Family Activities in Omaha, NE
Explore how the railroads transformed America at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Artifacts, photos and documents dating from the mid-1800s chronicle the massive effort to design, build and run the railroads that opened the American West for settlement. For six years more than 20,000 men worked day and night to connect the growing U.S., traversing rivers, mountains and the Great Plains as they built the railroads and connected east with west.
Enjoy the park’s 300-foot-high fountain and light show, wander amid the exhibits and memorials or take a ride on one of the gondolas. Opened in 1990, the 31-acre park features an interpretive exhibit highlighting the explorations of Lewis and Clark at the Lewis and Clark Landing. The park offers walking trails, picnic tables and an ideal location to enjoy the outdoors with your family.
Built in 1903 by Omaha couple George and Sarah Joslyn, this 35-room, 19,360-square-foot Scottish Baronial mansion is now considered a local treasure. On the National Register of Historic Places, the castle’s impressive interior includes a sweeping mahogany staircase, marble fireplace, stained-glass windows, mosaic tiles, oak paneling, hand-painted ceilings and gold-toned satinwood. The castle grounds cover 5.5 acres with two ponds, a foot bridge, and beautiful landscaping.
The oldest and most prominent art museum in Nebraska, the Joslyn Art Museum opened in 1931. Considered one of the top 10 art museums for kids, the museum, which features art from ancient times into the 21st century, offers a number of exciting and interactive ways for kids and their families to enjoy the museum. Begin with an art overview at the Scott EdTech Gallery, where kids have a multi-media opportunity to explore art. Check out an Art Pack or the SmART Cards designed to help families seek out 15 different works of art.
Discover the beauty of the Latin American culture in the U.S. One of only eleven Latino museums in the U.S., El Museo Latino embraces the Latin American culture prevalent in the Midwest. The museum celebrates holidays such as Cinco de Mayo and Hispanic Heritage Month, offers educational classes, including traditional art, music and dance classes, and features exhibits honoring the influences Latinos had on growth in Omaha and the Midwest.