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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…
Top Choice Modern American in Omaha

Grey Plume

West of downtown in Midtown Crossing, chef Clayton Chapman has upturned perceptions of Great Plains cuisine with his fiercely local and seasonal dishes. Winners: the bar burger, the duck-fat fries, the steaks and an…
Top Choice Modern American in Omaha

Boiler Room

Global influences and French techniques shape the locally sourced foods that comprise the seasonal dishes at this trendsetting Old Market bistro. It's got an open kitchen and a cocktail bar. Want an Omaha steak? Get…
Waterfront in Omaha

Riverfront

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…
American in Omaha

Upstream Brewing Company

In a big old firehouse, the beer here is also big on flavor. The Caesar salads have enough garlic to propel you over the Missouri to Iowa. Steaks are thick and up to local standards. There are sidewalk tables, a roo…
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.