This week’s Family Fun Friday focuses on my family’s top travel destinations in Omaha, Nebraska. The Children’s Museum of Omaha was our original destination. We left home at 4:00 a.m. hoping to visit the museum the same afternoon. We arrived and discovered that the museum was closed on Mondays. It was sad seeing the frowns on my kid’s faces. I almost had a “Clark Griswold” moment! It was okay because there was much more to do and explore in Omaha. Continue reading for my family’s top travel destinations in Omaha.
The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge is the largest pedestrian bridge connecting two states. The pedestrian bridge crosses the Missouri River and connects Nebraska with Iowa. One of my favorite moments was when my son and oldest daughter discovered they could be a state away from their parents. Another comment they made was “I can stand in two states”. The view of the skyline in Omaha is beautiful at sunset and I recommend viewing it from the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.
I could see the Omaha Zoo from our hotel room and decided it would be a neat zoo to explore. We decided to drive the short distance to the Omaha Zoo, which is known as the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. The Omaha Zoo has the largest desert biome in the world. It is also known for having one of the world’s largest indoor rain forests.
Our kid’s favorite attraction in Omaha was the slides in the Gene Leahy Pedestrian Mall. This 10 acre riverside park is a short walk from Old Market Place. The riverside park has walking trails, historic and modern architecture, and you guessed it…SLIDES. This is a great way to have some family fun. The slides in the riverside park are steep and fast. My son found out that if you use wax paper you’ll go even faster and fly off the end of the slide. Another riverside park you might want to visit is Heartland of America. This park connects with the Gene Leahy Pedestrian Mall. Don’t miss the Heartland of America Fountain water and light show. The park is also full of military sculptures.
Our family had a great time visiting Omaha. The Omaha Zoo, riverside parks, and the pedestrian bridge were a total hit for my family.
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