Both Nebraska's capital city, Lincoln, and its largest city, Omaha, lie within the eastern portion of the state. Visitors to this part of Nebraska have plenty of opportunities to enjoy all the culture, sports, and entertainment that the cities offer.
The main art museum in Nebraska is the Joslyn Art Museum, showcasing fine arts from around the world. The performing arts take the stage at Omaha's historic Orpheum Theater, still showing off its glamorous Art Deco décor.
The cities are also home to Nebraska's main sports action. Omaha has been hosting baseball's College World Series for decades, and has its own minor league team, the Omaha Storm Chasers. Over in Lincoln, college sports gets all the attention, as fans flock to watch the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Corn Huskers take to the field and the court.
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Museums devoted to art and to Nebraska's pioneer history are easy to find in Eastern Nebraska. In Omaha, Joslyn Art Museum is the premier site to appreciate fine arts from around the world. The Great Plains Art Museum, part of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, specializes in Great Plains art, including cowboy artists.
Discover historic artifacts at the Durham Museum, affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution. The artifacts at the Strategic Air and Space Museum in Ashland hold great power.
Lincoln is the home of the Corn Huskers, from the University of Nebraska. The school's football team has earned five national championships. In Omaha, baseball is the biggest game in town, with fans heading to TD Ameritrade Park for the College World Series. A minor league affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, the Omaha Storm Chasers, brings the pro game to town.
Head to the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium to discover animals from around the world in Omaha. The zoo houses the world's largest indoor rainforest. At the Wildlife Safari Park in Ashland, a drive-thru safari gets you close up to native animals like bison, wolves, elk, sandhill cranes, and eagles.
Explore the ornate decorations of the historic Orpheum Theater in Omaha, dating back to 1927. Visit the Omaha Children's Museum, with exhibits like Imagination Playground. Lincoln offers its own Children's Museum, plus the Lincoln Children's Zoo. Get a glimpse of stars at the Mueller Planetarium in at Morrill Hall in the University of Nebraska State Museum.
Take a day trip from Omaha to Nebraska City, about a 45-minute drive. Arbor Day has its origins here, and you can spend a day on Arbor Day Farms picking apples, playing in the tree house, and roaming the trails. It's an even shorter drive to Plattsmouth, where you can follow in the footsteps of Lewis & Clark at the Schilling Wildlife Management Area or enjoy the historic buildings on Main Street.