The word “Omaha” means “those going against the wind or current” — and the experiences you’ll have in this weekend getaway on the Nebraska-Iowa state line will live up to that name!
TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
Routinely named one of the best zoos in the country — and the world — the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium encompasses 160 acres of plants, animals and habitats from around the world. And don’t let nasty weather deter you — it has the largest indoor desert and indoor rainforest in North America.
After exploring the zoo and its interactive experiences, you’ll probably need some java. Head over to Archetype Coffee in the Blackstone District to rejuvenate with a nitro brew, house-made chai or other coffee beverage. At Archetype Coffee, they’re serious about coffee — and serious about not taking themselves too seriously.
GRAB A SCOOP
Luckily, your next stop is right across the street: Coneflower Creamery, a unique ice cream shop boasting “farm to cone,” handmade flavors crafted with local ingredients. The flavors change seasonally, but you can always count on old favorites like vanilla bean, cookies & cream and an Archetype Coffee blend.
POUR A COLD ONE
Omaha’s craft beer scene is making national waves, so hop on the train and give one of Omaha’s dozens of breweries a taste. To hit as many as possible, map out your path and learn more about each brewery at OmahaCraftBrew.com.
The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge stretches 3,000 feet long across the Missouri River and connects Nebraska and Iowa. Walk across to get one of the best views of the Omaha skyline — and once you’re across, there’s plenty to do, see and eat from there!
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