For college baseball fans around the globe, June is an exciting time which brings The College World Series. This tournament, also known as the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship determines the Division I champion. Started in 1947, this tournament has been held in Omaha, Nebraska since 1950 and since 2011 has been held at Omaha’s TD Ameritrade Park. The tournament brings together the top eight regional champions from across the United States for an amazing mix of baseball and fun.
The College World Series, much like Omaha, has a lot to offer no matter your age. If you’re heading out to The College World Series this year, read on for our list of the top things to do in Omaha during your trip. Explore this amazing list of great restaurants and activities to keep you busy while you’re not at the ball park.
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1. Omaha Zoo & Aquarium
A perfect place to keep the kids busy all day is Omaha’s renowned Henry Doorly Zoo, also proclaimed as the best zoo in the world! From the Desert Dome and Scott Aquarium to the Imax, this zoo can keep you exploring for days. Founded in 1894, the Zoo is a vacation destination for travelers from across the globe. It is especially well known for several wonderful distinctions including the largest cat complex in North America, the world’s largest indoor rainforest, the world’s largest indoor desert, as well as the largest geodesic dome in the world.
2. Blue Sushi Sake Grill
Blue Sushi Sake Grill is a favorite among many Omahans and is a perfect dining spot for groups. Try the Crunchy LA and or Killer Bee, or head up stairs to the Sake Bombers Lounge for great happy hour deals.
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3. Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge
Nothing tops a walk or run across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. Just a few minutes walk from the ballpark and downtown, the 3,000 foot cable-suspended Pedestrian Bridge spans from Nebraska to Iowa and is a great place to sight-see the Missouri River.
4. Pitch Pizzeria & Dundee Neighborhood
Another local Omaha favorite is tucked away in the historic neighborhood of Dundee, Pitch Pizzeria was started by a local pizza chain legend decked with great ambiance and amazing hand-crafted pizzas cooked in a coal-fired oven.
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If you love music, you’ll love Slowdown! This music venue is one of the top tour stops in the region for up and coming music acts and has an equally impressive beer selection. Located just across the street from TD Ameritrade ballpark, it’s a sure stop for great entertainment.
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6. Bricks & Mortar
Located in the Old Market lofts in the heart of downtown, this bar and bistro is perfect for relaxing in couches inside or on the patio. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail or try a glass of vino from their selection of wine from around the world.
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7. Crescent Moon & Huber Haus
Crescent Moon Ale House and it’s lower level “Huber Haus” are two of Omaha’s top ale houses while also being rated as one of the nation’s top 100 bars by Draft Magazine. Enjoy champagne on tap with a big bowl of fresh popcorn.
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8. Gerda’s German Restaurant & Bakery
Gerda’s German Restaurant & Bakery is a local favorite of the Dundee and Midtown neighborhoods, it’s perfect for breakfast with amazing pastries and entrees as well as an addicting host of dinner entrees paired with imported German beers. Try the Jaeger Schnitzel dinner or the Hungarian Goulash.
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9. Benson Brewery
A newer addition to the up-and-coming trendy neighborhood of Benson, the Benson Brewery is quickly becoming one of Omaha’s top brew house restaurants. Benson is just a short 10-minute drive from downtown.
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10. Midtown Crossing
Just a few minutes drive from downtown and the Old Market, Midtown Crossing is a new upscale development of retail and restaurants. Get out of the heat at Marcus Midtown Cinema or try one of the outstanding restaurants at Midtown.
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11. Old Market
The heart of Omaha, the historic Old Market, has something to offer for everyone. Enjoy the delicacies from an American bar-grill, Asian fusion, or Indian cuisine, and countless other bars, lounges, and shops. Be sure to make a few stops in the Old Market during your stay in Omaha – You won’t regret it.
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12. Aksarben Village Concerts & Events
Catch a live, free concert every Saturday night during the summer months at Stinson Park, a part of the Aksaben Village area. Throw a blanket out on the green and enjoy the tunes!
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Other great places on the short list:
- Dinner & Drinks in the Old Market. “O” Dining & Lounge
- Classic Cocktails and more Downtown. Wilson & Washburh
- A Bakery with flair. WheatFields Eatery & Bakery
- Your classic Old Market Pub. M’s Pub