Greatest issues to do in Omaha – Gateway

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Kimberly Gau

Are you looking for Omaha related activities to consider in your free time? Look no further. With the variety of events Omaha has to offer, there is something for everyone.

  1. Bob Kerrey Footbridge: This 3,000 foot footbridge connects Nebraska and Iowa across the Missouri River. Visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the city skyline, an interactive splash park, and access to the National Park Service Visitor Center. During the summer months, the Iowa side of the bridge has live music in its amphitheater like plaza. The footbridge is free, pet friendly, and great for outdoor exercise and family fun.
  1. Joslyn Art Museum: Originally built in 1931, the museum includes a variety of galleries, a 1,000-seat concert hall, classrooms, a café, sculpture and discovery gardens, and a 58,000-square-meter pavilion. In addition, the Joslyn Art Museum offers a selection of temporary special exhibitions each year. The museum is free and opens Tuesday through Sunday at 10 a.m.
  1. Omaha Culinary Tours: These unique tours showcase historical locations and current cultures surrounding Omaha’s food scene. The food tours include traveling around the city on foot or by bus to five local food excursions. Participants will then have the opportunity to take part in tastings in each restaurant. Omaha Culinary Tours cost between $ 45 and $ 65 per person.
  1. KANEKO: KANEKO is an arts and culture non-profit organization that believes in exploring the creative process. Your mission is to encourage and discover creativity. KANEKO does this through exhibitions, lectures, performances and education. Many exhibitions are free; However, some programs and events cost anywhere from $ 5 to $ 20.
  1. Tubing & Adventures (T&A): T&A is Omaha’s largest tubing supplier. Located on the Elkhorn River, the company provides tubing and kayaking equipment on a scenic six mile long river boat. T & A transports you and your group upstream and picks you up after your trip. Depending on the river conditions, the adventures can last three to five hours. The average price for one person is $ 35. T&A also offers camping, stand up paddle boarding, yoga, and more.

  1. Lauritzen Gardens: This 100 hectare botanical garden offers beautiful flora and various seasonal exhibitions. Lauritzen Gardens embraces tranquility and conservation. They also house a visitor education center. The facility includes a library, classrooms, a common room and a hall that can be rented. Lauritzen Gardens are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.
  1. Old Market Passage Art Gallery: Located in the heart of Omaha’s Old Market, the Passage Gallery features works by local artists. Paintings, drawings, pottery, jewelry and photographs are exhibited in the unique setting of the passage. The historic brick walls and lush greenery make the gallery a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The passage gallery is open daily. Visit for exact opening times and more information.



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