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What you should know about South Omaha

Pressed against the Missouri to the east, and the suburbs of Millard and Ralston to the west, South Omaha is one of the most diverse and historic parts of Omaha. Successive waves of immigrants came here to work Omaha's railroad and meatpacking trades, gifting this tightly-gridded area with color and energy. Its neighborhoods, with names like Little Bohemia or Little Italy, boast historic churches, buildings, and schools—and, of course the Doorly, recently rated “the world’s best zoo.”

Hotels in South Omaha


Despite its size and closeness to Downtown, there are relatively few hotels in South Omaha, particularly in its historic neighborhoods. Instead you'll find the best accommodation in the west of the district. Along L Street there are a couple of budget motels, but one of the better quality hotels in South Omaha is a few blocks away, on the edge of Ralston. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Omaha South-Ralston Arena provides its guests with an indoor pool and rooms containing microwaves and fridges. It receives great reviews for its friendly staff, and their great attention to detail.

Things to see in South Omaha


There are innumerable historic buildings in South Omaha recognized for their contribution to the city's fascinating story. Among them are its churches, which give a real flavor of the cultural melting pot defining this neighborhood: 3 Catholic churches for the Irish, 2 Roman churches for the Italians, and 1 for the Lithuanians—not to mention 3 Greek Orthodox churches and a synagogue. El Museo Latino provides an insight on another of those communities, showcasing Latino and Hispanic art, including exhibits of work by Frida Kahlo. The charming Little Bohemia district, once home to the city's Czech population, is well worth a wander, with its pretty 19th-century hotel and striking Sokol Auditorium. But undoubtedly the biggest draw for visitors is the Henry Doorly, a zoo that's over 100-years old. Now housed in a spectacular geodesic dome, a visit here treats you to a succession of world-class habitats—the world's the largest indoor desert, its largest indoor rainforest, and its biggest indoor swamp.

Good for families


One compelling reason for those with kids to book a South Omaha hotel is the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, one of the Midwest's biggest family attractions. There are plenty of other reasons though, including the affordability of the neighborhood, its fascinating history and museums, and the many parks to the south (as well just across the Missouri in Iowa) where lovers of the outdoors can adventure and explore. There are also plenty of fun activity-based attractions in its western suburbs, like water parks and go-kart tracks. The wide selection of family-friendly hotels in South Omaha make it an ideal destination for those traveling with children.

How to get to South Omaha


Eppley Airfield, the closest airport for domestic flights into Omaha, is on the other side of the city from South Omaha. Hiring a car here is sensible, as public transportation is not great for getting around the city, or for travel to South Omaha's hotels. Even when driving you'll need to take a somewhat circular route (unless you want to cross back-and-forth over the River Missouri and state-line). Take I-75S on leaving the airport, then switch to first onto I-480 S, and then I-80 W until you reach the exit for 72nd Street. This takes you direct to the hotel area in Ralston.