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Summer is the perfect time to explore all of the awesome attractions Omaha has to offer.
Check out our list of must-see attractions, and be a tourist in your own home town!
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CenturyLink Center Omaha opened in 2003 and to date has welcomed more than 13 million visitors. The Arena is home to Creighton Men’s Basketball and has hosted hundreds of concerts and major sporting events such as the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming, U.S. Figure Skating Championships, NCAA Basketball Championship 2nd and 3rd Rounds and NCAA Volleyball Championships.
During the summer of 2015, CenturyLink Center Omaha will host Bette Midler, Imagine Dragons, the 2015 FIVB Women's Volleyball World Grand Prix Finals, Nickelback, and the 2015 Veterans Golden Age Games.
TD Ameritrade Park
As the site of the Men’s NCAA Division I College World Series, TD Ameritrade Park Omaha is the place to catch the best in college baseball. Located along the riverfront in North Downtown Omaha, the 24,000 seat stadium is also home to the Creighton University Bluejays Men’s Baseball Team. The stadium, built in 2011, is unique in many ways. TD Ameritrade Park Omaha has played host to more than just baseball.
Outdoor hockey, concerts and UFL and FXFL football games have all happened here. In 2015, TD Ameritrade Park Omaha will host the 2015 Big East Baseball Tournament, the 2015 Men’s College World Series, and the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby.
Since Fun-Plex opened as “The Kart Ranch” in the late seventies it was just a go-kart track that was soon followed by a miniature golf course and a few pinball machines. As years progressed, the amusement park took on the modern day name of “Fun-Plex” and has become Nebraska’s Premier Ride and Water Park and home to the state’s only roller coaster.
Other than the aforementioned attractions, several other rides are available, including the Balloon Ferris Wheel, Tilt-A-Whirl, as well ask some more suited for younger children in the Kiddie Land, like the Fun-Plex Express, Red Baron plane ride, and Go Gator mini-coaster.
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium
Through Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, the Omaha Zoological Society aims to promote and encourage recreational activities for the public in the context of wild animals and their habitats.
Attractions at the zoo include the Cat Complex exotic cats, the Butterfly & Insect Pavilion, the Scott Aquarium, Stingray Beach, Desert Dome, the Hubbard Orangutang Forest, rides, the IMAX Theater, and Lied Jungle--America's largest indoor rainforest.
With special events happening weekly, and over 1300 species of animals to visit, this is a great place to take the family!
CoCo Key Water Resort
The highlights of the CoCo Key Water Resort at the Ramada Plaza are the waterpark activities and water slides. The water slides include three exciting 5-story slides, and the slower Parrot Perch slides for the less adventurous. Other activities in the waterpark include the Coral Reef Cavern (featuring water basketball!), the Lilly Pad Adventure, and the Coconut Grove tube ride. For parents, the Palm Grotto indoor/outdoor spa and whirlpools are a great way to relax!
Joslyn Art Museum
Joslyn Art Museum showcases art from ancient times to the present in over 20 indoor galleries and outdoor sculpture gardens. Families — check out a hands-on Art Pack to explore themes from architecture to Impressionism. Visitors of all ages will have unique experiences in Art Works, a new interactive space with nine hands-on activity stations, all with connections to art in Joslyn’s collection.
General Museum admission is FREE and includes these activities (ticket fee for general public adults for select exhibitions). Museum Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10am-4pm; late until 8 pm on Thursday; closed Monday and major holidays.
Lauritzen Gardens is a living museum of unique four-season plant displays. As an attraction for families, it is so much more than a nice garden--they offer summer camps for children AND families, as well as family scavenger hunts with plenty of fun activities.
Several garden themes can also be chosen from for their birthday party services, ideal for kids aged 5 and older.
Omaha Children's Museum
Since 976, the Omaha Children's Museum has been a place where children can learn through play. The hands-on approach allows kids to participate in the exhibits, workshops, programs, and presentations, and further engage them in the learning process.
Several programs and drop-in activities are available, all year-round.
El Museo Latino
El Museo Latino opened its doors in the historic Livestock Exchange Building on May 5,1993 as the first Latino Art & History Museum and Cultural Center in the Midwest. In 1997, the museum moved to its present location and is now one of only eleven Latino museums in the US. In conjunction to the exhibits, they develop educational programs for kids and adults alike.
Special events at El Museo include the annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration in May and Hispanic Heritage Month in September, among others.
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