If you’re considering living in Omaha, Nebraska, prepare to experience a city of vibrancy and entertainment. The town boasts an array of unique attractions and experiences that locals and newcomers alike can enjoy. There’s something for everyone, whether it’s savoring exquisite craft cocktails, exploring hidden gems, or immersing yourself in nature.
Whether you’re still considering making the move or you’re already exploring apartments for rent or homes for sale in Omaha, this Redfin article will showcase a plethora of unique things to do in Omaha.
1. Proof Whiskey Bar and Craft Cocktail Lounge
If you’re a whiskey and craft cocktails fan, Proof Whiskey Bar and Craft Cocktail Lounge is the place to be. The bar offers one of the wildest whiskey collections, nearly guaranteeing you’ll be met with a great drink.
“The bartenders are extremely knowledgeable and are experts at their craft,” say’s Shantel Powers, a photographer with Glam Haven Photography. “Try the Barrel Pick Old Fashioned that comes in a cedar smoked glass for a twist on the classic cocktail.”
2. Nosh Restaurant and Wine Lounge
Not every high-end meal has to come with high-end prices, which Nosh Restaurant and Wine Lounge owner Erick Neimier aims to deliver. Offering 35 wines by the glass, 150 bottles, and 70 different types of whiskey, there’s something for everyone, no matter your taste buds.
Neimier describes Nosh as having a friendly, relaxed vibe with comfortable seating. Whether you’re meeting up with friends or family for a relaxing dinner or a quick bite before a concert, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Nosh.
3. Cellar44 Wine Bar
With its warm and inviting ambiance, Cellar44 Wine Bar offers a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere where patrons can unwind and savor a remarkable selection of handpicked wines from around the world. Owner Wendy Sutton-Millage shares that “the menu offers a wide range of wines and a food menu featuring charcuterie, signature snack items, and sliders.” On Thursday and Friday nights, Cellar44 comes alive with live music. It’s the perfect place to unwind, sip on your favorite wine, and let the music carry you away into an unforgettable night.
4. Bärchen Beer Garden
Bärchen Beer Garden stands out as a unique thing to do in Omaha for several reasons, including its unique Bavarian-inspired atmosphere with an American twist.
General manager Marc Emanuel shares that Bärchen has a selection of international beers and quality food. From the menu, Marc recommends trying a burger or chicken sandwich, stating they are “the best in town.” To have the whole experience, order a house-made pretzel or sausage that perfectly complements the diverse beer and cocktail offerings.
5. Dundee Dell
Dundee Dell is a cherished hidden gem in Omaha’s beautiful Dundee neighborhood. Originally founded as the Dundee Delicatessen in 1915, no shortage of history and heritage sets Dundee Dell apart. General manager Marc Emanuel says that their “must-try” menu item is their flavorful and crispy fish and chips, which has garnered a devoted following.
6. Sofra Creperie
Located in the Inner Rail Food Hall is Sofra Creperie, offering an authentic taste of European cuisine. Michel Thornhill, a web designer with Little Mountain Web Design, suggests trying the Mediterranean crepe, which boasts delicious flavors from cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta, bell peppers, spinach, and a secret sauce.
7. Tasty Pizza
Minutes from the University of Nebraska and Elmwood Park, discover a campus favorite, Tasty Pizza. Morgan Dorsey, the photographer for MTD Aerial Photography and the University of Nebraska alums, recommends trying the McKenna Macarena, a combination of buffalo chicken and pepperoncini. Tasty Pizza is a must-visit and will “satisfy even the most discerning pizza connoisseur,” says Dorsey.
8. Ollie the Trolley
Ollie the Trolley, an iconic symbol of Omaha, Nebraska, offers a unique way to explore the city’s charm and rich history. This charming, vintage-style trolley provides a nostalgic and picturesque journey through Omaha’s streets, allowing passengers to discover the city’s hidden gems and popular landmarks in comfort and style.
Director of Marketing, Deb Skinner, says Ollie the Trolley offers five public tours complemented with a bloody mary, margaritas, and lessons on the city’s rich history. Take in the sights and sounds on this relaxing tour, and if you’re looking for the perfect way to celebrate an event such as a bachelor or bachelorette party, look no further.
9. Lauritzen Gardens
Beyond the cornfields associated with Omaha, Nebraska, discover the 100-acre Lauritzen Gardens. This Omaha hidden gem offers over 15 unique gardens and exhibits.
Paul Jones of The Gardening Dad blog describes Lauritzen Gardens as a “tropical paradise to be enjoyed on a beautiful summer day or during a cabin-fever winter weekend.” Jones adds that the gardens offer refreshing yoga retreats, spectacular kid activities, educational photography, cocktail hours, and more.
10. Fontenelle Forest
For the occasional escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, look no further than Fontenelle Forest. Local real estate agent Ryan Renner shares that this hidden gem offers miles of walking trails, a raptor refuge, and a rope course. “Coming to Fontenelle Forest feels like you aren’t in the city anymore,” adds Renner.
11. Book Nook Bookstores
A list of unique things to do in Omaha would only be complete with an escape from reality within a book. To experience such, look no further than Book Nook Bookstores. This locally owned bookstore offers a myriad of books, games, movies, and collectibles. So stop in and discover your new favorite author amongst the sea of material.
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