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Things have changed a bit since Lewis and Clark slept here on their trek out west. But their historic landing still provides a nice entry point to the joys of Omaha – riverside parks and gardens, a well-preserved core of old brick buildings, a fun bar scene and great family-friendly museums.
Right near the Lewis and Clark Landing is Omaha’s Heartland of America Park, with its 400-foot-high tower of water, illuminated with colored lights at night. It’s adjacent to the Durham Museum, a former train station the city transformed into a museum, with interactive exhibits on history, modern art and design. Equally if not more ambitious is the Henry Doorly Zoo, whose bragging rights include the world’s largest indoor desert, rainforest and aquarium, plus a nocturnal animals display under a geodesic dome.
Stroll or cycle across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge over the Missouri River – it’s the longest pedestrian bridge linking two states. For nightlife and dining, head to the historic Old Market district for Omaha’s famously good bars and steakhouses.