Omaha is a dynamic metropolitan area of 700,000 with over 18,000 businesses. The Omaha metropolitan area consists of five counties, four of which are in Nebraska and one in Iowa. The City of Omaha and about two thirds of the population is in Douglas County in Nebraska.
Omaha has long been known as a destination where visitors can have fun and not have to worry about budget constraints. Some of the Midwest's finest visitor attractions are located here. This is a city with a rich past, vibrant present and exciting future. Visit and learn about the American Indian tribe that first settled our area, Omaha's major role in our country's westward expansion, its reliance on the railroad for development, and the crucial role it played during the Cold War.
There is always something to see or do in Omaha. The community has a wide array of parks, museums, historical sites and entertainment areas that are open year-round. A number of activities are free or cost only a few dollars. Many of these attractions are unique to the Omaha area.
Omaha is the corporate headquarters and main residential campus of Boys Town. Boys Town, located in the western portion of Omaha, continues to provide care to hundreds of children and is open to the public. The Henry Doorly Zoo has won numerous awards and is one of the region's most popular attractions. This world-class zoo sits on 130 acres and is home to over 600 species and more than 18,600 specimens. Among the numerous exhibits are the world's largest indoor rainforest, an aquarium complex that includes a walk-through tunnel, the second largest free-flight aviary, and the newly opened Desert Dome, where three diverse desert environments have been re-created under the world's largest glazed geodesic dome. Scattered across the metro area are attractions with historical significance - the Mormon Winter Quarters, Malcolm X's birthsite, former President Ford's birthsite, and a variety of sites which celebrate our Western heritage.
The Omaha metropolitan area is also an active and diverse arts and entertainment base for the region. The city is home to the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, America's only major international urban artist colony. The Center regularly attracts artists from around the world. There is a professional symphony and opera company, as well as dozens of theaters and performing arts venues.
Omaha Area Attractions:
The Old Market / Downtown
Heartland of America Park and Fountain
Gene Leahy Mall
Henry Doorly Zoo / IMAX 3D
Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium, Home of the College World Series
Joslyn Art Museum
Durham Western Heritage Museum
Strategic Air Command Museum
The Rose Theater
General Crook House
Gerald Ford Birthsite
Mallory Kountze Planetarium
Omaha Botanical Gardens
Additional Omaha Area information is available at:
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce
Greater Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau