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The Omaha Region is named after the largest city in Nebraska and covers Nebraska's east side and a small part of Iowa.[12] Omaha, Grand Island, and Lincoln are a few of the largest cities within the region. Other cities include Nebraska City, Fremont, Seward, Hastings, and Columbus. The Platte River runs through the region and flows from the Missouri River.[4] Two of the most notable attractions within the region are Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and the College World Series. The region has humid, hot summers and cold, dry winters.[1]

What Omaha is known for

One popular attraction within the region is Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Guests can explore 28 acres of African Grasslands and see a wide variety of animals, including elephants, white rhinos, cheetahs, bongos, ostriches, and sable antelope. The Zoo and Aquarium have the world's largest indoor desert, largest aquarium within a zoo, and the largest indoor rainforest. The indoor desert has various plant and animal life from the Namib Desert of southern Africa, the Red Center of Australia, and the Sonoran Desert of the southwest United States. The aquarium allows visitors to walk on the bottom of the ocean, discovering sea turtles, sharks, and colorful fish. The rainforest has a swinging bridge, waterfalls, and exotic plants to see.[6] The Henry Doorly Zoo gets around one million visitors a year and is Nebraska's most popular tourist attraction. In 2004 the zoo was voted as the best zoo in America.[10] 

The Durham Museum is a train station from 1931 that displays various artifacts and exhibits featuring Omaha's history, culture, industry, and more.[7] The Omaha Children's Museum has multiple exhibits and focuses on helping children learn through play. Exhibits include a zooland, a tinker studio, a science and technology center, an art center, a splash garden, a playground, and more.[8] 

June through August are the busiest months to visit Omaha. May and February are other active months for tourism in the region.[9] One of the draws to the area is the baseball tournament that is held each year in June. The College World Series is a Division 1 Baseball Championship tournament that started in Omaha in 1950 and has continued to be a significant highlight for baseball fanatics.[11] 

Agriculture is the leading industry in Nebraska, but Omaha has grown in multiple sectors, including banking, insurance, and telecommunications. Warren Buffett is one of the most famous businessmen in Omaha and is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, a leading company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.[13]


The Omaha Region covers the south-east part of Nebraska. Major cities within the region include Grand Island, Lincoln, and Omaha. Smaller cities in the region include Nebraska City, Fremont, Seward, Hastings, and Columbus. The Platte River is one of the most notable geographic features within the Omaha Region. The Platte River flows from the Missouri River and is 310 miles long.[4] 

Weather in the Omaha Region has both extremes throughout the year. The summers are humid and warm, reaching up to 87 degrees in July. The winters are cold and dry, with the temperature getting as low as 16 degrees in January. The warmest months last from May to September and are an average of 76 degrees. November through February are the coldest months of the year, with an average of 44 degrees. April through October are the rainiest months, with a 25% chance of a wet day. The region sees the most snow from November to March.[1] 

Nebraska is known for various food products in the state, including beef, corn, dairy, beans, hay, alfalfa, pork, poultry, soybeans, sugar beets, and wheat. Nebraska is the national leader in beef production, and the beef is known for its quality and tenderness. Nebraska is ranked number three in corn production. Nebraska produces around 151 million gallons of milk annually. Soybeans are the second-most harvested crop in Nebraska, with 305 million bushels being harvested each year.[3] One of the main elements of Nebraska's agriculture is the tallgrass prairies that are found within the region. Common wildlife within the region includes bison, sandhill cranes, whooping cranes, armadillos, coyotes, deer, and foxes.[5]


The region is named after the largest city in Nebraska, Omaha. Omaha was inhabited by various Native American tribes, including Pawnee, Otoe, Missouri, and Ioway. The name Omaha means "Dwellers on the bluff." Lewis and Clark passed through the region in 1804 and met with some of the tribes' leaders. In 1812, Americans started up several different trading outposts. William D. Brown is known as one of the first settlers to have a vision for Omaha. The city was informally established on July 4, 1854. Omaha has continued to expand and is frequently developing new urban infrastructures. [14]

Berkshire Hathaway is one of the world's largest construction companies that originated in Omaha. Some notable inventions that were created in Omaha include the pink hair curler, Butter Brickle ice cream, and the Reuben sandwich.[2] Omaha has a population of around 408,958. 73.1% of the population are White, 13.7% African American, .8% Native American, 2.4% Asian, .1% Pacific Islander, 6.9% from other races, and 3% from two or more races.

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Double Nickel Campground is located south of a town called Waco, Nebraska, which is a small town that sits on the eastern half of York County. Within the surrounding area, one can find many different farmlands, as well as mixed forests and plains. The city of Waco was named after another city—also called Waco—which is located in Texas and was the hometown of one of the original settlers. Originally the property had over one hundred acres of land that was owned by the same family, but over the years, some portions of the land have been bought out, leaving the actual property line with about 20 acres in total that belongs to Double Nickel Campground.

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