Are you looking for some new and exciting things to do in Omaha this weekend? Our residents love living at West Haven because of its close proximity to busy city life while also having the comfort and quietness of a small suburban area.
We rounded up our favorite places to visit in Omaha to help you plan out your weekends so they are filled with laughter and memories. Check out our list to help spice up your weekend!
Widely-recognized as one of the world’s best zoos, Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has been an Omaha treasure for over 125 years. Known for its leading animal research and conservation programs, the Zoo welcomes over two million annual visitors. Among countless exhibits, the Zoo features the largest big cat habitat in North America, as well the world’s largest indoor rainforest, indoor desert, indoor swamp, nocturnal exhibit, and geodesic dome.
Covering habitats from desert and jungle to arctic and high alpine, Henry Doorly Zoo spans over 130 acres and houses over 17,000 animals across nearly 1,000 species. The Omaha Zoo railroad, tram, and Skyfari aerial tram transport patrons across the property. In addition to the outdoor exhibits, the Zoo also includes the Scott Aquarium, a butterfly and insect pavilion, a variety of dining options, a gift shop, and much more!
3701 S 10th St
Omaha, NE 68107
Admission: Free Under 3, Kids (3-11) $13.95, General $20.95, Seniors (65+) $19.95
Beginning in the late 19th century, Omaha was a major railroad city connecting the eastern and western United States. With blocks of robust brick warehouses, the Old Market district was the center of activity around the railyards. As activity slowed in the mid-20th century, the visionary Samuel Mercer re-imagined the beautiful, well-constructed buildings as an opportunity for a mixed-use development featuring restaurants, retail stores, and apartments.
Today, the Old Market district is a bustling hub for shopping and dining, as well as a variety of experiences, including museums, art galleries, concerts, festivals, and more! From coffee shops to fine dining and everything in between, the Old Market district has something to satisfy any appetite. At Old Market, you can browse dozens of shops for anything from clothing and jewelry to books and antiques, join a yoga class, try a new hairstyle, or get a tattoo!
1100 Howard St
Omaha, NE 68102
Opening as Union Pacific’s Omaha train station in 1931, The Durham Museum’s historic Downtown building completed its transformation to the museum in 1975, with a full renovation in 1995. Throughout the stunning, impeccably-restored building, The Durham houses an array of permanent collections across over 124,000 square feet. Anchoring the Museum’s exhibits is the vast Byron Reed Collection of coins, stamps, and vintage documents.
The Durham Museum’s permanent collection of artwork, artifacts, photographs, and archives is largely focused on promoting and preserving the history of the western United States. However, in addition to western heritage, the Museum has expanded in recent decades to include programs and exhibits across a wide spectrum of art and history. The facility also hosts educational courses, tours and includes an old-fashioned soda fountain and Museum gift shop.
801 S. 10TH St
Omaha, NE 68108
Admission: Free Under 2, Kids (3-12) $7, General $11, Seniors (62+) $8
TD Ameritrade Park plays host to the Big Ten and Missouri Valley Conference baseball tournaments and is also the home field for the Creighton University Bluejays. Each spring since 1950, Omaha and TD Park welcome over 100,000 rabid college baseball fans for the annual College World Series. Fans of the eight finalists and baseball enthusiasts descend on the city for two weeks to soak in dozens of tense ballpark battles.
With a capacity of up to 35,000, the venue has also hosted football and hockey games, music festivals concerts, and more. Located near the Missouri river on the northeastern edge of Downtown, the Park is within walking distance of the popular Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, Lewis & Clark Landing park, and the Conagra World Headquarters campus, as well as countless lodging, dining, and shopping destinations.
1200 Mike Fahey St
Omaha, NE 68102
Welcoming nearly a quarter-million visitors annually, Lauritzen Botanic Gardens spans more than 100 acres along the banks of the Missouri River in South Omaha. The Gardens feature a four-acre arboretum, a 32,000 square foot visitor’s center, as well as gorgeous woodlands and landscapes throughout the property. The Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory, a stunning 17,500 square foot glass greenhouse, was added to the Gardens in 2014.
Adding new gardens every year since opening in 1982, Lauritzen’s vast selection includes an herb garden, shade Hosta garden, children’s garden, English and Victorian gardens, parking and arrival gardens, a prairie wildflower garden, Japanese garden, and too many more to name! The facility also houses an extensive horticultural library and hosts community events, weddings, parties, classes, and programs throughout the year.
100 Bancroft St
Omaha, NE 68108
Admission: Free Under 3, Kids (3-12) $5, General $10
Best Omaha Pizza
An Omaha institution for over 100 years, Orsi’s Italian Bakery & Pizzeria serves mouth-watering Italian cuisine and fresh-sliced deli sandwiches you won’t want to miss. Using authentic recipes and only the freshest ingredients like homemade Italian sausage and genuine Italian mozzarella, Orsi’s pizza will transport you straight to Bel Paese! Grab some prosciutto, linguini, Parmigiano-Reggiano, or olive oil from the charming grocery to make your own traditional Italian feast at home!
621 Pacific St
Omaha, NE 68108
Best Omaha Steakhouse
Located inside The Paxton Hotel in the heart of the Old Market district, 801 Chophouse offers the city’s best steaks and seafood in an elegant, upscale setting. Replete with wood paneling, white tablecloths, leather booths and mood lighting, the Chophouse harkens to the New York steakhouses of the early 20th century. In addition to USDA prime steaks and fresh seafood, 801 features an extensive, award-winning wine list and delectable desserts.
1403 Farnam St
Omaha, NE 68102
Best Asian Cuisine
From their well-appointed digs in the Hillsborough neighborhood on the city’s northwest side, George and Connie Liao serve up delicious Asian-fusion cuisine that has been an Omaha favorite since 2007. Each dish is an original recipe blending recipes, techniques, and ingredients from Japan to Thailand. From lettuce wraps, to Pad Thai, curries, yakisoba, and Szechuan shrimp, Wave Bistro has something for everyone. Cap off the night with unique desserts such as Wave’s Japanese Vanilla Souffle Cheesecake!
4002 N. 144TH St
Omaha, NE 68116
Best Dinner Restaurant
Nestled into their cozy, upscale location in Omaha’s trendy Old Market district, V. Mertz makes a perfect destination for a night out. Executive Chef Jacob Newton turns out exquisitely-plated small entrees featuring duck breast, Wagyu beef, fresh fish and a variety of small plates. Don’t forget to save room for Pasty Chef Ally Peralta’s handcrafted farm egg crème brulee, or chocolate ganache tartlet! An excellent assortment of wine and unique cocktails make perfect pairings for dinner and dessert.
1022 Howard St
Omaha, NE 68102
Farnam House Brewing’s chic brewpub in the Blackstone neighborhood west of Downtown features an extensive lineup of house-brewed beers, ranging from ales, lagers, bocks, stouts, and sours. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, chef Ginny Dory crafts elevated, made-from-scratch pub fare utilizing fresh, locally grown ingredients. Serving as a de-facto headquarters for Omaha micro and homebrew enthusiasts, the Brewery also hosts a variety of beer-themed events and competitions.
3562 Farnam St
Omaha, NE 68131