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Omaha, NE

Travel Guide
Omaha featuring night scenes, a skyscraper and a river or creek

Nebraska’s largest city rises from the picturesque plains, its skyline encompassing modern landmarks, sprawling gardens and a lively riverfront precinct.

Find exciting attractions for the whole family amid the modern architecture and scenic green spaces of Omaha, a dynamic city in Eastern Nebraska. Whatever the weather, you can discover the fascinating heritage of this city and its surrounding region, check out the state’s premier art galleries, visit a nationally acclaimed zoo, catch a local game and indulge yourself in Omaha’s excellent shopping and dining precincts.

Familiarize yourself with Omaha’s skyline by strolling around the downtown riverfront park, Gene Leahy Mall. Find the heart of the city in the Old Markets, where heritage brick storefronts enclose boutique shops and the city’s summertime farmers’ market. You might also see street performers, artists and other local vendors here.

Get to know the city’s culture and history at a selection of downtown museums and art galleries. Joslyn Art Museum and Benis Center for Contemporary Arts showcase extensive collections of artworks, while the Durham Western Heritage Museum features fascinating local history exhibits in a renovated art deco train station.

Kids will love learning about the arts and sciences at the Omaha Children’s Museum. Let them go wild at the indoor water park at the Coco Key Water Resort. Another highlight is the nationally renowned Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, an exciting facility with desert and rainforest exhibits. Experience the thrill of a local college baseball or basketball game.

Omaha is surrounded by charming smaller cities, including La Vista, Papillion and Ralston. Bellevue dates back to the 1830s and is situated nearby the leafy trails of the Fontenelle Forest. See the Malcolm X Birthsite in North Omaha. Venture into the city’s surrounding scenery to visit Wehrspann Lake and the Chalco Hills Recreation Area.

Sample some of the region’s finest produce at the Taste of Omaha Festival, held in early June near the Lewis and Clark Landing and the Heartland of America Park.

Omaha can be reached by air to Eppley Airfield, the city’s international airport. The city is served by Amtrak and interstate bus lines. Severe weather can occur in Omaha, so keep updated on weather reports. Stay in downtown accommodation or comfortable motels.

Where to stay in Omaha

Hilton Garden Inn Omaha Downtown
Hilton Garden Inn Omaha Downtown
3 out of 5
1005 Dodge St, Omaha, NE
The price is $93 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in Downtown Omaha, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gene Leahy Mall and CHI Health Center Omaha. TD Ameritrade Park Omaha and Orpheum Theater ...
4.2/5Excellent! (974 reviews)
"I love the Hilton's and won't stay anywhere else."

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Omaha Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Omaha-Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Omaha-Downtown
2.5 out of 5
1212 Cuming St, Omaha, NE
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $127 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in NoDo District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hot Shops Art Center and TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. CHI Health Center Omaha and Orpheum Theater ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (968 reviews)
"We liked how easy we could get to all activities."

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites Omaha-Downtown
Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown Old Market
Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown Old Market
3 out of 5
540 S 12th St, Omaha, NE
The price is $116 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in Old Market, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and Orpheum Theater. CHI Health Center Omaha and Omaha Children's ...
4.3/5Excellent! (976 reviews)
"The location was fantastic! The room was large and clean. Premises very secure. You cannot beat the location!"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown Old Market
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
#3 Cozy Condo Close to Entertainment & Downtown
#3 Cozy Condo Close to Entertainment & Downtown
Omaha, NE
The price is $59 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 25
Located in Downtown Omaha, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Joselyn Castle and University of Nebraska Medical Center. University of Nebraska-Omaha ...
#3 Cozy Condo Close to Entertainment & Downtown
2 Bedroom - 3 Beds Minutes From Historic Blackstone, Downtown & Ballpark
2 Bedroom - 3 Beds Minutes From Historic Blackstone, Downtown & Ballpark
Omaha, NE
The price is $100 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 25
Located in Downtown Omaha, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Cecilia Cathedral and University of Nebraska Medical Center. CHI Health Center Omaha ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Excellent
"Very comfortable and quiet space. Perfect location for my needs. I'd stay there again."

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2021

2 Bedroom - 3 Beds Minutes From Historic Blackstone, Downtown & Ballpark
#4 Gorgeous Downtown Apartment With King Bed
#4 Gorgeous Downtown Apartment With King Bed
Omaha, NE
The price is $68 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 25
Located in Downtown Omaha, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Omaha Children's Museum, Orpheum Theater, and Creighton University. CHI Health Center ...
4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)
Perfect Omaha Accommodation
"Clean, comfortable-best place for relaxing! Will definitely be back!"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2021

#4 Gorgeous Downtown Apartment With King Bed
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Omaha

Omaha’s main public transit system is the Omaha Metro, a bus network with routes serving the city center and outlying suburbs. The most convenient way to explore Omaha and the surrounding area is by renting a car, as you will be able to get to places not served by bus routes. Taxis are available, but it’s often not possible to hail one in the city center; you have to call for one from your hotel instead. Visit the Nebraska Department of Transportation website.Browse Omaha rental cars.

Best time to visit

Omaha has a comparatively extreme climate, with hot summers and cold winters. Average high temperatures in January are only around 33 F (0.8 C), while in July they reach the high 80s F (low 30s C). As such, many people find spring and fall the best times to visit, when temperatures are milder and there are fewer other tourists. Hotel prices can also be cheaper in these shoulder seasons than in the summer.

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