What to do when you’re in Omaha

Posted on Mar 20, 2018 in News

The Jayhawks have advanced to the Midwest Regional, and Omaha is ready to host! Before KU fans arrive in Nebraska’s largest city, we reached out to local alumni for their recommendations on places to see, eat and drink.

Desert Dome, photo credit: wgunther via flickr

What to do

Omaha is home to more than 400,000 people, including more than 2,000 Jayhawks, but there’s plenty to see in just the immediate area surrounding the CenturyLink Center.

Henry Doorly Zoo

Ask any Omaha native what to do in town, and you’ll get the same answer first: go to the zoo. Named one of the five best zoos in America by USA Today and Trip Advisor, the Henry Doorly Zoo is a must see for visitors of all ages. Enter the Desert Dome that towers above the grounds, and be sure to see Kingdoms of the Night, the world’s largest nocturnal exhibit, located underneath.

Old Market

Half a mile south of the CenturyLink Center is the Old Market, an arts and entertainment district sprawling across cobblestone streets. With over 50 businesses in the area, you’ll find a place to shop, eat, or drink the way you like it.

The Durham Museum

Just like Kansas City, Omaha has preserved their historic Union Station with a museum honoring the history of Omaha and the region. Bring the kids, and let them explore the exhibits, including a 1950s steam engine and train cars. It’s only a half-mile walk from the Old Market.

Durham Museum, photo credit Shelby L. Bell via flickr

Where to eat

Whether you’re looking for a place to watch a game or dining in the historic Old Market, Omaha has something for everyone.

Upstream Brewing Company

Located in the heart of the Old Market, Upstream offers a variety of microbrews to go with a full menu for lunch or dinner, including Omaha’s famous steaks.

Block 16

A hip lunch spot that’s easy to miss, visitors to Block 16 will find a burger Alton Brown calls his favorite in the country, and fries served in ways you’ve never seen before. Think Lawrence’s own Burger Stand with an expanded menu.

Pitch Coal-Fire Pizzeria

Artisan pizzas are the offering here, with fresh, quality ingredients making up pizzas that are as handmade as it gets.

The Good Life Sports Bar and Grill

While there won’t be any official watch parties in Omaha for KU’s games, the Good Life hosts the Omaha Jayhawk Network for watch parties throughout the season. Standard bar fare and plenty of wings make it a perfect place to watch the games on KU’s off days.

The Good Life Bar and Grill in Omaha, Nebraska

The Omaha Jayhawks at The Good Life

Where to drink

Lefty O’Tooles

This Irish Pub is buzzing when the College World Series comes to Omaha every summer, and it’s sure to do the same for the NCAA Tournament with the CenturyLink Center a short walk away.

Brickway Brewery & Distillery

Omaha’s first brewery and distillery since prohibition, Brickway brews seasonals, weekly specials, and local favorites on site, with a couple food items to pair.

Many thanks to volunteers from our Omaha Network for their recommendations!

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