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Henry Doorly Zoo
Vacation Travel Guide

Journey through the world’s biggest indoor desert, spot magnificent creatures in the aquarium and explore indoor rainforests and swamps in Nebraska’s premier zoo.

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is a nationally renowned facility where you can embark on adventures through the desert, plunge into the shadows of the nocturnal world and explore the jungle, all in one day. Spot critters from around the world and take a ride on a carousel, a train or even a camel! The zoo has a wide array of habitats and exhibits, which showcase over 950 species of animals. Learn about the different creatures at one of the zoo’s daily presentations and classes provided for visitors of all ages.

Walk along trails that wind through the Lied Jungle, one of the largest indoor rainforests in the world. Peek through a waterfall into the foliage and you might see monkeys, tapirs and the bright-red flash of a scarlet macaw. Head to the aquarium to discover sea life from the polar regions to the tropics. See sharks circling above you and watch penguins from Antarctica.

Check out the pavilion for butterflies and explore the stunning aviary. Don’t miss the Desert Dome, an enormous glazed geodesic dome and desert environment that replicates the sandy habitats of Africa, Australia and the southwest United States. Beneath the dome lies the Kingdoms of the Night exhibit, a fascinating insight into the dark world of nocturnal animals.

Join a guided tour, attend a presentation or catch a documentary at the zoo’s IMAX Theater. You can meet zookeepers, watch animal shows or see the animals being fed. Get around the zoo easily via the train, tram and the Skyfari aerial tram. Choose from three different restaurants, including a treetop cafeteria overlooking the Lied Jungle, or grab snacks at the zoo’s concession stands.

The Henry Doorly Zoo grounds are located in Deer Park, between the Missouri River and the Durham Western Heritage Museum. Parking is available on-site for free. There are discounted admission costs for children under 12, as well as combination tickets for IMAX screenings. The zoo is open daily year-round, except for Christmas Day.

Top Hotels Close to Henry Doorly Zoo

Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown Old Market
Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown Old Market
3 out of 5
540 S 12th St, Omaha, NE
The price is CA $118 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20

Located in Old Market, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and Orpheum Theater. CHI Health Center Omaha and Omaha Children's ...

4.3/5Excellent! (995 reviews)

"I thought the view of the Old Market and the Missouri River area was breathtaking! I loved the "big city" in a small town feel of the hotel."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 5, 2021

Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown Old Market
Embassy Suites Omaha - Downtown/Old Market
Embassy Suites Omaha - Downtown/Old Market
3.5 out of 5
555 S 10th St, Omaha, NE
The price is CA $161 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20

Located in Old Market, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Holland Performing Arts Center and Orpheum Theater. Omaha Children's Museum and TD Ameritrade ...

4.1/5Very Good! (946 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel. Great amenities. Very nice and clean."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 10, 2021

Embassy Suites Omaha - Downtown/Old Market
Comfort Inn At The Zoo
Comfort Inn At The Zoo
2.5 out of 5
2920 South 13th Court, Omaha, NE
The price is CA $75 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20

Located in the heart of Omaha, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rosenblatt Stadium and Henry Doorly Zoo. CHI Health Center Omaha and Orpheum Theater are also ...

3.3/5 (392 reviews)

"The pool area could have been cleaner but the staff was Incredibly friendly and helpful. The TV in the room we got didn’t work, the staff immediately gave us a much larger and better room with no extra charge. Even the original room would have been well worth the money. Also like the area the hotel ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 18, 2020

Comfort Inn At The Zoo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Henry Doorly Zoo

Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown Old Market
Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown Old Market
3 out of 5
540 S 12th St, Omaha, NE
The price is CA $118 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown Old Market
Embassy Suites Omaha - Downtown/Old Market
Embassy Suites Omaha - Downtown/Old Market
3.5 out of 5
555 S 10th St, Omaha, NE
The price is CA $161 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Embassy Suites Omaha - Downtown/Old Market
Comfort Inn At The Zoo
Comfort Inn At The Zoo
2.5 out of 5
2920 South 13th Court, Omaha, NE
The price is CA $75 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Comfort Inn At The Zoo
DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown
DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown
3.5 out of 5
1616 Dodge St, Omaha, NE
The price is CA $113 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown
Magnolia Hotel Omaha
Magnolia Hotel Omaha
4.5 out of 5
1615 Howard St, Omaha, NE
The price is CA $135 per night from Feb 16 to Feb 17
Magnolia Hotel Omaha
Hilton Garden Inn Omaha Downtown
Hilton Garden Inn Omaha Downtown
3 out of 5
1005 Dodge St, Omaha, NE
The price is CA $68 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Hilton Garden Inn Omaha Downtown
EVEN Hotels Omaha Downtown
EVEN Hotels Omaha Downtown
3.5 out of 5
2220 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE
The price is CA $108 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
EVEN Hotels Omaha Downtown
Clean and Comfortable near Downtown/I-80/Zoo
Clean and Comfortable near Downtown/I-80/Zoo
Omaha, NE
Clean and Comfortable near Downtown/I-80/Zoo
Cambria Hotel Omaha Downtown
Cambria Hotel Omaha Downtown
3.5 out of 5
740 N 14th St, Omaha, NE
The price is CA $107 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Cambria Hotel Omaha Downtown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.