Omaha’s compact downtown district offers fine dining, fantastic museums and a dynamic nightlife alongside tree-lined parks.

Downtown Omaha is the heart of the city, its historic, social, business and government center. Find diverse attractions, from heritage buildings to Missouri riverfront boardwalks, sports arenas and sophisticated fine dining. Walk around the city on scenic trails featuring lush green parks and historic sites.

Get involved in Downtown Omaha’s lively nightlife in the Old Market neighborhood. This old industrial district has been transformed into a cultural hub featuring boutique shopping, art galleries, street performances and al fresco dining experiences on the original brick streets. A five-minute walk will bring you to the Heartland of America Park, a secluded oasis featuring lakeside walking and cycling paths, spectacular lighted fountains and gondola rides.

Wander north from the historic Lewis and Clark Landing site along the boardwalk paralleling the Missouri River to North Downtown, stopping at the city marina. Catch one of Omaha’s cheap and convenient city buses to reach Downtown Omaha’s historic birthplace, Miller’s Landing. See a College World Series baseball game at nearby TD Ameritrade Park during the annual June tournament.

Visit Downtown Omaha in late spring to catch the city’s biggest outdoor festival, the annual Taste of Omaha. Sample delicious local and international cuisine at this free three-day festival. Listen to live music, watch gourmet cooking demonstrations and visit the diverse restaurant stalls and vendors that line the waterfront.

Be prepared for cold and snowy Nebraska weather in winter. Extreme weather, including high winds and hail, can also occur between April and August.

Reach Downtown Omaha by Amtrak train or by car via Interstate 480 which runs through the city center. Eppley Airfield, with regular interstate flights to Omaha, is just a five-minute drive from downtown. Whether you’re seeking sports, history or cultural activities, find them in Downtown Omaha, the heartland of America’s Midwest.

Top Hotels in Downtown Omaha

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown Old Market
Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown Old Market
3 out of 5
540 S 12th St, Omaha, NE
CA $110
per night
Nov 24 - Nov 25

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,717 reviews)

"It's in the Old Market, great location to food, walking is great. covered parking, secure elevator. Would be great to have a complimentary breakfast, fruit, muffin, coffee or something and the cost of parking $15."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 11, 2019

Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown Old Market
Hotel Deco
Hotel Deco
4.5 out of 5
1504 Harney Street, Omaha, NE
CA $108
per night
Nov 24 - Nov 25

Located in Downtown Omaha, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Orpheum Theater and Omaha Children's Museum. CHI Health Center Omaha and TD Ameritrade ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,462 reviews)

"Loved the decor!! Very modern vibe! The location was excellent right in the middle of nightlife and restaurants!!"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 11, 2019

Hotel Deco
Hilton Omaha
Hilton Omaha
4 out of 5
1001 Cass St, Omaha, NE
CA $104
per night
Nov 24 - Nov 25

Located in NoDo District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of CHI Health Center Omaha and TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Creighton University and Orpheum Theater ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,799 reviews)

"Clean, comfortable room. Nice hotel. No complaints."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 17, 2019

Hilton Omaha
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Omaha Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Omaha Downtown
2.5 out of 5
1212 Cuming St, Omaha, NE
CA $106
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2

Located in NoDo District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hot Shops Art Center and TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. CHI Health Center Omaha and Creighton University ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,281 reviews)

"Conveniently located. Friendly staff. Great breakfast! Huge room!"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 12, 2019

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Omaha Downtown
Holiday Inn Express And Suites Omaha Downtown - Airport
Holiday Inn Express And Suites Omaha Downtown - Airport
2.5 out of 5
2431 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE
CA $102
per night
Nov 24 - Nov 25

Located in Downtown Omaha, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Joslyn Art Museum and Omaha Children's Museum. Creighton University and Orpheum Theater are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (165 reviews)

"The buffet breakfast was awesome! Parking was a little tough, but everything else was great!"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 12, 2019

Holiday Inn Express And Suites Omaha Downtown - Airport
DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown
DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown
3.5 out of 5
1616 Dodge St, Omaha, NE
CA $105
per night
Nov 29 - Nov 30

Located in Downtown Omaha, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of First National Bank Tower and Orpheum Theater. CHI Health Center Omaha and Omaha Children's ...

3.8/5Good! (1,118 reviews)

"Friendly staff, clean room, convenient location but the facility is old"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 10, 2019

DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown

Popular things to do in Downtown Omaha

Omaha Children's Museum
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Omaha Children's Museum

4/5(2 reviews)

Bring the little ones to this exciting museum to role play as doctors, make art with light and run through a fountain.

Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge
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Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

4/5(2 reviews)

Admire the wonderful views of the river from this meandering walkway and enjoy the serenity and scenery of the adjacent parks.

Heartland of America Park
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Heartland of America Park

Gaze up at the stunning light and water show at the fountain and hold hands on a romantic stroll through this charming park.

The Durham Museum
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The Durham Museum

Examine old railway carriages, inspect a coin collection and learn about the region’s indigenous history in this former train station.

Joslyn Art Museum
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Joslyn Art Museum

Make your way through the sculpture-laden pathways of the picturesque gardens and inspect works of art from across the ages.

Henry Doorly Zoo
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Henry Doorly Zoo

4.5/5(4 reviews)

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.

Top activities in Downtown Omaha

One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Omaha, NE
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Omaha, NE

CA $3

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

Omaha History Walk Tour
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Omaha History Walk Tour

CA $38

Discover the Downtown and Old Market district with our expert local guide during this history tour. This is where our city started and is an area where you can stroll the streets enjoying the ambiance of the past.

Omaha Food Walk
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Omaha Food Walk

CA $90

Discover the Downtown District which grew as a center for commerce including food and grocers around 1871. This area has evolved into a bustling dining and entertainment district. We will visit the site of the first restaurant that started the transformation in 1970 and other top chef restaurants in the area.

Omaha Beer & Bites Walk Tour
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Omaha Beer & Bites Walk Tour

CA $90

Discover the Downtown District which grew as a center for commerce including food and grocers around 1871. This area has evolved into a bustling dining and entertainment district. We will visit the breweries and brew pubs in the area.

Operation City Quest of Omaha, NE
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Operation City Quest of Omaha, NE

CA $13

Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

Self-Guided Omaha Scavenger Hunt
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Self-Guided Omaha Scavenger Hunt

CA $14

This adventure will take you through the heart of Chicago and let you see how it has changed over time, while also having fun. This hunt has been evolving over time to be as entertaining as possible, while showing you as much as possible.

Other neighborhoods in Omaha

Old Market
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Old Market

Known for Shopping, Dining, Culture

Enjoy the indie vibe, browse unique art galleries and shop in the converted warehouse buildings in this exceptional historic district.