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omaha nebraskaOmaha Nebraska is the largest city in state of Nebraska and called the 'Gateway to the West.' Tourism is an important part of the local economy in Omaha. Many visitors flocked to the city for the U.S Olympic swim trials in 2008 and 2012, as they do annually for the College World Series. The most popular paid attraction in the state of Nebraska is Henry Doorly Zoo, a leader in animal conservation and research. It is often considered one of the best zoos in the world. omaha nebraskaAmong its credits include having the largest indoor desert and largest indoor rainforest. In 1989, the largest National Register Historic District in the United States was demolished to make way for a large food company headquarters. Taking down the Jobber’s Canyon warehouses, although they had deteriorated, was a move widely criticized and as such efforts have since been made to ensure that there is a move to preserve historic sites in Omaha. One of the places to make it on to the National Register of Historical Places in Omaha is the Old Market. This is a district in the Downtown of Omaha and today is used as a building for trendy boutiques, restaurants, bars and galleries. omaha nebraskaIt is an important part of the local economy in Omaha. Those who enjoy their art will be keen to visit the Omaha Rail and Commerce Historic District, also located in Downtown, which is home to several more art galleries and nice places to grab a bite to eat. Some other places to visit in Omaha, include: The Omaha Botanical Garden and arboretum at Lauritzen Gardens, which was opened in 1982 and has several plant communities and landscaping. It is also free of charge to the public. Kenefick Park, next to Lauritzen Gardens in South Omaha, dedicated to the railroad history of Omaha. Here you can see two large locomotives on display. The Dreamland Historical Project in North Omaha is now a listed building. It was built in 1923 and home to the Dreamland Ballroom for over 40 years and welcomed jazz and blues greats including Louis Armstrong. Today is a center for cultural arts and music. omaha nebraskaOmaha Community Playhouse on Cass Street, Omaha is the largest community theater in the whole of the United States. It was opened back in 1924 and saw the acting debut of Marlon Brando, among others. In fact, the area is widely recognized for its contribution to the performing arts and music, with the likes of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Opera Omaha and various theaters such as Blue Barn and The Rose. The Joslyn Art Museum opened in 1931 and is the main fine arts museums in the state of Nebraska. It is home to many significant art collections and permanent displays and best known for its collections of nineteenth and twentieth century European and American art. A favorite for the children is the Omaha Children’s Museum, which was opened in 1976. It is a center where children can learn through play and various challenges. The culture of Omaha, known for its multiculturalism, is diverse. This is celebrated today through music, performance and entertainment. The annual Omaha Blues, Jazz and Gospel Festival celebrates this every August at the Rosenblatt Stadium (North) or Fort Omaha (South) and is a great time of year to visit Omaha and find out about its history, its people and its entertainment scene.

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