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Omaha urban planner


Sarah Beauchamp OVERVIEW


Animal Habitat The Desert Dome at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is an Omaha landmark.


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hether venturing across a swinging rope bridge in the largest indoor rainforest in the country, or taking in an award-


winning show at the historic, 2,600-seat Orpheum Theater, Omaha offers a distinct array of culture, adventure, comfort, cuisine, and fun. Shop or sip at Village Pointe, a Main Street–style, open-air shopping complex, home to more than 60 retailers, including Brix, a unique specialty wine experience. Listen to street musicians while strolling through art galleries and boutiques in the Old Market District. Enjoy an Omaha original craft beer at Upstream Brewing Company. Take in more than 100 acres of botanical beauty at Lauritzen Gardens, fine art at the Joslyn Art Museum (itself a pink- marble masterpiece), or create your own work of art at Hot Shops Art Center. All of these options and more are easily acces-


sible from Omaha’s 13,000-plus hotel rooms — ranging from boutique lodging like the Magnolia Hotel Omaha to AAA Four-Diamond properties like Hilton Omaha and Hotel Deco XV. Omaha is a cultural oasis on the plains.


. For more information: visitomaha.com


1 Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium


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Streetscape Omaha’s Old Market District has been transformed into a trendy shopping, dining, and nightlife hotspot, featuring more than 60 retailers, authentic steakhouses, local pubs, and cozy cafes with live jazz. Explore eclectic art collections or sample locally sourced delicacies at The Boiler Room restaurant. With a plethora of retailers to choose from and the CenturyLink Center Omaha nearby, the Old Market District seamlessly mixes past with present, and business with pleasure.


Home to the world’s largest indoor desert and the country’s largest indoor rainforest, Omaha’s


Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is a world-class zoo, filled to the brim with exotic and endangered species housed in extraordinary natural habitats. Entertainment lies around each corner, whether visitors explore the exhibits via aerial tram or on foot. Rent out the Butterfly and Insect Pavilion for cocktail receptions, or dine with the sharks in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium Conference Center.


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