Omaha

Omaha is the largest city in the US state of Nebraska. It is on the Missouri River border with Iowa, along US Interstates 29 and 80.

Understand

Omaha at Night

Omaha is a unique city, as it has the highest number of millionaires per capita in the nation, and is also home to billionaire Warren Buffett, one of the world's richest and most famous investors. Conversely, it also has one of the highest rates of African Americans living under the poverty line. It is still quite racially divided, with the affluent west side and Midtown being predominantly white, the south side Latino, and the northeast side African American.

Residents are universally friendly and polite, and Omaha has a well-deserved reputation for hospitality.

The Omaha Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official resource for events, attractions, hotels, restaurants, transportation, meetings and conventions and the film office. The Omaha Visitor Center is located in Downtown Omaha near the Old Market, at the southwest corner of 10th and Farnam Streets. The address is 1001 Farnam Street. Phone: +1 402-444-7762. Find information on all events, attractions, etc. and pick up a copy of the Omaha Visitors Guide.

Get in

By plane

Omaha Eppley Airfield (IATA: OMA). Eppley Airfield is a medium-sized airport 5 mi NE of downtown Omaha and is less than five minutes from downtown by car. The airport has no scheduled direct international service, but is staffed by a sole Customs officer who serves cargo and charter flights only. The terminal has on-site rental car services at the baggage claims, free high-speed wireless internet access, and is currently served by main line and feeder services for multiple airlines including:

The airport is also served by two FBOs for General Aviation services, at least two charter operations, and a local air freight operator besides UPS and FedEx.

Secondary airports serving the area are Millard Airport (MLE) in West Omaha, Plattsmouth Municipal Airport (PMV) south, North Omaha Airport(3NO), and Fremont Municipal Airport(FET), and Council Bluffs, Iowa Municipal Airport (IATA: CBF) across the Missouri River east.

By train

Amtrak serves Omaha with the California Zephyr, which runs daily between Emeryville (in the San Francisco Bay Area) and Chicago. It has several stops along the way, with connections throughout America. Omaha once had a grand Union Station like Chicago, but it is now retired as a museum. The current   Omaha Amtrak station is located on 1003 South 9th Street.

By bus

By shuttle

Get around

By bus

The Omaha Metro has regular bus services serving around Omaha. Fares are $1.25-$1.50 for regulars, $1 for students, and $.60 for seniors.

By taxi

Taxi service is available, but on a much reduced scale as compared to major cities. Taxis are always available at the airport and train and bus stations, but you won't be able to hail a cab downtown; it is necessary to call and arrange for a taxi to pick you up. Rates are fixed by city ordinance and do not vary among companies.

See

Museums

Greek Pottery, Joslyn Art Museum

Omaha has quite a few museums and art galleries:

Landmarks

Omaha has many unique landmarks.

Do

Parks

Gene Leahy Mall

Many parks and recreational areas are scattered throughout Omaha. The Gene Leahy Mall is nestled in downtown Omaha and features walking paths through grassy knolls, slides, a sandy playground, and a horseshoe pit. Not far from there is the Heartland of America Park, which runs along the riverfront and has two fountains. The Heartland of America fountain shoots water 300 feet into the air and has a colorful nighttime show. There are also boat rides for a quarter per person. Memorial Park, located in the Dundee-Happy Hollow area, contains a playground, a baseball field, paths, trails, and plenty of open space. The park is unique because of its floral displays and historical monuments. Adjacent to Memorial Park is Elmwood Park, which has an 18-hole golf course, two baseball fields, a swimming pool, and many other things. The Lauritzen Gardens, (also known as the Omaha Botanical Gardens) have an admission fee, but it's worth the visit. The site features the Robert H. Storz Family Rose Garden, an arboretum and an herb garden with plans for a Japanese garden.

Sports

Omaha is home to the NCAA College World Series. Every June, the best college baseball teams from around the nation gather for the College World Series (CWS). The series is always a sellout event, so be sure to plan ahead. As of 2011, the CWS is held at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in NoDo (North Downtown). If you can't make it to the CWS but still want to see quality baseball, take a short drive to the southern suburb of Papillion to catch an Omaha Storm Chasers game at Werner Park. The Storm Chasers are the Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, one step down from Major League Baseball. Each September, the River City Roundup takes place. The event includes a festival of events, a professional rodeo, stage shows, expositions, parades, kiddie rides and more. During hockey season, the Omaha Lancers take the ice in the recently opened (2012) Ralston Arena in the southern suburb of Ralston. The Omaha Beef is Omaha's indoor football team, which also plays at the Ralston Arena.

The Creighton Bluejays, the sports teams of Creighton University, are also a big part of Omaha life. Jays men's basketball especially, played at the CenturyLink Center (formerly Qwest Center), is a big draw for students and residents alike. Creighton also has a great soccer team that plays in one of the best soccer stadiums in the country, Morrison Stadium, located right on campus.

Also, the Omaha Mavericks, representing the University of Nebraska Omaha, have a Division I hockey team that is usually a top 20 team. The Mavericks hockey team also played at CenturyLink Center through the 2014–15 season, but the school is preparing to open its new on-campus Baxter Arena in October 2015. The new facility will not only be used for Mavericks hockey, but also for men's and women's basketball.

For a taste of subculture sports, check out the Omaha Roller Girls, Omaha's one-and-only flat track roller derby team.

On April 15, 2010, the United Football League (UFL) announced that Omaha would be the latest city to host a team in the growing franchise. The team, ultimately named the Omaha Nighthawks, played its inaugural 2010 season at Rosenblatt Stadium and then moved to TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. On October 20, 2012 the UFL suspended the remainder of the season until the Spring of 2013. As this is the second time in two years that the UFL has suspended play in the middle of a season, speculation is that the UFL will not return.

For the last few years, Omaha has been home to the Olympic Swim Trials at the Century Link Center. Heats and finals usually begin the last week of the College World Series and tickets are open to the public.

Events and Festivals

Omaha hosts many festivals throughout the year. Every Thursday night throughout the summer, one can take part in Jazz on the Green where local and regional musicians present programs ranging from reggae to swing at this annual concert series sponsored by the Joslyn Art Museum. Bring a blanket, picnic dinner, beverages and your dancing shoes! Another summer event is Shakespeare on the Green is an offering of Shakespearean works, a drama and a comedy running in repertory and draws more than 35,000 playgoers during its annual three-week run. Every summer, the Omaha Farmers Market takes place in the downtown Old Market area and is open Saturday mornings. The Taste of Omaha festival is usually held between the Lewis & Clark Landing & Heartland of America Park downtown. Held in early June, this is a great way to sample food from various local vendors. There is also live music and other fun events. The Taste of West Omaha or Westfest is similar to Taste of Omaha, only it is held on the western edge of Omaha, 168th & Center St. In the winter months, the Holiday Lights Festival takes place in Downtown Omaha. Lights are put up on many buildings and trees, and different activities take place throughout the festival, including ice skating, singing performances, and fireworks.

Qwest Center, Omaha

Theater

Music

Activities

Learn

Work

Omaha has a thriving employment market in finance, healthcare, and IT. Omaha is home to the headquarters of no fewer than five Fortune 500 companies:

Other major employers in the area include TD Ameritrade, First National Bank of Omaha, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Buy

Old Market historic district

Eat

It's said that Omaha has more restaurants per capita than almost anywhere else in the world. Omaha and much of Nebraska are known for high quality corn-fed beef. All restaurants in Omaha are smoke-free indoors. Smoking on outdoor patios is legal, but rather uncommon. Below are a selection of locations to eat in Omaha.

Budget

Mid

Splurge

Drink

All restaurants, bars, and coffee shops in Omaha are smoke-free indoors. Smoking on outdoor patios is legal, though rather uncommon. All bars in Omaha must close by 2AM

Bars

The Bluejay bar is Creighton students favorite Wednesday night destination. A $5 cover gets you %1 shots and beers all night.

Farrel's Sports Bar, located downtown off 9th and Dodge, has a great Thursday night line up, with karaoke, $3 cover, and 50 cent busch or pbr.

Other fun bars include the Old Market Tavern, the Dubliner, Billy Frogs, and Barry O's, all located within a few blocks of each other in the Old Market District.

Coffee Shops

Sleep

Stay safe

Omaha is generally a safe city, but still use common sense. Simply using caution and avoiding any situation in which you are uncomfortable will basically keep you out of trouble. The vast majority of violent crime occurs in North Omaha, roughly defined as the area North of Lake St, between 24th and 72nd St. Exercise a bit of additional caution when in this area after dark.

Omaha is in Tornado Alley, so severe weather can erupt between the months of April and August with the main threats being hail, high winds and street flooding, but tornadoes can sometimes be a threat. Tornado alert sirens are located throughout the city. At 11AM on the first Wednesday of the month, the sirens are tested. If in doubt, ask a resident. Local stations KETV Channel 7 (ABC), WOWT Channel 6(NBC) and KMTV Channel 3(CBS) break into programming if a severe weather event is in progress. Radio services 1110AM and 590AM also provide severe weather coverage. Be aware that Omaha is within Douglas County in the state of Nebraska, as meteorologists often point out warnings this way.

During winter months, Omaha often sees cold temperatures as well as snow or ice events. Also, be aware that steep hills do exist within the city, and precaution should be taken during slick driving conditions. Blizzards are often possible, the entire city normally shuts down during one of these.

Cope

Consulates

Go next

Although gambling is not allowed in the state, go across the Missouri River into Iowa to visit Council Bluffs to gamble at several casinos including Harrah's, Ameristar, and Horseshoe.

Visit Lincoln (50 miles west on I-80) to explore various museums and shopping there. Or catch a University of Nebraska football game, with a mean streak of sold out home games that stretches more than 50 years.

The nearby cities of Bellevue, La Vista, Papillion and Ralston also have various shopping areas.

There are also orchards and vineyards in Nebraska City (Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard or Arbor Day Farm) about an hour drive from Omaha.

Routes through Omaha

Denver Lincoln  W  E  Osceola Chicago
North Platte Ashland  W  E  Council Bluffs Des Moines
Lincoln Ashland  W  E  Council Bluffs Des Moines
Luverne Sioux City  N  S  Bellevue Topeka


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