Time for a road trip: Omaha

Glenn Landberg

Omaha is Nebraska’s largest city and home to Warren Buffett, the richest person in the world according to Forbes Magazine in 2008. Often referred to as the “Oracle of Omaha,” he is the head of Berkshire Hathaway, his company headquartered in Omaha, Neb.

Five Fortune 500 companies and three of the world’s top 30 architectural and engineering firms are located in the Gateway City.

Omaha’s pioneer times started in 1854. It housed hubs because of its location on the Missouri River. Omaha is home to diverse groups in the city and has led to a ring of crimes such as illicit gambling, riots, lynchings and now gang violence.

The Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo may not sound like a college kid’s dream, but boasts the world’s largest glazed geodesic dome, housing the world’s largest indoor desert right next to the world’s largest indoor rain forest. It will set you back $11.50 but will provide a full day of critter-watching.

Dubliner Pub is the place to be for St. Patrick’s Day. This authentic Irish pub will be next best to actually sipping brew with a leprechaun. Five of five ratings on Omahabeat.com won’t steer you wrong.

The Old Market will be a day in itself. Covering from Harney to Jackson Streets to 10th to 13th Streets there is plenty to do. The market has managed to hold the feel that Omaha had more than half a century ago. There are bars, restraunts and art galleries to walk through.

Weather permitting, Heartland of America Park will be a nice way to spend some time outside. They have two fountains on the waterfront, one shooting more than 300 feet in the sky. Thirty-one acres will keep you wandering around for a while. Might be nice with a special someone…

The Fun Plex is Nebraska’s largest amusement and water park. Spring hours are subject to change with the weather. For info, persons may visit www.fun-plex.com.