Lauritzen Gardens - Omaha's Botanical Center#5 in Best Things To Do in Omaha
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.
Recent travelers said this is a must-visit, especially for families. In addition to the outdoor gardens, the attraction also boasts an indoor conservatory as well as a model railroad garden (a hit with little kids). For those not up for the walk, reviewers suggest taking the tram (which costs $3 per person) for an hour-long, narrated tour of the 100-acre property. Keep in mind that the tram is only in operation from May through October.
You'll find the property along the river, just northeast of the Henry Doorly Zoo. The gardens are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but between the beginning of May and the beginning of September, the gardens stay open until 8 p.m. for Garden Twilight, an annual summer event that allows garden patrons to enjoy the landscape at dusk. Admission costs $5 for children ages 6 to 12, $10 for adults and is free for children younger than 6. For more information, visit the garden's website.
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#1 Old Market
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.
Most travelers say a visit to Old Market is a must, though some recommend parking your car near the Durham Museum and walking through the area, as the streets are bumpy (due to the cobblestones) and parking can be hard to come by. For more information on Old Market, visit the official website.
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