Ode to Omaha

Omaha is said the the heart of the Midwest, and rightly so. If you appreciate the heartland of America, you are going to adore your stay in the beautiful city of Omaha. Set in the heart of the Midwest, the largest city in Nebraska, Omaha is more than just a transportation capital. If you think of Omaha, you would likely be thinking of cattle ranches, cornfield, wide open spaces etc. The city offers you all this and much more.

Often overlooked as a travel destination, there is a wide range of things people can do to spice up their stay in this quaint little city. When one thinks of Omaha, one is likely to think of cornfields, cattle ranches and wide open spaces.

ART AND CULTURE

Omaha has a budding art scene and more than a couple of cultural events that are worth checking out. Heavily featured in the art scene are the Holland Performing Arts Center, the Joselyn Art Museum, the Orpheum Theater, the Rose Theater, the Apollon and the Ballet Nebraska.

The Holland Performing Arts Center is a magnificent space and plays host to many acclaimed performing artists. Constantly offering some of the finest ensembles and choice performances in the country, The Holland Center is controlled by Omaha Performing Arts and has been widely received and praised by its patrons.

The Joselyn Art Museum has been the center of the art scene in Omaha since 80 years. The museum features works from various periods in history, with special collections from the 19th and 20th century European and American art. One of the defining attractions of the Joselyn Art Museum is the Discovery Garden which displays 20 artworks out under the open sky. Major special exhibitions are offered temporarily every year. The Mind’s Eye Gallery features work from children’s book illustrators; quite popular among the young visitors.

ATTRACTIONS

If you’re in town with your family, there’s no chance of your getting bored, thanks to a wide range of fun parks and resorts. Some of the key attractions include SkateDaze, Fun-Plex, the Amazing Pizza Machine, Boys Town, CoCo Key Water Resort, Omaha Children’s Museum, The V, Family Fun Center, Ruth Sokolof Theater.

Roller skating at SkateDaze is all around fun family experience. Available for children’s birthday parties, they have a full concession and dining area serving up good cheap fast food. Other fun activities involve Bumper Cars, a roller coaster, Laser Tag and of course arcade games.

Fun-Plex is one of the largest waterparks in the country. Plan a whole day of fun getting splashed and sprayed in the Makana Splash, Typhoon Falls, Motion Ocean Wave Pool, and the Lazy River.

The Amazing Pizza Machine is an indoor entertainment quest with rides and arcade games of every variety. Their award winning buffet cannot be missed so make sure you come with a starving stomach!

CASINOS

If you’re in the mood for some blackjack and roulette , Omaha has you covered. With the Ameristar Casino Hotel, Harrah’s and Horseshoe casinos; it’s always a good time to go gambling.

GOLF COURSES

For golf aficionados, there are a number of golf courses available in parks such as the Elmwood and the Benson.

FULL SERVICE SALON AND SPA

Looking for a girl’s day out? Head over to one of the many spas and salons ready to service you to satisfaction. Avant Salon and Day Spa, Faces Day Spa, Garbo’s Salon and Spa are just some of the noteworthy salons Omaha contains.

NIGHTLIFE

Omaha has a quiet yet trendy nightlife scene with a number of pubs, breweries, sports bars and hip restaurants. The V, 2 Fine Irishmen, 21ST Saloon, Addy’s Sports Grill, and Alter Ego Ultra Lounge are some places to hang out with friends and family and enjoy fine dining and a good old fashioned drink.

RECREATION

If you’re an outdoor person, there are a wide range of activities to busy yourself with. With parks and water related adventures to explore, go running in Hanscom Dog Park, or diving with DiVentures. Omaha offers driftwood paddleboard adventures and cycling routes.

SHOPPING

Omaha has a number of malls and boutiques that are a shopper’s paradise. Go to Regency Court, Shadow Lake Towne Center, or if you’re looking for the personal touch, A Girl’s Best Friend and All About Me Boutique have a wide range of exclusive collections.

SPORTS

If you’re a sports fan, Omaha has its share of sport arenas. Horsemen’s Park, NCAA College World Series and the Omaha Lancers are just some of the few fun opportunities to check out.

So pack your bags and head on over to the heart of Nebraska, Omaha is calling.

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