No matter how short you are on time, Omaha, or The Big O always promise to overwhelm its visitors. Without a doubt, the city is blessed with plethora of must-see locations and must-do things to be explored in depth. And, if you are coming with only 48 hours in the hope of getting most out of your jaunt, then it is advisable to make a check list to keep you going while your journey. To ease your job, we have complied this 48-hour itinerary and thereby to help you surpass all your hiccups and obstacles during the trip.
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Day 1 in Omaha
8:00 am: Wholesome breakfast at Culprit Cafe & Bakery
Start your day in this charming city with a cup of coffee and hard-to-resist breakfast at Culprit Cafe & Bakery. If you often start your day with a bowl full of frittata, then Culprit Cafe & Bakery is the most recommended place to pop in while in downtown. Every bite of their sandwiches will make you go crazy.
Address: 1603 Farnam St. #101, Omaha, Nebraska 68102, United States
Phone: 1 402.505.3897
Business Hours: Tuesday-Sunday (8:00 am-3:00 pm); remains closed on Mondays
9:00 am: Get on Elite Tours' bus to roam around
If you are coming to the city for the very first time, then you are ought to go for affordable bus tours of Elite Tours. Their affordable and fun bus tours take you to the most notable locations in Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and South Dakota. You can also avail their services of charter buses catering to all sorts of groups, namely, schools, VIPs, sports teams, weddings, churches, businesses, travel agencies, civic groups, and conventions. One of the greatest way to immerse into the beauty of the city and the places nearby.
Address: 1603 Farnam Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68102, United States
Phone: 1 402.342.4585
Business Hours: Opens daily (7:00 am-8:00 pm)
Distance and time from Culprit Cafe & Bakery: 23 ft or 1 minute drive
11:30 am: Get acquainted with Great Plains Black history
Its time to move west on Farnam Street towards South 17th Street and head towards Dodge Street to reach Great Plains Black History Museum. This nationally-famed museum includes over 100,000 periodicals, photographs, manuscripts, and research materials. It also organizes education programs and conducts exhibits to educate its visitors on the black experience on the Great Plains.
Address: 7400 Dodge Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68114, United States
Phone: 1 402.216.3852
Distance and time from Elite Tours: 4.9 miles or 11 minutes drive
12:30 pm: Spend time in solitude at Standing Bear Lake Park
Moving a little further on US-6 W/Dodge Street and afterwards taking I-680 East to Fort Street, take exit 5 from I-680 East and drive until North 132nd Street to reach Standing Bear Lake Park. This 396-acre park beautifully surrounds a 135-acre lake where you can stroll over its water via boats during summers and the same lake becomes a spot for ice skating when winters arrive. You can also enjoy the breathtaking view of wildlife situated west of the park. You are most likely to meet various beautiful species of fish in lake, e.g., catfish, bluegill, walleye, bass, saugeye, crappie, drum, yellow perch, and trout. To interest its visitors to a great extent, it also incorporates a flying field for remote control airplane. The main attraction of this park is a famous sculpture, "Wind Organ", which is a beautiful creation of notable artist, Douglas Hollis. It is made up of certain metal pipes, and the holes in pipes allow you to filter the wind and make sound.
Address: 6404 N 132nd St., Omaha, NE 68164, United States
Distance and time from Great Plains Black History Museum: 8.9 miles or 15 minutes drive
1:30 pm: Offer prayers at Winter Quarters Temple - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
After leaving Standing Bear Lake Park, jump onto I-680 East in Omaha from Military Road and Ida Street. Continue on I-680 East to North 31st Street and take exit 13 from I-680 East. Move forward on North 30th Avenue and State Street to North 34th Street and stop by Winter Quarters Temple - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which is nestled at North 34th Street. Without a doubt, it is the most tranquil place to sit for hours and give rest to your weary mind and body.
Address: 8283 N 34th St., Omaha, Nebraska 68112-2114, United States
Distance and time from Standing Bear Lake Park: 10.3 miles or 15 minutes drive
2:30 pm: Time for belly-satiating and throat-quenching meals
Its time to have some lunch at Mouth of the South
(8505 North 30th Street, Omaha, NE 68112, United States) which is famed as one of the best Cajun/Creole restaurant in the city. It serves high quality food at reasonable prices. You can also swing by Alpine Inn
(10405 Calhoun Road, Omaha, Nebraska 68112, United States), if you have a great craving for chicken. You can also drop by Sonic Drive-In
(5214 North 30th Street, Omaha, NE 68111, United States) to gorge on delectable fast-food.
3:30 pm: Splash water on sun and stub the heat
Heat is building up outside. The best way to surpass the scorching heat is to hit CoCo Key Water Resort which is located on South 72nd Street. It is marked with 1000-foot thrilling water slides, indoor river tubing, a water playground, and activity pools. Truly a fun-filled placed to check in with family and friends.
Address: 3321 South 72nd Street, Omaha, NE 68124, United States
Phone: 1 402.393.3950
Business Hours: Friday (3:00 pm-10:00 pm); Saturday (9:00 am-10:00 pm); Sunday (9:00 am-9:00 pm); remains closed from Monday-Thursday
5:30 pm: In the lap of nature
Head on to reach Lauritzen Gardens which is a living museum devoted to glorifying nature by conserving and showcasing the four-season plant. This museum is worth a mention when it comes to live some unparalleled aesthetic experiences. There is one more exciting news for the garden lovers out there. You can gain knowledge on gardening techniques through its educational program tours. Moreover, you can bring a smile on the faces of your love-ones by throwing a nature-theme birthday party in the premises of the gardens. There is also a cafe in the premises of Lauritzen Gardens where you can enjoy your coffee dose and give rest to your exhausted feet.
Address: 100 Bancroft Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68108, United States
Phone: 1 402.346.4002
Distance and time from CoCo Key Water Resort: 7.4 miles or 12 minutes drive
7:00 pm: Enjoy the pleasure of reading
Sun has set, and you can take a hiatus from your eye candy. The best way to pacify your mind and give rest to your tiring feet is to spend hours amidst your favorite books at Reinert Alumni Memorial Library. It facilitates its visitors with a wide array of spaces for individual as well as group study. Students can also avail their services of networked computing and printing technologies.
Address: 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, Nebraska 68178, United States
Phone: 1 402.280.2705
Business Hours: Monday-Thursday (7:00 am-12:00 am); Friday (7:00 am-9:00 pm); Saturday (10:00 am-6:00 pm); Sunday (10:00 am-12:00 am)
Distance and time from Lauritzen Gardens: 5.6 miles or 10 minutes drive
8:30 pm: Nosh on your favorite dinner delicacies
Its time to please your belly with mouth-drooling dinner at California Tacos & More
(3235 California Street, Omaha, NE 68131, United States) which is famous for its authentic Mexican dishes at reasonable prices. You can also nosh on a gamut of Indian delicacies from the kitchen of Flavors
(1901 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102, United States) which serves hard-to-find cuisines.
9:30 pm: Be in the thick of night fun
Omaha city has plenty of opportunities for nightlife creatures. And, in line with such endeavor, the name that pops up first is Whiskey Tango. A major part of Omahans resort to Whiskey Tango when it comes to sports-viewing. The adjoining bar is stocked with countless number of national as well as international drinks to accentuate your sports-watching experience.
Address: 311 South 15th Street, Omaha, NE 68102, United States
Phone: 1 402.934.4874
Business Hours: Opens daily (8:00 am-2:00 am)
11:00 pm: Time for mid-night amusement and thrill
If still some energy is left, you can make your move to Brothers Lounge
(3812 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68131, United States) to sip your drink while listening to ear-pleasing live music performed by local as well as national bands. You can also hit Arena Sports Bar & Grill
(3809 North 90th Street, Omaha, NE 68134, United States) to enjoy your sports on huge projected screens while indulging yourself into the melodious live music performances.
A Map Guide on Day One in Omaha
Day 2 in Omaha
8:30 am: A cup of coffee to combat morning blues
Some need it to satisfy their temptation for it, some for medical need, and some for recreational reasons—a cup of coffee is what almost every humankind resorts to. And to fulfill this very need of people, 11-Worth Cafe is sincerely dedicated by serving the best of the coffee which is hard to match and beat. Now, you have got enough idea how to kick start your second day in this charming city.
Address: 2419 Leavenworth Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68105, United States
Phone: 1 402.346.6924
Business Hours: Opens daily (6:00 am-3:00 pm)
9:30 am: Catch a glimpse of outstanding concerts
Now, you must be feeling fresh and energetic enough to take your journey ahead. If you are looking for true entertainment, make a move to The Rose Theatre which endeavors to present world-class film, high-definition ballet performances, opera shows, and plays performed by internally acclaimed artists around the globe. An ideal place to have a whale of a time.
Address: 2001 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102, United States
Phone: 1 402.345.4849
Business Hours: Monday-Friday (9:00 am-4:30 pm)
Distance and time from 11-Worth Cafe: 10 minutes drive
11:00 am: Heartland of America Park-a serene corner of the city
Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, spend some time in peace at Heartland of America Park. The main highlights of this park are man-made lake which allows visitors enjoy boat rides, flashy and unparalleled evening light shows, and mind-soothing fountains that can mesmerize you altogether and captivate you for hours.
Address: 800 Douglas Street, Omaha, NE 68102, United States
Phone: 1 402.444.5955
Business Hours: Monday-Friday (11:00 am-1:00 pm, 7:00 pm-12:00 am); Saturday and Sunday (10:00 am-12:00 am)
Distance and time from The Rose Theatre: 1.4 miles or 5 minutes drive
12:00 pm: Take some time out for animals and birds
Its time to meet some innocent wildlife species at Nebraska Wildlife Rehab whose mission is to rehabilitate Nebraska wildlife and migratory birds, preserve and restore them. Its educational tours educate people on wildlife and ecosystems and how to contribute towards protecting them. It also provides medical aid for injured, ill, and orphaned animals and birds.
Address: Omaha, Nebraska 68102, United States
Phone: 1 402.234.2473
Distance and time from Heartland of America Park: 0.9 mile or 4 minutes drive
1:30 pm: Visit to Glenn Cunningham Lake
After leaving Nebraska Wildlife Rehab, move towards S-75 N, Sorensen Parkway and North 72nd Street to Rainwood Road in Union, and drive till Glenn Cunningham Lake. This 390-acre lake was named after former Omaha mayor and America's Congressman, Glenn C. Cunningham. The lake opened its doors to public in 1977. An ideal corner to sit along serene lake and shed your tensions and worries.
Address: 96th Street, Rainwood Road, Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Distance and time from Nebraska Wildlife Rehab: 11.5 miles or 19 minutes drive
2:30 pm: Grab a bite to your favorite food
You must be famishing by now. You can move to Mangia Italiana
(6516 Irvington Road, Omaha, NE 68122, United States) for some lip-smacking Italian and Sicilian cuisines. Or, you can also try some delectable Vietnamese dishes at True Asia
(9939 Redick Circle, Omaha, NE 68122, United States).
3:30 pm: Scenic Arrow Stage Lines' bus tours
Its time to relax your mind and body and hop on the rental buses of Arrow Stage Lines to continue your journey ahead. famed as one of the largest privately held companies in America providing charter buses on rent. Their prime concern is to take good care of visitors' convenience, comfort, fun and safety. Wander around the city and immerse into the spectacular beauty of it through 2-3 hours bus tours of Arrow Stage Lines.
Address: 4220 South 52nd Street, Omaha, NE 68117, United States
Phone: 1 402.731.1900
6:30 pm: Pleasure of shopping at Wet Seal
Omaha city is packed with countless number of shopping venues alluring visitors of all kinds of tastes, preferences, and choices. And, in order to win the fashion race, you won't mind pay over the odds. Keeping your fashion needs and preferences in mind, Wet Seal is engaged in offering its ever-growing high-end stores dotted with the collection of A-list designers. Furthermore, it also boasts its upscale restaurants and modern-age services and recreational activities.
Address: 10000 California Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68114, United States
Phone: 1 402.391.2559
Business Hours: Monday-Saturday (10:00 am-9:00 pm); Sunday (11:00 am-6:00 pm)
Distance and time from Arrow Stage Lines: 9.3 miles or 14 minutes drive
8:30 pm: Stub out your starvation at Golden Palace Express and Joe's Crab Shack
Night progresses and you must be feeling hungry by this time. Head to Golden Palace Express
(319 North 84th Street, Omaha, NE 68114, United States) if Chinese food satiates you the most. If seafood always make you drool, then you can stop by Joe's Crab Shack
(701 North 102nd Street, Omaha, NE 68114, United States) which serves finger-licking seafood and many American cuisines that are hard to find anywhere else.
9:30 pm: Joyous visit to The Max
It is always a joy to visit The Max when it gets dark outside. Reason is far obvious, party never ends here. So, after satisfying your belly, its time to paint the town red. The dance floor at The Max are so inviting and the music played there is so bopping that you won't refrain yourself from shaking your leg.
Address: 1417 Jackson Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68102, United States
Phone: 1 402.346.4110
Business Hours: Opens daily (4:00 pm- 2:00 am)
11:00 pm: Late-night cocktails and billiards-playing at Shark Club
Before saying a final good-bye to the city, lets make a move to Shark Club for after-dark fun amidst cocktails and wines. It gargantuan aquarium is what makes this billiards bar unique and conspicuous amongst its rivals in the city.
Address: 2808 South 72nd Street, Omaha, NE 68124, United States
Phone: 1 402.397.4275
Business Hours: Monday-Saturday (11:00 am-2:00 am); Sunday (4:00 pm-2:00 am)
Distance and time from The Max: 7.5 miles or 12 minutes drive
A Map Guide on Day Two in Omaha