Here’s a fun fact that will probably blow your mind: there are more billionaires per capita in Omaha than any other city in the U.S. You may know the name Warren Buffett. He still lives in Omaha and when he started his company, Berkshire Hathaway, many of the first investors were his friends and neighbors.
All of that money allows for well-funded arts organizations, like the Joslyn Art Museum, the Omaha Symphony Orchestra and Lauritzen Botanical Gardens. The Omaha Community Playhouse, which puts on six shows a year, is not only the nation’s largest community theatre, it’s also where Marlon Brando and Henry Fonda made their first stage appearances.
Of course, Omaha is famous for great steakhouses, but you’ll find every type of ethnic cuisine imaginable here, with heavy emphasis on eastern European. The railroads that built Omaha brought immigrants from every corner of the world. Learn more about that history with a visit to the Durham Western Heritage Museum located inside Union Station.
One of my favorite destinations in Omaha is the Old Market District, where brick streets will lead you to some of the Midwest’s most interesting boutiques, art galleries, bookstores and coffee shops.