If you ask most people about Omaha, NE I bet they will mention something about corn and cows, and maybe even the Cornhusker football team. They will talk about Warren Buffett, Offutt AFB, and the Henry Doorly Zoo. Well, there is more to Omaha than meets the eye, and I think the secret is getting out. Having grown up here all of my life I can attest to the hundreds of changes this city has gone through. Omaha is growing so much that there is a shortage of houses in the real estate market!
I can remember when we could drive around town after about 10 PM, and there was pretty much not another car around. This is not the case today. Omaha is growing in leaps and bounds! There are hundreds of new construction homes being built, new companies moving in and building their new locations, new entertainment districts, and so much more! There are always wonderful local establishments to dine at, shop at, and catch up with friends. But, lets get down to details.
The atmosphere of Omaha is what draws people in. It has a small town feel with big city opportunities. The Midtown Crossing area has an urban feel with condo housing, eateries, and shopping all within walking distance. They offer movies in the park in the summer, and a wonderful Holiday light show in the winter. Near the actual center of our city on 72nd and Dodge they are building a new open air shopping area, much like the Village Pointe shopping center on 168th and Dodge. It presents new opportunities, ideas, and inclusiveness. I am sure not many people remember Aksarben. I remember going there for what we call River City Roundup. It would offer a rodeo, 4H displays of farm life, and craft projects, and a parade with more horses than most people have seen in their lifetime. Now Aksarben has advanced with dining, specialty shops, cinema, and more. They offer summer concerts, and theater as well.
Speaking of theater we have the Orpheum Theater downtown as well as the Rose Theater for children. These theaters have withstood time, and are a cherished part of our Omaha history. This would lead to the multiple museums we have including the Joslyn Art museum, Durham museum, and the Children's museum. Then you have the Lauritzen Botanical Gardens, and Neale Woods for the nature lover.
Speaking of a nature lover, our winters have gone from 4 feet of snow with -20 degree temperatures to being very mild. About 30 degrees with some 50 degree days, and we are lucky if we get 6 inches of snow! The summers are warm mostly upper 80's and low 90's, but we always have a streak of 100 degree days somewhere in there. Those days make it great to go to our local water parks like Fun Plex, and Mahoney State Park, or even many of the local water parks that are no charge and located inside of neighborhoods. There are many other state parks nearby that one could visit such as Platte River State Park, Two Rivers State Park, and more.
When summer is over, and the kids start worrying about school, the parents can be assured that we have a great selection of schools from private to public. The Omaha Public school district is in the process of building a new high school near the Bennington area. This will help to give students a lower student to teacher ratio. Visit my buyers page to check out how our local schools are graded.
There is much more about our community to love, and will discuss those in more blogs to come! Thanks for reading about our hometown!