A Day In Omaha!

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When we saw tickets to Omaha, Nebraska come up for $150, did we stop to think about it? Barely! Both Jeanne & I were excited. We’d never been to Nebraska. What was there? What would it be like? Was the steak really as good as people claimed?

We found tickets that would let us fly out at 6AM on Saturday morning returning to DC at 10:30PM. We’d have roughly 7 hours in Omaha and would net 2,000 EQMs. Sounded like a great day trip.

Flying in was much like I imagined it might be. Beautiful farm land laid out in neat squares.

flying into Omaha Airport

The airport was delightfully tiny, and welcoming!

Welcome to Omaha Airport

The weather was less so. We’d left 80+ degree weather and walked out to the 40s with a stiff wind! On the flight we’d been debating the best order for our site seeing. We had two priorities, steak and visiting the awesome zoo. We decided it would be better to do a steak lunch early rather than late and then hit the zoo up.

So we drove around downtown Omaha for a bit while Jeanne looked up what were the best restaurants for steak. There were alot, but none that were open for lunch on Saturday 🙁 We finally did find one that opened at 11, leaving us with an hour to kill.

In her search, Jeanne had discovered there was a “castle” nearby, so we headed over. It wound up being Joslyn Castle, an old mansion that now served as a place for special functions and events.

Jeanne Joslyn Castle

The downtown had some picturesque parts and was very clean, and otherwise nondescript — didn’t take very long to drive through it. We considered walking around, but the wind was like a cold knife, so we passed. J’s on Jackson’s — our choice for a steak lunch was quite good.

J's on Jackson Omaha Nebraska

Then it was time for the zoo, which is one of the best I’ve ever been to. To be so small, I think it might even top my favorites, the San Diego Zoo and the Singapore Zoo.

Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium viewing tunnelI wish the weather had been warmer and we’d had more time, cause I could have easily spent hours there. We had a little time left to kill, but felt like we’d seen all the nearby attractions, so we headed back to the airport.

Upon arrival we discovered there was a delay and we’d probably be missing our connection in Chicago, which is ultimately what happened. That took a little wind out of our sales (and made for a less relaxing weekend), but all in all a good time was had by all. And now we know what Nebraska (part of it) looks like!


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  1. Kevin Fremont

    October 7, 2013 at 2:24 am

    Drat I wish I had seen that fare

  2. DaninSTL

    October 7, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Kansas City has better steaks but Omaha can be interesting to visit.
    You don’t seem like the type but you guys should have visited the strategic air command museum on the SW edge of the city. Great airplane stuff there. A hidden gem.

    • Jeanne Marie Hoffman

      October 7, 2013 at 11:52 am

      Thanks! That’s good to know to take Bill with me next time.

  3. Jason

    October 8, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Wow, as an Omaha resident, I never thought I’d see a trip report about my city show up on one of the travel blogs I follow. That’s pretty cool. We’re just big enough to have service from all the major carriers, so maybe it was bound to happen sooner or later. I’m glad you guys enjoyed your trip. You’ll have to come back when the weather is nicer.

    • Jeanne Marie Hoffman

      October 8, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      I would definitely love to return! There were so many cute restaurants and spots.

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