A special bridge, a billionaire, a boxer, a world-famous zoo, a historic bomb and a travel-worthy sandwich – study these Omaha fun facts to be the savviest person in your travel party.
- Omaha has one of the world's best zoos.
- In Omaha, you can stand in two states at once over the Missouri River.
- A Japanese balloon bomb exploded over an Omaha neighborhood during World War II.
- The Reuben sandwich was invented in Omaha.
- Omaha is at the forefront of the farm-to-fork movement.
- Omaha is home to the best boxer in the world.
- The NCAA Men’s College World Series is a 60+ years Omaha tradition.
- Omaha is among the first to debut a new women’s pro sports team.
- Omaha’s music scene has thrived since the 1920s.
- Omaha has four Fortune 500 Headquarters.
Omaha has one of the world's best zoos.Back to Top of List
At the zoo, check out the world’s largest indoor desert (located in the world’s biggest geodesic dome). Afterward, head to North America’s largest indoor rainforest. Finally, trek to the park's African Grasslands to trumpet the zoo’s “biggest” conservation success – a group of baby African elephants.
In Omaha, you can stand in two states at once over the Missouri River.Back to Top of List
The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge – or Bob, as he’s more commonly known – is a 3,000-foot bridge floating over the Missouri River. Bob links more than 150 miles of hiking and biking trails and connects Nebraska and Iowa. Standing on Bob’s state line (or, you know, doing a back bend) and taking a photo is called “Bobbing.” Tag your photo with #ItHappensonBob to make an appearance on his Instagram (@bobtbridge). You can also find Bob on Twitter.
A Japanese balloon bomb exploded over an Omaha neighborhood during World War II.Back to Top of List
In 1945, a Japanese balloon bomb exploded over Omaha’s Dundee neighborhood. Few of these Japanese bombs made it that far inland. Today, a plaque commemorates where the bomb set off and sits surrounded by the neighborhood’s hot restaurants, bars and shops.
The Reuben sandwich was invented in Omaha.Back to Top of List
The legend was born in Omaha in 1925 when Reuben Kulakofsky, a local grocer, whipped up the sandwich for a group of late-night poker players at The Blackstone Hotel. One of the players, Charles Schimmel, who was also the hotel’s owner, liked it so much that he put it on the hotel restaurant's menu. Today, Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel – the revived Blacksone – serves three different Reuben sandwiches, one classic and two with different proteins, at its Orleans Room restaurant. For more Reuben destinations to sink your teeth into, visit our Reuben page.
Omaha is at the forefront of the farm-to-fork movement.Back to Top of List
Don’t be fooled into thinking all we grow is corn. Dante, Kitchen Table, 402 Eat + Drink, Gather in Omaha, Coneflower Creamery and more Omaha eateries put their ideals where their utensils are by sourcing the freshest locally grown ingredients – like creamy eggs, crunchy vegetables, luscious fruit, farm-bottled milk, free-range poultry, heritage pork and pasture-raised Nebraska beef.
Omaha is home to the best boxer in the world.Back to Top of List
Terence “Bud” Crawford is ESPN’s No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer with a 40-0 record and 31 KOs. He recently dismantled Errol Spence Jr. in a dazzling performance to capture the undisputed welterweight championship. Crawford reps Omaha with pride. He wears the city’s name on the back waistband of his boxing shorts. Crawford also co-founded B&B Sports Academy, where he trains.
The NCAA Men’s College World Series is a 60+ years Omaha tradition.Back to Top of List
Fans from across the nation flock to see the best in college baseball battle for the championship title. Eight teams play in two four-team double-elimination brackets. The winners of each bracket play in a best-of-three championship series.
Omaha is among the first to debut a new women’s pro sports team.Back to Top of List
Omaha’s music scene has thrived since the 1920s.Back to Top of List
From the 1920s through the 1960s, North Omaha was a jazz destination. From the mid-1990s, Omaha's indie rock scene grew, in large part thanks to Saddle Creek Records. Bright Eyes, Cursive, The Good Life, Rilo Kiley, Azure Ray, 311 and more bands originated or found support in the scene. Spots to catch live indie, alternative, Americana, hip hop and more include Steelhouse Omaha, Slowdown, The Waiting Room, Reverb Lounge, and The Admiral. The Jewell stages jazz and blues acts.
Omaha has four Fortune 500 Headquarters.Back to Top of List
- Berkshire Hathaway - Omahan Warren Buffett’s multinational holding company. Each year, thousands of visitors arrive for the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting (30,000 in 2023) and seek out Buffett’s favorite spots, including Nebraska Furniture Mart and Gorat’s Steak House.
- Union Pacific Railroad - The largest U.S. rail network serving 23 Western states.
- Mutual of Omaha Insurance - Known for its popular “Wild Kingdom” TV and now web series.
- Kiewit Corporation - Construction, engineering, and mining. Kiewit is one of the world’s largest employee-owned companies.