Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium#2 in Best Things To Do in Omaha
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.
Recent visitors said it's obvious that the animals are cared for and treated well, and recommend wearing good walking shoes, as you'll easily spend hours traversing the large zoo.
You'll find Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo south of downtown, near the Nebraska-Iowa border. It's open daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with shortened hours during the winter. Admission prices range from $9.95 to $19.95, depending on age and season. There are additional fees for admittance to the Lozier IMAX Theater, the Reciprocal Zoos and Skyfari, plus the railroad and carousel. For more information, visit the 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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