things to do in Omaha

Omaha has a reputation for being one of the friendliest cities. We can’t wait for you to see why. Find some local favorites here.

Step outside the Hotel Deco onto Omaha’s Historic Market District of brick-lined streets and experience a variety of restaurants and beverage venues. Enjoy piping-hot pizza or dine on French cuisine. Then, top it off with a local craft cocktail or brewed beer.

A modern steakhouse, Monarch features a methodically developed dry-aging program, contemporary cocktail menu and exquisitely designed wine list. Serving daily lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch.

La Buvette

La Buvette is a unique, intimate wine bar and grocery in the Old Market area. They offer a French menu, bar, grocery, bread baked daily, and an extensive wine selection.

Laka Lono Rum Club

Elaborately decorated tropical-themed cocktail bar with weekday happy hours, located in a basement.

The Berry & Rye

Craft cocktails are the specialty at this bar with an old-school vibe & a seated-only policy.

V. Mertz

Provides uniquely Omaha dining of the highest quality. With an award-winning wine list and an always changing menu V. Mertz is an Omaha staple.

Wicked Rabbit

The Wicked Rabbit is Omaha’s intimate speakeasy located inside the Looking Glass Cigars and Spirits shop. The ‘Rabbit’ serves classic craft cocktails every day. Visit them on Facebook to learn more:

Via Farina

Whether it’s a quick business lunch, a slow & celebratory wine sipping dinner service or a don’t leave the couch and get properly fed occasion, Via Farina is the everyday Italian spot your Naples momma talked about. Located in Omaha’s downtown Little Italy.

New Gene Leahy Mall

Gene Leahy Mall, also known locally as Central Park or The Mall, is a 9.6-acre park located at 1302 Farnam on the Mall in Downtown Omaha, Nebraska, and bordered by South 10th Street.

Kiewit Luminate Center

The Kiewit Luminarium fuses rural and urban vernaculars to craft a place for a hands-on STEM learning environment on Omaha’s riverfront. The space, and the building itself, is thought of as a “container.” The structure is simple, flexible, adaptable – everything on the interior is left exposed – making the building itself the largest STEM exhibit.


The celebrated Orpheum Theater has served as the home of the finest in local and national performing arts in Omaha for nearly a century. A cornerstone of the city’s cultural history, this former vaudeville house was constructed in 1927. Recent renovations have restored its ornate splendor and enhanced acoustics.

Holland Performing Arts Center

Joslyn Castle & Gardens

As stewards of their home and their legacies, Joslyn Castle & Gardens provides opportunities for our modern community to connect with our founders through historical, educational, and cultural programming for the community.

Lauritzen Gardens

One hundred acres of botanical beauty in the heart of the city. Escape to an urban oasis nestled in Omaha’s riverfront hills and experience four-season plant displays in this hidden sanctuary where nature is its brilliant, colorful star.

The Old Market District

Cobblestone streets lined with unique boutiques, galleries, home-grown restaurants, pubs, and street performers —all distinctly Omaha.

Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Consistently at the top of “World’s Best Zoo” lists, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is a whole different kind of animal and an opportunity to travel the world in a day.

The Omaha Old Market is a historic neighborhood with a rich history of cultural experiences and artistic expression. While staying at the Hotel Deco, take in Omaha’s most vibrant collection of galleries. And if you’re here on First Friday, you can meet the artists while strolling the Old Market District.

Kaneko Art Center

KANEKO’s mission is to encourage and explore creativity. We deliver this mission through exhibitions, performances, lectures, and education. Collaboration, innovation, and uniqueness are the guiding principles for KANEKO programming.

Joslyn Art Museum

The Museum’s original 1931 building is one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the nation. The Walter and Suzanne Scott Pavilion, a 58,000-square-foot addition built in 1994, was designed by renowned British architect Norman Foster, Lord Norman Foster of Thames Bank, as his first U.S. commission.

Durham Museum

The museum is dedicated to preserving and displaying the history of the United States’ western region. The museum is housed in Omaha’s former Union Station.

While staying at the Hotel Deco, take in art, fashion, jewelry, and gifts at the unique shops in the nearby Old Market.

Hollywood Candy

Hollywood Candy is a one-of-a-kind candy and variety store in Omaha’s Old Market. We offer handmade candy and fudge, vintage candy bars and tasty treats from around the world, plus the largest selection of Jelly Belly flavors in Nebraska. Our store also features a vintage pinball arcade, a movie theater, plus displays of movie memorabilia and curiosities that owner Larry Richling has collected for decades.

Overland Sheepskin Co.

Retailer dedicated to high-end accessories, outerwear & shoes made from sheepskin, leather & fur.


Your imagination come to life, in a shop! The best way to describe it is a flea market meets thrift store meets antique and novelty shop all smashed together.

Pretty in Patina

Victor Victoria

A multi faceted salon and spa located downtown in the heart of Omaha’s Old Market. Award winning, the Victor Victoria team is known for having some of the top talent in our fine city, focusing on high-quality services and guest care.

Nouvelle Eve

A Woman’s clothing boutique offering unique, fashion forward clothes since 1973.

McLovin – A Store for Men

As Omaha’s premier men’s clothing store, we bring in leading national and international brands curated with current trends in mind that are just a few strides ahead of what you’re seeing everywhere else. Think contemporary business clothes and stylish sports wear, good looking weekend gear and locally made accessories.

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