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A Quick Guide To Omaha

Updated: April 22, 2019

Welcome to Omaha! Whatever brought you to the city, I hope you’ve allowed enough free time to explore.

This guide is geared more toward families, but feel free ask questions in the comment section if you want some tips on where to go without a kids (AKA, you want a drinky drink). Coffee shops, I can suggest a few, and local breweries.

Things To Do In Omaha

I’ve divided this post up into three sections: Things to do in Omaha, Things to do Around the Old Market, and Downtown Omaha Attractions. Sometimes they overlap with suggestions.

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2 Days In Omaha With Kids – Here’s my itinerary for families visiting Omaha for a weekend. It’s where I’d suggest you eat and play for 48 hours.

25 Tips For Visiting The Omaha Zoo – This is the ultimate list of tips for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. If you’re already very familiar with our awesome zoo, read up on this post about things you didn’t know you could do at the zoo.

19 Places To Get Breakfast In Omaha – Start your day off right in Omaha. Here are locals’ suggestions on the best places for breakfast in Omaha.

Best Omaha Restaurants for Families – Want to know where foodie meets family in Omaha? This list includes unexpectedly kid-friendly restaurants that serve outstanding food. Alternatively, this list of must-try Omaha restaurants includes many of these restaurants, plus a few fantastic places that I probably wouldn’t bring my kids to but they’re ideal for date night.

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25 Things to Do In Omaha Under $25 – You can still have fun on a budget in Omaha. Here are 25 things a family can do that cost less than $25. Since I wrote the post a few years ago, a couple things have crept over $25, but I still find them a pretty great bargain.

Where to Find the Best Pizza in Omaha – This post includes locals’ suggestions on where to get the best pizza in the city (and nearby). Plus, it includes the winner of the first-ever Great Omaha Pizza Tournament, a March-Madness kinda of bracket tournament readers voted on one summer.

8 Great Places for Ice Cream in Omaha – Ice cream isn’t just for summer, so no matter when you’re visiting, the city has several fantastic ice cream shops to visit.

Omaha Events Calendar – Want to know what’s going on right this moment in Omaha? This calendar is for you! Find out what’s on stages, which exhibits are open and what the free kid-friendly activities are coming up.

Things to do around the Old Market

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Discovering Hollywood Candy in Omaha – This quirky, one-of-a-kind store has the great mix of candy, nostalgia, and arcade games.

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11 Free Things To Do In The Old Market – If you want to just stroll around the Old Market and not spend a dime, you should read this post.

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Omaha Farmers Market Fun – Omaha’s longest-running and largest farmer’s market is held on Saturdays in the Old Market. It runs from early May to mid-October.

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8 Great Downtown Omaha Restaurants – Most of these restaurants are in the Old Market or near TD Ameritrade Park.

Downtown Omaha Attraction

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Exploring The Durham Museum With Kids – Part history museum, part train museum, The Durham is a great place to visit with kids. This post shares details on exhibits and the working soda fountain found at The Durham.

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Joslyn Art Museum With Kids – There’s no reason not to visit Joslyn art Museum, admission is FREE. While you’re there, visit the Art Smart Center and then splash in the fountain in front of the museum.

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Lauritzen Gardens With Kids – From a miniature train garden to a space dedicated to kids, Lauritzen Gardens is fun to explore with little ones.

Insider’s Guide to Omaha Children’s Museum – Got kids under the age of 8? Don’t skip Omaha Children’s Museum! Full disclosure: I work there, but I promise, it’s super fun. I wrote a post with tips for visiting, including the best times to go.

For even more things to do in Omaha, check out VisitOmaha.com – it’s fantastic!

Planning a trip to Omaha, Nebraska? Here's a quick guide to the city geared toward families. It includes restaurants, attractions and fun thing to do in Omaha. #familytravel #USA #Midwest #travelguide

Your turn, Omaha: Leave a comment with your tips on where CWS fans should go for food, fun and drinks. Thanks!

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Wednesday 10th of June 2015

Petits Pastry (on 16th I think?) is a longtime family favorite. Recently we've gone to Kanekp with the kids, and I can't say enough about that, great for all ages! Free and in the AC, to boot. AND across the street from coffee/bakery.


Thursday 11th of June 2015

Kaneko followed by coffee and pastries = excellent combination! It's been a while since we've had Petits - thanks for the reminder. :) We usually grab a spot near their location for parades just so we could, perhaps, grab a donut or two while we wait.


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Tim Burkart

Wednesday 10th of June 2015

Perhaps I missed it, but I didn't see a mention of the "Spamalot" production currently running at the nations largest community theatre... The Omaha Community Playhouse! Who wants to walk around outside in the heat when you can grab a beverage, sit and be entertained for a couple of hours in the comfort of air conditioning! The production has been getting rave reviews. Not to be missed.


Thursday 11th of June 2015

You're correct, it's not on this month's list. I had it at the end of the May round-up of events: https://ohmyomaha.com/2015/04/30-kid-friendly-events-in-omaha-in-may/. I haven't heard or read a single bad things said about that show - they must've done a fantastic job!

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