Winter is the perfect time for a family staycation, where everyone can unwind without the added stress of travel.

A staycation offers countless ways for family fun close to home. Here are 5 spots in Omaha worth exploring for a weekend downtown:

  • Old Market: filled with local eateries, museums, live music, art, shops, and much more as you walk down the brick road of the Old Market. Spend the weekend getting lost in picking out various snacks at Hollywood Candy. Fall offers the perfect weather to explore the shops, but visitors can walk around any time of the year to see the winter lights and ice skate outdoors, or watch live bands perform in the summer.
  • Rose Theater: a performing arts center in the heart of downtown, is one of the largest in the country. The theater features a full calendar of shows, with something for the entire family.  The live theater offers an amazing learning experience.
  • Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge: a beautiful bridge that connects Nebraska and Iowa over the Missouri River. During the night, catch the colorful lights that shine across the bridge sitting 50 feet above the Missouri River. Enjoy the relaxing scenic views of downtown Omaha and capture a memorable picture standing in between the Iowa and Nebraska border.
  • Gene Leahy Mall: a newly renovated urban development downtown that goes from 13th to 8th street between Douglas and Farnam streets. You can find many opportunities to take flawless Instagram-worthy photos in this area. For more relaxation, grab a firepit spot in the green space and have a picnic with friends and family.
  • Henry Doorly Zoo: while Omaha is known for having one of the best zoos in the U.S., check out the 17 different exhibits with a variety of animals. The beautiful Skyfari ride overlooks the zoo and goes across exhibits such as the African Safari and Asian Highlands. The zoo offers amazing scenery, and you can even touch a stingray!

It’s time to get out of the house! Don’t be scared to step out of your comfort zone and experience a new adventure in your own city.