Omaha Journals

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An August 2006 trip to Omaha by kyrie2005

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Henry Doorly Zoo

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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo was selected by Family Fun magazine as the best family zoo in the country a few years ago, and I think they have the right idea. Located in the Midwest, the zoo has to contend with at least 5 months of cooler, if not COLDER weather, and it has developed some attractions that makes this zoo attractive year-round. There is the Leid Jungle, a two-level indoor tropical rainforest. My kids love it—birds and monkeys roam free, and many animals can be seen in their natural habitats, not cages. In the middle of the winter, it is always a treat to take a walk in the balmy tropical humidity. The Desert Dome and the Kingdom of the Night exhibits share space in a huge Geodisic dome—the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2006

Henry Doorly Zoo
3701 South 10th St
Omaha, Nebraska 68107
(402) 733-8400

River City Star

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Yeah, I know...taking a riverboat cruise up and down the "Muddy Mo" sounded a little questionable to me, too. After all, all you are looking at are the borders of Omaha and Council Bluffs, Iowa. A couple of casinos, some business buildings, and the like. But I figured, what the hey...it was a beautiful day down on the Omaha Riverfront, and the kids were asking to do it. And let me tell you, I was very pleasantly surprised.Public Sightseeing cruises are every Sunday at 1pm. You purchase a ticket at the dock—tickets are $12 for a one hour trip ($8 for kids 12 and under). The boat cruises up and down the river, and the scenery is really pretty nice. Once you move past the commercial buildings,...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 4, 2006

River City Star
151 Freedom Park Rd.
Omaha, Nebraska 68102
(402) 342-7827

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Halfway between Lincoln and Omaha, NE, just off of I-80 at the Ashland Exit, you can find an annex of the Henry Doorly Zoo—The Lee Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari. It's kind of a Drive-through version of the zoo, without the lions and tigers (there are bears, oh my, but they are in an enclosed area so there is nothing to fear!) Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids under 12. The road winds its way through plains full of elk and buffalo - they can come pretty close to the car. There is a wetlands area where you can come face to face with a crane and other beautiful animals. If staying in the car the whole way sounds kind of boring, there is a hiking trail to Wolf Canyon, another fe...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 6, 2006

Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari
16406 292nd St.
Omaha, Nebraska 68003
(402) 944-9453