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Council Bluffs and Omaha have long served as a jumping off point for historic emigration trails westward, such as the Oregon, Mormon, and California trails. Lewis and Clark also made this area a focal point on their journey to the west.
Why Omaha and Council Bluffs Rock...
Between the music scene, food and beer, and sports action there’s never a dull moment in these sister cities. Get the best of Iowa and Nebraska in one place.
Where to Live...
Old Market has unique shops, boutiques, pubs, restaurants and entertainment in a beautiful historic neighborhood right in the heart of Omaha.
Dundee is a central Omaha neighborhood known for its numerous historic residences and two major parks.
Millard was the former downtown area of Omaha and is now one of the most interesting neighborhoods. They even have their own school district.
Midtown is just minutes from downtown Omaha offering an energetic blend of restaurants, retail, community events, and individual experiences.
Bayliss Park in Council Bluffs offers a historic yet recently renovated plaza. Many residents choose Bayliss Park for the unique architecture and family-friendly atmosphere.
Fairmount Park is a well-known location for a nice walk, quick run, or clean place to take the family.
Kanesville-Tinley is a neighborhood that has worked with the community to become stronger over the past few years. It has a convenient location for residents, as well as a friendly atmosphere!
Where to Play...
Omaha is home to the Malcolm X Memorial, a plaza and educational memorial site at Malcom X’s birth site.
With art from ancient times to the present and outdoor garden galleries there’s something for the whole family at Joslyn Art Museum.
Prospect Hill is the historic burial site of many Omaha pioneers.
Durham Museum is housed in one of Omaha’s unique treasures, Union Station. It offers a look at not only the history of the region but a broad range of traveling exhibits as well through its affiliation with the Smithsonian, Library of Congress, National Archives, and the Field Museum.
Maha Music Fest / Live Music Omaha is recognized as one of the nation’s premiere tour stops for the biggest names in music and is a major hot spot for the indie music scene. There’s always live music to be found including Omaha’s very own yearly music festival.
It’s always a fun time down at Beer Corner USA. With events and festivals all year round this unique corner of Omaha offers up a place of community and excitement.
Look no further than Omaha for some of the most exciting times in baseball. Home to the College World Series, every summer Omaha becomes the most electric places to be in the world.
Henry Doorly Zoo offers the opportunity to experience the wonders of the world all in one place. With dozens of unique exhibits and an aquarium, the Henry Doorly Zoo is a magical place for the whole family.
The first walking bridge to connect two states, the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge is a must see. You can stand in two places at once and behold the magic that is this 3,000 foot bridge suspended by just cables.
The Historic Squirrel Cage Jail is one of only three remaining rotating jails, and the only three story one ever built. The jail remains much as it was when it closed in 1969, even with some prisoners signatures scratched out on the walls.
The Lewis & Clark Monument was built to honor the historic meeting of Lewis and Clark with the Otoe and Missouria Indians and has a gorgeous view of the Missouri River valley.
Union Pacific Railroad Museum is the home of history in Council Bluffs. Generations of families have had their lives touched by America’s premiere railroad and you can celebrate those stories and more at the museum.
Bayliss Park has fun for the whole family. They have a gorgeous plaza and fountain, as well as an interactive water feature and touchable are for the kids. There’s also a performance area where you can take in a show.
Make sure to stop by the Pottawattamie County Courthouse to see the restored Grant Wood Paintings from the Corn Room mural.
Stir Cove is the Midwest’s premiere, outdoor concert venue. They host some of the biggest names in the industry all summer long.
The revitalized Bluffs Downtown is a hub for activity in Council Bluffs. With the Farmers Market, shopping, and fun outdoor events, the Historic 100 Block is the place to be!
Where to Dine...
Steakhouses – Omaha is famous for its beef business so make sure not to miss some of the best steakhouses in town. Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse with its vintage cool atmosphere and top-shelf steaks; The Drover home of Omaha’s original whiskey steaks; and Gorats, an Omaha tradition for more than 69 years, are just some of the many amazing selections.
You may have heard of eCreamery Ice Cream and Gelato through ABC’s “Shark Tank”, The New York Times, “Oprah” and more. You can order any custom flavor online or stop by the only brick and mortar location in Omaha and try one of 16 daily rotating small-batch flavors.
Kitchen Table is a place that makes real food from scratch using the best local ingredients possible. Besides the all-day menu, they also offer a dinner of the night, same theme for each night of the week but with a seasonal spin.
If you’re looking for a little something different look no further than Modern Love, a swanky vegan comfort food restaurant in the heart of Omaha.
Dario’s Brasserie is a European style restaurant with banquette seating and gentle lighting that give an intimate and elegant feel. Our cozy and comfortable bar area is great for a drink or causal dining experience. The highest quality and freshest ingredients, along with the latest cooking techniques are combined to make your dining experience memorable.
Salt 88 is a modern dining concept where our chef pulls inspiration from Old European mainstay dishes and gives them a New American twist. If you’re up for food that is exciting, modern, and satisfying, welcome to Salt.
Cellar 19 is a locally owned and operated family business that prides itself on customer service and exceptional quality. With live music, seasonal celebrations a great patio and awesome staff, Cellar 19 is an unmissable experience.
Tastee Treet Log Cabin has more than just the best ice cream treats in town. They also offer delicious food ranging from burgers to BBQ and some of the best cheeseballs in Council Bluffs. Make sure to stop by this family owned restaurant to enjoy your meal with a beautiful view of the Wabash Trace Nature Trail.
As a part of the Omaha/Council Bluffs communities for over 20 years, Lansky’s offers up great philly steak sandwiches, pizza, and homemade pasta dishes.
Mo Fish specializes in deep-fried Catfish, Carp, and Alaskan Walleye served fresh every day. No matter where you’re from you’re always treated like family at Mo Fish.
Barley’s has a great pub atmosphere with great food and beer. Stop by on Wednesdays for trivia and check back every month for our featured brewery of the month.
Pizza King was started in 1965 and hasn’t left the Poulos family since. They pride themselves on excellent food, outstanding service, and a family friendly environment. Don’t miss this local favorite.