Top 10 Unique Omaha Attractions
Omaha’s top attractions are marked by 15 eight-foot tall push pins, but for even more fun, act more like a local and check off these cool things to do once you move to Omaha.
1. Visit the Bob.
The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge is roughly 3,000 feet long and crosses the Missouri River and is the perfect sight-seeing spot. Whether you want to walk, bike, or jog, the Bob provides an ultimate view of Omaha. Visitors can even take children to Omaha Plaza located at the base of the bridge to play with the water jets.
2. Say hi to Malcolm X.
Free to the public, replacing Malcolm X’s home is a monument marking his birthplace in Omaha.
3. Go for fried dough.
The Donut Shop is a local hot spot for a late night donut and coffee. Closed on the weekends, this unique café is open from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. and features 50 cent donuts!
4. Take a trip to Berlin.
The Molecule Man is a 50-foot tall sculpture that is identical to a sculpture in Berlin but half the size. The great piece of art is made from aluminum plates that are punched with holes in order to represent a molecular structure. Artist Jonathon Borofsky said that he wanted to depict the science that humans seem like solid structures, but really are molecular structures comprised of water and air.
5. Experience the “mooning” tradition.
Dine on famous fried catfish, chicken, and corn fritters at The Surfside Club located along the Missouri River and enjoy a nice full-moon or two. Apparently, the local tradition is for boaters to pull their pants down and moon the customers during boating season.
6. Time travel.
You don’t need a DeLorean to travel back to this old town. Omaha’s Old Market is rugged historic. From brick roads, boutiques, pubs, street musicians, to horse-drawn carriages; Omaha’s old Market is among one of the top attractions the city has to offer.
7. Visit Father Flanagan and his boys.
Boys Town was originally a village that was established in 1917 as the headquarters for Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home or the Boys Town organization. Located in Douglas County, the village served as a refuge for young children to receive care and education. Today, it has multiple tours to choose from so don’t miss the opportunity to see the world’s largest ball of stamps!
8. Invent your own ice cream.
At eCreamery let your mind get to work and create your own ice cream flavor and container label. Professional ice cream and gelato artists help make your tasty idea come to life.
9. Champagne straight from the…tap?
Established in 1956, champagne at the Homy Inn literally flows right from a tap! In 2006, Esquire magazine named the Homy Inn on its list of Top 50 Bars in the United States. But champagne is not the only odd feature, you can also munch on peanuts or popcorn served in metal dog bowls.
10. STEAK, STEAK, and more STEAK.
Eat an Omaha steak. In 1898, J.J. Simon and his son left the Republic of Latvia and took refuge in Omaha, Nebraska. Founded in 1917 as a single butcher shop, what used to be called Table Supply Meat Co. became known as Omaha Steaks when J.J.’s grandson Lester started serving their steaks on transcontinental trains. Lester Simon then saw the opportunity for turning the butchery into the marketing of great steak. When visiting Omaha and looking for an amazing steak, go to Mahogany Prime Steakhouse and order the filet. Mahogany Prime allows you to customize your dish and even the color of your napkin.
Omaha, Nebraska has a lot to offer tourists and locals if you dive in and get creative. When considering a trip to Omaha try the unique, local hot-spots that its residents enjoy and you can still make time to visit the Henry Doorly Zoo, Joslyn Art Museum, and other traditional destinations along the way. If you already reside in Omaha, these are great hot-spots to check out when choosing a weekend adventure.