Omaha: Past Highlights – New Adventures
$354.00 – $464.00
Tuesday, April 26 – Thursday, April 28
After five years of strictly one-day tours, it’s time to bring back my favorite three-day tour. We’ll see how it goes. Our destination is Omaha, NE where we’ve toured four times previously… ten attractions in three days. I hope you’re ready. I invite you to check out the attractions. I think you’ll be excited!
Tuesday, April 26
With a bit of a drive ahead of us, we’ll stop for an early fast food lunch in Sioux City, IA. And then it begins. Our first stop is Council Bluffs, Iowa… just across the border from Omaha… where we’ll visit the 1885 Squirrel Cage Jail which was used until 1969. It was one of 18 revolving jails built in the United States. Only three remain, and this one was the only one with three levels of cells. We’ll see the jail keeper’s living quarters, the cell block for women prisoners and items found in secret hiding places. Warning: If you see a prisoner resting in a cell, it’s not an actor. It’s probably a ghost. The jail is haunted.
Next we’ll visit the Czech and Slovak Cultural Museum for kolaches, coffee, and accordion music and learn a bit about Czech culture. We’re ready to check into the Comfort Inn & Suites, our home for the next two evenings. After time to settle in, we’ll enjoy an Irish Evening Dinner Buffet with Irish Folksinger Dave Marsh and Marty Dowd’s Irish Dance Performance. Dave will present various musical styles and tell stories of Irish legends and history. Marty Dowd was the lead dancer for Riverdance for many years.
Day One is complete.
Wednesday, April 27
After an included hot breakfast we’re on our way to the Holy Family Shrine (Glass Chapel in the Countryside) which was created to give travelers a place of peace and rest on their journey. A stream of water runs from the visitor center and continues below the floor of the chapel to a pool beneath the altar.
Outlook Nebraska is our next stop. They make toilet paper and other paper products for the United States military and prisons. Really? We’re going to a toilet paper factory? Oh, I almost forgot: Most of the employees are blind. Outlook Enrichment is to provide support for more than 15,000 in the Omaha area who live with significant vision loss.
Nebraska’s #1 attraction is the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, ranked as one of the nation’s top five zoos. We’ll have about three hours to explore and enjoy whatever draws your attention.
Our day is far from complete. We’ll return to the Comfort Inn & Suites for an hour to relax and freshen up before we depart for the Belvedere Banquet Hall for a Homemade Polish Buffet and Entertainment. We’ll enjoy traditional Polish dishes and learn about the Polish heritage of Omaha along with Polish customs and traditions. We’ll also be treated to accordion polka music.
Thursday, April 28
A visit to Omaha wouldn’t be complete without our final two stops. Once again, we’ll begin with an included hot breakfast. After we check out of the Comfort Inn & Suites, we’ll head for the Lithuanian Bakery, one of my favorite stops. We’ll learn about the country of Lithuania and the family that operates the bakery as we sample an assortment of torts and other bakery items. The bakery’s famous tort cake is made in a three-day process. You’ll definitely want to take some items home with you.
Has anyone not heard of Father Flanagan’s Boys Town? We’ll tour the Hall of History Museum, Down Chapel, and Father Flanagan’s home. The tour will end at the gift shop where you may also have lunch on your own in the cafeteria.
Are you ready for a nap? It’s time to go home after an experience I don’t think you’ll forget anytime soon. We’ll make a quick stop somewhere along the road home. I don’t think anyone will be overly hungry… except for Norb.
Departure/return times Tuesday and Thursday: Cokato: 5:30 AM-8:00 PM • Howard Lake: 5:45 AM-7:45 PM • Winsted: 6:00 AM-7:30 PM • Lester Prairie: 6:15 AM-7:15 PM • Plato: 6:30 AM-7:00 PM • NYA: 6:45 AM-6:45 PM • Gaylord: 7:15 AM-6:15 PM • Winthrop: 7:30 AM-6:00 PM
Special Needs: Please contact me if you have any questions pertaining to use of wheelchairs, walkers, etc. You are welcome to bring them along. However, the driver and tour director are not responsible to assist you throughout the day. You must bring a friend if you need assistance with mobility.
Deposit and Payment: A $100.00 pp deposit is due with your registration. Final payment is due Friday, April 1, 2022.
**Online registrations for this tour require full payment at the time of purchase.
Cancellations: Any cancellations made prior to April 1 are fully refundable minus $10.00 service charge. Any cancellations after April 1 are subject to penalty for any payments that have been made and $10.00 service charge.