Within Omaha you'll find five distinct areas, each with its own personality.
Downtown Omaha is part business person, part culture lover and part sports fan. In addition to being home to five Fortune 500 companies, it's also the central hub of entertainment in the city. You'll enjoy live theater, music and sporting events at the CenturyLink Center, TD Ameritrade Park, Holland Performing Arts Center, Orpheum and Rose theaters. The Joslyn Art and The Durham Museums are art deco masterpieces, Omaha Children's Museum is imagination central and Heartland of America Park offers 31-acres of full-on scenery. A walk on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge is an almost air-borne experience - this stunning 3,000-foot long suspension bridge, over the Missouri River, connects more than 150 miles of nature trails. You can also enjoy a relaxing riverboat ride on the River City Star. At the heart of downtown is the historic Old Market entertainment district. Cobblestone streets lined with unique boutiques, galleries, home-grown restaurants, pubs and street performers - all distinctly Omaha.
North Omaha is the history buff who loves digging into the past. Home to Omaha's oldest community, Florence, this area pays tribute to the city's pioneer days and the Mormon migration of the 1800s. The Florence Mill and Mormon Trail Center offer an authentic glimpse into the past. North Omaha is also the place to catch the heritage of jazz. It's where Duke Ellington, Count Basie and other great jazz artists once played. Committed to the preservation, funding and advancement of African American Arts, Love's Jazz and Arts Center showcases the culture of the area.
South Omaha is the explorer excited to experience new adventures. A visit to this part of Omaha and you'll discover the world's largest indoor desert over the world's largest nocturnal exhibit next to America's largest indoor rainforest and the country's largest zoo aquarium. Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo is a full-on interactive experience for all ages. With more than 100 acres of botanical beauty, Lauritzen Gardens offers an urban oasis filled with exquisite sights, sounds and scents. Visit in and around South 24th Street and you'll feel the Latino influence - from the El Museo Latino Art and History museum to the murals, intricately tiled sidewalks and authentic cuisine - you will definitely feel and taste the flavor of the area. Further south, plunge down a water slide at Fun Plex or wager on a race at Horseman's Park; this part of the city offers diversity around every corner.
Central Omaha is the cool, hip kid with a creative flair. From the Benson neighborhood and its indie rock clubs to the Dundee district known for its culinary delights, this part of the city fuses old and new. The Omaha Community Playhouse, the largest community theater in the country, offers traditional and alternative performances. Nebraska Furniture Mart, the larger than life store owned by billionaire Warren Buffett, includes more than 450,000 sq. ft. of furniture, flooring, appliances and electronics on a 78-acre campus. CoCo Key Water Resort is a 60,000 sq. ft. indoor water park, and Midtown Crossing is a playground for the taste buds with a variety of restaurant options mixed with live outside entertainment during the summer.
West Omaha is part shopaholic, part outdoor enthusiast. Major indoor shopping malls like Westroads, Oak View and Village Pointe are complimented by shopping districts dedicated to specialty boutiques, such as Shops of Legacy, One Pacific Place, Rockbrook and Countryside Village. Visit Regency Court and you'll find Borsheim's, considered the largest independent jewelry store in the country, owned by Omaha billionaire Warren Buffett, and filled diamonds, rubies and other spectacular treasures. Another treasure in this part of the city is Boys Town. This national landmark, founded by Father Flanagan, features a museum, historic chapel, gardens and a world-renowned youth care program. Added to all this are beautiful recreation areas like Lake Cunningham, Standing Bear, Zorinsky and Youngman Lakes, perfect for nature walks, boating, fishing and bird watching. And if you really want to commune with nature, try tubing or tanking on the Elkhorn River - it's the western way to travel downstream.