2808 S. 72nd St.
Omaha, NE 68124
Phone: (402) 397-7137
Fax: (402) 397-3492
Located in the Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center, the CoCo Key Water Resort is the perfect place to take the whole family for some fun. Even better, this resort is indoors, meaning it is open throughout the entire year. The main attraction here is the three-story tall water slide, which provides quite a thrill. So whether you want to get some relief from a sweltering Omaha summer day or want to escape a cold winter day, this water park is the perfect destination.
Mature trees shade a trail that winds behind the University of Nebraska-Omaha campus. Students and nearby homeowners come here often to jog and walk. Be sure to look for a recently refurbished fountain. A natural spring feeds the Spring Grotto, although these days a city well helps to supplement the flow. It is surrounded by a sunken garden. Each July, the park hosts Omaha's Shakespeare on the Green event. Elmwood Park Golf Course stretches along the southern side.
Omaha's largest water park and ride complex features a variety of games and activities. Take a ride down the Typhoon water slides, float around in the Lazy River, or ride the waves of the Motion Ocean. Land-lovers may choose to zip around the go-cart track, ride the state's only roller coaster, or enjoy a classic ride on the Carousel. Fun Plex offers many other attractions to please any member of the family, big or small.
This large green space sits in the middle of the city. You cannot miss it while driving down busy Dodge Street. A sea of lush, green grass reaches up to a white monument dedicated to Omahans who died in World War II. A separate memorial honors the men and women killed in Korea and Vietnam. Local citizens raised the money needed to establish the park in 1944. Tall hills offer one of the best sled rides in the city.
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.
Omaha Public Library - W. Clarke Swanson Branch opened its doors to eager and inquisitive readers and researchers in 1966. Now the library is equipped with computers and the internet and even has special access for teens and kids. The facility conducts quite a few events and runs a few clubs like Rent a Computer Geek, Swanson Swingers Book Club, Witty Whimsical Women Book Club, to name a few. To drop-off the books head to the parking lot on the east side. Do contact them for more details.
The Omaha Public Library at A.V. Sorensen is well-stocked with a plethora of books and authors in different categories. The library has a number of different clubs like that LEGO Club, the Sorensen Readers Book Club, Wii Fit Kids Club, Wii Fit Teen Club, Movie Day and more. If you're interested in joining a club at the library, do contact them or check their website. Started in 1976, Omaha Public Library - A.V. Sorensen Branch has a computer lab that has eight work stations and even a glass-walled teen center with three computer stations. The 'Children Reading on a Log' sculpture is at this library. It was erected in memory of a Omaha Public Library Manager, Pam Scott who passed away in September of 2007. Do contact the library for more details.
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.
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.
Built in 1959, the imposing Saint Cecilia Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals not just in the city, but also the country. But size is not its only talking point. Built in the Spanish Revival style, the church features striking architectural details. The interiors are no less extravagant with beautiful paintings, frescoes and sculptures. The modern organ remains central to the church's varied musical program. Check website for more.
Although established in 1923, the Omaha Public Library - Benson Branch was only built at it's present location in 1942. The library is facilitated with computers that also have access to the internet. They also conduct regular events like Benson Branch Mystery Book Club to which you can register by logging on to their website. The drop-off for the books is in the alley at the south side of the building. For more information and to know of their events, do visit the website.
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.