Econo Lodge Downtown
2211 Douglas Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: (402) 345-9565
Fax: (402) 345-0311
2211 Douglas Street, Omaha, NE, US, 68102
- Phone: (402) 345-9565
- Fax: (402) 345-0311
Established in 1870, this widely respected Jesuit college enrolls more than 6,000 students each year. Creighton was honored with the number one ranking in 'U.S. News and World Report' listing of top colleges in the Midwest region. Stressing student growth in mind, body and spirit, Creighton includes undergraduate, graduate and doctoral study programs in Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy and Nursing. The focal point of the campus is St. John's Cathedral, a breathtaking Gothic Revival structure of Early English Lancet style.
The Omaha Public Library W. Dale Clark Main Branch is one of the city's most popular libraries. Not only for the structure of the building that was built in 1976 but that the library is stocked with a plethora of authors, genres, categories and kinds of books and more. Each floor at the library caters to a different need and the drop-off location for the books is free standing and on the west side of library on east side of 15th Street. The great thing about the Omaha Public Library is that you can open an account with them to have access to their collection, check what you've borrowed before, see what new stock they have and more. They have a separate teen center and kids center and you can also download movies into your account. Do contact for further details.
Located in the center of the city you will find the bustling patch of green that is the Turner Park. Spread over an area of 7.5 acres (3 hectares), this park provides a much needed green respite for city dwellers. Though surrounded by concrete, a part of the Midtown Crossing at Turner Park development area, the park is an ideal spot for some R&R, having facilities like picnic areas and walking paths. The park also plays host to community events like the Jazz on the Green concert series. Call to know more.
Nestled amidst the architectural variety of downtown Omaha, this park and urban playground is a magnet for both locals and visitors. Home to the annual Holiday Lights Festival, this 10 acre well-designed attraction has walking paths, lagoons, waterfalls, amphitheater, sculpture and gardens.The sandy playground and horseshoe pit mean more fun for kids. Just a few blocks from the Old Market with free admission, it is a great place for just a stroll.
No visit to Omaha is complete without a stop in the Old Market. Do not let the cobblestone streets fool you. Although charming, this eclectic corner of the city lays claim to some of the best shops and restaurants in town. Enjoy Italian at Vivace, invite a special someone to The French Cafe or sip a microbrew at the Upstream. Small shops offer everything from alternative music to cultural clothing, even a year-round selection of Christmas decorations. Several art galleries are also located in the area.
Take a walk along the riverfront in this 31-acre park. Conveniently located in downtown Omaha, visitors will enjoy the breathtaking beauty of a lake and two fountains. The more modern, computerized Heartland of America fountain shoots water 300 feet into the air and features a colorful nighttime light show. A ride on the General Marion tour boat proves interesting, as well as fun. Live concerts add to the relaxed atmosphere on Friday nights in June, July and August. Admission is free.
On the banks of the Missouri river, the spot where Meriwether Lewis and William Clark landed in Omaha during their exploration of Nebraska was named after them. Today the area has grown and developed into a popular visitor destination. A restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining venue as well as entertainment venue is available. The riverfront is full of beach tables and umbrellas making the scene colorful. The landing is connected to Qwest Center Omaha by the Martin Luther King Jr. Pedestrian Bridge. It's home to the Omaha Riverfront Jazz & Blues Festival.
Few people realize that former United States President Gerald Ford was born in Omaha as Leslie King, Jr. Visitors will learn of his name change and other presidential facts. The Betty Ford Rose Garden flourishes where Ford's boyhood home once stood. Twice destroyed by fire, only a replica now exists. Special displays feature White House memorabilia. The site is open year-round, but is especially beautiful in the summer months. Admission is free.
Take a trip back in time to 1903 with a visit to the exquisite family home of George and Sarah Joslyn, two of Omaha's most respected historical citizens. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this Scottish-Baronial style home boasts four stories and 35 rooms. The castle, originally built at a cost of $250,000, is located in the beautiful Gold Coast district and is across the street from the Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast. The castle is open to the public on the first and third Sundays of each month; see the website or call for more information.
Sokol Underground has been hosting some of the best music shows in Omaha. Although it's located under the famed Sokol Auditorium, Sokol Underground has a charm of it's own and stands proud on it's own merits. Run by a concert promotion company called 1% Productions, Underground hosts many music shows of diverse genres.
This is the place for railroad enthusiasts. Showcased here is Union Pacific's famous steam locomotive dubbed Big Boy. Visitors will also see the largest diesel locomotive ever built. Along with the sights comes a history lesson. Audio recordings share the story of how these huge machines came to be. Admission is free. The park is located just one mile north of downtown Omaha.
Built in 1956, Omaha Public Library - Willa Cather Branch, like other Omaha Public Libraries is well-stocked and provides internet access with special computers for children and teens. The library also organizes a number clubs and events like the Baby & Me Storytime, Toddler/Preschool Storytime among others. You can even register yourself for these events on their website. Do contact them for more information.