6 places to visit in Omaha, Nebraska

In our 15 state road trip, we found 6 places to visit in Omaha, Nebraska from food to places to visit. | via The Spirited Violet

The couple that set us up on our first date lives outside of Omaha, Nebraska.  Ever since they moved there, I knew we had to go visit because I love seeing our friends and I love open spaces.  Every time we have something frustrating happen or are stuck in Atlanta traffic, we have been joking that we are moving to Omaha.  Omaha was just as beautiful as we hoped, and I really loved how we could feel like we were in the country while we were still in the suburbs!  We decided quickly that there are amazing places to visit in Omaha.

Here are a few things we did on our short trip to Omaha- there are definitely a lot more places for us to see next time!

Largest ball of stamps & Boy’s Town

Because I’m a dork, I like visiting kitschy road side attractions like the largest ball of stamps (… and the largest ball of twine). The largest ball of stamps exhibit itself is inside of a museum introducing Boy’s Town– a town created by a Catholic priest as a way to create a home for young men who were orphaned or didn’t have homes.  The stamp ball was originally started around a golf ball to give the children within Boy’s Town a hobby.

As someone who is adopted, I found myself a little weepy going through the museum because Boy’s Town is really such an amazing service and support network for children needing help.  It was very inspiring to read the alumni pages and see what the young men who grew up there are doing now!

These are 6 places to visit in Omaha, Nebraska | via The Spirited VioletThese are 6 places to visit in Omaha, Nebraska | via The Spirited VioletThese are 6 places to visit in Omaha, Nebraska | via The Spirited Violet

The Omaha Zoo

The Omaha zoo is listed as one of the world’s best zoos.  IT WAS GINORMOUS.  We spent a few hours there, but were shocked to find out that we actually only went through one or two sections of it.  The exhibits were amazing and our friends’ kiddos were very cute and had a lot of fun!  This is one of those places that you could buy season passes to and still not be able to see all of it.  If you go, definitely check out the desert dome because it is the world’s largest!

The Omaha, Nebraska zoo is the biggest in the US and is definitely a top 6 place to visit in Omaha, Nebraska. | via The Spirited VioletThe Omaha, Nebraska zoo is the biggest in the US and is definitely a top 6 place to visit in Omaha, Nebraska. | via The Spirited VioletThe Omaha, Nebraska zoo is the biggest in the US and is definitely a top 6 place to visit in Omaha, Nebraska. | via The Spirited VioletThe Omaha, Nebraska zoo is the biggest in the US and is definitely a top 6 place to visit in Omaha, Nebraska. | via The Spirited Violet

Winter Quarters

Winter’s Quarters, Nebraska was the last stop the Mormon pioneers made before going to Utah.  As religious refugees, this was the only place that they chose to leave before going to Mexico to practice their religion (at the time, Utah was not part of the US).  We visited the visitor’s center and did a free tour with missionaries from our church.  It was really interesting to see some of the innovations that occurred because of the trek and very touching to see the historical cemetery for the pioneers that passed there.

Gird up your loins, fresh courage take/ Our God will never us forsake

Foods we tried

While in Omaha, we tried Stella’s and I can attest to some amazing sweet potato fries and burgers! The restaurant has a burger challenge for people to try called the “Stellanator.”  You have to call ahead to reserve one of these burgers, but it has six burger patties, six fried eggs, 12 pieces of bacon…and the list keeps going.  If you don’t finish the burger you have to pay for it and we were kind of shocked that the reigning champion who had beat the challenge in under 4 minutes was this super skinny girl.

We also ate at Runza– which is a local fast food chain.  The runza burger isacombination of ground meat, cabbage, and onions in a kind of pocket of bread.  It was kind of my favorite and I’m craving it again just talking about it, honestly!

We absolutely loved Nebraska…even if it was 100 degrees the whole time we were there; we had no idea a place could get so cold and so hot?!  Everything was so family friendly and people were definitely Midwest friendly.  We loved our visit and definitely want to go back!

Where are places we should go next time we are in Omaha?

  • I live in Omaha so I’m glad you loved it here! But what’s really crazy is that I’ve only been to two of these places on your list – the zoo & Runza! I had no idea that we had the largest stamp ball! If you end up visiting again, I definitely recommend hitting up the Benson area. They have a lot of small shops, restaurants & fun bars!

    • We have lived in Atlanta for 4 years and I am confident I wouldn’t have visited 99% of anything on a “things to do” list. Isn’t it so funny that it is so hard to be a tourist in your own place?! The Benson area sounds charming and definitely one to check out!

  • I live in Omaha so I’m glad you loved it here! But what’s really crazy is that I’ve only been to two of these places on your list – the zoo & Runza! I had no idea that we had the largest stamp ball! If you end up visiting again, I definitely recommend hitting up the Benson area. They have a lot of small shops, restaurants & fun bars!

    • We have lived in Atlanta for 4 years and I am confident I wouldn’t have visited 99% of anything on a “things to do” list. Isn’t it so funny that it is so hard to be a tourist in your own place?! The Benson area sounds charming and definitely one to check out!

  • I had no idea you could make a ball out of stamps?! The kitschy things are the best!

    • Me either!! I love showing up to all of these random places and seeing why they decided to make them!

  • I had no idea you could make a ball out of stamps?! The kitschy things are the best!

  • Amalia

    I’ve lived in Nebraska my whole life, and have never been to a couple of those places! I don’t live in Omaha, but still. We actually make our own Runzas, and have a recipe if you’d like it!

    • I would LOVE your runza recipe!! I loved them and we stopped there more than I would like to admit 😉 . I thought Nebraska was so gorgeous and I would love to live somewhere like that! I grew up in Kentucky and it reminded me a lot of home, but with less trees.

  • Amalia

    I’ve lived in Nebraska my whole life, and have never been to a couple of those places! I don’t live in Omaha, but still. We actually make our own Runzas, and have a recipe if you’d like it!

    • I would LOVE your runza recipe!! I loved them and we stopped there more than I would like to admit 😉 . I thought Nebraska was so gorgeous and I would love to live somewhere like that! I grew up in Kentucky and it reminded me a lot of home, but with less trees.