Value Place Southwest Omaha, NE, is conveniently located off of I-180 and 126th St. (exit 442), only 10 miles from the heart of the city, which is situated in eastern Nebraska along the Iowa border. Known as the “Gateway to the West,” Omaha was once an important national transportation hub with Omaha Stockyards being the world’s largest. It was also a hub for meatpacking, railroads and breweries. Today, Omaha remains the largest city in Nebraska, and as a result, offers a diverse mix of things to do, explore, and see.
Sitting in the center of the U.S. and the heart of the Midwest, Omaha has quite the historic presence. You don’t have to visit museums to learn the history, but have the opportunity to experience things hands-on. At the Boys Town Campus, tour and explore the former village of Father Flanagan’s home, including its beautiful gardens, chapels, and museum. The Durham Museum is a former train station, another hands-on experience where you can experience more of the region’s history. Check out the Mormon Trail Center and experience their struggles and successes for yourself, or visit Love’s Jazz and Arts Center, which works diligently to preserve African American arts with guided tours, interactive storytelling, and gallery talks.
If you’re with the family, visit Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, home to the world’s largest zoo aquarium, world’s largest indoor desert, world’s largest nocturnal exhibit, world’s largest geodesic dome, and one of the world’s largest indoor rainforests. The Omaha Children’s Museum is also a great stop, full of interactivity and equipped with 11 areas of exploration; this museum is ranked as one of the top children’s museums in the country.