Omaha is well known for it’s zoo, Henry Doorly’s Zoo & Aquarium . It ranks as one of the top Zoos in the world and is second only to the San Diego zoo in the U.S. It’s also recognized for the The Durham Museum, The Joslyn Art Museum and the botanical gardens.

The Old Market is a historic area in downtown area full of unique shops & restaurants and is great for those looking for something a little different, but there is also a little something for everyone.

One of my favorites is The Monster Club, a horror themed BBQ restaurant in the Old Market area. It’s full of well curated decor from owners Mike and Andrea Howards’s personal collection. I was pleasantly surprised by the food, the brisket was delicious and they also offer vegan options.

The owners also run Drastic Plastic (upstairs), a vinyl record store and lounge that has been open since 1982. Drastic Plastic offers beer, wine, cocktails, coffee & tea.

Hollywood Candy Pinball & Arcade Museum is a vintage smorgasbord where you can find every type of candy, a fudge and ice cream shop, a diner, novelty items, collectibles, a movie theater, 35 vintage pinball machines and an assortment of other arcade games. They also have antiques and vinyl records for sale. It’s completely overwhelming to the senses but in the most wonderful way. Open 7 days a week.

Laka Lono is a basement bar that opened in 2016. It’s a wonderful tropical escape that offers a true tiki style experience. Excellent drinks and service.

The Old Market Emporium all sorts of toys and collectibles. You can easily spend an hour in there.

Ted & Wally’s Ultra Premium Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream and they also offer vegan options.

Flying Worm Vintage

A vintage store located in the Old Market

The Museum of Shadows is a haunted artifacts museum owned by paranormal investigators Nate and Kaleigh Raderman. It opened in 2006 and they receive “haunted” items donated daily. The museum is darkly lit and they give you a flashlight to look around. Each item has a descriptive card. $20 admission. Closed Monday & Tuesday. No photos or videos permitted inside. Just a short walk from the Old Market at 1110 Douglas St, Omaha.

Voodoo’s Odd Shop is located south of the Old Market, towards the zoo. They are located in an old brick building that was formerly a mortuary, the owner and his family also live ther You’ll see a hearse parked out front. 1323 Martha St, Omaha, NE 68108. Closed on Monday & Tuesday. Friendly owner, shop small!

Joslyn Castle is a Scottish inspired mansion built in 1903. Former residence of philanthropist George & Sarah Joslyn. Public tours are available. 3902 Davenport St, Omaha, NE 68131

The Alpine Inn “Home of the Wildlife” is located north of the city. A casual, family owned fried chicken and comfort food restaurant known for feeding the local racoons in the evenings. I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, but it’s on my list! I do always love to hear your suggestions as well.

I am often asked which city or cities are my favorite to visit and I don’t have a favorite. However, I do love a city that surprises you! Omaha has a lot more to offer than some might assume.

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