Settled on the western bank of the Missouri River, this city was founded in 1854. Its seasonal climate means there’s no bad time to book a flight to Omaha. With a population of 400,000 it is Nebraska’s largest city, and has grown quite a bit since the days of the Oregon Trail journeys of the 1800s. Now, you can drive through the wildlife park, or see the military aircraft and missile museum.
Once the set of a 1938 Spencer Tracy ad Mickey Rooney film, Boys Town is an inspirational refuge for at-risk children under the age of 18. Places like this have brought both recognition and respect to Omaha’s already strong reputation as a leading city.
When you visit Omaha, make sure to stop by the Renaissance-infused riverfront. New foot paths that link to the Old Market District make this little area perfect for tourists who love to see the outdoors during the summer months. Twelve blocks of former warehouses have now been turned into restaurants and shops that are friendly, casual, and unpretentious.
Located at the bank of the Missouri and surrounded by rolling hills, Omaha enjoys a continental climate of warm summers and cold, dry winters. The east is the most humid, while the west is usually drier. Low pressure systems across the country make for rapid changes in weather once in a while, but most weather patterns are routine. Summers are sunny, and winters are snowy but mild.
If you travel to Omaha between May and September, expect beautiful skies, agreeable weather, and perfect conditions for exploring.
Summer (June to August) is the best time to book flights to Omaha, because the sun is out, the temperatures rise, and the weather is perfect for outdoor excursions and exploring the city by foot. Pack light clothing and sunglasses, and get ready to discover Omaha’s outdoors.
Fewer travelers visit here in the winter (December to February) because of the cooler temperatures and the freezing conditions, but if a cold, cloudy day doesn’t bother you, then you’re likely to find a cheap flight to Omaha and deals on hotels if you head here during the off season.
Inside city limits, the Metro Area Transit runs bus service throughout Omaha to other communities. Taxis are commonly used.
If you’re planning on expanding your Omaha travel, then consider taking the Amtrak train to a more distant location like Chicago or California, or one of the many Greyhound bus routes.
Joslyn Art Museum:
When you plan a flight to Omaha, you may not expect anything by way of the art world, but it does offer its own small selection of artistic gems. The Joslyn Art Museum’s limited collection holds art from the 19th and 20th centuries from both Europe and America. The west side of the building is dedicated purely to American art, filled with bold watercolors and prints documenting settler’s westward journeys in the 1830s. Special exhibits, free entertainment, and outdoor jazz festivals in the summer are more reasons to stop by.
For a truly inspiring addition to your Omaha travel agenda, make sure to visit Boys Town. Made famous by the 1938 film (Boys Town) the site is home to at-risk boys and girls (despite the name) who need shelter and structure in order to build a stronger foundation in their lives. Founded in 1917 by an Irish priest named Flanagan, Boys Town is set on a 900-acre village that allows the children to roam freely and even work on the land after school to develop an appreciation for earning. While it may seem out of the ordinary to tour such a place, the establishment is very welcoming to visitors, and is grateful for donations.
Strategic Air and Space Museum:
If astronomy is your thing, then check out the Strategic Air and Space Museum, where 40 military aircraft missiles and space craft hangars are on display. Bombers, cargo, troop transporters, and rescue helicopters are showcased.
Henry Doorly Zoo:
If you’re an animal lover, then the Henry Doorly Zoo has everything you’re looking for. One of the world’s largest indoor rainforests is here, scattered with footpaths to explore and plenty of new species to discover. Waterfalls, ponds, and lush vegetation make the perfect homes for the monkeys and tapirs that roam. The Scott Aquarium gives a view of sharks from an underground tunnel, and the Hubbard Gorilla Valley is the most interesting of all – where humans are the ones confined, and the gorillas run wild and swing on human-made vines.