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Southwest Employees Share Their Favorite ‘Hidden Gems’ Spots in the Omaha, NE Area


Southwest now serves 99 destinations across the U.S. and 10 additional countries, so if you’re looking to get away, there are always places to go and experiences to be had! Nobody knows a city and its hidden gems better than the Employees who live and work there. Check out a few of our Employees' favorite places in the Omaha area and share your hidden gems in our comment section below!




Henry Doorly Zoo, Lauritzen Gardens Omaha's Botanical Center, TD Ameritrade Park, The Durham Museum, Joslyn Art Museum, St. Cecilia's Cathedral, Old Market, Omaha Children's Museum, Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, Joslyn Castle, General Crook House Museum, Kenefick Park


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Go Wild
“In 2014, the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha was named the best zoo in the world by TripAdvisor. It’s a must see whenever you visit! With more than 160 acres of plants, animals, and unique habitats from around the world my favorites include: the African grasslands with elephants, white rhinos, cheetahs, sable antelopes, bongos, ostriches, and impalas; the butterfly exhibit, and the aquarium. They even have a baby giraffe! After your visit to the zoo, you’ll be hungry so stop by Twisted Fork in downtown Omaha. The smoked gouda mac and cheese is yummy!”

—OMA Operations Agent Trinity Gondella



Check out the Views

“For cool views of downtown Omaha, check out the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge or Heartland of America Park. Or try your luck at one of three casinos just across the river.”

—Regulatory Programs and Compliance Sr. Investigator John Drake


“Omaha has several micro-breweries in the area. I recommend Brickway, Infusion, and Upstream.”

—LAS Assistant Station Manager Ramp & Ops Tim Jeter


The Berry & Rye is a fantastic cocktail bar!”

—Safety & Security Lead Auditor Station Assurance Scott Nese


Up, Up, and Away
“When you’re in Omaha, I recommend driving about 40 miles southwest to Ashland—voted one of the 10 most beautiful cities in Nebraska—to the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum.”

—Flight Attendant Ashley Thomas


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Since 1950, Omaha has hosted the College World Series. These Division I Baseball Championship games are played in June (currently in the TD Ameritrade Park). The event is a must for college baseball fans!”

—OMA Customer Service Agent Lori Bogle  


Old World Charm
“A place I definitely visit whenever I’m in Omaha is the Old Market. The area offers a variety of good food and eclectic stores.”

—MCO Flight Attendant David Stanfield


Urban Development
“Midtown Crossing is centered around the revitalized Turner Park and is an awesome shopping and entertainment destination. Aside from exceptional restaurants, Midtown Crossing also hosts many different events, especially in the summer! Options include “Yoga Rocks the Park” on Sundays, Monday movies in the park, Wednesday Night Workouts, Jazz on the Green on Thursdays, Night Market, and more.”

—MDW Flight Attendant Nicole Niebauer