge you throughout the course.
  • Another scenic city course is Fontenelle Valley Park on Ames Avenue. This course is one of the oldest in the area two hills, a wide shallow valley and includes a large duck pond.
  • Pacific Springs, on Harney Street, is known for its excellent clubhouse & putting green and the tricky prevailing winds that challenge golfers as they work their way across the short course.
  • Stone Creek, on 112th Street, is popular with beginners and the driving range is one of the largest anywhere in the Midwest.

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