Value Place Council Bluffs, IA, (Omaha) is conveniently located off of I-29 and 14th
Avenue, which is situated in western Iowa—literally on the Nebraska border. It’s
considered a part of Omaha, because it sits directly across the river from
town. Across the bridge, Omaha offers a diverse mix of things to do, explore,
Sitting in the center of the U.S. and the heart of the
Midwest, Omaha has quite the historic presence. You don’t have to visit museums
to learn the history, but have the opportunity to experience things hands-on.
At the Boys Town Campus,
tour and explore the former village of Father Flanagan’s home, including its
beautiful gardens, chapels, and museum. The Durham Museum is a former train station,
another hands-on experience where you can experience more of the region’s
history. Check out the Mormon
Trail Center and experience their struggles and successes for yourself,
or visit Love’s Jazz and
Arts Center, which works diligently to preserve African American arts
with guided tours, interactive storytelling, and gallery talks.
If you’re a fan of the outdoors, take a walk on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge,
a 3,000 foot-long, one-of-a-kind suspension bridge that is suspended over the Missouri River. This
bridge connects more than 150 nearby walking and biking trails, including Heartland of America Park
that features a 300-foot water and light show, gondola rides, and entertainment
in its Old Market District.
Another urban oasis can be found at Lauritzen Gardens, which offers a four-acre arboretum, rose
garden, and Victorian garden.
If you’re with the family, visit Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, home to
the world’s largest zoo aquarium, world’s largest indoor desert, world’s
largest nocturnal exhibit, world’s largest geodesic dome, and one of the
world’s largest indoor rainforests. The Omaha Children’s Museum is also a great stop, full of
interactivity and equipped with 11 areas of exploration; this museum is ranked
as one of the top children’s museums in the country.
Market District is where all the action happens. There, you’ll find
unique shopping boutiques, street artists, musicians, carriage rides, sweets
shops, antique stores, and plenty of pubs and breweries. These are just the
highlights, but while staying at the Council Bluffs property, you’ll have the
chance to explore many more Omaha attractions, and get a little taste for Iowa!