Top things to do in Omaha

Top Choice Waterfront in Omaha

Riverfront

The riverfront along the Missouri River celebrates the waterway's past and present. Highlights include the architecturally stunning Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, which soars over to Iowa; the Heartland of America Pa…
Top Choice Steak in Omaha

Johnny's Cafe

Since 1922 the same family has been running this local legend of a steakhouse. The restaurant itself is a living museum of decor, with custom artwork spread throughout the lavish 1950s interior (they'll give you a t…
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 Zoo in Omaha

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

The world's largest indoor desert? Check. The world's largest nocturnal exhibit? Check. America's largest indoor rainforest? Check. An aquarium showing habitats from the Arctic to coral reefs? Check, yet again. The …
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 (it's headquartered in Omaha) and the c…
Top Choice Museum in Omaha

Durham Museum

The soaring art deco Union Station train depot is a sight to behold with its cathedral windows, geometric chandeliers, ornate ceilings and reliefs of railroad workers carved into the facade. It houses a fine museum …
Top Choice Modern American in Omaha

Grey Plume

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

Mister Toad's

Sit out front on benches under big trees or nab a corner table inside. It's woodsy, worn and flirting with dive-bar status. There's live jazz Sunday nights and Ray Williams on the piano Wednesday nights.
Bridge in Omaha

Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

This sinuously graceful 3000ft-long bridge links walkways on both sides of the Missouri River. The views are spectacular; at night it's lights are dramatic. It's named for the longtime Democratic senator who served …
American in Omaha

Upstream Brewing Company

In a big old firehouse in Old Market, the beer here is equally 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 sidew…