Things to Do in North Omaha

Catch the history of jazz in a neighborhood where Duke Ellington, Count Basie and others once played. Enjoy live jazz music at Love’s Jazz and Arts Center, dedicated to preserving and showcasing all types of African American art. Civil Rights leader Malcolm X was born in Omaha; his birthsite includes a historic marker and an events plaza. For soul food, check out Big Mama’s Kitchen and order up a pig ear sandwich and sweet potato pie ice cream.

Step back in time to experience firsthand the Mormon migration of the 1840s at the Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters. Pull a handcart like pioneers did all those years ago, and see what it was like to live in a make-shift cabin and travel by covered wagon.

A mile away from the Museum is the Florence Mill, constructed in 1846 as Mormon pioneers made their westward trek. After its re-establishment in 1857, Nebraska’s oldest mill operated until the 1960s. Today it is home to a non-profit Winter-Quarters Mill Museum, ArtLoft gallery, and a Sunday farmers market. Open spring through fall.

Visit the home of Civil War General George Crook. Built in 1879, the home has been restored and includes an heirloom garden filled with more than 110 varieties of flowers.

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