In Nebraska you never know what to expect for weather. We have been fortunate enough to get a warm spell for the week but soon enough the cold weather will be settling in giving us our first taste of cabin fever for the season. It can be tough to entertain yourself, or little ones, when confined to the indoors because of cold weather. There is only so much Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime a person can watch. Luckily, being a resident in the metro area means there are plenty of the places to see and visit during the cold season.
- Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium – The world renowned zoo isn’t just a summertime attraction. It offers many indoor attractions including the Rainforest, Desert Dome and Aquarium. Many of the other exhibits are open as well including the cat complex, ape house and the Madagascar exhibit. Winter is a great time to walk through the animal kingdom at a leisurely pace. Also, take advantage of the IMAX theater.
- Lauritzen Gardens and Conservatory – Omaha’s botanical garden offers a wide range of flowers and plants. The conservatory houses plant and flower life in tropical and temperate climates while the garden offers a variety of events. In the winter season, they have a 20-foot-tall poinsettia tree, extended hours to show case the beauty of the gardens in lights, and an art exhibit inspired by the natural world.
- Durham Museum – Visit Omaha’s unique, days-of-past, Union Station. With them continually changing exhibits and events, it is unlikely you’ll visit the same thing twice. During the cold season, they have multiple events for those with and without little ones including Family Night with Santa, Holiday Cultural Festival, “Noon Year’s Eve” Celebration and a Music Trivia Nights for Adults Only.
- Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum – Get out of town for the day and drive to Ashland to visit this educational and exciting museum. They offer tours, flight simulators and a children’s learning center. They also host a variety of events including lectures, dances and dinners, and indoor air shows.
- Hollywood Candy – A shop in the Old Market that not only sells candy but offers vintage soda flavors. They possibly house the world’s largest collection of Pez Dispensers. They also sell vintage records albums and have an old-fashioned malt shop. Definitely a site to see and a great way to give into your sweet tooth. You never know what you might find.
- Joslyn Art Museum – This is the perfect place to go if you are looking to save some money but need out of the house. With free admission, you enter a new world. Joslyn Art Museum houses art from all over the world, old and new. They also offer art classes for all ages and a mentoring program for teens wanting to grow in their artistic skills.
- Omaha Culinary Tours – Food, wine and beer. A little something for everybody. You can choose a walking tour or a bus tour. The bus tour will take you all over Omaha. Choices include but are not limited to: a classic steakhouse tour, brews and bites tour, slice of Omaha pizza tour, and a Nebraska wine tour. You can also break a tour down to a location in Omaha in the East, West or Mid-town.
Omaha offers many more opportunities perfect for winter time to keep the blues away. Explore the Metro area this winter and get to know your town!