Explore a Variety of Things to Do in the Omaha Area
Less than 10 miles from downtown Omaha, the Country Inn & Suites in Council Bluffs, IA puts you close to attractions like Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, where you can watch the antics of a flock of flamingos and walk through a 70-foot shark tunnel. The area is known for its casinos, so make sure that a visit to Horseshoe Casino, Harrah’s or Ameristar Casino is on your list of things to do. After an event at the Mid-America Center, you can stroll along the vibrant streets of the Old Market, the entertainment district of Omaha filled with live music, restaurants and boutique shops.Visit these area attractions:
- Ameristar Casino (2.7 miles)
Test your luck with an evening of riverboat gambling on the Missouri River at Ameristar Casino. You can play slots and table games before heading to one of the casino’s restaurants or bars.
Phone: +1 (712) 328-8888
- Breezy Hills Vineyard & Winery (26 miles)
Take in the Iowa countryside with a glass of homemade wine at Breezy Hills Vineyard & Winery. You can enjoy samples of favorites like Sassy Girl, an award-winning sweet white wine, while you tour this family-owned facility.
Phone: +1 (712) 485-2083
- Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino (3.2 miles)
Whether you’re looking for a lucky break at the blackjack table or a quick bite at the buffet, Harrah’s gives you a variety of table games and slots to go along with its restaurants and concerts. The casino also offers access to two golf courses, Westwood and Dodge Riverside.
Phone: +1 (712) 329-6000
- Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium (4.6 miles)
Discover Alaska’s coast in America’s heartland at Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, home to thousands of animals and acres of gardens and indoor exhibits. When the temperature rises, head to the zoo’s Alaskan Adventure splash park to cool off. You can take a break from walking with a visit to the Lozier IMAX® Theater or a drive through the Wildlife Safari Park.
Phone: +1 (402) 733-8401
- Historic Pottawattamie County Squirrel Cage Jail (2.8 miles)
For a unique peek into American history, head to the Squirrel Cage Jail in Council Bluffs, one of the few rotary jails ever built. The building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is designed with a rotating floor and offers a glimpse at the stranger side of life in 19th-century Iowa.
Phone: +1 (712) 323-2509
- Horseshoe Casino (adjacent to hotel)
Everything’s coming up aces at Horseshoe Casino, where you can test your skills in the Poker Room, experience the thrill of craps or try the newest game craze, Pai Gow poker. Hungry after a big win? Celebrate with a premium cut from Jack Binion’s Steak House.
Phone: +1 (712) 323-2500
- Lauritzen Gardens (4.8 miles)
Find an oasis in downtown Omaha at Lauritzen Gardens, a four-season botanical sanctuary located on the banks of the Missouri River. If it’s raining, you can tour the visitor center and its floral displays, artwork, café and gift shop.
Phone: +1 (402) 346-4002
- Old Market District - Omaha, NE (5.6 miles)
From one-of-a-kind clothing boutiques to award-winning photography shops, you’ll be inspired by the variety of stores lining the streets of the Old Market, a district known for its artistic vibe. You can browse the many shops before stopping for lunch, and then come back later to experience the Old Market’s thriving nightlife.
Phone: +1 (402) 916-1796
- RailsWest Railroad Museum (1.8 miles)
At this museum, you’ll discover Council Bluff’s role as the easternmost point of the original Transcontinental Railroad, leading to the growth of the entire area. Be sure to climb aboard one of the train cars housed at the museum.
Phone: +1 (712) 323-2509
- Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum (32 miles)
It’s worth the trip to see one of the country’s top military air- and spacecraft collections at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum. Explore Apollo modules, NASA prototypes and WWII bombers before catching a show at the planetarium.
Phone: +1 (402) 944-3100
Directions to the Country Inn & Suites, Council Bluffs
The hotel is on I-80/I-29 next to Horseshoe Casino and attached to the Mid-America Center. Exit at 24th Street and head north, turn left on Mid-America Drive, and turn right onto Arena Way to the hotel.