Omaha attractions

Top Choice Arts Center in Omaha

Hot Shops Art Center

Entering into this three-story arts center (a former mattress warehouse) is like diving down the rabbit hole into an alternative universe ruled by eccentric artists. The namesake 'hot shops' are the glassblowing, po…
Top Choice Museum in Omaha

Union Pacific Railroad Museum

Just across the river from Omaha in the cute little downtown area of Council Bluffs, IA, this highly interactive museum tells the story of the world's most profitable railroad and the company that rammed the transco…
Top Choice Zoo in Omaha

Henry Doorly Zoo

The world's largest indoor desert? Check. The world's largest nocturnal exhibit? Check. America's largest indoor rainforest? Check. The superlatives say it all. You could easily spend an entire day wandering through…
Waterfront in Omaha


The riverfront along the Missouri River, downtown, has been massively spiffed up. Highlights include the architecturally stunning Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge, which soars over to Iowa; the Heartland of America Park,…
Museum in Omaha

Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum

After WWII Omaha's Offutt Air Force Base was home to the US Air Force Strategic Air Command, the nuclear force detailed in Dr Strangelove. This legacy is documented at this cavernous museum, which bulges with bomber…
Museum in Omaha

Durham Museum

The soaring art-deco Union Station train depot is a sight to behold with its cathedral windows, geometric chandeliers and ornate ceilings. It houses a fine museum covering local history from the Lewis and Clark expe…
Museum in Omaha

Joslyn Art Museum

This admired and architecturally imposing museum has a great collection of 19th- and 20th-century European and American art. There's also a good selection of Western-themed works, plus a cool sculpture garden.
Nature Reserve in Omaha

Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge

Has marshes and other open areas on the river that are little changed in centuries. A winding driving route shows you what the land crossed by the Missouri once looked like before farms and development forever chang…
Historic Site in Omaha

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

Preserves the first US military fort built west of the Missouri River. It was built in 1820 on a recommendation of Lewis and Clark, who, besides being explorers, were keen military officers. Find it 17 miles north o…
Park in Omaha

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Visitor Center

The riverfront is home to this visitor center, which has exhibits and a bookstore. As the regional NPS headquarters, it's a great place to plan adventures along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.