Omaha, NE

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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

Cambria Hotel Omaha Downtown
Cambria Hotel Omaha Downtown
3.5 out of 5
740 N 14th St, Omaha, NE, 68102
The price is $96 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Omaha. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (799 reviews)
"Modern. Decorated nicely. Excellent bathroom. Roomy. Good restaurant. Comfortable bed."

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Magnolia Hotel Omaha
Magnolia Hotel Omaha
4.5 out of 5
1615 Howard St, Omaha, NE, 68102
The price is $99 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Omaha. Enjoy free WiFi, a free airport shuttle, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
"The hotel is so charming and the location is awesome! We had to change rooms because our toilet was broken and the staff was apologetic and so helpful. They changed our rooms and they were so awesome. Service was a 15 out of 10! I do know an update is coming soon and I think that will be incredible ..."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Hotel Deco
Hotel Deco
4.5 out of 5
1504 Harney Street, Omaha, NE, 68102
The price is $129 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 18
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Omaha. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (999 reviews)
Beautiful with a few kinks
"I always love staying at this hotel. My room was massive and beautiful as always. Only con this time: Sadly this time when I arrived I had to wait for my room plus the shower took forever to turn to hot water. The Monarch is a wonderful restaurant with the location of the hotel close enough to downtown ..."

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2022

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.
A+ Lux Queen-2 Full 💙 Costs 77% of Same-Quality/Area/Size Hotels & VRBOs
A+ Lux Queen-2 Full 💙 Costs 77% of Same-Quality/Area/Size Hotels & VRBOs
Omaha, NE
Stay at this apartment in Omaha. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Henry Doorly Zoo and Memorial Park are located nearby. ...
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Omaha West
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Omaha West
2.5 out of 5
10865 W Dodge Rd, Omaha, NE, 68154
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Omaha. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (330 reviews)
"We enjoyed the cleanliness of it as well as how quiet it was. We did not enjoy how we were unable to hook up our laptop via HDMI cable to the TV due to the Enso(sp?) modem box attached to it"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

NEW! Council Bluffs Cottage: Proximity to Parks!
NEW! Council Bluffs Cottage: Proximity to Parks!
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Stay at this cottage in Council Bluffs. Enjoy a TV, cable/satellite TV, and a kitchen. Popular attractions Henry Doorly Zoo and Bayliss Park are located nearby. ...
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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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