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What you should know about Carter Lake

Famed as the city that was switched from Nebraska to Iowa at the whim of a river, Carter Lake is Omaha's playful neighborhood that visitors simply cannot miss—often literally, as it wraps itself around the entrance to the city's main airport. The Lake itself is an old channel of the Missouri, cut off in a disastrous flood in 1877. Once a famous casino resort, today it's home to a small community who relish its boathouses, parks, golf courses, and intriguing geography.

Hotels in Carter Lake

There are a small number of hotels in Carter Lake, catering to both curious visitors and those travelers needing a place to stay while using the next door Eppley Airfield. They are mainly small-sized brand-name hotels with good amenities for business travelers and overnighting guests. The Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Omaha Airport offers the full range such facilities, from an indoor pool and health club, to a business center, library, and a free airport shuttle. The Super 8 Omaha Eppley Airport/Carter Lake actually fronts onto part of the Lake, and has good Carter Lake reviews for its wellness spa and quiet surroundings.

Things to see in Carter Lake

Apart from the attractions of its shoreline, Carter Lake, a neighborhood tucked up to the center of Omaha, has a wealth of interesting sights and attractions on its doorstep. The closest is the Freedom Park, a naval museum on the banks of the Missouri at the entrance to Carter Lake. Here you can get an up-close peek at a number of fascinating naval vessels and boats. The WWII minesweeper and Cold War submarine moored on the docks here can be boarded for an enthralling tour. For a different sort of nautical adventure, the adjacent River City Star offers cruises on a 1940s riverboat, reckoned to be the only such boat on Omaha's waters. Lastly, if you'd rather be over the river than on it, take a stroll to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. This elegant 3,000-foot crossing over the Missouri has been a favorite viewing spot ever since it was installed in 2008.

Good for business and overnight travelers

The hotels in this small Iowa enclave make a great base for business (and other) travelers on the move. Not only is Eppley Airfield just across the lake, connected by a regular shuttle bus service, but it's quick and simple to reach downtown's convention centers too, only a mile or so to the south. You'll also find the accommodation in Carter Lake is geared toward business travelers, with decent meeting room facilities and business support services. And if you fancy a spot of corporate entertainment, there's a golf course a few hundred yards from the Carter Lake hotels.

How to get to Carter Lake

Travel in Carter Lake couldn't be simpler. The airport shuttle service from Eppley Airfield (number 16) leaves every half hour, and takes around 9 minutes to run around the lake and reach the stops opposite the main hotels in Carter Lake. The same route can be followed by those who have hired a car at the airport. If you're needing to get into downtown, the number 16 bus service can be picked up from opposite the hotels, and will get you there in a few minutes.