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From its famed zoo to the annual College World Series, there’s a slew of activities to keep you busy. Here are five best things to see and do in Omaha:
1. Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. This zoo boasts close to 20,000 animals spread over a 100-acre-plus facility. There’s a large aquarium, an aviary and the world’s only indoor desert and rainforest, where you can spot everything from peccaries, cobras and meerkats to tree frogs, blue monkeys and boa constrictors. The zoo’s insect and butterfly pavilion and Expedition Madagascar room are worth checking out as well.
2. College World Series. This baseball tournament comes to town each June, drawing fans from all over the country to TD Ameritrade Park. The tournament has been around since 1950, and you can experience the tradition for yourself by visiting the stadium — it’s just a short walk from downtown.
3. Joslyn Art Museum. Housed in an impressive Art Deco building, Omaha’s art museum has a nice collection of contemporary works, with an emphasis on art of the American West. Temporary exhibits have showcased everything from folk art to photography to master painters and sculptors. Admission is free on Saturday mornings.
4. Old Market. This charming dining and nightlife district is squeezed into a cluster of historic blocks, all just a stone’s throw from the Missouri River. Take an evening to stroll past the restaurants, bars, art galleries and boutiques.
5. Eat at a steakhouse. Omaha’s once legendary stockyards are gone now, but the city is still known for its prime beef. You’ll see steakhouses scattered throughout town; we like Boiler Room, which also has a fantastic wine list.