Thursday, June 6, 2013

Omaha, Nebraska Trip Recap

Bryan had a long weekend for Memorial Day, so we decided to head out of town.  We love to travel but Emma is still young enough where even a short trip can be a lot of work.  We made the best of our little getaway though and we all survived!

We left our house early on Saturday morning and drove to downtown Omaha.  We walked to the Old Market district and loved our first impression of the city.  The Saturday morning Farmers Market was going strong and we walked through the vendors while listening to street musicians.  Marlie was even able to get a dog shaped balloon from one of the entertainers.

After leaving the Old Market, we walked up to Shucks Fish House.  We were a little leery about getting "fresh" seafood in the middle of the country, but it was as good as advertised.  I had a shrimp po' boy, slaw and baby cakes.  Bryan had the blackened tilapia with vegetables.

From Shucks we walked over to the Omaha Children's Museum.  The main areas were for pretend play, art and science.  Both girls had so much fun but we eventually had to give Emma a break for a little afternoon nap.  Kids could spend hours in here running from one thing to the next.  One afternoon was just right for us this trip.  It's a must do for family with kids, and as always, we appreciate that they offer a military discount.

There was an inside play structure for the kids to climb on.  Emma loved going down the slide.   

Fanning Firewomen to the rescue!

Emma always heads straight for any water she can find

Marlie spent most of her time in the art area.  She kept returning to this face painting station.

Emma was dangerous behind her shopping cart, but she had lots of fun collecting toy groceries.

Right before we left, Marlie and I learned about bubbles in a special show

The museum is easy to find by the colorful structure out front.
Before heading to our hotel room for the evening, we stopped by Ted & Wally's which is well known for it's homemade ice cream.  They had a few unique flavors that I would like to try, but none of the ones available that day worked for me.  We enjoyed the ice cream we did get though.
Across the street from Ted & Wally's was another cool place to check out if you have a sweet tooth.  From the outside, you can't quite tell what Hollywood Candy actually is, but I'm so glad we walked through the door.  They have tons of bulk candy and old fashioned candy that you never see anymore.  I wish I could have walked through there with my parents (and maybe even grandparents) so they could tell me about which ones were their favorites!

By the end of the day we were all pooped, so we decided to just have dinner in our hotel room.  We got some food to go from Starsky's Bar & Grill, which was featured on an episode of Man v. Food.  Bryan wanted to try their pig wings that they are known for and he was very pleased!
When you've got young children, no hotel stay is complete without a swim in the pool.  After dinner we let the girls spend a few minutes in the indoor pool.  If you asked them, they might even say it was the highlight of their trip!

Our priority on Day 2 was visiting Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.  We had heard nothing but rave reviews about this zoo.  This was the 4th zoo we've visited though and we feel like there are pros and cons to all of them.  We had a fun first half of the day but once again the wheels started falling off for Emma by mid afternoon.  We are definitely glad we visited though and again appreciate that the zoo offers a military discount.

Inside the Lied Jungle, America's largest indoor rainforest

Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium

This was probably the highlight for me - the closest we've ever been to a giraffe!

We somehow missed these our first time in the area, so I'm glad we happened to walk back by.  These spider monkeys were so funny.  We were standing on a wooden bridge and people could throw food to them and the fish.  The monkeys were basically doing whatever they could to get your attention so you would throw them something!  

From the time we entered the zoo in the morning, Marlie had wanted to ride the Skyfari which is basically a skylift that goes from the front to the back of the zoo.  
At the end of the day, she finally got her wish.

Just in case you've ever wanted a view of the top of a rhino...

Since Bryan got his TV food fix on the first night, I requested that we go check out Jones Bros. Cupcakes, which was a winner on Cupcake Wars.  Marlie ordered a chocolate and I tried a red velvet.  I have to say that they were both really good.  I usually don't like for my red velvet to be made with cocoa and even though they did, I still gave it a shot.  We were surprised that even this local business offered us a military discount!  

Dinner was a little crazy on Sunday night because in typical Fanning fashion, we couldn't make up our minds what to eat.  We ended up sitting down for a little dinner at Upstream Brewing Company and then getting a couple of slices of pizza to go from Zio's Pizzeria!

Once we got up and moving on Monday, we made our way back home.  This girl lives the good life doesn't she? ;)

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a great trip!! So much fun! And that cupcake looks so yummy!
    We haven't made it to Tosh yet, he is coming in 2 weeks! I am so looking forward to it!!