Tons of cities across the country often get overlooked as destinations. Unfortunately, Omaha, Nebraska is one of them. 

Here’s the truth. Omaha is a vibrant city with plenty of culture, entertainment, food, and things to do that would keep anyone occupied for a great vacation. If all of those things sound like what you’d like to enjoy on your next road trip, well, head your car to Omaha!

In this quick guide to Omaha, we’ll give you an overview of everything you need to know.

Getting There

Omaha is located right on the banks of the Missouri River that separates Iowa from Nebraska. Reaching it by car is easy since it’s located at the intersection of two major highways. You’ll find it on Interstate 80, which runs all the way from New Jersey to California going East to West and Route 29 which runs from Kansas City to the Canadian Boarder.

Major Sporting Events

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Like any major city, there’s always something going on in Omaha. But, two major events get people from all over the country flocking to the region. 

The College World Series has been held every June in Omaha since 1950! It’s the culmination of the NCAA Division 1 baseball playoffs. Baseball fans love this event since they’ll likely witness at least a few future Major Leaguers playing.

If you love youth baseball (or have a child playing competitively), you might have heard of the Triple Crown Slump Buster. This tournament brings nearly 600 teams from around the country together in a giant event.

Things to Do

There is no shortage of things to do in Omaha, but here are some of the most popular:

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Named as the country’s best Zoo in 2014, the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium has some of the world’s largest cat complexes. It also has an indoor desert, rainforest, and nocturnal exhibit. This is one spot you do not want to miss.

Lauritzen Gardens 

Botanical gardens are always a big draw and the Lauritzen Gardens is one of the best out there. It’s open daily for visitors to wander over 100 acres of gardens or spend time in the visitor’s center, cafe, and gift shop.

Old Market

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The Old Market area of town is considered the heart of Omaha. Here, you’ll find many popular museums, as well as coffee shops, and stores to wander along cobblestone lined streets. You can even rest your weary feet and explore this area via horse and carriage!

Craft Brews

Omaha has embraced the world of craft brewing, and you can find more than a dozen spots to visit just in the city itself. Take a self-guided tour, or join in on one of the many hosted events that many visitors and tourists love to enjoy.

Continue to Explore

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As you know, the best part of visiting any new city is taking the time to explore the area. So get off the main streets and check out the back roads of Omaha and you’ll find a vibrant city. Don’t forget to tell your friends!

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