Family Fun in Omaha

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Family Fun in Omaha
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We are on the way to the College World Series! GO VOLS! As many Vol fans scramble to get tickets and plans together to get to Omaha, I see a common question: What is there to do in Omaha? I asked my parents, who are native Nebraskans, about some can’t miss places and food that make Omaha and Nebraska what it is.

Here are a few favorites:

1. The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. This is a zoo like no other. Great exhibits that I even remember from going to as a child. My oldest went this past March and really liked the penguins and the aquarium. For more information, visit here.

2. Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum. Visit the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate and the home to the largest collection of Cold War aircraft and artifacts in the United States. My 11-year-old LOVED visiting here! For more information on SAC, visit here.

3. Lauritzen Gardens. The Lauritzen Gardens is a living museum of unique four-season plant displays, maintained to the highest standards consistent with environmental stewardship. It provides memorable educational and aesthetic experiences for all. For more information on the gardens, visit here.

4. Wildlife Safari Park. Embark on your next outdoor adventure at Wildlife Safari Park, a four mile, drive-through North American wildlife experience in Ashland, Nebraska. Stretch your legs with a hike to one of our overlooks to view bears, wolves, elk, bison, pelicans and other waterfowl, or step inside the Eagle Aviary. I remember visiting when I was younger and enjoying it. My oldest loved it this past March! For more information, visit here.

5. Eat at Runza. Runza is the Midwest’s version of a Chick-fil-A. It’s a Midwest staple sandwich with ground beef, cabbage and secret seasonings wrapped in bread. My parents love them so much they have them frozen in their freezer. For more information on Runza, visit here.

6. Eat ice cream at Zesto. Zesto is a family owned and operated business. They have been an Omaha landmark for more than 60 years. They specialize in creating any ice-cream dessert you can dream up and have great burgers too. It’s been awhile since I have had a Zesto cone, but that is my recommendation for a must have. A Zesto cone dipped in chocolate is so good! For more information on Zesto, visit here.

Some other highly recommended spots were The Old Market in Downtown Omaha, Eugene Mahoney State Park and Durham Gardens. Some other good references for information on the area are here and here. If you have any suggestions for our Vol Fans, comment below — we would love to hear!

GO VOLS!

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