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1. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

So, I am going to be in Omaha, Nebraska for a week in August. It will actually be my 7th trip to Omaha in the past year, but this will be the first time that I actually will be able to get out of the office before 8pm at night and have some time to do things.

What is there to do in Omaha at night? I have already checked out the old market area (very nice).

I like historical stuff, especially first nations or early settlers so if there is something like that close by that is open after 5pm on weeknights, let me now.

Also, a friend of mine who used to book alternative rock bands in the mid-west mentioned a bowling alley that books a lot of alt.rock acts. He couldn't remember the name though. Any ideas?

Thanks!
Greg

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Well, I guess no one here is an expert on Omaha. That's okay - here's some advice I got from the locals, and some of my own discoveries...

FUN

There are two casinos in Council Bluffs (just over the river from Omaha), Ameristar and Harrahs.

The Zoo is supposedly excellent (again I didn't get to see it because of my work schedule), but it has been called the "second best zoo in America" behind San Diego. http://www.omahazoo.com/

The aviation museum just west of town on I-80 is only open 9 - 5 daily, so I didn't see it, but I hear it is quite cool: http://www.strategicairandspace.com/general/general.htm

FOOD

In the old market, after walking around and doing some window shopping, hit M's pub. Good after work crowd, cold beer and good food. http://www.mspubomaha.com/

Charlie's On the Lake - http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_np=0&u_pg=1458&u_sid=917001 is a nice place to take a romantic date. It's even alright to hang with coworkers.

I liked the wings at DJ's Dugout (114 and Dodge - 636 N. 114th Street). Plus I got to watch MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL. Yay for Football season!

There is a very interesting little German restaurant in Bellevue called Edelweiss. They can be found at 2211 Capehart Rd., or on the virtual road at http://www.edelweiss-restaurant.com/main.htm.

We started with the potato pancakes, which were very good (especially with the Hefe-Weizen to wash it down). I followed with the Wurst Teller - a selection of the "best of the wurst." (Great pun, eh?). The Currywurst was especially good. My co-worker had the Veal Cordon Bleu, and like it alot. Portion sizes were HUGE! The bill was very reasonable.

Greg