If you haven’t been to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, I recommend you create a Summer Bucket List now! It is an easy day trip from Des Moines and provides an adventure for all ages. We love it for so many reasons but here are just a few:
Our ‘favorites’ remain ‘favorite’ each time we go; We love the aquarium. The Skyfari. The Carousel. The Butterfly garden. Yet each time there are new things to explore. I’ve been to this same zoo 25 plus times in my life and it is always a different experience.
The daily activity schedule is filled with engaging and stimulating activities for any age and ability. This was the first year for camel rides. And the zoo’s newest hands-on experience Stingray Beach allows you to interact with rays as they swim around the 80-foot-long pool.
Rain or Shine, Its Zoo Time
Whether its 100 degrees and humid or pouring down rain, your trip goes on! There are plenty of indoor places to explore, even when the Midwest weather doesn’t play nice with your travel plans.
Discounts & Perks
If you intend to take a group, or visit multiple times, I definitely recommend a membership. Membership includes admission to multiple other zoos across the U.S. (including Blank Park Zoo). Some levels include IMAX admission and other fun perks. Children under the age of two are always FREE!
An Excuse to Explore Omaha
There are SO many things to do in Omaha, so we love making a weekend out of the Zoo and other area attractions. The babe loves the zoo. Mimi loves shopping. Daddy loves golf. Papi loves baseball. There truly is something for everyone in this amazing city!
Omaha Adventure Savings Card
The Omaha Adventure Savings Card provides more than $100 in savings to top Omaha attractions.
• $2 off admission at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, up to 6
• $2 off admission at Omaha Children’s Museum, up to 6
• $2 off admission at The Durham Museum, up to 6
• $2 off an Admission/Tram combo at Lauritzen Gardens, up to 6
• $2 off Power Play Buffet & Play Pack at the Amazing Pizza Machine, up to 6
• $2 off a purchase of $10 or more at the Joslyn Museum Shop
• Shopping Coupon book packed with more than $300 in discounts at Village Pointe Shopping Center.
Cards can be requested here. [Local Omaha residents here.] Several of the offers can be used multiple times and I was shocked at the discount coupons in the Village Point Shopping Center coupon book. There are some serious savings inside that little book!
Thanks to the Omaha Visitor’s Center, our family received 4 tickets to experience the Zoo in exchange for writing this post. Even though I know my way around Omaha and thought I knew everything to do, The Visitor’s Center was a wealth of resources and information. The Center itself is gorgeous, but we received an extremely warm welcome by all working there. You can’t beat midwestern hospitality.
Get out there mamas and plan your trip to Omaha! And if you’ve been to Henry Doorly before, comment below with YOUR family’s favorite attractions.