Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Omaha Zoo

While traveling, we always try to visit the local aquarium or zoo. Omaha was the jackpot. In one expansive area, the Omaha Zoo treated visitors to a spectacular zoo, aquarium and rain forest. In fact, the Lied Rainforest is the largest indoor rain forest in the world.

Probably the best part about the Omaha Zoo was seeing Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom in big letters. As a kid, I remember sitting in front of the TV on Sunday nights watching Marlin Perkins take me through the Wild Kingdom. Such excitement for a kid, you know! The zoo actually rivaled the Columbus Zoo, a standard that I hold all zoos up to. We managed to spend 4 hours walking around, enjoying and taking in all the wildlife. Just look at some of these pictures!

The Aquarium was amazing. The exhibits were colorful and introduced us to marine life we hadn't seen before.

They had a butterfly room that allowed us to walk around among an incredible assortment of butterflies. We could scoop them up with our fingers and take in all their beauty. As you exited, they had you look at yourself in the mirror to make sure you weren't taking any "hitchhikers" as they called it!

The rain forest allowed us to get up close and personal with many different species, even bats. Shiver! At one point, we had to walk through a tunnel with bats hanging at the top - right over our heads. Blech!

But this was my favorite picture of the day - loved how this turned out! As Bridget said, "This was the best race weekend ever", which you can see from her smile!

After a long day at the zoo, we headed back to the hotel so I could shower. We walked over to the Old Market area and had dinner at the Upstream Brewing Company. Excellent choice. I had the most yummy veggie pizza and we all toasted our glasses with pints of the local microbrew.

Thank you, Omaha, for your hospitality. If I have the chance, I will definitely come back to visit. I simply can't say enough good things!

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