Econo Lodge Downtown
2211 Douglas Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: (402) 345-9565
Fax: (402) 345-0311
With a history that dates back to 1858, Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church is regarded to be one of the earliest Lutheran congregations in the region. The current building is the third to be occupied by the church, and was constructed in 1906. The building features an ornate bell tower and striking architectural details. Other prominent features of the church include the historic bell and the brilliant stained-glass windows. Check website for more information.
Built in 1880, Trinity Cathedral is one of the city's oldest churches. Designed in the Late Gothic Revival style, the church is a treat for architecture enthusiasts. Notable features include the imposing tower as well as the stunning stained-glass windows. For those keen on knowing more, the church operates a museum on the second floor that preserves its historical legacy. Check website for worship times, visiting and more information.
First National's Spirit of Nebraska's Wilderness and Pioneer Courage Park depicts Omaha's pioneer history in grand fashion. This park is made up of five blocks of downtown which have been filled with stainless steel and bronze statues. Sculptors Blair Buswell, Edward Fraughton and Kent Ullberg have created these sculptures, which includes a stampeding group of bison and a large wagon train. This area is a great place to take the family and let the kids enjoy themselves.
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 with its cobblestone streets. 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.
In Omaha on the banks of the Missouri River, the spot where Meriwether Lewis and William Clark landed during their exploration of Nebraska is named after them. Today the area has grown and developed into a popular visitor destination. The riverfront is full of beach tables and umbrellas making the scene colorful. The landing is connected to CenturyLink 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.
Named for former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey, who secured over $18 million of funding for the project, this Pedestrian bridge spans the width of the Missouri River from Omaha, Nebraska to Council Bluffs, Iowa. Construction began on October 26, 2006 and the bridge was officially opened to the public on September 28, 2008. The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge was the first of its kind to link two states, and allows pedestrians to stand 60 feet above the river while traversing the 3,000-foot-long structure. Since the bridge is located over the dividing line between Nebraska and Iowa, visitors can literally stand with one foot in each state!