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Best Things To Do in Omaha

If you're in town for any amount of time, you'll probably find yourself in downtown's Old Market. This historic area features restaurants, shops, art galleries and even some of our other top things to do like the Durham Museum, the Omaha Children's Museum and the Joslyn Art Museum. There's also the Lauritzen Gardens - Omaha's Botanical Center and the prized Henry Doorly Zoo, which each hug the Missouri River.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated April 12, 2019

  • #1
    Old Market
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    #1 in Omaha
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    If you're looking for the heart of Omaha, you'll find it in Old Market. Here, the brick-paved streets are trotted on by horse-drawn carriages (for tourism) and lined with popular sites like the Joslyn Art Museum and the Omaha Children's Museum. There are independent coffee shops like Aromas and 13th Street Coffee Co. and fine dining establishments like The Boiler Room. There is a host of art galleries and shops too.

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  • #2
    Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium
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    #2 in Omaha
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    From the peccaries in the Desert Dome to the cute Rockhopper penguins and the 70-foot shark tunnel in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium to the Western lowland gorillas in Hubbard Gorilla Valley, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo affords a well-rounded animal experience. And did you know that it also features the world's largest indoor rainforest? Plus, the zoo's IMAX Theater plays documentaries that the whole family will enjoy. The zookeepers also hold daily animal presentations, which are a particular hit among children.

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  • #3
    Joslyn Art Museum
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    The Joslyn Art Museum contains mostly 19th and 20th-century European and American art, featuring artists like Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Claude Monet and Edgar Degas, among others. But it also contains a pretty sizeable American Indian collection. The Chihuly glass chandelier also impressed recent travelers, as did the building's art deco architecture, with one reviewer saying the museum (and what it contains) looks like it belongs in Florence, Italy.

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  • #4
    The Durham Museum
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    #4 in Omaha
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    The Durham Museum, which is affiliated with the prestigious Smithsonian Institution, chronicles Omaha's history through exhibits on the Plains Indians and to-scale models of blue-collar cottages. The actual building, a restored train station, is neat too, as are the train cars on display. There's even a working soda bar, where you can slurp a milkshake after touring the museum.

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  • #5
    Lauritzen Gardens - Omaha's Botanical Center
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    #5 in Omaha
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    The Lauritzen Gardens - Omaha's Botanical Center blooms with roses, herbs and peonies, among other flowers and greenery. And there are 3 miles of trails on which to enjoy these sweet-smelling specimens. 

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    Omaha Children's Museum
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    #6 in Omaha
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    Located in the Old Market area, the Omaha Children's Museum contains a Creative Arts Center that allows kids to "make-and-take" art projects. There's also an Imagination Playground with a farm, a firehouse and a market, among other interactive exhibits, which are great for young children.

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