A tour will take you through a handsome vestibule lined with mosaic tile to a hand carved staircase that sweeps upward over the marble fire place. Be sure to take a walk through the grounds and gardens before you leave.
The Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska has a super permanent collection from all over the world.
They have more than 11,000 art pieces by artists such as Claude Monet, Winslow Homer, Edgar Degas, Pierre Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Jackson Pollock, George Segal and many more.
They are also know for their excellent collection of the American West.
The Fun Plex in Omaha, Nebraska is both an amusement park and a water park. They have the only rollercoaster in Nebraska called “The Big Ohhhhhh“.
They also have a Speedway and a Go-kart track plus more exciting rides. The water park has a five story “Typhoon” water slide and a “Motion Ocean” which generates various wave sizes plus a kid’s pool and a lazy river.
Have you ever taken your kids to a place where they didn’t want to leave? Well, the Omaha Children’s Museum is one of those places and it’s a place for the whole family. Recent renovations have pushed it into the excellent level for both tourists and locals. Permanent exhibits include an inventor’s work shop, a science showplace, a super gravitron and a ball machine.
Vala's Pumpkin Patch in Gretna, Nebraska is a popular “off-the-wall” tourist attraction. The Patch includes 152 acres, 55 of which actually grow pumpkins. Everyone who has been there had a great time but they couldn’t exactly describe why. A few of the activities include Bogo train rides, Howl at the moon and Amazing Magic. You’ll just have to check out their web site to decide.
No! Tiny Town Village in Gretna, Nebraska is NOT Disney Land but, as the name implies it is child size which is a big plus for a child. There’s a kid size barn, kid size houses, kid size village train, a fire engine and a school bus. Add to that a basketball cage, a splash pad, some real good eating, some kiddie cars and a kiddie maze plus you’ll be a hero to the young ones.
The Wildlife Safari in Omaha, Nebraska starts its season in early spring so get ready to include a safari trip in your vacation plans. The safari is a four mile drive through wetlands and prairie as you view the animals of the Doorly Zoo the way you would see them in the wilds of Africa. Hiking trails and the Sacred Hoop Aviary and Garden add to the possibilities.
The Fremont & Elkhorn Valley Railroad, in Fremont is a Nebraska treasure. Take a ride in one of their old historic railroad cars over paths laid out in the late 1800’s and you’ll leap back to the time when the railroad was instrumental in settling the west. This railroad treasure is operated by the Nebraska Railroad Museum which has a large collection of artifacts for your viewing.
On a family vacation it’s important to periodically pick tourist attractions in Nebraska that interest kids and visiting another museum is not the answer. In the Omaha area there is an answer and it’s called Bounce U Omaha. They specialize in “inflatable parties” where everything is inflatable and the kids can burn off that pent up energy with no danger of being hurt. You’ll probably want to join them.
The Old Market is in the heart of Omaha’s historic district. This is a very busy area which includes a performing arts center, a baseball stadium, an Orpheum theater, a zoo, a children’s museum and an art museum. This is a go-to-place for vacationers as it has just about every imaginable attraction within walking distance or just a short ride away.
The Durham Museum in Omaha, Nebraska is very highly rated by experienced tourists. The museum collects historic items relative to Omaha and its influence on US history. Their collection has over a half million items. The museum is housed in the Union Railroad Station which is one of the finest example of Art Deco architecture and is a museum in its own right.
Boyer Chute Nat’l Wildlife Refuge in Fort Calhoun, Nebraska is home for many species such as kingfishers, hawks, deer, opossums, raccoons, foxes ducks, herons, eagles, bob cats and coyotes. The refuge is an important stop for bird migration during the spring and fall. There are seasonal periods for hunting and there are quite a few fishing piers.